Friday, January 04, 2008

Soundtrack of the War Room

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.

record store show

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.


Gary said...

For me, it's only Eric Clapton.

In all honesty, I don't listen to music when working on bikes. I usually want to get the repair or adjustment or damage done ASAP.

Perhaps if I listened to music, I would enjoy working on bike more...

Ray Huang said...

Really like Will Oldham!! Thanks!!

Jazz is usually my go to for about anything and it works for wrenching too.