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People's Choice: Your favourite songs about bikes and cycling revealed

Top tunes about two-wheelers

What a response we got to our request for the best songs about bikes and cycling! The entries flooded in, and we have a 30-strong have  list of songs about cycling as a result.

Before we get to the winners, though, a word about eligibility. We got suggestions of songs that might be about cycling, but might not. We decided that simply using the word ‘ride’ in the lyrics, or being open to interpretation as being about cycling wasn’t enough: a song had to actually mention bikes or cycling to qualify.

That eliminated, among others: Hawkwind’s Silver Machine; It’s a climb by Hannah Montana; Bullet the Blue Sky by U2 (despite it figuring prominently in Paul Kimmage’s Rough Ride) and Machineries of Joy by British Sea Power, despite the video.

We also eliminated entries with several songs listed. Please read the guidelines, folks.

Only one band was mentioned more than once: the Wirral’s mighty Half Man Half Biscuit. Lead singer and songwriter Nigel Blackwell is a keen rider, and was even giving Tour de France podium tips when he played Cambridge recently.

Before we get to the top five, here’s the full list of the runners-up:

20= B-I-C-Y-C-L-E by The Kerplunks — 1%

20= Pedal Pusher by Abdominal — 1%

20= Lilac Harry Quinn by Half Man Half Biscuit — 1%

20= Bartali by Paolo Conte — 1%

20= Excavating Rita by Half Man Half Biscuit — 1%

20= Ride On by Chris Hill (B side to Bionic Santa) — 1%

20= Medway Wheelers by Wild Billy Childish And The Buff Medways — 1%

20= The Bike Song by Mark Ronson and The Business Intl — 1%

20= Leonardo's Bicycle by the Uncle Devil Show — 1%

20= 9 Million Bicycles by Katie Melua — 1%

13= Rockin' Bicycle by Fats Domino — 2%

13= The Acoustic Motorbike by Luka Bloom — 2%

13= I like my bike by Kimya Dawson — 2%

13= The Push Bike Song by Mungo Jerry (here's the original by The Mixtures) — 2%

13= Daisy Bell (sung by Gerald Adams) — 2% (A rather different version by Blur)

13= Handlebars by Flobots — 2%

13= The Bike Song by The Grave Architects — 2%

8= Abdou Theme by Abdoujaparov — 3%

8= This Charming Man by The Smiths — 3%

8= Happy Cycling by Boards of Canada — 3%

8= Broken Bicycles by Tom Waits — 3%

8= My White Bicycle by Nazareth (here's the original by Tomorrow and a version by Niel from the Young Ones) — 3%

7 Performance by MC SpandX — 4%

6 Bike Rider by Mungo's Hi Fi — 5%

The Top 5

4= Bike by Pink Floyd — 6%

4= Motherfucking Bike by The Sons of Science — 6%

3 See that my bike's kept clean by Half Man Half Biscuit — 7%

2 Bicycle race by Queen — 16%

1 Tour de France by Kraftwerk — 19%


John has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.

He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.

Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for Along with founder Tony Farrelly, John was on the launch team for and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.

John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.

He joined in 2013. He lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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Baj22 | 10 posts | 7 years ago
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Awe man I missed this. Nobody's nominated or voted for Bicycle Song by The Chilli's 

Baj22 | 10 posts | 7 years ago

Awe man I missed this. Nobody's nominated or voted for Bicycle Song by The Chilli's 

The _Kaner | 1316 posts | 7 years ago

haha Flobots got 2%...2% more than I expected..

Edgeley | 548 posts | 7 years ago

Thank goodness it wasn't Queen, and all praise to HMHB.


But where was Peter Shelley's original C4 tdf theme?

RPK | 107 posts | 7 years ago

"White Horse" by Me For Queen.


It's a whole album of bicycle-related songs.  In particular "White Bike" is a great, haunting song/video.

Fifth Gear | 235 posts | 7 years ago

It's a fact that Hawkwind's Silver Machine was about a bicycle.

Daveyraveygravey | 1036 posts | 7 years ago

Guidelines, schmeidlines. All those songs in your top 20 are shite, even the ones I know (!). The Passenger poops on all of them

Alf0nse | 66 posts | 7 years ago

Late to the game but "No Cars Go" by arcade fire

mostly | 80 posts | 7 years ago

At least Queen didn't win.

Wookie replied to mostly | 237 posts | 7 years ago

mostly wrote:

At least Queen didn't win.


Damn Queen didn’t win

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