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Old 10-23-07, 02:42 PM   #1
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What do you listen to when you ride????

Me, I listen to Scott Joplin, (Joshua Rifkins ragtime piano) or U2 Rattle and Hum.
And others....
Most have USA connections...

How do we exchange sounds?
Wouldn't that be cool?
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Or Groove Armada 'Live at the river'....
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I listen to the wind in my ears, the birds in the sky, and for the sounds of cars coming up on me.
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The wind in my face and the sounds around me.
Riding with earphones is not only unsafe, it's illegal here.
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my regina or suntour freewheel softly ticking over . . .
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I have a variety of ambient soundtracks. Every once in a while I hear the troubling sound of "Get the @&#%$!# off the road", but that's pretty rare.
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my regina or suntour freewheel softly ticking over . . .
I like to listen to the bicycle sounds too.
But sometimes its cool to listen to your own sounds, especially on a long trip.

A three speed has its own rhythm, but you can tune into your own sounds when you want a change of 'music', without being a purist, can't you?

A classic bike doesn't always need listening to, does it?
It's a joy to ride, presumably, and a change of background sometimes can't be bad, can it??
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Same here, the harmonics that properly inflated tires give off, the sound of a smooth freewheel, and ear bleeding skreech of out of adjustment brake pads.
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The only time I listen to music when cycling, is when the weather forces me onto the rollers.
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I listen to me talking to myself.
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Nothing right now. I'd probably listed to a couple of podcasts, Beef Wellington, The Brand New Heavies, Blur, Weezer, The Fugees, The Wu Tang Clan, Diana Krall, and possibly The Postal Service.

I'm afraid of blocking my ears. I'm thinking about the O ROKR Pro because, while I find it a tad ugly, the design allows for interchangeable lenses, doesn't block the ears, and works with the MP3 player function on my cell phone. Truth be told, I have better places to spend my money right now.
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and for the sounds of cars coming up on me.
I use my eyes for that part. Much more effective too. I can't hear if they are changing lane position.

As for what I listen to, whatever the shuffle throws out at me.
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I only listen to music when I'm on my mountain bike, solo. Headphones on a group ride is downright rude in my opinion. I can't even run on the street with my music, it freaks me out. But on my mountain bike it's nine inch nails, Arctic Monkeys, clash, gorillaz, Handsome boy modeling school, Joe pass, monk, honestly I throw my ipod on shuffle and listen to whatever comes on.
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Riding with earphones is not only unsafe
Not for everybody. Some of us on the road know what we are doing.

Please don't be offended. Just a spirited debate.
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Not for everybody. Some of us on the road know what we are doing.

Please don't be offended. Just a spirited debate.
Yes, for everybody. What are you, numb?
I'm not offended at all. When you get flattened it'll be evolution in action.
Do you text message when you drive as well?
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Carmina Burana as I drop the hammer! on the unsuspecting local flat-bar spandex clad fitness freaks. Oh wait, this isn't the roadie forum?

Actually, I don't ride with earphones, so I usually just listen to the sound of my labored breathing.

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Old 10-23-07, 05:39 PM   #17
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I like to listen to the classics like Sturmey Archer and who could ever forget The Ever-Threatening Commuting Traffic!. Riding with headphones is an unsafe thing to do.I know what I'm doing on the road too but I'm not the one I worry about.How are you going to "see" behind you?City buses and large delivery trucks can be quite the menace.Some times they can really crowd you.I like to hear when one of them is coming up behind me.

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People who need music to ride their bikes just do not get it. Your life is not a movie you do not need a soundtrack. Same thing goes for the boobs who have to get "pumped up" for a race by blasting metal on their car stereo in the parking lot while everybody is getting changed (I never see these guys at the finish so it must not work so good). While I'm at it you don't need a beverage in your hand every waking hour of day either. Drink your coffee in the morning then get on with it.
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I like the idea of listening to music while I ride, but it does seem unsafe. Besides, after I made fun of my friend for getting hit by an RV while riding with his iPod, I can't justify the hypocrisy.

Then again, he was also riding without a shirt or a helmet. That was some gnarly road rash!
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ride in too much traffic for headphones...that's a death wish
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I ride a 1972 vintage bike. Portable music wasn't invented yet so that would be rather anachronistic

Seriously though, I like the sound of nature and it is important to hear the traffic. Although both are sometimes obscured by the wind in my ears and my labored breathing. The wind in my ears thing is annoying sometimes though when I'm trying to hear the chain as I shift.
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A caveat:
On the Trek Across Maine last year there was a tandem team with a handlebar mounted speaker system that was blaring out late '70 early '80 disco on a long, boring climb early on the second day. Just the ticket in that spot of space/time.
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I only listen to music when I'm on my mountain bike, solo. Headphones on a group ride is downright rude in my opinion. I can't even run on the street with my music, it freaks me out. But on my mountain bike it's nine inch nails, Arctic Monkeys, clash, gorillaz, Handsome boy modeling school, Joe pass, monk, honestly I throw my ipod on shuffle and listen to whatever comes on.
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When I was 18 or so I tapped my left pedal cap on the rear wheel of a car, while using a Walkman. Since then I don't put anything in my ears but wind, and the soild kachunk of a derailleur slipping into a gear.,,,,BD
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What do I listen to when I ride?

The bike.

Traffic around me.

I've got an mp3 player, but have never taken it out on the road.
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