Look Ma'.... no helmet! <CraC>
That's right kids, you read it correctly, B-I-C-Y-C-L-E as in pedal power!
On Xbox Live I have started a tight-knit crew of mainly BMX riders under the name Crackhead Cycos <CraC>
As far as I know, it is the ONLY BIKE GANG (as in non-MC) listed in all 12 pages of this recruitment section on GTA Forums.
Emblem: As you can see, it is an appropriately cracked skull surrounded by a chainring. The red X-ed eyes are there because it's a kill-or-be-killed world. The filtration mask is to hide our identity and avoid breathing in the pollultion pumped out by all the stolen cars in San Andreas.
Motto: "Cyclists... dodging cars, pulling tricks, and busting headz!"
...whether those headz are our own or other people's depends on how rough we ride.
Mission Statement: The crew's purpose is to support its members in riding bikes, levelling up, making money, and otherwise succeeding, while doing so in a light-hearted collective fun manner.
Prospects: Prospective crew members should be good working team players, who will help each other out. Ego-minded hard-core competitors should not apply. Players, who can respect each other and keep group strategies in mind while having a good time, are ideal.
Communications: Headsets with micophones are highly desireable for CraC members so everyone can quickly communicate and coordinate strategies. If you do not have a microphone for whatever reason, then you should at least set your options to hear player chatter through your speakers or through a set of regular headphones without a microphone.
Stats: Prospective members can be any level and are not expected to be millionaires. However, members should at least be able to afford buying a legitimate BMX bike, so it show ups on the map as a personal vehicle. It also helps to own a garage to store bike(s) in because I can show members where a free BMX bike almost always spawns. After that the free bike can get a permanent tracker once it is parked in a garage.
In case anyone is wondering what my own stats are, as of March 13, 2014 I am level 53 and I own the luxury apartment on Alta Street with a ten car garage, which I usually keep filled with several well-modded motor vehicles and 3 BMX bikes on the wall.
My background: I have been playing the GTA series since its multi-player could only be played over dial-up modems. That was back when GTA had a pixelated bird's-eye-view, and I would car-jack my friends at the start of a race to get a huge head start. Admittedly, I would usually use the head start to go off course so I could snag a rocket launcher and ambush my friends near the end of the route. Regardless, I am much older now and way more mature, so I promise I will never intentionaly car-jack my fellow crew members or blow up their rides!
Age: If you are too young or naive to know what a dial-up modem is, then you probably should not join CraC. As the one starting CraC, let me just tell you I am over thirty years old. I have no desire to play with annoying little brats or hormonal teens, who feel the need to prove something. Kids should not be playing GTA anyway. You might argue that I was playing GTA when I was a little punk, but back then you could not pick up a prostitute, screw her, and run her over to get your money back. Despite the presence of adult themes in the game and CraC's preference for older mature members, that does not mean members should be pouring out profanity. Tasteful taunts and sportmanly jokes are accepable, but verbally disrespecting other members will not be tolerated.
Size/activity: I do not envision this crew ever becoming a massive legion because I do not want crew members ever thinking of each other as strangers. I think that tends to happen in larger crews. At the most I foresee the crew growing to no more than 2 dozen members. That way we can fill up an entire private on-line session with our own crew while still taking into account some crew members occasionally missing in attendance.
Personally, I tend to play GTA On-line about once a week for several hours at a time usually on the weekends, but I would likely increase my gaming schedule to accomodate hooking up with crew members. Also, if the crew forms up well, then I intend to assign higher-ups to a loose schedule based on their own real life requirements. This way members can expect to find crew members on-line at partcular times. For instance, I may promote three or four lieutenants (LTs) with each one being assigned to a different span of time throughout the day. With just a dozen crew members in total, this can still mean three crew members and one LT can play in a session and roll together in a single four-person motor vehicle, then at other times the entire crew can assemble to fill an entire on-line session. This crew is also open to all international players as long as they can speak and write English, which will allow members from different time zones to fill out the overall crew schedule.
Cycling: Obviously, this is primarily a bicycle crew, or bike gang, but it should be noted cycling all the time is not mandatory. In fact, many missions and activities in the game require the use of motor vehicles, so it would not make sense to be on a bicycle 24/7. Despite this liberty for motor vehicle usage, while in the presence of other crew members there are preferences for what types of cars and motorcycles members are expected to use when not on a bicycle. "Official" crew vehicle recommendations are listed below in the protocol section of this recruitment post.
If anyone is wondering why I want to set up a bike gang, then I think I have a good reason. For several years I worked as a professional bike messenger in New York City, but do not call me a hipster. I never rode a track/fixed bike, and my only rig is still a cargo-bike. Getting back to my point though, I was heavily involved in the New York Bike Messenger Association, which was kind of like a bike gang/club in its own way, so I miss that comraderie. Now I live in south central Pennsylvania where my wife and I moved to buy a house. After living here for a few years I have not met anyone, who plays GTA, and I am out of touch with my old buddies. If you know anything about the messenger scene, I am the Tone, who started Cranksgiving back in 1999. Originally, Cranksgiving was one of several annual illegal alleycat bike messenger street races, so I guess stirring up a bit of organized mayhem is something I am good at.
Protocols: the guidelines listed below are for crew members, who seriously want to represent when rolling with CraC:
1) The gang's primary ride is a BMX with a mountain bike as an acceptable alternate. This is so you can bunny-hop a$$holes in cars and pull tricks for kicks. The crew's official color is green, so if you can manage to score a random green or black bike, that is ideal.
2) If you have to be motorized on two wheels, then ride a Sanchez dirt bike for quick off-road get-aways. Preferably it should be the "livery" version with the #5 green-star respray to properly represent the crew's colors. An acceptable alternative to this is a Western Daemon with a green flame paint job, which can only be obtained by first killing a member of the LOST motorcycle club. Just for kicks, the LOST MC is the sworn enemy of CraC within city limits.
3) For four wheels, drive a Picador muscle-car in urban areas or an off-road Bodhi outside the city. These are both pick-up style vehicles so crew members on 2-wheels can bunny hop onto the flat-bed in the back. In case you have not noticed, both of these vehicles have better overall stats than other pick-up trucks.
4) Vehicle primary colors should be matte black with green as the secondary color because green is the crew's official color. Naturally, the crew emblem should be displayed on the vehicle. Wheel type should be high-end "Shadow" in green with red tire smoke. The green on the shadow-style wheels looks like spinning leaf blades while the red smoke simulates blood splatter... consider us eco-terrorists if you want.
5) All motor vehicles should have custom "Clown" horns because sometimes cyclists use clown horns instead of bells. This is to demonstrate allegiance to your humble bicycle roots by joking like a "clown" at how silly you look while driving a car or riding a motorcycle.
6) Uniform colors are black and/or green since green is the crew's official color, but brown or any camo is perfectly fine as well. Cargo pants or cargo shorts are ideal for pants with track jackets, hoodies, or T-shirts displaying the crew emblem as a top. Remember, this is not a Motorcycle Club, so no leather jackets! No one in the crew will be a fascist about fashion, but dressing appropriately is definitely a sign of respect.
7) If you want to show off some crew ink, then get the "Broken Skull" tattoo, which is a reward unlocked by beating the "scoping out" sniper rifle weapons challenge. The tattoo depicts a bearded skull with a blasted hole in its head. Therefore, it is appropriate for veteran Crackhead members. The tattoo is applied to the leg, which is why cargo shorts are acceptable in the uniform.
Enforcement: Enforcement of protocols may be carried out against a rule breaker once per session at the discretion of each and every other crew member in that session. However, the punishment must only be in the form of a head-shot executed by a sniper rifle. This form of punishment also assists members in unlocking the challenge needed to acquire the "Broken Skull" crew tattoo. Rule breakers can not seek any retribution after they receive their punishment(s).
Example: A crew member in his own "crew" car drives up to a fellow crew member, but uses a police siren instead of a clown horn to signal him to get in the car. In this scenario there are a total of four crew members playing in the session, but only one notices the offense of not having a clown horn. The crew member, who does notice the offense, must give a warning for the violation of protocols by notifying everyone in the session. At that point the offender can expect to be shot in the head up to three times during the rest of that session. For the duration of that session the other crew members can then individually choose whether to enact punishment even after the offender has either modded his car according to protocol or switched to an appropriate vehicle.
Applying: So... if for some bizarre reason you have actually read my entire propoganda post and are twisted enough to still be interest in joining me in building the Crackhead Cycos, then you should follow these instructions:
1) Reply to this thread to bump it up and keep it active, so it can continue to attract interest by showing other potentially interested people CraC is growing.
2) Join CraC either through the GTA5 interface or by following the link provided near the top of this post. CraC does not require invites for recruits because there are so few players, who actually want to be in a bike gang. However, this actually helps screen out undesirable players naturally. Later on, if anyone proves they are a complete a$$, then they will be booted from CraC.
3) Send a message through Xbox Live to "Tone 8", and include your GTA Forum username. This way I can reply to you with more details about the crew through a personal message on GTA Forums. That personal message thread will remain as a better method to communicate between me and each member because it will not be limited to short texts.
4) After I send you a personal message through GTA Forums, then I will send you a friend request on Xbox Live. NEVER send me a blank text or wordless friend request through Xbox Live. I will most likely ignore them.
Best wishes to all and "RIDE" safe,