Thursday, April 29, 2010

A gift from me to all of you: A ringtone of that Tour de France car horn sound, the one that goes "doodooodooodoodoooo"

The picture
What you see above is my absolute favorite picture from my trip to see this year's Paris-Roubaix. Among the hundreds (thousands?) of pictures that my brother and I took, this one stands above the rest. How could it not? The picture was taken in the motel that we stayed in near Compiagne. Along with my brother and I, there were other super-special VIPs staying at the hotel...namely the guys who mark the course with dayglow arrows. These guys were loud, drunk, nutty, but really nice and rather interesting. As I went to take a picture of their truck, the two guys beamed with pride as they pointed to the small porn magazine collection that sat on the dashboard of their vehicle. They both laughed like schoolkids as they pointed to the magazines. It was at that moment that I took this picture. I later blurred out the naughty bits to make it work-safe-ish.

After I shared this image with internet sensation Stevil Knievel at the bi-monthly bloggers summit (thanks to the Airport Holiday Inn in Tucson for their hospitality), he kindly reminded me that the worlds of nudity in print format and cycling had collided beautifully before. You can see proof it it (fully work-safe) here. Look under Steve Larsen's general bottom bracket shell/crankset area. Yes, that's a naughty magazine being shown to him...hence his devilish smile.

My gift to all of you
Standing in front of their truck, my brother and I asked them if it was equipped with the iconic Tour de France car horn. They didn't understand what we were asking. I mimicked the sound, that sound that I hear in my sleep during hot July nights after days of watching the Tour. Over the years, I've developed a Pavlovian response to it. The horn means watching races, it means riding in short sleeves. That sound has been bouncing around in my head since I was seven years old, and I listened to the Tour on the radio for the first time. Once I mimicked the sound, the guys finally understood what I meant. They honked the horn, I recorded it...and now I share it with all of you as my gift. Since I couldn't buy all of you KOM replica jerseys, I thought this would be a nice souvenir to bring back. I've created three versions of the horn sound in varying lengths, and then saved each in different file formats, which should work as ringtones in most phones. If the formats provided do not work for your phone...sorry. Maybe you should buy a phone that was manufactured in this century Mr. Zack Morris.

I hope you enjoy it. I also hope that everyone around you is annoyed when you make this your ringtone.

Download it here.

PS: If for some reason you want to post the link above on your site or Twitter or whatever, I simply ask that you kindly credit me/this blog. Why? Because I anticipate that these files will go viral like that video of the dancing baby, or like a venereal disease, or like a dancing baby that has a venereal disease.


  1. Thanks Lucho. The skin on my arms turned bright red as soon as I heard it, and I started talking to myself about how THIS year Valverde WILL podium.

    ...and Re: London. Being held prisoner by a wrathfull Nordic volcano god could be the springboard for an Amon Amarth concept album. Tell your agent to make sure you get at least 4 points on the record AND merch (merch is where the money's at).

  2. jim from the other day a few weeks ago that wasn't the other JimApril 29, 2010 at 8:32 AM

    Thanks Lucho.
    TJVI and todays TDF Car Horn Sound Ringtone Giveaway make for some serious bike nerd content. Outstanding job with the amusement. The TDFCHSRG is pure genius that only a bike nerd of the highest order would conceive.
    That's why our gameshow will dominate the television landscape.
    Peace Out.

  3. Baked Ben,
    Amon Amarth blow. Apologies for offence caused, we were getting along so well.
    I'm aware that by you mentioning said band, I'm presuposing you like them. Eugh.

  4. Baked Ben,
    I've been trying to contact my agent for weeks. Finally the secretary was kind enough to tell me that I didn't have an agent, and that they were sick of me calling. Back to reality for me I guess.

    If any of you want to entertain yourselves, try to mimic the horn'll be unable to do a good job...and you'll laugh at yourself. I actually plan on doing a contest soon for some nice giveaways (actual stuff, not just files) and i think i'm going to make peopel mimic that sound...or write poems about Vaughters' sideburns.

  5. the guys with the naughty mags were pretty freackin cool/funny. i interviewed them for the podcast. i also posted a few more pics from me and lucho's trip. check it out:


  6. Great phone ringtone but how come it has a song attached to the end? can we get it with out the song "step pon dem" assissin? or is it because i'm plyaing it on itunes or something?. Thanks.

  7. No fear, DeathRace. I am well hip to Amon Amarths' suckness, but those guys shift enough girls tees and plastic viking helmets to make Lucho rich, and that's what I'm all about.

  8. Now that is something i can get behind.

  9. I have now assigned this as the ringer for all of my cycling buddies. Very urgent notifications need very urgent (and pleasant) ringers.

  10. Lucho, i thought you were sophisticated!
    Evidently not and, thus, i have fallen even more in love with you. This is awkward.

  11. Ha ha...I couldn't help myself. My humor proudly stands at the level of an 11 year old.

  12. Fall classic…
    even geek's whiskers
    stretching toward the sun

  13. Sweet! Thanks!

  14. Lucho, you just got promoted by Australian site Cycling Tips for top blogs!
    You got beaten by fyxomatosis though.

  15. I heard someone on the train earlier with this ringtone, and had the same pavlovian response. Thanks!!!!

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