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Make your bike sound like a motorcycle!!!!

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.
WATCH THE VIDEO TO LISTEN TO THE BIKE!!
 
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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.

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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!!
Speedster449 months ago
Try this with a whole deck of cards...
cenglish42 years ago
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
But that will wear down your tires, or worse...
jongscx1 year ago
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.
dkingsbury2 years ago
this is cool I saw something like this on Vat19.com
http://www.vat19.com/dvds/turbospoke-bicycle-exhaust-system.cfm
kdw20605 years ago
as kids, we always used laundry-clips to attach the cards in stead of tape
mark429 kdw20603 years ago
that's how we did it back in the 80's ;-)
1990cujo3 years ago
i tried this when i was young never worked
melraeart3 years ago
i used to do this when i was a kid all the time. hahaha good memories!
K1TK4T 1173 years ago
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
I do this all the time but I use duct tape and cut up milk jugs way more sound from one of those.
 It sounds like Harley-Davidson!
true!
elgin995 years ago
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!
beyondimagination (author)  elgin995 years ago
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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sharlston5 years ago
you could also use a zip tie
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 E5 years ago
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.
beyondimagination (author)  Mister E5 years ago
The reason that i advise NOT to use plastic is actually because that it can loosen your spokes.
sounds nice, though I'm aiming for something lower pitched
Try it with a thin zip tie.
*nods* I see what you mean...
harley_rly5 years ago
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
beyondimagination (author)  harley_rly5 years ago
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.
tacopsp6 years ago
freaking cool , im going to do that
beyondimagination (author)  tacopsp6 years ago
Hey thanks, happy you like it.
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