See Detroit moped culture in this new video

click to enlarge See Detroit moped culture in this new video
Screen capture from "Detroit Moped City"
We've known that Alex Samul was into mopeds. What we didn't realize is that two years ago, he quit his day job to do mopeds full-time. In fact, he opened up his very own moped shop, Detroit Moped Works, on Michigan Avenue, around the corner from El Barzón. He's so plugged in with the city's two-wheel (and two-stroke) culture, he's the person to talk to if you want to see a moped rally.

We bring it up because of a new video showing just how real Samul's dream has become. It's from a British publication called Union Magazine. Samul tells us that Union had sent a crew last summer to shoot a video about his shop and Detroit's moped scene. It just came out this week, and also features a local moped group called Femme Pedals. If you've ever been curious about the sort of homegrown weirdness that can grow up around what one writer called a "very poorly designed bicycle" with a motor, take a look at this 10-minute video showcasing how moped folks roll in Detroit.

Michael Jackman

Born in 1969 at Mount Carmel hospital in Detroit, Jackman grew up just 100 yards from the Detroit city line in east Dearborn. Jackman has attended New York University, the School of Visual Arts, Northwestern University and Wayne State University, though he never got a degree. He has worked as a bar back, busboy,...
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