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Does anyone else sing while they ride their vintage bike?

Old 09-19-20, 07:40 PM
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Does anyone else sing while they ride their vintage bike?

I don't actually sing while riding, but I thought this video was humorous...


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No. But music plays in my head. Usually something with a fast beat.
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I've had the Blur's "Tender" in my head most of the day. Heard it last night for the first time in a long time.
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Not every day, lol, but yeah, I like to scream a little, pretending I’m Sammy Hagar or Robert Plant. 😎😁😎

I got it from my mother, she sang a lot when I was a kid. Plus we had to sing at mandatory church, back in the ‘60s & 70s. 🙄😉

I’m eventually gonna put together a nice light-weight radio or cd player on a front rack, so it’s right there in my face. 😁
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I ride with one ear bud playing music on my phone. Heck yeah I sing while I ride.
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"All creatures of our God and King, lift up your voice and with us sing"
Yep, I sing. Riding through fields before dawn, stars resplendent above.

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Yeah sometimes. I've almost always got a song stuck in my head if the ride is long enough. If I am struggling taking a pull at the front and I want to set a tempo, I'll use that song as a cadence-setter. Usually I don't have enough breath to sing it then, but I can at least breathe the words as I exhale and, if I know all the words, set the end of the song as my time limit for pulling, so i don't get lazy or overdo it.

Songs with really complicated lyrics are best for pain, because they are the most distracting.
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My wife was a coloratura soprano with the COC here in Canada. I'm not allowed to sing if we ride together (or be within hearing distance) because she says it's too painful. I concur. I prefer soloing in the car, it's less embarrassing.
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I do recall on a long ass brevet, after too many hours alone day and night, singing made up verses aloud to keep the demons away. It was effective.

Some of my best cycling memories are rides with my middle school aged daughter on the tandem, who would sing choir songs as we rode.
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Fratelli d‘Italia. But only when I am on an Italian bike. Or am wearing Italian clothing. Or if pasta is on the menu for my next meal.
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Fratelli d‘Italia. But only when I am on an Italian bike. Or am wearing Italian clothing. Or if pasta is on the menu for my next meal.
This would inspire me to ride...now, to get an Italian bike....

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Yup. Sometimes stuff I make up about whatever I see along the road. If I'm in a group ride and someone else is playing terrible music on a bike boombox I sing along with screwed up lyrics until they change the playlist.

Sometimes actual songs. Mostly Leon Redbone.
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For some reason, a lot of Elvis Costello tunes from My Aim Is True through his Imperial Bedroom album, and songs of my own original compositions from when I was playing in bands. Early Squeeze, too. Some John Doe stuff that I can really belt out. I guess I'm an early-80s kind of guy. My next door neighbor (also a music guy, former engineer and producer of film scores) sometimes overhears me singing whilst working in the yard or cutting firewood, texts me something like "Next time, try Oliver's Army a step lower, its more in your natural range." I haven't heard him sing yet, but I can't hear much of anything these days.

But on the bike, it's only when I'm on the flats. There's not enough air when I'm climbing, and too much wind noise when I'm descending.
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Do I sing when I ride? Absolutely!

My start out song goes like...

"Busted flat in Baton Rouge.......Bobby thumbed a desil down

From there, we get to Willy Nelson, Waylan Jennings, Neil Diamond...

Do I sing while I ride? My whole body and mind sing together. Riding is better than sex!
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On long climbs:

"God damn them all!
I was told we'd cruise the seas for American gold
We'd fire no guns-shed no tears
Now I'm a broken man on a Halifax pier
The last of Barrett's Privateers"

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In my head, yes, out loud, no.
But I've ridden with @bicycleKitty a few times, and she definitely does. Here she is with 15 minutes of fame on an OPB (Oregon Public Broadcasting) story.

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Yes, i do.
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I might grunt, sometimes utter words of encouragement to myself near the end of a tough climb, but never sing.

Ever.

And really, nobody wants that.
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No I don't. The thought hadn't crossed my mind. Until you mentioned it. But now you mention it- I should.

I used to sing for myself quite often. I've been in various rock and roll bands since I was in high school- I've always been good with backup vocals/harmonies, but I think I have less than a full octave of real singing voice- so there's relatively few songs that are comfortable to me.

So back when I was in 3rd Cav, I'm driving the company executive officer- we're in an M577 armored command vehicle- I have my head sticking out of the driver's hatch, he's up in the commander's hatch... I'm driving around singing "In A Lonely Place" by the Smithereens- then, over the intercom headset I hear him say "are you singing?" I realized I'd had the mic on my headset on. Oops.
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Originally Posted by top506 View Post
Om long climbs:

"God damn them all!
I was told we'd cruise the seas for American gold
We'd fire no guns-shed no tears
Now I'm a broken man on a Halifax pier
The last of Barrett's Privateers"

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Yeah it's pretty flat in Sherbrooke! Logical to wish you was in Sherbrooke now, on those climbs.
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I sing, talk to myself, offer enthusiastic good mornings to pedestrians... just having a goofy-ass good time as a general rule.

The wackiest bit (which now happens with some regularity) is when approaching and crossing bridges:
"WHO'S THAT TRIP-TRAPPING OVER MAH BRIDGE? said the troll. It's me, the cycling billy goat! YOU'RE TOO SCRAWNY TO EAT, said the troll. YOU CAN PASS. And so I did."

Oh man I slay me.
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Originally Posted by gugie View Post
In my head, yes, out loud, no.
But I've ridden with @bicycleKitty a few times, and she definitely does. Here she is with 15 minutes of fame on an OPB (Oregon Public Broadcasting) story.
Watching that video was an awesome way to start a Sunday morning. Thanks for posting it.
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Me sing? Can't carry a note. Of course there could be some little ditty in my head, could be anything, including Diddy.

What I do despise is some jack@ss with a can speaker in their water cage blasting actual music. It so kills the outdoor cycling experience.
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Originally Posted by top506 View Post
On long climbs:

"God damn them all!
I was told we'd cruise the seas for American gold
We'd fire no guns-shed no tears
Now I'm a broken man on a Halifax pier
The last of Barrett's Privateers"

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Where the earth shows its bones
of wind-broken stone,
And the sea and sky are one,
I'm all out of time, my blood sings with wine,
And I'm running nak'd in the sun;
There's God in the trees,
I'm weak in the knees,
And the sky is a painful blue;
I'd like to look around,
but honey, all I see is you.
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