Songs about bicycles

There aren’t very many are there? Tons of songs about cars, planes and trains - every second song by Porcupine Tree seems to mention trains - but the humble environmentally friendly bicycle gets very little love in the music world it seems.

Offhand I can only think of:

  • Queen - Bicycle Race
  • The Mixtures - The Pushbike Song
  • Luka Bloom - The Acoustic Motorbike
  • The Clientele - Bicycles

and of course that Tour de France album from Kraftwerk, who seem to be great champions of the humble treadly.

Any others?

I only recently learned that Hawkwind’s Silver Machine was about a bike.

Just because of the video, BSP’s Machineries of Joy is the first that pops into my head when someone mentions bike-themed music.

I guess I assumed the Hawkwind song was either about a motorbike or about some fantastical fictitious device.

One of the problems talking about bicycles is that many people say “bike” when they mean “motorbike”.


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And maybe Machinery of Joy, maybe.

And Be Your Own Pet - Bicycle, Bicycle, You Are My Bicycle

Ah FFS @anon26275971

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Maccabees - Ayla

Syd Barrett perfected the bike-themed rock song early on, hence the relative lack ever since:

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What was that Queen one called again?

Oh shit, how could I have forgotten that one?

Not sure if they had any bike-themed songs, but The Delgados (named after Pedro Delgado) had albums called Domestiques and Peleton.

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A pal got a delgados ‘every good cyclist takes drugs’ t-shirt at an early atp, how accurate that tshirt turned out to be

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Aha!!! Tony’s Theme!

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Would’ve been accurate at the time M6

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That mark ronson one with the scamp out of the view

Anyone mention that Kate Melua one yet?

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