Bicycle Sound Effects! Spinning, Pedaling & Shifting Gears!

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One of my best friends has a bike shop in Germany and after before we flew back the US we spent about 8 weeks in Germany. Before I started traveling around the world I did tons of sport and cycling was one of my main activities. I loved cycling but after a stupid accident and five operations on my left hand, I couldn’t do it anymore with the same training effort than before.But If I go to Germany or Switzerland I always hit the road. After we came home from the last ride, I    thought why not record the sound of the bicycles?

We had five bikes in the house and one bike stand. I took each bike and played around with it. Each bike is different in age and components.
We have a Shimano Dura Ace, SRAM Red and Force, and a Campagnolo Mix. Also, the age is different. The oldest bike is from 1960 and it drove already at the famous Eroica Race in Italy. The newest bike is from 2017 if I am correct.
What did I record?

    • I put the bike on the bike stand and pumped air in one tire.
    • shifting the gears
    • pedaling-fast and slow
    • used a pencil to hold on the spokes “cling cling” 🙂
    • folding the bike stand together what is a separate recording!
    • breaking the brakes
    • release air out of the tire and pumping up the tire again

These are the bikes in the video and the bike stand that you normally use for repairing!

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2 comments

Milan January 8, 2018 at 3:58 pm

Thanks for the sounds! I’ll take the liberty to point out to a problem, there is room reverberation in the recordings, and if you plan on using it on film postproduction, you’ll notice almost all the scenes with bikes are exterior.

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freesounds January 8, 2018 at 11:09 pm

Hi Milan. Thank you so much for pointing out this problem. Is there anything I could do in post to make it better sounding? Is it the same with the uncompressed downloadable versions? Next time when I do this kind of recording I try to have the microphone really close to the gears and chain. The recorder was just to far away I guess. Let me know 🙂

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