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Old 04-09-12, 12:57 AM   #1
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Music & Preparation

How many of you listen to music while you ride? Now, how many of you use headphones and how many of you mount a music player? I used to listen to music with ear phones when I went on long rides, but I've recently stopped after reading bicycle safety articles. It was obvious that it was a safety hazard, but I ignored that. However, I miss listening to music while I do long rides, especially when I am riding solo. So, I was thinking about spending a little bit of money on a android mount so I can listen to it while I ride without filtering out sound so I can hear cars/pedestrians/other cyclists. I'd like you to post your opinion on mounting a music player.

That brings me to my next subject; preparation for long distance rides. I haven't been on a "long ride" since last year, and I plan on doing one in a few days, if not later today. My previous "long rides" were around 20 miles, but since the implementation of the gym and training, I definitely feel like I can do double, if not triple that distance. Keep in mind that I will be riding a quality road bike with a new, comfortable seat and proper riding attire. During my long rides last year I used a wal-mart hybrid wearing gym shorts, one water bottle. On top of that, I was WAY out of shape and I was 50lbs heavier.

Lets say I do a 50 mile ride. What should I bring, other than the basic tools and two water bottles? Should I bring a snack? Sports drinks? Would I even be able to do 50 miles, despite the fact that I am in much better shape?

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Old 04-09-12, 01:17 AM   #2
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What android mount are you looking at? I need a mount for my Galaxy S, or Galaxy Nexus since this will probably be my next phone.
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Old 04-09-12, 01:25 AM   #3
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What android mount are you looking at? I need a mount for my Galaxy S, or Galaxy Nexus since this will probably be my next phone.
I just noticed that it doesn't come out for 3-4 more weeks. However, they have another mount that has built in speakers, which looks like a better choice. I might buy that instead of the android mount.

http://store.thinkbiologic.com/cycletunes-speakers.html

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Old 04-09-12, 07:38 AM   #4
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Bad thing is only you really know what you are capable of, and if your asking here, then even you may not know.

Before I headed off on a 60 mile ride, I would schedule in a few shorter ones and see how I felt the next day. Nothing worse than doing an out and back ride and finding out at half way that you wish you hadn't gone so long.
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If there are no places along the planned route to get snacks, bring snacks (i.e., sources of caloric energy). Your leg muscles can only hold a couple hours worth of glycogen. I always bring at least two Gu packets even on a ride I know is easily within my grasp just in case. Unless is hot and humid, I don't bother with sports drinks, especially if I know I can get them en toure should I feel I need them.
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Those speakers are pretty cool, but I don't think the other people on the bike trails would appreciate Eminem, G~n~R, Metallica as much as I do..
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Those speakers are pretty cool, but I don't think the other people on the bike trails would appreciate Eminem, G~n~R, Metallica as much as I do..
Yep. I use a single earbud because I doubt anyone else wants to hear Otep, Arch Enemy, Kittie, or the Genitorturers at 5:00am.
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My ears are almost as important as my eyes, as an Early Warning System when I'm riding on a public road. I'd just as soon wear headphones out there, as I would a blindfold.
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Nope, I go inside, sit down, order a Pint, and play the music myself.

On the bike I just sing, whistle or hum the tunes in my head.
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What is your longest ride so far in the past few months? I had to work up to a 60 mile ride by doing 20s, 30s, and 40s first. But then again, I am old(er).
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I do use earbuds, Only when I get out into the "country" though. Much like Clifton nobody wants to hear what I am listening to for one, and two I feel I really wouldn't get the same effect if it were a mounted music player, for volume and other various reasons.

I know it's really not the safest thing but it makes my ride 200% better, when I ride alone that is.
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I want to be/feel completely immersed in the moment ... no music for me.
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I want to be/feel completely immersed in the moment ... no music for me.
My commute is the same route, or one of a couple variations, every day. Complete immersion? Nah. I can draw you a map from memory of every hump, crack, and divot on the entire bike trail from Bellevue to Woodinville. The music actually helps me focus during that ride because I've done it so many times, my brain can easily check out and just assume that everything is the same without any possible blow-down limbs, geese blocking the path, or (like this morning) broken bottles strewn across the path.
I'll save "the full experience" for rides like I did over the weekend, where I can't walk the route blindfolded.
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I mostly take the same route on my commute, too, day in and day out. I enjoy watching gardens develop, the birds come back, projects people have going on, etc.

The only times I've ever wished for ear buds while I was on a bike were riding in groups...
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Yep. I use a single earbud because I doubt anyone else wants to hear Otep, Arch Enemy, Kittie, or the Genitorturers at 5:00am.
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What is your longest ride so far in the past few months? I had to work up to a 60 mile ride by doing 20s, 30s, and 40s first. But then again, I am old(er).
About 30 miles. I wasn't tired or sore after the ride, so I figured 50-60 wouldn't be too hard.
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make sure you can do 40 easily, then do 50-60:

eat a good breakfast
take a banana and a pbj sammich (i used to buy into the gu and cytomax this and that, but nothing is as good as real food!)
two bottles one with electrolyte mix (large bottles if you drink alot, if its hot then take a third).
if you cramp when tired them take a package of clif shot blocks and eat half going out and the other half coming in

P.S. Congrats on the weight loss! In 2009 I was 260 and now I'm 202.
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The only times I've ever wished for ear buds while I was on a bike were riding in groups...
Hahaha. I was on a ride with a complainer once, and someone else told him "if I wanted to listen to someone complain for 3 hours, I could have stayed home with my family."
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I used to listen to music. Lately, I usually don't bother with listening to anything - I just enjoy the view and focus on riding. If I do listen to something, it's usually an audio book.

As far as snacks - my usuals are beef jerky, bananas, sunflower seeds, and Almonds.
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Go for it and let us know how it was!
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About 30 miles. I wasn't tired or sore after the ride, so I figured 50-60 wouldn't be too hard.
I'm sure you'll be fine. Especially in Florida with the lack of hills.

I went from riding an average of 20 miles at a time, and my longest ride being 40 miles - to riding two 60-mile rides back to back. Half Moon Bay, CA to Carmel, CA with a sleep-over stop in Santa Cruz. I was tired, and my left knee was hurting, but other than that I was OK.
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I would definitely bring some sort of snack - a sammich, as mentioned above, or something like fig newtons (a favorite of mine). Electrolytes are also good, especially if you're sweating a lot.

Something to consider is whether you can eat/drink that stuff and continue riding, so next time you go for a 30 mile ride try it out. Gatorade used to make me sick to my stomach, now I like it. YMMV.

You can probably add 10-20 miles to your current max without too much trouble but it might be wise to do some sort of route that doesn't leave you 30 miles AWAY from home if you get stuck.

Oh, and bring two inner tubes on long rides. Don't ask me how I know that.
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I planned on going today but yesterday's Friday the 13th affected me. I have an issue with my drive train and both of me wheels need to be rebuilt or replaced. I'm not sure when I will be able to fix it, but hopefully soon because I wanted to go on this ride so bad.
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