"Scraper bikes": Hip-hop goes all Beaver Cleaver

09/16/2008 | National Public Radio (text and audio)

An Internet music video featuring teenagers in Oakland, Calif., has drawn the world's attention to "scraper bikes" -- customized bicycles with big wheels, small frames and candy-wrapper glitz. Tyrone Stevenson Jr. says the bikes saved his life. "My mom told me this is a way to channel anger and frustration, just focusing on something that's creative, something that's me, and the bikes is me," he said.

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