A great programme on BBC2 last night [Part1] about the British Rock Band Queen , part 2 tonight


Bicycle Race

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“Bicycle Race”
Single by Queen
from the album Jazz
A-side Fat Bottomed Girls
Released October 13, 1978
Format 7″
Recorded 1978
Genre Rock
Length 3:01
Label EMI, Elektra
Writer(s) Freddie Mercury
Producer Queen and Roy Thomas Baker
Queen singles chronology
It’s Late
Bicycle Race” /
Fat Bottomed Girls
Don’t Stop Me Now
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Bicycle Race” is a single by the English rock band Queen. It was released on their 1978 album Jazz and written by Queen’s frontman Freddie Mercury. It was released as a double A-side single together with the song “Fat Bottomed Girls“. The song is notable for its video featuring a bicycle race with nude women at Wimbledon Stadium, which was edited or even banned in several countries. The song has a very unusual chord progression with numerous modulations, a change of meter (from 4/4 to 3/4) in the bridge, and the multitracked vocal and guitar harmonies.



[edit] Song and video

The song was written by Mercury and was supposedly inspired by his observing a leg of Tour de France.[1][2] It starts with a chorus unaccompanied by instruments. The chorus is followed by two verses connected with a bridge, both followed by a chorus. Around the middle of the song there is a solo played with numerous bicycle bells. During the live performances, it was often played by the audience who specially brought the bells for this purpose. The song has a very unusual chord progression with numerous modulations, a change of meter (from 4/4 to 3/4) in the bridge, and the multitracked vocal and guitar harmonies.[3]

The video for the song became scandalously famous for featuring 65 naked women, all professional models, racing at Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium. It was filmed by Dennis de Vallance. The group rented the stadium and several dozen bikes for one day for filming the scene; however, when the renting company became aware of the way their bikes were used, they requested the group to purchase all the bicycle seats.[1][4][5] The original video was banned in most countries.[citation needed] It was replaced by an edited version where nude close-ups were covered by various inserts.[citation needed]

[edit] Distribution

The song was released as a single and also included in the following albums and box sets: Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody, 15 Of The Best, Queen Live In Concert, Greatest Hits and Jewels II.[6]

The single was mostly distributed in 1978, on 7-inch vinyl records, with “Fat Bottomed Girls” on the B-side and EMI record label. In Argentine, the titles were translated as “Carrera de Bicicletas” and “Chicas Gordas”, respectively. The labels were changed to Pepita in Hungary and to Elektra in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. The Polish issue had the label of Tonpress[7] and either “Spread Your Wing” or nothing on the B-side. Both 7-inch and 12-inch records were issued in the US; there the song also appeared in 1979, on the B-side of the single “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”. In nearly all countries, the covers featured a backside photo of a naked woman on a racing bike, with red bikini painted over the original photo.[1][8] A bra was added to the US covers.[9]

[edit] Personnel

Country Peak
Held during Charted
for (weeks)
Australia 28[10]   9
Austria 21[11] Jan 1979 4
Germany 27[12] 11–18 Dec 1978 12
Ireland 10[13]   7
New Zealand 20[11]   8
The Netherlands 5[11][14] 25 Nov – 2 Dec 1978 11
Norway 7[11]   9
UK 11[10][15] 25 Nov – 2 Dec 1978 12
US 24[10][16]    

[edit] Chart performance and cover versions

The song was covered by

[edit] Gallery

A bicycle race with nude women was held to promote the single and “Fat Bottomed Girls“.

Bicycle Race/Fat Bottomed Girls

The Sunday bike Trek Discovery Channel FRR to ride in the spirit of Lance Armstrong

My recent St Albans 10k medal , first in 21 years.

The cycling weekly’s letter of the week’s winning blackburn computer.

I do like this logo “Tour De France Champion”

The new Fun Run Robbie , racing sportive rig , like Jan Valencia the bike Guru of seaside CA who also swears by Trek.

The Spanish City ,Whitley Bay as featured in Dire Straits “Tunnel of Love”

The Spanish City

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The Spanish City was a permanent fairground in Whitley Bay, a seaside town in the North East of England. It was founded in 1908 and formally opened in 1910, when a dance hall was added. It was largely demolished in the late 1990s. Its centrepiece was its distinctive dome, now a Grade 2 listed building; when it was built it was believed to be the second largest unsupported concrete dome in the UK. There are towers on either side of the entrance to the fairground, and situated on top of them two half-life-size female lead figures, one carrying a cymbal, the other a tambourine. The building’s architects were from the local firm Cackett, Burns Dick—Robert Burns Dick, Charles T. Marshall, and James Cackett.[1]

The band Dire Straits immortalized the Spanish City in their 1980 song, “Tunnel of Love,” and thereafter the song was played every morning when the park opened.



[edit] History

The Spanish City earned its name in 1904 when Charles Elderton, who ran Hebburn‘s Theatre Royal, brought his Toreadors concert party troupe to perform there. The City was formally opened by Robert Mason, chair of the local council, at 7:30 in the evening on Saturday, May 7, 1910, when it was known as The Spanish City and Whitley Pleasure Gardens. The new building housed a 1400-capacity theatre, shops, cafes, and roof gardens. [2]

The Spanish City became the Empress Ballroom in 1920. In 1979 the Rotunda Ballroom was converted into the starlight rooms for live entertainment. Its funfair was extremely popular with fairground rides and amusements, including a ‘Corkscrew’ roller coaster—which is now at Flamingoland in Yorkshire—ghost train and waltzers, the House that Jack Built, and the Fun House.[2] The Dome has had a number of uses over the years as a ballroom, amusement arcade, and Laser Quest Laser Tag Arena. It was also used as a classroom for pupils of Whitley Bay High School during a caretakers’ strike in the 1980s. Most recently it became a live music venue playing host to several bands, including an appearance by Ash in 2001.


Lance Armstrong, the Myth ,The Man, The Ledgend

Levi,Chris the Radio Shack boys, do they really need Aero Helmets

Those 2 visited their spirital home up Mt Baldy yesterday , the 2 have also natural aero helmets , 30 plus boys in the lead of the tour of california, the term “shifty eyed ribena boys” come to mind

The best Cyclists Bar/Cafe in Merry Ye Olde London Town


Right in the center of london, this is where i had a beer or two with the Desert Dog

As asked by the Two Johns Podcast a list of good bike shops in London Town

London’s best bike shops
By Derek AdamsUpdated: Mon Aug 10 2009We round up London’s best bike shops – whether you’re in need of a brand new bike or just need to get a puncture fixed, the capital’s bicycle specialists have it covered
The Chains
Action Bikes
Large franchise chain with branches in Victoria (020 7799 2233), Embankment Place (020 7930 2525) and a few outer London locations like Wimbledon, East Sheen and Staines. Stocks Trek, Marin, Mezzo, Gary Fisher, Pashley and Brompton. Repair service in all branches. www.actionbikes.co.uk
Cycle Surgery
A highly respectable chain, with branches in Camden (020 7485 1000), Highbury (020 7697 2848), West Hampstead (020 7431 4300), Selfridges, Oxford Street (020 7318 2448) two Spitalfields stores (one branch for high-tech mountain and road biking on 020 7375 3088; the other specialising in commuter cycles, on 020 7392 8920), and one in Holborn (0207 269 7070). Bikes stocked include Dahon, Marin, Ridgeback, Brompton, Mezzo, Wilier, Giant, Specialized and Orange. All branches offer a very competent repair service. www.cyclesurgery.com
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FW Evans
Evans is one of the largest chains in Britain, with a whopping fourteen stores in or around Central London: Clerkenwell (0845 070 3739); Holborn (0845 070 3737); St Paul’s (0845 070 3741); Victoria (0845 070 3742); Waterloo, The Cut (0845 070 3732); Waterloo Road (0845 070 3733); West End, Rathbone Place (0845 070 3736); Canary Wharf (0870 164 4037); Fulham (020 7384 5550); Fenchurch Street (020 7283 6750); London Bridge (020 7403 4610); Spitalfields (020 7426 0391); Wandsworth (020 7580 4107); and a brand new addition in Clapham (0845 634 4300). Bike brands stocked include Specialized, Trek, Ridgeback, Bianchi, Kona, GT, Scott, Cannondale, Brompton, Dahon and Airframe. Repairs and servicing is carried out at many of its branches. The Clerkenwell branch, for instance, has an extremely impressive and comprehensive servicing area, where bikes are cleaned, scrutinised, tweaked and repaired quickly and professionally. Service prices start from £50 – a small price to make your bike feel as good as new. www.evanscycles.com

This enormous motorspares chain is also a convenient place to shop for bike-related goodies. It stocks a decent range of accessories, and a fair smattering of ultra cheap (and, one must add, hideously heavy) bikes from Apollo, plus a few more respectable models, including its own Carrera brand. It’s an especially good emporium for kids’ bikes. Bear in mind, though, that the bike you buy will need to be built out of a box, so you may not be able to carry the bike out with you on the day of purchase. Unfortunately, service these days is a bit hit-and-miss. But, hey, you can park with ease, and even get a few extra car-related parts in the process. Call 08450 579 000 or see www.halfords.com for your nearest store.
Central London

An excellent specialist on commuter bikes and cycle-based transport in general, Bikefix stocks a range of some of the most unusual bikes on the planet, including a range of recumbents and cargo carriers. It’s also a good stop for foldups, including those from Brompton, Birdy, Giant, Airnimal and Fahrrad Manufaktur. Bikefix boasts one of London’s better service departments.
48 Lamb’s Conduit St, WC1 (020 7405 1218/www.bikefix.co.uk)
Condor Cycles
This hugely impressive emporium stocks Cervello, Airnimal, Ridgeback, Marin, Brompton, Mezzo, Dahon, Specialized, Look and Colnago, plus its own brand of great racing and touring bikes. Condor is also famed for its workshop and hand-built wheels. Unrivalled for spares too.
51-53 Gray’s Inn Rd, WC1 (020 7269 6820/www.condorcycles.com)
Cavendish Cycles
Standard Central London cycle shop selling Trek, Brompton, Scott, Orbea, Giant, Pashley and Dahon. Bike repairs are undertaken.
136-138 New Cavendish St, W1 (020 7631 5060/cavendishcycles.wordpress.com)

Bespoke bike-fitting and custom bike-building service aimed predominantly at the serious road racing market. They stock frames by Serotta, Colnago, and their own brand, Glider. Also a few top-drawer components.
11-13 Macklin St, Covent Gdn, WC2 (020 7430 0083/www.cyclefit.co.uk)
On Your Bike
This very popular store has 15,000 square feet of shopfloor space, allegedly making it ‘the largest bike shop in Europe’. Stocks Trek, Mezzo, Marin, Whyte, Dawes, Brompton, Gary Fisher and Cannondale. Repairs and accessories also.
52 – 54 Tooley St, London Bridge, SE1 (020 7378 6669/www.onyourbike.com)
Recommended local shops
Bicycle Magic
Recommended store stocking Brompton, Dahon, Giant, Koga Miyata, Ridgeback and Rocky Mountain. Efficient authorised Shimano service centre too.
6 Greatorex Street, Whitechapel, E1 5NF (020 7375 2993/www.bicyclemagic.com)

Bicycle Workshop
Bespoke and very well-known repair centre, mainly for commuter bikes. It also stocks a range of rare spares from the likes of Sturmey Archer and, allegedly, every Brooks saddle available. Open Tuesday to Saturday only, closed between 2pm and 3pm.
27 All Saint’s Rd, W11 (020 7229 4850/www.bicycleworkshop.co.uk)

SBR Sports
SBR stands for swim, bike and run, so this is the place for all you tri-athletes. SBR recently took over this large premises from Bonthrone Bikes. It stocks a wide range of brands from Gary Fisher, Dahon, Trek and Felt to Cannondale, Cervelo, Scott and Commencal. Loads of triathlon stuff, too, including running shoes. Repairs department.
917 – 919 Fulham Rd, Fulham, SW6 (020 7731 5005/www.sbrsports.com)

Brixton Cycles
Friendly, knowledgeable emporium stocking Surly, De Rosa, Brompton, Trek and Specialized. Good workshop service plus morning emergency repairs.
145 Stockwell Rd, Brixton, SW9 (020 7733 6055/www.brixtoncycles.co.uk)

Chamberlaine & Son
A great place for kids’ bikes, Chamberlaine also sells adult kit from Giant, Trek, GT, Kona, Orbea, Raleigh, Dawes, Pashley and Gary Fisher. Next-day repairs. No website.
75 -77 Kentish Town Rd, NW1 (020 7485 3983)

Compton Cycles
Stocks Dahon, Brompton, Ridgeback, Trek, Raleigh, GT and an excellent range of kiddy bikes, including some gorgeous wooden models from Likabike. Repair service.
23-25 Catford Hill, SE6 (020 8690 0141/www.comptoncycles.co.uk)

Cycle Warehouse
Stocks Raleigh, Ridgeback, Claud Butler and Giant. Repair service.
228 Trafalgar Rd, Greenwich, SE10 (020 8293 9180/www.luvbikes.com)

Tidy store stocking a decent range from Giant, Ridgeback, Cannondale, Pashley, Mezzo and Specialized. Popular repair service. Branch in Kensington too (262 Ken High St, 020 7603 7626).
256 Fulham Road, Chelsea, SW1 (0207 351 5776/www.cyclopediauk.com)

Herne Hill Bicycles
Excellent commuter-oriented shop stocking Brompton, Ridgeback and Genesis. Reports of a good repair service.
83 Norwood Road, Herne Hill, SE24 (020 8671 6900/www.hhbikes.co.uk)

Mosquito Bikes
Excellent shop sporting a diverse selection of brands from Marin, Scott, Colnago, Mezzo, Ridgeback, Genesis, Moots, Independent Fabrications and Litespeed. Also very good for repairs and servicing: friendly, trustworthy and efficient.
123 Essex Rd, N1 (020 7226 8765/www.mosquito-bikes.co.uk)

Two Wheels Good
A popular and friendly North London biking haunt with an efficient Shimano-authorised repair centre. Stocks Trek, Lemond. Closed on Sundays because they’re out on a bike ride, which you can join if you turn up at the shop at 9.00am. Best to call them first, though, and be sure you can stick to a brisk pace for around 50 miles! Second branch on Stoke Newingon Church Street (020 7249 2200).
143 Crouch Hill, Crouch End, N8 (020 8340 4284/www.twowheelsgood.co.uk)

Witcomb’s Cycles
Few cycle shops come more established than this. Ernie Witcomb’s been building and selling his own branded frames and complete bicycles since 1949. As we write, he and his son Barrie are about to unleash a classy retro version of a 1958 Tour de France frame. Yours for £995.
25 Tanner’s Hill, Deptford. SE8 (020 8692 1734/www.witcombcycles.com)

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A great article sent to me from my cycling buddy from Iowa City Mr Mauro Heck.

I’d like to thank Micah for inviting me here to talk about bike commuting. I’m sure he thinks I’m going to talk about bike commuting. All you folks probably came here thinking that I’m going to talk about bike commuting, but I’ve got to confess, I’m not actually going to talk that much about bike commuting. What I am going to talk about today is how we get where we need to go and ways to do that without getting in a car and driving. I’m going to talk about bad things and good things and walking and biking and taking the bus. I hope you find it worth your time.

I’m going to start today with a quote from one of my favorite authors, the novelist T.C. Boyle. Boyle is describing one of his characters who actually isn’t actually stuck in traffic at this moment, she’s in her kitchen which is within hearing distance of the freeway:

“A horn sounds out on the freeway, a sudden sharp buzz of irritation and rebuke, and then another answers and another. She pictures the drivers, voluntarily caged, one hand clamped to the wheel, the other to the cell phone. They want. All of them. They want things, space, resources, attention to their immediate needs, but they’re getting none of it–or not enough. Never enough. Of course, she’s one of them, though her needs are more moderate, or at least she likes to think so.”

— T.C. Boyle, When the Killing’s Done

We’ve all been there, right? Stuck, not where we need to be. Irritated.

One phrase sticks in my head. “Voluntarily caged…” My initial reaction is to object, “no I have to be…” where ever it is I need to be. “Need” as in “I need to be at work on time” or “I need to wear a suit for this presentation and can’t be all sweaty” or “I need to drop my kids off at school or pick up the groceries at Costco…” Need. As in I need to drive.

But do we all need to drive, all the time? If we’re all on the freeway or on Front Street at the same time, our needs are our undoing. There has to be a better way.

There is a better way. I know it. I live it, right here in this little town. I don’t drive, I haven’t driven in years. I’m happier and healthier since I don’t spend my life voluntarily caged. And later I’ll answer whatever questions you have about living car-free in a car-centric world but right now I’m not going to tell you that you don’t need to drive to work. I don’t know what your situation is. But I am going to suggest one simple thing that will improve your life and the lives of all of us. It’ll save you money and improve your health. It’ll make the air cleaner and the roads less crowded. It’s really simple.

Drive less.

That’s it.

Now here are some stats to back up this simple idea.

Most trips Americans make are short: 49% are less than 3 miles, 39% are less than 2 miles, and 24% are less than 1 mile. For trips less than a mile, I’ll probably walk. I love biking, I’m a bike guy and I work in a bike shop but if I’m going less than a mile, I walk. I don’t find it to be worth the time to strap on my helmet, unlock & lock my bike. Why in the world would I drive that distance?

Now you might be thinking that driving is quicker or you can haul more stuff or it’s more comfortable but think about parking. Think about traffic. Think about what you really need to haul from here to there. Sure, maybe you drive some trips. But do you have to drive every trip?

My carfree wife loves to recount the tale of the only time she was late to a church meeting. It was a rainy evening and Christine accepted the offer of a car ride from a well-meaning friend. And of course they wound up stuck in traffic on Front Street. On foot, under her umbrella on the damp days, Christine’s trips are consistently quicker and less stressful.

Let’s talk for a bit about health. 3 hours of biking per week reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke by 50%. 50% is a lot. In fact, it’s huge. If a drug had that kind of effect, it’d be worth billions.

Now you can get that 3 hours a week in lots of ways, fun ways & useful ways. And that’s the thing, biking is fun. Remember when you were a kid, the thrill of going someplace under your own power? That fun is still there.

Maybe you ride on the trail along Lake Sammamish or maybe you ride on some of the quieter streets in your neighborhood. Find someplace you want to ride and ride there. I’ve got a nice stash of King County Bike Maps here and I’ll be happy to give you one. And if you’ve got questions about biking anywhere around here, ask me.

I sometimes refer to myself as a retired bike commuter because I now live four blocks the Bicycle Center, the shop where I work. It’s less than a mile, so I walk to work. In April I joined this thing called the 30 Days of Biking in which I made the pledge to ride my bike everyday. Just a bit, there was no minimum distance requirement. So I just went out and rode. I decided I’d post a picture everyday and blog about it. I wound up exploring this town quite a bit and I rode into Seattle a few times. Many days I only rode for a couple of miles, maybe to the coffee shop or the grocery store. It adds up. In April, I rode 237 miles.

Since I like the coffee at Tully’s and the granola bars at Trader Joe’s, one of my very common trips is from downtown Issaquah (I live two doors east of City Hall) to the commercial area north of I-90. Since there’s the north branch of City Hall up there, I imagine some of you city employees might make this trip often as well. I’m here to tell you, it’s a nice trip by bike, thanks to the many fine trails we have in this city. I’ve seen deer on the trail and eagles soaring on the thermals. I don’t feel trapped or caged on the trip, I feel alive.

If you don’t feel like walking or biking, we have a good shuttle bus in our town, the Route 200 Freebie. Studies have shown that “people who live in communities with high-quality public transportation drive less, exercise more, live longer, and are generally healthier than residents of communities that lack quality public transit.” And every mile you are not driving is more money in your pocket.

While biking, walking or taking the bus are clearly good for you, you also help make things better for all of us by with every trip you don’t take in your car. Traffic congestion wastes nearly 3 billion gallons of gas per year in the U.S. For every 1 mile pedaled or walked rather than driven, about 1 pound of CO² is saved. Those little steps you take get us all a bit closer to a better place for all of us.

You don’t have to make a big change in your life to make a difference in the world. What I’m suggesting today is a moderate manifesto, a small commitment to drive a bit less and to move around a bit more under your own power. You’ll be healthier, you’ll save money and you won’t be stuck. You’ll be moving toward the better world we’re all building, one step and one pedal stroke at a time.