Cycling, ladies and gents, can be very onomatopoeic. Especially, when one is explaining the mechanics of it. One always involves aural cues to explain to the audience, what they should look out for, re. various cycle parts.
Rishabh and I have a system of keeping an ear out for explanations from Pavan and Nikhil â€“ who will be called Cacofonix and Euphonix respectively, for the rest of this post.
â€œLikely to have your frame going DRRRRRRâ€
â€œOn a roadbike, your brake pads donâ€™t have too much give. It just goes plakkk!â€
â€œThere is nothing else on earth like the sound of a bike. Like the CL 250. It makes a metallic soundâ€¦ like nnnâ€¦ dhinnnnnâ€¦ dhinnnâ€¦ dhinnnnnâ€¦â€
â€œListen to the Long haul Truckerâ€™s chainâ€¦ it has that lovvvvely mechanic sssrrrrrrrrrrrrr. A-ha!â€
â€œWhen your tyre sounds like this taktaktaktak â€“ you know you might not have a puncture but certainly low airâ€
â€œAt that point, your knees should be locked out, hips should not be moving side to side, like jagajagajaga like this.â€
â€œThe foddle. Erâ€¦ the saddle forwardâ€¦â€ (okay. That wasnâ€™t truly in the spirit of things, but hey)
â€œAiii! Ahhh. Ohhh. Nice wheels, those Fast Forward ones!â€
â€œIf you hear a sound like this â€“ badabadabadabadabada, it is possibly the chain.â€
â€œNo, the Surly is more like zzzzzzzzrrrrrrrrrzzzz.â€
â€œI was sooo happy with my bike, I was going faaaast, like zzzwwiiiiiiiiiii on the Ulsoor lake road and just past RBANMS, pataaaar! Next thing you know, I was on the road and all other vehicles were safely whizzing past gzzzzrrrrrrrrrrrrr at some distanceâ€
Now if I say, â€œfriends, cyclists, countrymen, lend me your earsâ€, youâ€™ll probably happily hand â€˜em over and not want â€˜em back! 🙂
Welcome to the sounds of the bike store!
Horn ok please ! 😉