OT: Bicycles That Carry Powerful Beats, and Even a Rider or Two



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vey

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http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/29/nyregion/29bikes.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

A new biker gang is roaming the streets of Richmond Hill, Queens. This
crew of mostly teenagers can be seen riding along 103rd Avenue just west
of the Van Wyck Expressway. The bikes roar, but the booming sound has
nothing to do with engines — because there are no engines. They are
ordinary bicycles, not motorcycles, although these contraptions look and
sound more like rolling D.J. booths. They are outfitted with elaborate
stereo systems installed by the youths.

“This one puts out 5,000 watts and cost about $4,000,” said Nick Ragbir,
18, tinkering with his two-wheeled sound system, with its powerful
amplifier, two 15-inch bass woofers and four midrange speakers. It plays
music from his iPod and is powered by car batteries mounted on a sturdy
motocross bike.

The riders are of Guyanese and Trinidadian background. In those
countries, turning bicycles into rolling outdoor sound systems is a
popular hobby.

“It’s really big where I come from in Trinidad,” Mr. Ragbir said. “When
I first came to New York, I started with two little speakers. People
here thought I was crazy because no one here has really ever seen it,
except maybe for some Spanish dudes with a radio strapped to their
handlebars.”

He added: “People say, ‘It’s the next best thing to having a system in a
car.’ But it’s better because you don’t even have to roll down the
windows.”

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Werehatrack

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On Fri, 30 Nov 2007 07:58:00 -0500, vey <[email protected]> may have
said:

>The riders are of Guyanese and Trinidadian background. In those
>countries, turning bicycles into rolling outdoor sound systems is a
>popular hobby.


At least it appears that they aren't playing that *&^%$#@ obnoxious
thump-thump abuse-oriented (c)rap.

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