Today is the anniversary of the first musical recording, which was made on a paraffin cylinder in London’s Crystal Palace. I can’t think of a more appropriate gift to mark this anniversary for someone who really likes bikes and music than this slightly updated version of that first musical cylinder.
Yes, that’s a bike-mounted iPod dock. No, it doesn’t recharge the iPod from pedaling power. Bummer about that.
Advantages of the new cylinder: plays more than one song, flecks of dirt don’t become embedded in it when you endo your bike, and it doesn’t melt in the sun.
Advantages of the old cylinder: if you didn’t like the recording, you could run a piece of string through it and use it as a candle.
Also, as Engadget says
“Sure, you might have the soundtrack of a bustling city or the quiet calm of the countryside to provide background music for your biking trips, but every once in awhile you’re bound to want to seriously shred to Ride the Lightning.”
I’m not sure that I’d go with Ride the Lightning. I’d prefer to think of my bike seat in more positive terms. I was thinking of perhaps Master of Puppets or, of course, Damage, Inc.
Then again, before long, we’ll be trailering 3B behind us, so we may want to rock his favorites, although I’m not sure how far we’d get with Sound of Da Police or [Help] Da Police thumping out from our bottle cage.
So if you’re in NoVa and see some dad getting cuffed while NWA rocks his bike and his baby sleeps in his bike trailer, please call a bail bondsman for me.