Introduction: Make Your Bike Sound Like a Motorcycle!!!!

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Man up your possibly new way to save gas money or just try to be more noticed by cars or pedestrians, whatever it is you can did this to any bike with spokes and with stuff you see about everyday.

Step 1: Get Your Stuff!

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you will need:

Playing card
Mask tape or Blue painters tape (not pictured)

Step 2: Tape It Up!!!

Use your masking tape to not mess up your paint job and tape the card on the frame making sure the card touches the spokes.

Step 3: .....

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Ride it! Wake up the neighbors the sound is actually pretty loud and the faster you go the more it sounds like a motorcycle! Note: if you constantly ride fast the card will end up ripping. The movie will have sound at the end to have you listen to the bike!!


MillennialDIYer (author)2017-11-15

I hope by now you finally upgraded to a motorcycle that sounds like a motorcycle!

johng652 (author)2016-05-19

I used to do the same thing back in the sevnties. You might want to try using plastic playing cards. Punch a couple of holes in them and use zip ties to secure to the frame. In the diy spirit you could use a amplifier and loud speaker to play a motorcycle ring tone. Sometimes the simplest hacks are the most satisfying though. Good job on the write-up.

SimonW6 (author)2015-03-16

Use the plastic from plastic storage bins instead of playing cards and zip ties to fasten them. Also, you want the plastic to overlap by about half a centimeter.

Speedster44 (author)2013-10-24

Try this with a whole deck of cards...

cenglish4 (author)2011-11-19

cool, but all u really have to do is run over a can with ur back tire, make sure its stuck, then drive and that works fine too

Speedster44 (author)cenglish42013-10-24

But that will wear down your tires, or worse...

jongscx (author)2012-08-28

Another thing to think about, you can "tune" it by moving the card either towards or away from the center.

The closer it is, the lower the frequency because the inner part of the tire moves "slower" than the outer part and "thwaps" the card slower.

Near the edge of the tire, it's moving rather quickly and will even begin to buzz and drone.

dkingsbury (author)2011-12-12

this is cool I saw something like this on

kdw2060 (author)2009-01-12

as kids, we always used laundry-clips to attach the cards in stead of tape

mark429 (author)kdw20602011-04-26

that's how we did it back in the 80's ;-)

1990cujo (author)2011-04-23

i tried this when i was young never worked

melraeart (author)2011-04-03

i used to do this when i was a kid all the time. hahaha good memories!

K1TK4T 117 (author)2010-08-12

i accidently did this yesterday, i got a leaf stuck in my tires and because it was a dry 1 it sounded just like a bike! im gona do uit properly 2day

the_burrito_master (author)2010-03-18

I do this all the time but I use duct tape and cut up milk jugs way more sound from one of those.

HADJISTYLLIS (author)2009-11-03

 It sounds like Harley-Davidson!

cambigfoot (author)HADJISTYLLIS2010-01-29


elgin99 (author)2009-06-21

I am a kid and I love doing this but my cards keep falling off! I tried using water bottles. They fall out so I tied them and now my bike looks like crap! I NEED HELP!

cut a slit in the card so the tape can fit inside of it then make figure 8's with the tape so the card is taped to the frame within the card.

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sharlston (author)2009-05-08

you could also use a zip tie

arapahochris (author)2008-11-06

Nice to see an old idea come back, as kids in the early 1960s we used to all do this. Still a fun idea and maybe now a good safety device to warn pedestrians!

Mister E (author)2008-09-20

Yo! Try using a square piece of plastic cut from one of those thin green flower pots. RrrrrRRRRrrr! Caveat: might do a number on your spokes after a while.

The reason that i advise NOT to use plastic is actually because that it can loosen your spokes.

Bright Shadow (author)2008-08-21

sounds nice, though I'm aiming for something lower pitched

Try it with a thin zip tie.

*nods* I see what you mean...

harley_rly (author)2008-08-03

it would be pretty cool to try adding multiple cards and maybe have some them double stacked so theres two cards on some of them

you can put as many cards as you want, in different spots, if you stack cards together you will get a weird sound. I put like 8 in different spots and it was really loud.

tacopsp (author)2008-07-23

freaking cool , im going to do that

Hey thanks, happy you like it.

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