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The Bicycle Themed Films We All Need


Most of the world is on lockdown for COVID-19 so here is a list of all the bicycle-themed we should all be watching. Starting from the motivation to turn to bikes during the time of need, to a well-timed cameo of a bicycle to remind us all that this is the tool to find a new normal as our lives are forever changed. 
The Bicycle Themed Films We All Need

by Arleigh Greenwald

April 02, 2020


Most of the world is on lockdown for COVID-19 so here is a list of all the bicycle-themed we should all be watching. Starting from the motivation to turn to bikes during the time of need, to a well-timed cameo of a bicycle to remind us all that this is the tool to find a new normal as our lives are forever changed. This is an ever-growing list so make sure to keep the recommendations coming! To see the full list of recommendations follow this twitter thread!

MOTHERLOAD Documentary

MOTHERLOAD is a crowdsourced documentary in which the cargo bicycle becomes a vehicle for exploring parenthood in this digital age of climate change. As Marin filmmaker and new mother Liz Canning meets the people behind the push to replace cars with purpose-built bikes, she contemplates the increasing tension between modern life and our hunter-gatherer DNA, and discovers the history and potential future of the bicycle as the “ultimate social revolutionizer.” Conflict arises when characters in the film encounter cultural resistance—in particular, bikelash focused on women and mothers. MOTHERLOAD draws connections here to the struggle of cyclist Suffragettes and women’s seemingly endless fight for bodily autonomy.

This can now be streamed online, stop reading this and go watch it.

Why We Cycle

To the Dutch, cycling is as normal as breathing. We don’t think about it, we just do it. Perhaps the fact that we don’t think about it, is the key to the bicycle’s success in this country. But because we do not give cycling a second thought, we don’t really know what the deeper needs of cyclists are. In the documentary ‘Why we cycle’ we take a ride with ordinary cyclists and specialists from a variety of disciplines. These conversations uncover some obvious, but even more hidden effects of cycling on people, on societies, and on the organization of cities.

Rent on Vimeo

Street Films

Street Films has been documenting the transformation of streets and communities for decades. Bing watch Clarence’s films on YouTube or Vimeo.

Afghan Cycles

Afghan Cycles is a feature documentary about a generation of Afghan women who are pedaling their own revolution, aggressively challenging gender and cultural barriers using the bicycle as a vehicle for freedom, empowerment and social change. Find various ways to stream based on your country here.

The Triplets of Belleville

Adopted by his grandmother, Madame Souza, Champion is a lonely little boy. Noticing that the lad is never happier than on a bicycle, Madame Souza puts him through a rigorous training process. Years go by and Champion becomes worthy of his name. Now he is ready to enter the world-famous cycling race, the Tour. Watch on most streaming services.

Life Cycles

Life Cycles is a true adventure film. Over 5 years in the making, and using the bicycle as the vehicle, Life Cycles takes you on a journey through natures most beautiful, dramatic, and sometimes unforgiving landscapes. Available on iTunes: http://bit.ly/1fyTVlP

Inspired to Ride

INSPIRED TO RIDE follows a handful of cyclists as they race unsupported in the inaugural year of The Trans Am Bike Race. It’s the antithesis to events like Tour de France and Race Across America. There are no teams, no support vehicles, no special jerseys and not a dime in prize money.

As they battle lack of sleep, injuries and spirited competition, INSPIRED TO RIDE takes you on an invigorating road trip — amidst the jaw-dropping beauty of the TransAmerica Trail with its varied landscapes, intriguing locals and found stories which dot this path of discovery. Featuring Mike Hall and Juliana Buhring plus many more “crazies”. Available on various platforms here.

Premium Rush

Dodging speeding cars, crazed cabbies, open doors, and eight million cranky pedestrians is all in a day’s work for Wilee (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), the best of New York’s agile and aggressive bicycle messengers. It takes a special breed to ride the fixie — super lightweight, single-gear bikes with no brakes and riders who are equal part skilled cyclists and suicidal nutcases who risk becoming a smear on the pavement every time they head into traffic. But a guy who’s used to putting his life on the line is about to get more than even he is used to when a routine delivery turns into a life or death chase through the streets of Manhattan. When Wilee picks up his last envelope of the day on a premium rush run, he discovers this package is different. This time, someone is actually trying to kill him.

Le Ride

In 1928 an under-resourced and untested team from New Zealand and Australia competed in what is considered to be the toughest sporting event in the world. Many considered the entry of these courageous underdogs, racing as a team of 4 against teams of 10, a joke. One French journalist called their attempt nothing short of murder. 168 riders started the more than 3,500-mile race, only 41 finished. Surprisingly this remarkable story about the achievements of these brave athletes has never been told on film, until now. Phil Keoghan – television personality, adventurer and cycling enthusiast, retraces the 1928 Tour de France route, bringing history to life. Following the original course and schedule, riding a vintage bike, Phil and his team will average 150 miles a day for 22 stages.

For the Love of Mud

As Campbell says, use code “STAYATHOME” and your streaming is free. Of course, if you can afford it, you can skip the code and support the filmmaker and stunning photographer.

Get that taste of mud back by viewing “For the Love of Mud” on Vimeo.

Quicksilver

Jack was doing great trading shares until he wasn’t. He gets a job on a bike at Quicksilver speed delivery. There he befriends Hector and the cute Terri. Jack gets an enemy in the criminal Gypsy.

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