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    Happy bicycling music

    What do you listen to when you want to nod your head, sing out loud or really enjoy the bike ride? On my ipod list right now:

    Blessed Union of Souls - Hey Leonardo
    Falco - Rock Me Amadeus
    Carlos Santana - Oye Como Va
    Fallout Boy - Where Is Your Boy Tonight
    (Frank Sinatra?) - Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You As covered in 10 things I hate about you
    Neil Diamond - Sweet Caroline
    Neil Diamond - Cherry Cherry As heard in Anchorman The Legend of Ron Burgundy
    Ryan Adams - To Be Young As heard at the beginning of Old School.. this song is a trip
    Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Y Control
    Andrew WK - She is Beautiful Almost anything by Andrew WK is happy upbeat stuff
    AC DC - Thunderstruck

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    Oh, here we go with the should-you-be-using-your-ipod-on-a-bike thread
    Last edited by ottawa_adam; 04-15-08 at 08:41 AM.

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    my head just exploded with thoughts of Neil Diamond on my commute

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    On the road? I wouldn't use an mp3 player. On a trainer? Nine Inch Nails, Black Flag, AC/DC, White Stripes, Flogging Molly, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath.
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    music?

    I have listened to various tracks. Podrunner has a set of good training paces and they are mixed well. I have just finished "Brother's Grimm" book of Faerie Tales that are within the public domain..... Will probably go to EC next.

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    If you do a search in the Commuting, Road Cycling, and General Cycling forums you'll find out that most cyclists do not listen to music while riding. You need to be alert to the sounds around you, like that Prius that you can't hear and is about to run you down. Others just enjoy the sounds of the wind, birds, rustling leaves, and barking dogs.
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    Right now, I have everything Queen ever released on my MP3 player.

    Nothing like singing Fat Bottom Girls at 5am looking ridiculous on my bike.
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    wumpscut
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    I have ridden with headphones for quite a while. No issues. In fact, I was hit by a car and not wearing headphones. How did my hearing help me then? It did not.
    Anyhow, I plan on only listening to my ipod on the MUP while I get my comfort level back.

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    I listen to the subtle tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick sound that follows me around all the time...
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    Get a fixed gear.

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    Headphones == bad idea, IMO. What do you want played at your funeral? Is it on that list?

    But seriously, I'd never do it. I've yet to hear an argument against "the music / headphones are there because you want a distraction", and distractions are bad on the bike. Plus, I've never been one for needing to have my life set to music, despite being a trained musician.

    (<-- guess which instrument)

    That being said, on quiet or empty roads I'll have a tune going through my head or I'll be singing along to it. Jack Johnson's "Breakdown" has a sweet irony as a bike riding song.
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    On Sunday I was listening to c89.5 (pop/dance station in Seattle) before rolling out for a century. Usually this is OK. Unfortunately I ended up with a teener club mix of "I Can't Wait to See You Again" by Mylie Cyrus (sp?) stuck in my head for 103 miles.
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    This is a near duplicate and concurrent thread. . .

    ipods?

    To paraphrase what I said there, "Just 'cause a hornet's nest looks like a pinata doesn't mean you should hit it with a stick."

    Glad to see that there is so much thread-highjacking advice about keeping all senses at tip-tip shape.

    Personally, I'd never ride without having downed six or eight double espressos so as to heighten my reaction time and hone my senses. The espresso along with my blue leotard and red boots, red underwear worn on the outside and my red cape render me invincible.

    Music is, of course, somewhat a generational thing. . . the beat is what counts for me.

    "She has funny cars" by Jeff. Airplane
    "Choo-choo cha-boogie" by Louis Jordan
    "Franklin's Tower" by the Dead
    "Suicide Blonde" by INXS

    to name but a few. . .
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    The OP said nothing about using headphones.

    For me, the music would depend on my purpose. For commuting, I'd go with Jack Johnson, Bob Marley, maybe a bit of George Strait or Willie Nelson. If I wanted speed, go with something like SLOT (russian rock band), Green Day, etc. Really just something more upbeat for the speedy tempo.

    Use a bit of ingenuity if you want music while riding. A set of small speakers cleverly attached to handlebars or a bag are very possible if you don't mind being creative once in a while.

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    I usually just sing when I'm biking. I don't usually know lyrics to most songs, so either I sing the same verse over and over or make up my own lyrics.

    Lately I've been singing Offspring's Self Esteem, Jon Lajoie's High as ****, Mike O'Connel's What's it Gonna Be, Jay Z's 99 Problems, Eric Clapton's Cocaine, Cranberries' Zombie, Talking Head's Once in a Lifetime, The Killers' Uncle Johnny.

    I get some kind of weird looks belting out songs off-key with the wrong lyrics while trackstanding in traffic.

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    c'mon guys, the iPod or not-to-iPod debate is done. The real issue in this thread should be why a fellow named PunkMartyr is commuting with Neil Diamond as his co-pilot ;p

    DataJunkie -- you might like some to add some This Morn' Omina to your playlist.

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    I've found listening to Slipknot is the nitrous oxide for cycling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spokenword View Post
    c'mon guys, the iPod or not-to-iPod debate is done. The real issue in this thread should be why a fellow named PunkMartyr is commuting with Neil Diamond as his co-pilot ;p

    DataJunkie -- you might like some to add some This Morn' Omina to your playlist.
    Thanks. I will check it out.
    Also, podcasts from the ungodly hour (tuh) are awesome as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DataJunkie View Post
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    This is pretty much in my playlist as well. But my commute is 10 minutes so there's no point setting up my iPod really. If I do listen to music on a longer trip, it's usually something a little more mellow so i can keep the volume down or wear one earphone. In which case I have a hodge podge of "alt"-music spanning the last two decades. Current favourites are stuff from The Weakerthans, Bloc Party, Decemberists, Feist, Tom Waites, Coheed and Cambria, Flight of the Conchords (lol!) as well as various retro 80's.

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    dead kennedys > NOFX
    not that NOFX is bad...

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    Neil Young - Rocking in the Free World
    U2 - City of Blinding Lights

    Blaring that out with a SkullCandy speaker backpack. Neil for anytime and U2's song is good for at night riding. Add a Dinotte or crazy DIY 3 x high power red LED brightness and you're good to go.
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    Some of the people/groups that make the time go faster for me on the trainer are... Neil Young, CSN, Seals and Crofts, The Spinners, Bread, Jackson Browne, Beatles, The Cars, Gordon Lightfoot, Stevie Nicks, and Steely Dan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spokenword View Post
    c'mon guys, the iPod or not-to-iPod debate is done. The real issue in this thread should be why a fellow named PunkMartyr is commuting with Neil Diamond as his co-pilot ;p

    DataJunkie -- you might like some to add some This Morn' Omina to your playlist.
    Ha! No kidding.

    Though, I'm still wrapping my head around having Neil join me on my commute...

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