On occasion, I retreat to the War Room where I (wrongfully) convince myself that I know how to work on a bike. Except for last week when I rather successfully installed a front derailleur* cable (with the help of a telephone call to John E.)
I then started thinking about the best band/artist to listen to while working on a bike. It was a tie:
-Bob Dylan, especially the album Highway 61 Revisited. Eddy Merckx totally listened to this album while tweaking his bike in preparation for his first Roubaix win in '68.
-Anything by Will Oldham, who also goes by the names Palace Music, Palace Brothers, and Bonnie Prince Billy. Some tracks by him can be found here, here, and here. I can't really think of any connection of this guy to biking, except for the fact that a bunch of hipsters showed up to his last show at a record shop on their fixies.
Is that a sweet 'stache or what?
So what's playing in your War Room?
* For an amusing diatribe about the proper way to spell and pronounce the word "derailleur", read this article.