The Bike Song (advocacy+hipster UK dance music)

I got Mark Ronson’s “Record Collection” a while back. Since then, this song pops into my head nearly every ride. But I kept forgetting to look for a video (I think I actually may have been a tad frightened of what I might find; at least after viewing the “Champagne Bike Party” video Ryan hosted on Go Means Go!).

But thanks to a timely Facebook update from my library school pal Abby (whose taste I trust implicitly), I’ve now got visuals— including some ’80s Brompton-based, retro-’80s Night Rider-style special effects, bicycles coming to life to stop a bike thief, and a parade of UK hipsters reveling in the joy of bikes—to go with a great song.

Beyond the cool factor of just being a good song about bikes, the The Bike Songs spins a really positive advocacy message, too. I especially  appreciate this gem for every teenage boy who feels pressured into ditching his bike so he can get girls:

“I can’t understand it, but i can’t really stand them
Girls love cars, but cars cause harm to the planet
Don’t you wanna take a joyride on my tandem
Humming on a huffy, don’t i look so handsome
Bass to bikes they’re so nice they’re priceless”

That’s right, young man. Keep the faith. The ladies worth having are going to find your bike sexy!

-Tim

PS – Portland bike advocate/planner wunderkind Mia Birk at REI tonight. Maybe she’ll share a little Portland-style bicycle secret sauce? I’d be happy with some tips to help us take our local car v. bike rhetoric down a notch or two.

I’ll be heading down there w/ Julian from Totcycle. We’ll either be the dudes on the really big (Madsen/Xtracycle) or really small (Brompton) bikes.  I bet Mia likes “the Bike Song!”

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5 responses to “The Bike Song (advocacy+hipster UK dance music)

  1. You didn’t like the “Champagne Bike Ride”? I thought it was HI-larious! A bit silly and risque, maybe, but amusing, none the less.

    • Val! How you doin?

      I actually LOVED “Champagne Bike Ride.” It’s just that it caught me off-guard about halfway through ;-)

      BTW, we’re not going to be in town for the Buy Nothing Day ride. Looking forward to avoiding some of the local Thanksgiving drama, but bummed we’ll miss the ride this year.

  2. Dang! You young folks and your travelling….you’d just better pencil Opening Day in on your calendar, that’s all.

  3. Oh no! This video is blocked in my Country! :(

  4. Pingback: Me and My Bike: Teen video from Africa | Car Free Days

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