Too young to drive, a group of Trinidad-born kids now living in Queens, New York decided to pimp out their bikes just like their big brothers' cars. Calling themselves the Stereobike Crew, they worked hard to fit huge stereo sound speakers on their BMX bikes.
Not to be outdone by their older brothers, these are really car stereo speakers and are also seriously powered by actual car batteries. That the bikes are now huge and heavy to ride on is the least of their concerns. It's about being cool and about making impressions. It is about "outrageous impromptu music and a dance party on wheels." Even the names for the bikes like Tinnitus Rex and Frankenbike show their ingenuity.
Their story has been immortalised in the documentary "Made in Queens" which premiered at the 62nd Edinburgh International Film Festival in June 2008. The film was directed by Nicolas Randall and Joe Stevens.
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