Get On Your Bikes And Ride! The Greatest Songs About Cycling
With Olympic cycling on our screens, Radio X looks at the best songs about bikes and bikers.
Kraftwerk - Tour De France
The ultimate cycling track - composed in 1983 to soundtrack that year's race, Kraftwerk's Ralf Hutter is a huge cycling enthusiast.
Pink Floyd - Bike
Syd Barrett has a bike, you can ride it if you like. Psychedelic pop whimsy from the early days of the Floyd.
Queen - Bicycle Race
For the video to this track, the band hired a stadium and filled it with dozens of naked ladies on bikes. The 1970s, there.
Turin Brakes - Pain Killer
"Take the pain killer, cycle on your bicycle / Leave all this misery behind."
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Bicycle Song
"How could I forget to mention the bicycle?" asks Anthony Kiedis. Well, he's very fond of his Chopper. (IT'S A BICYCLE).
Hawkwind - Silver Machine
This space rock classic from 1972 wasn't about cosmic travel… it was about riding a racing bike. As sung by Lemmy in his pre-Motorhead days.
The Chemical Brothers - Velodrome
The official theme of the 2012 Olympics cycling events. A bit of a tribute to Kraftwerk, this one.
Shonen Knife - Cycling Is Fun
Well, it is!
Pixies - Tony's Theme
"I got a card in my spokes, I'm practising my jokes, I'm learning!"
The Smiths - This Charming Man
"Punctured bicycle on a hillside desolate…" Well, that's the end of that, then.