“Handlebars” was released as the first single from the Flobot’s debut album, Fight with Tools, and is the group’s largest success, peaking at #3 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks.
It was originally recorded for their first EP, Flobots Present…Platypus, but was re-released on Fight with Tools two years later .
The song is about the independence we have once we’re free to choose our paths. It is heavily influenced by the corruption of the 20th century and the change that it brought about. It also comments on the power of any individual derived by simple task, and two friends who choose different paths in life. Whether a simple citizen, or someone who can end the world if they wished.