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Freddie Mercury wrote this in France after watching the Tour de France bicycle race ride by his hotel.
This was released as a double A-side single with "Fat Bottomed Girls
." They ran back to back on the album, and many radio stations played them together. The "Fat Bottomed Girls" are mentioned in this song's lyrics.
Wherever Queen played, bicycle shops sold out of bells bought by fans who brought them to the show to ring them during this song.
Queen staged a bicycle race around Wimbledon stadium in England to promote the single. 65 women were contestants, and they had to race naked. A photo from the race was used on the cover of the single and images from the race were used for the video. Queen rented 65 bicycles for the race. When the company found out what they were used for, they refused to take the bikes back.
The album contained a poster of the women in the bicycle race. It was left out of some copies for stores that did not want to carry it, but fans could mail order the poster if they desired.
At a 1978 concert in Madison Square Garden, Queen re-created the video by having women with very little clothing ride bicycles around the stage.
Be Your Own Pet covered this for the 2005 Queen tribute album Killer Queen. (thanks, Rachel - South Point, OH)
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