From the Mechanic’s Bench: Bikes in Pop Culture

Throughout the year, our staff members will be providing blog readers with maintenance and mechanics articles on different skills, knowledge, and tips for safe riding.

In this article, Skye Vang takes a different spin on things with three cool bike things to check out.

Wind Breaker, comic by Yongseok Jo

“Jay is the Student Body President of Sunny High. Not only is he a smart student, but he is also an extreme biker with extraordinary technique. Trail his bike to encounter his friends, loves, and adventures.”

Wind Breaker is a Korean comic (with English translations) I just discovered a few months ago on Webtoon. There are over 200 episodes currently on the Webtoons platform with new episodes up weekly on Mondays! They can be read online or through the Webtoons app. My favorite parts of this comic are the bikes, the illustration, and the way the action scenes are conveyed. Also, nearly everyone wears helmets, they compete in a variety of street races and competitions, and there’s just a bit a teen angst–we all remember those times, right? Check out some screen shots of the comic below.

You can read the comic here:

Biking (solo) by Frank Ocean, Biking by Frank Ocean ft. Jay-Z and Tyler the Creator

Content warning for explicit language.

Frank Ocean is one of my top 5 favorite artists so when I heard this song I was so geeked. It came out summer 2017 and I can’t tell you how many times I rode to this song that summer with arms sprawled out catching a sweet lil tan and all the fresh air filling my lungs. “Biking” is smooth and relaxing, puts you in just the right mood to cruise–it’s really feel good. Also, look at how relatable these lyrics are: “I’m biking uphill and it’s burning my quads/I’m biking downhill and it sound like a fishing rod.” My quads are burning right now just thinking about biking up those pesky St. Paul hills. There’s two versions–one with Frank Ocean alone and the other with Jay-Z and Tyler the Creator. Both are great but I do have a favorite. Listen to both below and let me know which one is yours.

Biking (solo) –
Biking – ft. Jay-Z and Tyler the Creator –

Yowamushi Pedal, anime by Discotek Media

“Onoda Sakamichi is a rather timid, anime-loving first-year student at Sohoku High School. Upon entering high school, he tried to join the anime research club, but after meeting Imaizumi Shunsuke, a renowned cyclist since middle school, and Naruko Shoukichi, who swept the Kansai cycling championship, he ended up joining the competitive cycling club. “

If you like more moving-action rather than comic-style action, you should check out Yowamushi Pedal. I’ll admit I haven’t watched this one yet, but it caught my eye on Crunchyroll, so I’m going to be watching it soon! So, why don’t you join me? I do know one thing, though–sports anime are super intense and usually packed with tons of character development that really makes you root for the underdog. You can catch this on Crunchyroll, both online or in app form. Episodes are in Japanese with English subtitles. This is season 1, and there are multiple seasons and films. Watch the promotional video here (sorry, no English subtitles for the promotional video):

If you want to check out more anime featuring cycling, check out this list here:

That’s all I have for you today. Feel free to send your favorite bike comics, songs, or anime/tv show/movies to [email protected] Hope you all enjoy.