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Pro Tool: Tools of the Professional

Aluminum, carbon, steel, titanium? A bike messenger weighs in

Katie Long Dec 18, 2015
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Ben Harper, bike messenger in New York City, with his Franklin bicycle. 
Justin Ho/Marketplace

As part of our series Pro Tool, we’re looking for that must-have device in your line of work, be it a pair of scissors, notebook, or microphone

The sixth item in our series? A bicycle. 

Professional: Ben Harper, New York City bike messenger. 

Pro Tool: Steel-frame, fixed-gear Franklin bike. 

Why it’s a Pro Tool: “Steel, I’ve come to find is the most durable, soaks up a lot of the shock … even though it’s got no paint left on it and it’s all dented — it just goes and goes and goes and goes.”

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When you contribute directly to Marketplace, you become a partner in that mission: someone who understands that when we all get smarter, everybody wins.