Mechanical

Mechanical

Mechanical (2016) explores the sound and physicality of worn, old and broken bicycles and parts.

The Piece

Take a bike for a spin. Listen and respond as the landscape whizzes past. Play all of the beautiful, rhythmic clunks, ticks and whirrs the chain makes as it skips, slips or slides over the sprockets. Or listen to the hub of the wheel as the bearings rub, rasp or grind against the inside of the wheel  as you travel through this world of bicycle sound.

Linger and appreciate the sight and the sound of this world of bicycles before moving on and perhaps taking another journey, with another bike to another  place.

The Definitions

Adjective:

  1.         Relating to machines or machinery
  2.         Relating to physical forces or motion; physical

In Cycling Parlance:

The term  ‘mechanical’ can be used to describe a multitude of common mishaps including punctures, broken spokes, gears slipping, chain snapping, cables fraying, brakes failing, bottom bracket breaking, headset creaking.