Rinky Dink

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Rinky Dink Soundsystem at the Glastonbury Festival 2008

Rinky Dink is a mobile musical sound system that operates on power provided by two bicycles and solar panels. The sound system tours the world as part of many musical festivals and parties. For instance, an account cited its use in the first Reclaim the Streets party in Camden High Street.[1] The sound system has also been used by performance acts and travelling troupes such as the Mexican Circus Osario.[2]

Rinky Dink is also an example of how green electricity can be generated and used to power things. As well as being powered by bicycle, the system itself is moved around using specially converted bicycles. It has been featured on the BBC programmes Newsnight and Panorama.[3]

The Rinky Dink was also responsible for powering the first bicycle-powered digital recording in history—Live & Pedal-Powered (1995) by Baka Beyond.[4]

The system was named after the expression "rinky-dink" - an American slang, which originally meant "rip-off",[5] but came to mean anything that was poorly put together, amateurish, shoddy, cheap or insignificant.[6][7][8]


  1. ^ Notes from Nowhere (Organization) (2003). We are Everywhere: The Irresistible Rise of Global Anticapitalism. London: Verso. p. 60. ISBN 9781859844472.
  2. ^ Hammarstrom, David Lewis (2012). Inside the Changing Circus: A Critic's Guide. Duncan, Oklahoma: BearManor Media. ISBN 9781593936792.
  3. ^ "Rinky Dink". Baka.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-06-22.
  4. ^ "Baka Beyond". Baka Beyond. Archived from the original on 2012-03-23. Retrieved 2015-06-22.
  5. ^ "rinky-dink (adj.)". Online Etymology Dictionary.
  6. ^ "rinky-dink". Oxford Dictionaries.
  7. ^ "rinky-dink". Dictionary.com.
  8. ^ Smith, Daniel (2014-11-26). The Language of London: Cockney Rhyming Slang. Michael O'Mara Books. ISBN 9781782433828.

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