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Old 02-10-09, 11:20 PM   #1
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Music that amps you up while riding

I know its ill advised to wear headphones while riding (especially in traffic) but sometimes when I want to give myself an extra boost of energy for a steep climb or want to just balls out sprint, certain songs just really do it for me... heres a couple bands that do it for me...
Foo Fighters
Queens of the Stone Age
The Raconteurs
Kanye West
The Beatles(white album)
Failure


What do YOU like to listen to when you ride?
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Old 02-10-09, 11:22 PM   #2
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I have this audio track on the MP3, among others...

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Old 02-10-09, 11:27 PM   #3
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The long version of the short list--
Embrace
Lifetime
Bratmobile
The Queers
New Bomb Turks
Dillinger 4
Zeke
Motorhead
The Cramps
Off With Their Heads
Riverdales
The Slackers
Descendents
Black Flag
Youth of Today
7 Seconds
ziggens
weezer
US Bombs
Hot Water Music
MC5
Guitar Wolf
Any 60's Surf rock
most Garage/Garage Punk/primitive
Freakbeat/Psychedelic

i hate lists of music... so much to choose from
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Slipknot
Suicidal Tendencies
Sick Of It All
Fear
Against Me
Hatebreed
Biohazard
DRI
Blackflag
quiet little ditties, really....

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Celine Dion and Banana Rama get me fired up.
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A friend of mine on facebook from back in my teen years, made a comment about how when ever she hears songs from the 80's band Dokken, she thinks of me. I was really into them 20 years ago. Anyways, after she said that I loaded there cd's on my ipod. All I can say is the past few days when riding, I have been PUMPED!!! It has been like being a teen again. For you 30 plus folks out there, go back to the past, you will get lost in your rides.
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Dave Matthews Band, Journey, Rush, some techno songs, RATM, and rise against primarily.
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I'll throw some of mine in, although many are listed above. Additions would be:

Rusted Root
Crystal Method
Excerpts from the sound track of "Slumdog Millionair"
Excerpts from the wife's "Ultimate Dance Party" CD
Some Jimmy Buffett

There's a few more, but I can't think of them right now.
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I love classic rock, like Zeppelin and Iron Butterfly. But lately I've been listening to Podcasts such as:

Econ Talk with Russ Roberts
The 2 Johns Cycling Podcast
The Fredcast
Hardcore History
Skeptoid
Grammar Girl
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I prefer the sound of my tires on the pavement, babbling of the river, and the car engine roaring behind me. I also enjoy hearing that "On your left" every once in awhile.

Off road and on MUPs I enjoy the silence, so no music is necessary, besides, there are enough voices in my head.
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RubberDucks: +1 for Foo Fighters. I can ride all day with just "All My Life"

Cool, Tom be an Assault Rifle toten Techno

My Playlist for Hard Riding:
Foo Fighters - All My Life
Sandy Nelson - Teen Beat
Fleetwood Mac - Tusk
Lindsey Buckinghm - Holiday Road
Metallica - Enter Sandman
My Chemical Romance - Teenagers
Pat Traverse - Boom Boom
Nickleback - Animals (maybe my favorite)
Violent Femmes - Gone Daddy Gone

My Playlist For Riding Country Roads:
David Wilcox (the American)
Anything by K.T. Tunstall
String Cheese incident - Birdland
Yonder Mountain String Band - Legalize It
Marshall Tucker Band
Verve Pipe - Colorful
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I prefer the sound of my tires on the pavement, babbling of the river, and the car engine roaring behind me. I also enjoy hearing that "On your left" every once in awhile.

Off road and on MUPs I enjoy the silence, so no music is necessary, besides, there are enough voices in my head.
I'll try to control my habit of humming or singing when riding next time we meet. During my ride home Sunday, I hummed "Non pui andrai" from Mozart's opera Le Nozze de Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro):



The aria is in march tempo, so it's suitable music for pedaling. I not only hummed it, at times I broke into singing - Figaro is a baritone role, after all, and there's a marvelous English translation available. I love the couplet "wearing armor may not suit you/but it's handy when they shoot you." It's so wonderfully Gilbertian.

However, despite my own 'noise pollution', I don't listen to music when riding. Beforehand and after, but not during.
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I listen to my own music (trance music) and my sprint song lasts an hour.
I have another mix I created for long distance that is 2.5hrs. longs which consists of two different "songs" so I can know when to turn around and start going back.
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I love the sound of the bike, plain and simple. Everything about it, the tires on the road, the wind blowing by, the chain on the rings, HR screaming at me at top of hills, the rythmic sound of my breathing. I do like to hear the cars around me, plus I group ride a lot and tend to talk too damn much, p*** some people off talking while climbing. I listen to music for th emost part to relax, even at gym th emusic is just back ground noise. Listening to Blue Rodeo or Sky Diggers is not exactly pump me up music.
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powerviolence for me.
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powerviolence for me.
i do dabble in S.pazz and Charles Bronson if im sprinting to class in the morning. In/Humanity is pretty awesome too.

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I'll try to control my habit of humming or singing when riding next time we meet. During my ride home Sunday, I hummed "Non pui andrai" from Mozart's opera Le Nozze de Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro):



The aria is in march tempo, so it's suitable music for pedaling. I not only hummed it, at times I broke into singing - Figaro is a baritone role, after all, and there's a marvelous English translation available. I love the couplet "wearing armor may not suit you/but it's handy when they shoot you." It's so wonderfully Gilbertian.

However, despite my own 'noise pollution', I don't listen to music when riding. Beforehand and after, but not during.
During the next ride, it might be Tchaikovsky instead of Mozart. Symphony #2 has a great march as the second movement. 2/4 time works great for pedaling. DUM-dum DUM-dum DUM-duh....
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I love the sound of the bike, plain and simple. Everything about it, the tires on the road, the wind blowing by, the chain on the rings, HR screaming at me at top of hills, the rythmic sound of my breathing. I do like to hear the cars around me, plus I group ride a lot and tend to talk too damn much, p*** some people off talking while climbing. I listen to music for th emost part to relax, even at gym th emusic is just back ground noise. Listening to Blue Rodeo or Sky Diggers is not exactly pump me up music.
+1

Absolutely luv the sound of tires and chain when spinning fast in a high gear with a tailwind.... very zen.
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I love alternative music and listen to my iPod on a spin bike... it's foolish to wear headphones and listen to music while riding in traffic... just foolish.

OK sorry for my little rant... did I say it was foolish...

Otherwise this is perfect from Bautieri:

"I prefer the sound of my tires on the pavement, ...and the car engine roaring behind me. I also enjoy hearing that "On your left" every once in awhile.

Off road and on MUPs I enjoy the silence, so no music is necessary, besides, there are enough voices in my head. "
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Suggestions from a 2006 thread I posted to rec.music.classical.recordings:

Mozart: opera overtures*
Chabrier: Espana
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg prelude
Shostakovich: Jazz Suites and Festive overture
Elgar: Cockaigne Overture
Stravinsky: Scherzo a la Russe
John Adams: Short Ride in a Fast Machine
Liszt: Mazeppa*
Mahler: Symphony No. 6 - Movements 1,2,& 4
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2
John Adams: Fearful Symmetry
Bizet: Symphony in C*
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 (first and last two movements)
Haydn: Symphony #88 (first movement)*

*Music already on The Historian's Ipod

Also discussed in that thread was that Wagner's operas, which have wonderful moments but very long quarter-hours, will keep you on the saddle for a long, long time. CliftonGK1 is going to run out and buy the Ring cycle for his next trainer century attempt.

And here's what I had to say about my workouts back in January 2006, 11 months before a bought a bike:
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I've recently joined a gym. Any suggestions for workout music? I
particularly need something I can listen to while riding the recumbent
bike. The gym has boring rock music playing, and so I am looking for
something to play on headphones to drown out the din. The Mendelssohn
4th symphony comes to mind, since it was used in the film Breaking Away
in the race scenes, but I might get tired of it quickly (both the
Mendelssohn and the biking).

And if you must know, I'm already up to 17 minutes on the bike. Not bad
for a man my size, weight, and age.
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During the next ride, it might be Tchaikovsky instead of Mozart. Symphony #2 has a great march as the second movement. 2/4 time works great for pedaling. DUM-dum DUM-dum DUM-duh....
From wikipedia regarding the second movement:

This movement was originally a bridal march Tchaikovsky wrote for his unpublished opera Undine. He quotes the folk song "Spin, O My Spinner" in the central section.


You've selected a piece that is actually about spinning! No wonder you feel it's great for pedaling.
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I know its ill advised to wear headphones while riding (especially in traffic) but sometimes when I want to give myself an extra boost of energy for a steep climb or want to just balls out sprint, certain songs just really do it for me... heres a couple bands that do it for me...
Foo Fighters
Queens of the Stone Age
The Raconteurs
Kanye West
The Beatles(white album)
Failure


What do YOU like to listen to when you ride?
When riding OUTDOORS, it's way, way, way to dangerous, you need both ears to triangulate the location of a noise. Now when on the trainer, I use my MP3 player, which contains just about any style of music with a few exceptions, metal, punk and rap are missing.

Just about everything else is on there though, from country to acid jazz to ballads to disco, generic rock, yeah just about anything is on there..... I prefer to put a bunch of different stuff on there, and skip songs I don't want to listen to at a particular time, the player is on shuffle mode, so I never know what is coming next.
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When riding OUTDOORS, it's way, way, way to dangerous, you need both ears to triangulate the location of a noise.
If you can discern the location of a noise while riding, you're riding too slow. All I hear is the deafening cacophony of wind rushing past my ears.
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i listen to alot of vocal and hard techno. i would not be surprised if i stand alone on this one.
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