Bicycle Sound Effects! Spinning, Pedaling & Shifting Gears!

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Recording Bicycle sound effects in Germany & Singapore

These recordings are from 2017 and I included several new sounds from Singapore to this album.

One of my best friends has a bike shop in Germany and before we flew back to the United Stated I recorded several bicycle sound effects in his living room.

Before Libby and I started our journey around the world I did competitive road cycling, triathlon and loved to run half marathon.

I loved cycling the most but after a stupid accident and five operations on my left hand, I couldn’t train with the same high-intensity then before.

We had five bikes in my friends house and one mechanic 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 Sven went to the famous Eroica Race in Italy. The newest road bike was from 2017.

I recorded following bicycle sound effects 

  • 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

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Recording The Mechanic Stand

The mechanic stand itself creates some fantastic noises. After I was done with all the bikes I spent some time with it to open and close it. It has some great rattle sounds in it.

I also include several new bicycle recordings inside this album recorded in Singapore. You can easily rent city bikes by using an app. You check where the next bike is available and with your phone, you can lock and unlock the bikes.

This creates a fantastic”hidden” sound that we captured with the contact microphone. You can use this sound for anything that has to be locked or unlocked with an electronic sound. On top of that, we recorded the ringer and the shifter.
You can find these recordings in the Bandcamp album as number 9,10 and 11.

Later we took the city bikes and drove to the east coast. One of the bikes had horrible breaks that are great to record.
We went to a small tunnel under the highway and recorded the sound of the squeaking brakes and simulated an accident by “crashing” into the wall and on the stairs!
You can find these recordings in the Bandcamp album as number 7,8,9.

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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.

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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