Despite reaching number one in ten countries and number two in the UK, it’s possible that Cheap Thrills by the Australian singer Sia passed you by. Even if that’s the case, you could probably guess that a bicycle wasn’t the only instrument used on the original, as it apparently is on this cover version by Kurt Hugo Schneider and singer Kina Grannis.
This is not the first time a bike’s been used to make music. In 2014, Johnnyrandom took a childhood fascination with “the sound of the spokes” and expanded it to explore the full range of sounds that a bike can make to produce his debut single, Bespoken.
Back in 2011, composer Roger Lima created a track entitled Specialized Beats, for which he employed two Specialized mountain bikes as percussion instruments.
More recently, a man appeared on Britain’s Got Talent spinoff show, Got Talent Global, playing a bike he’d drilled and adapted so that it could be played like a flute.