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Micky's Favorite Cycling Movies

Updated on January 27, 2011

We can lose focus during these cold months.

For cyclists, this is the bottom of the seasons.

We get snowed in physically, but mentally too.

We have to walk/hike, run, bowl - something to feel physical exertion.

Never mind that we're addicted to riding bicycles.

We're addicted to riding them as fast as we can.

So now, many of will frequent the gyms.

I will hike more.

But, I will ride my rollers more.

I need some motivation.

Sometimes the old movies can revive the summer spirit in the middle of winter.

Pick anything that works!

Breaking Away trailer

"Breaking Away" was ground breaking.

The movie was released well after I was fully addicted to cycling. I had chosen a hard way to go once again by taking a job at half the pay I was used to. I would be a bicycle frame builder apprentice.

I worked in Columbia at Melton's Bicycle Company. I rode my bike everywhere. I commuted 45 miles to work on many days. I lived with two cool musicians and cyclists.

Lane Phillips was the painter at the Melton Bicycle Co. He pretty much showed me the ropes of great cycling. I'm not sure if this is how Lane regards himself but it's my view. We saved our "real wool jerseys" for race day or special club ride day.

We rode every day.

Lane refused to ride on Monday.

He would ride only to work on Monday.

He might ride by the grocery store or a restaurant or by his girl-friend's house.

But Lane refused to ride on Monday. But for those "emergencies".

Lane always won the "last person to wear shorts in the winter" award.

But, on most riding days, we wore T-shirts and wool shorts.

Our shoes were a basic leather with toe-clips and straps.

We wore cycling hats. Everywhere. For every occasion.

We rode European racing frames and equipment.

We did everything we did, by bicycle.

So here was a movie that showed off the Campy equipment, the racing bike, and other facets of the life of aspiring racer.

Breaking Away is about romance. It's romancing the girl, the bicycle, the sport.

BREAKING AWAY | "His name's Jake, not Fellini"

Parents were doubting the sanity of their bicycle racing children.

Breaking Away Drafting the Cinzano Truck

The "embedding" is disabled by request (whatever that means). But please take the time to watch this video when you can. Or get the whole DVD.

You can just double click on the video. You will just open another browser.

So much is so very realistic.

However there is a "blooper" in the movie. At one point our hero, Dave Stoler (Dennis Christopher) is drafting a semi on the open highway. He's in his big ring on the front. The tractor-trailer driver holds up 5 fingers for 50 miles an hour. In the next shot, our hero is in his small chain ring on the front. The driver holds up 6 fingers twice for 60 miles an hour. The blooper is - you would have to be in your big sprocket on the front to go 40 or so or more.

But, regardless, "Breaking Away" is excellent!

American Flyers - By Glenn Shorrock

Kevin Costner headlines "American Flyers". This is a dramatic come-from-behind race and love story.

It's based on the old "Red Zinger Classic" stage race that became the "Coors Classic".

These races were held in the West and centered around Boulder Colorado.

These races were tailored after the stage races in Europe. There would be "time trials" or "races against the clock". There are flat stages with amazing sprints. There were criteriums. There were mountain stages.

So The race "Hell of the West" was the fictitious name of the race for American Flyers.

American Flyers - Training Session

It's always great to have "Eddy" join in on the training ride. "Eddy" (named for Eddy Merckx) is a very large and fast dog.

Most cyclists have known an "Eddy".

SCREEN GODDESSES: Rae Dawn Chong makes herself useful

Rae Dawn Chong makes a perfect wheel exchange! She is a natural.

I changed the wheel for the winner of the "Tour de Louisiana" decades ago. A racer was leading after a time trial and a day of rest where a stage was canceled due to storms. Most of what the racer needed to do was stay with the lead pack. He didn't need to win the stage but just sit in. He had a flat. A slow leak. He drifted to the rear of the pack with a friend and pointed at his rear wheel. I was the mechanic. The driver sped around the pack and pulled off the road ahead. I jumped out with a good wheel. The racer had shifted the derailleur so that the chain was on the smallest and outside sprocket in the rear. I changed it like Rae Dawn Chong and the racer with his friend caught the pack and he won the "over-all" event. He came over and thanked me after the race.

So - it's so cool to see the perfect wheel exchange by such a beautiful lady.

Rae Dawn Chong.

So- American Flyers has some really good stuff in there!

Quicksilver Movie Trailer with Kevin Bacon

Kevin Bacon stars in a movie about the bicycle messenger services.

His employer is the Quicksilver Messenger Service - just like the band from the 70s.

Quicksilver has bicycle versus bicycle races in the "city".

The movie has bicycle versus car races.

Bacon rides a "fixed gear" bike without brakes. I look for the discrepancies with the obvious "conrering" done on a bike with a "freewheel" but the movie is well done and hard to tell.

It has the fall of a stockbroker coincide with the birth of a soul.

The soundtrack is excellent.

Quicksilver has bicycle stunts and love.

Quicksilver is very entertaining.

Quicksilver First Race

In the above video from Quicksilver, the Olympic silver and gold medalist, Nelson Vails, has a "cameo" race with Kevin Bacon's cab.

Quicksilver Bike Dancing

The video above has the tricks performed by the "messengers".

Amazing tricks that must have hurt to learn!

Quicksilver Messengers Race

Above, Kevin and another rider/racer rip the city streets.

It's "freewheel" versus "fixed gear".

Quicksilver - Chase Scene

Above is the "car versus bicycle" chase scene.

It's pretty exciting!

Quicksilver Kevin Bacon Bicycle Dance Scene

Here is the "dance scene". Dancer versus bike-dancer".

I especially like the bike stunts.

Quicksilver is very entertaining and inspiring.

Triplets of Belleville

Triplets of Belleville is certainly among my favorites and is one of the newest.

It's a foreign animated film.

There is almost no speaking at all in the English version.

But you know where it all leads.

The music is beautiful.

"Champion" is encouraged to ride bikes and follow his passion.

"Champion" races in the "race around France".

"Champion's" grandmother is a pretty tough bird and travels to a new world to save her grandson. Their dog goes along for the ride too.

I love this movie. The first third of the movie, I could rewind and rewind.

It's all good and beautiful.

If you ride bikes, or if you're a fan, you will love "Triplets of Belleville"!

Triplettes de Belleville, The Part 2

This is my favorite part.

It's the struggle of training.

It's the disrespect of automobiles that crunch you and your bike into a curb.

It's about truing the bicycle wheel back into "true". Of course mechanics don't use pliers on the spokes as "grandmother" does.

Racers never use "egg-beaters" to massage their legs after collapsing from a training ride.

But there's a lot of true feeling there.

Triplettes de Belleville, The Part 3

Here, "Champion" measures his food to match his desired weight.

There's a lot of "living like a monk" when trying to ride a bicycle fast.

Triplets of Belleville -Part 03 of 8

The movie continues as Champion is kidnapped!

It's wonderful and all that is needed is popcorn!


Pee-Wee's Big Adventure Trailer

Yes! Absolutely! I love Pee Wee's Big Adventure!

Drama! His bicycle is stolen!

Of course this is one of the worst tragedies that can befall a person.

Pee Wee's Big Adventure In 9 Minutes

I suggest you watch the entire Pee Wee's Big Adventure.

But - if there isn't time - you can watch a lot of the movie with the above video:

"Pee Wee's Big Adventure In Nine Minutes"

The Bicycle Thief Trailer

The "Bicycle Thief" is a world acclaimed movie of renown!

It is beautiful. It's beautifully done.

I found the movie hard to take as it shows life in its actuality.

The father's bicycle is the great source of "job" and income for the growing family.

The bike is stolen. This movie breaks my heart actually.

So- I guess the movie accomplished stirring emotion in me which is part of passionate films. So, I endorse the movie for art-sake and portraying the world as it often is.

Ladri Di Biciclette (The Bicycle Thieves) Trailer

The Bicycle Thief is a hard story of hard life told really well.

I do love the pretty cycling scenes.

The Bicycle Thief is beautifully done.

I hope you will enjoy all these movies as I have.

Please tell me about your choices for "favorite cycling movies".

I hope these inspire.

God bless,



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    • Minnetonka Twin profile image

      Linda Rogers 

      24 months ago from Minnesota

      Haven't talked to you in years-are you still writing?

    • Joy56 profile image


      4 years ago

      wow so much info in one hub.... I have never rode a bike...... Maybe if you lived nearer u could train me up.

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Oh Dim! You know I love you girl!

    • Dim Flaxenwick profile image

      Dim Flaxenwick 

      8 years ago from Great Britain

      Micky you are amazing--------.. Where do you find all this stuff? l loved the bicycle dance scene !!!

      Take care, Dim x

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Yo Shinkicker! That's a hard story bud. It's a classic though!

    • Shinkicker profile image


      8 years ago from Scotland

      Thanks for an original Hub Micky. The Bicycle Thief is the one I really must see above all It's a classic.


    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      TINA V- I am delighted that you enjoyed these. Thank you for stopping by. You be well, safe, and happy.

    • DjBryle profile image


      8 years ago from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =)

      I love Triplettes of Belleville, the soundtrack and all... but I most especially love how you brought these movies all together and made a magnificent and very amusing hub. Nobody does it better than my favorite Micky Dee! Here's a late greeting of happy and blessed new year... I was too busy to go online during and after the holidays and your hub is really one of the best ways to relax back at my second home called HP. Voted up for an awesome and beautiful hub! =)

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      TINA V 

      8 years ago

      Kevin Bacon is still young in this movie. He is a great actor. I like their dance scene because there’s gracefulness on the dancer and quite an entertainment on his bike stunts. I enjoyed watching your videos. Have a great weekend!

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Yo epigramman brotherman! God bless you! It just does me good to have someone like you to appreciate them. God bless!

    • epigramman profile image


      8 years ago

      ...well no one does a hub quite like you Sir Dee - everything you do is always so definitive in its theme and scope - and for that - you are in a class all of your own - one day in the distant future they will look back and say - as a future generation - how was a hub done properly with love and passion - look no further than any of Micky Dee's hubs!!!!!!

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      akirchner! That sounds like a wild sport. I know of folks that take their dogs for a spin but I couldn't depend on them to go the right way. We'll see. God bless!

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Get well Katie! You're probably kissing the wrong guy! God bless you dear!

      Peaches are so good 50! You're an eat a peach kinda guy!

      Now Always Exporing! Don't get too worked up over some Bacon!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      8 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I can't believe i've never seen any of these movies. I just watched 'Bike Dancing' and it's amazing, Kevin Bacon 'ain't' too bad either Hee. Thank's for the movies


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      50 Caliber 

      8 years ago from Arizona

      Bro' if we had that cab and 20 years younger and a bag of peaches along with three hookers we could spread the love at 65 ha! 50

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      8 years ago from I'm outta here

      Oh yea, I love quick silver with Kevin B. Now that's what I call a relationship with your bike. Love this and will def check out the movies again. Good winter movies to watch, I have the flu and so a good movie will do me good. I'm going with quick silver today. :) Katie

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Yo bro! Before I forget - there is a checkered cab (not really checkered-but that type cab) in Spruce Pine, NC. Let's get it!

      That wheel change by Rae Dawn Chong was great. I changed a flat for the winner of the Tour de Louisiana but I did scrape my hands up doing it. But the rider needs to put the chain into the smallest cog so that the new wheel "knows" where to go. The smallest cog is the easiest to put the chain into.

      We should get the cab!

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      50 Caliber 

      8 years ago from Arizona

      Yo' Bro' some funny stuff and some serious revelations here, I'm an edgy or some call it goosey, jumpy, and what have you but catching me off guard and jabbing me in the ribs causes me to do funny stuff like a "bouncing Betty" and I find little humor in those who do it twice, cuz you know what happens then.

      Aside from the suspense, these were great clips, I had to watch the wheel change several times before I figured after 50 tries I could match the speed. I will be back to watch the few I skipped, the animated ones. Oh the Bacon cab race was cool. I've been to NYC and those cabbies want a tip and their next fare so they drive with 2 wheels in the air half the time, it's better than a huge roller coaster ride, 'cuz the crash is gonna be real. I do miss the Checker cabs, I searched to buy one back in the 80s for a restore, those things were huge inside with leg room to spare, I don't know where 1.5 million cabs disappeared to but I never found one that had a decent body, most were total rust outs????,


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      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Amazing history of bicycling but I especially liked your story, Micky! What a great way to have become who you are.

      I think you might enjoy urban mushing on the scooter...maybe not - but check it out sometime. It is kinda sorta like biking. I love biking and am very tempted as many do to bikejor with my pups - except that my pups are very sled bound/mush bound and I have a fear that they would take me through the bushes and into the woods.

      However, all kidding aside, mushing with bikes is becoming more and more popular - check it out - only test it out with easy breeds like labs and such first. Actually malamutes are more into heavy freight pulling so they are not SO fast - but huskies - yikes - have a care there and wear TWO helmets!

      I'd love to see Micky Dee and urban mushing strike it rich. I keep trying to introduce this sport and great way to exercise your dog (no matter what breed) to everyone!

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Peggy the Triplettes of Belleville is so hard to pin down for a genre. It has beautiful music - unique. I know you'll have a blast. God bless you Peggy.

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Yo Doug! You'll enjoy all these. They're a bunch of fun.

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      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Absolutely loved what was shown here of the Triplets of Bellville. That mother or grandma trainer certainly had stamina! The fat dog...I really got a kick out of that. Now as our captured hero sails off...wonder about the ending? Will have to search for that movie. Also loved the dancing bicycle segments is Jake, not Fellini! Spent much time here as you can probably tell! Rated up!

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      Doug Turner Jr. 

      8 years ago

      Sounds like fun. I'm a little embarrassed that I haven't seen a single one of these movies. I better get cracking.

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Yo zzron! I'm glad you had a good time! God bless!

      Prasetio! I love it when I see you avatar on my hubs! My hubs are incomplete without you nephew. God bless!

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      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Excellent, my uncle. I liked all movie thriller about cycling. I heard this from facebook that you wrote new hubs. I really enjoy these movies. Very complete.start from vintage, modern, even cartoon movies. Good job, my uncle. Thanks for writing this. Vote up. god bless you.


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      8 years ago from Houston, TX.

      Cool videos brother!


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