I need more cowbell.
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Well, lookie here! Even Sheldon Brown had something to say about this, back in 1998:
From: Sheldon Brown - view profile
Date: Tues, Jun 23 1998 12:00 am
Email: Sheldon Brown <CaptB...@sheldonbrown.com>
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Richard Strayer wrote:
> You know, after I wrote the suggestion that somebody revise the playing
> card-in-the-spokes idea it ocurred to me that entire generations of
> kids will probably never experience this cheap thrill. Not to date
> myself, but when I was growing up clothespins, playing cards and spoked
> wheels were common, and the setup seemed natural. But these days, them
> thar' new-fangled dryers have supplanted the good ole' clothsline, kids
> play card games on the computer (if at all), and a wheel with only 3 or 4
> composite beams probably wouldn't make nearly as satisfying a sound.
> Kids today! They just don't know what they're missing!
The CatEye cyclecomputers come in a cardboard box with a sheet of thick
transparent plastic covering the top so you can see the unit inside. My
preferred technique is to use these plastic sheets in lieu of baseball cards.
I use transparent packing tape to secure the sheet to the outside back edge of
the front fork, angled so that it just misses the spokes in normal riding.
When I need a little extra boost, I just push the "card" inward a bit so that
it catches the spokes, and the desired sound effect is created as long as I
keep moving forward.
This system has tbe added virtue of being virtually invisible.
The plastic is more durable than baseball cards, and not likely to appreciate
in value all that much. It produces a good tone, though not as mighty as the
old balloon technique.
Sheldon "I'm Not Letting Carapace Take The Credit For This One" Brown
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