I vividly remember when I turned my bicycle into a motorbike sounds monster, I was the envy of the street, all of my friends were chasing me trying to figure out how my bicycle was purring like a Harley Davidson monster!
Turning your bicycle into a motorbike sounding engine is pretty straightforward and easy to do, it comes down to the sound produced when a firm piece of material (plastic, cardboard, but still flexible enough to bend) contacts the rotating spokes at speed which then produces a motorbike like engine sound. Here is how you can do this for your own bicycle:
How Can I Make My Bike Sound Like A Motorbike?
You simply securely attach once half of a playing card to the bicycle frame (opposite the back tire) and make sure that the other of the playing cards can contact the moving spokes of your back bicycle wheel. The contact between the hardened card and rotating spokes is what produces the motorbike-like sounding sound vibrations, the faster you cycle the more of a noise the contact between the playing card the back tire will be. Here Are Step By Step Instructions:
What You Will Need:
Step 1: Attaching The Card To The Bicycle Frame
Using ideally masking tape, but feel free to use any tape that you have handy, attach the card onto the bicycle frame that is closest to the bicycle wheel spokes. I suggested masking tape as this is far more likely to securely stick to the metal of the bicycle frame, regular sticky tape may not be able to stick to the metal of the frame as well as masking tape or insulation tape
Before attaching the card to the frame, carefully position the card so that it will have a good half proportion in contact with the bicycle spokes, so you want to aim to have at least 25% of the card in contact with the rotating spoke, too little contact will result in the card not making a loud enough or noticeable enough sound when it hits the rotating spokes
Once you have a good positioned, were the 35% or 40% of the card is going to be hitting the rotating spokes and and the other half securely taped on the frame then you can finally take the card onto the frame
Step 2: Off You Go….
When you have the card securely taped onto the frame, there is only one way to test it by cycling…Be prepared that it may take a couple of attempts if it’s your first time doing this to get it right. Remember you want to aim to have at least 25% and above (35% to 40%) of the card in contact with the rotating spoke, too little contact will result in the card not making a loud enough or noticeable enough sound
Step 3: Removing The Card & Tape
If you want to remove the card without damaging the paint work then I would suggest using a scissors to carefully cut away at the masking tape. Occasionally the masking tape will remove some of the bicycles frame paintwork, you can always re-paint over the spots that the masking tape has removed
What Are All Objects Can I Use To Make A Motorbike Sound On My Bicycle?
If you want to up that anty and noise produced by a card you can always use a harder material to get more of an impact when it impacts with the rotating spokes. Alternative include using a firm but flexible piece of hardened plastic (about the same size of a playing card), you can simple drill/punch two holes in one end of it to securely fasten it with cable ties/straps
Another alternative to using a piece of card is to use a portable speaker, using a mobile phone simple play motorbike like sound as you cycle or your child cycles, that’s what technology is for, right!….
How Can I Make My Bike Sound Like A Dirt Bike?
Unsurprisingly using different objects generates different sounds waves, and in turn can make your bicycle purr like a dirtbike, chopper or a road motorcycle depending on the objects that you use. Using an empty water bottle, the sound generated comes close to a dirt bike like sound from the exhaust, here is how to use a water bottle on your bicycle:
Step 1: Attaching The Water Bottle To The Bike
Using a regular sized water bottle, you’ll want to flatten it down so that it can fit in between the tire and the frame of the bicycle. Next to secure it in place with a strip of masking tape, however this step is not always needed as the rotating wheel generally keeps it in one spot and prevents the water bottle from slipping out of place
Step 2: Off You Go….
When you have the water bottle securely taped onto the frame, then it time t put it to the test, there is only one way to test it by cycling…Be prepared that it may take a couple of attempts if it’s your first time doing this to get it right
How Can I Make My Bike Sound Like A Chopper Bike?
Due to the popularity of turning your motorcycle into a purring machine like a Harley Davidson monster, there are now products that can achieve a better effect than a typical playing card, introducing TurboSpoke
TurboSpoke allows you to make nearly any bicycle look and sound like a growling motorbike with the TurboSpoke Bicycle Exhaust System. With installation taking less than five minutes, the TurboSpoke utilizes durable “Motocards” and an effective clamping and amplification system to make your bike roar like a four stroke engine
Each TurboSpoke comes equipped with three waterproof Motocards, which each produce a different engine sound when struck by the spokes of your bicycle. The lightweight and durable exhaust “pipe” acts like a horn to increase the volume produced by the Motocard. Includes 15 stickers to decorate the TurboSpoke. Installation requires an allen wrench which is included. Motocard refill packs are available
I hope you enjoyed this article and if you have anything to add, then leave a comment down below. All of the information has been thoroughly researched and I have plenty of real world experience on this issue to add as well. Thanks for reading and enjoy!