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N_C 06-05-04 08:28 PM

I'll still be able to hear traffic around me.
 
I figured out a way to listen to & enjoy music while riding. I use a Vision Day Bag, it fastens to the back of my seat. In the side pockets I put 2 small portable speakers & in the bag I have an inexpensive CD player. I can now listen to CD's while riding and still hear what is going on around me. Been thinking of a way to do this with out using head phones, which I am against and consider unsafe. But listening to the music through speakers is the same as doing so in a vehicle.

I've already tested this to see how it would work & discovered I had to wrap the CD player in foam. The bumping & jarring caused it to skip, despite the anti-skip feature, so much it shuts itself off. The foam should prevent that from happening. I'll know for sure the next time I ride.

I'm using an inexpensive CD player just in case this one is damaged, etc.

cyclezealot 06-05-04 08:46 PM

Even tho when on the bike - we have an independent FM station about here, very much worth listening too.Meaning, while on the bike I sort of miss this radio station; .I find riding more important..I can pass up great music for a chance to listen to nature.
I find music, as important as music is to me, something I can wait for until I get home. Bikes and music...That is great for a trainer..Plus, I insist I hear traffic perfectly.

Seanholio 06-05-04 09:29 PM

Right now, I depend on my hearing too much as a survival tool. The drivers here are too unpredictable to allow myself to be distracted by music.

In the mornings, I used to listen to talk-radio, and get all fired up about political things before work. Now, I arrive in a much better mood.

Chris L 06-06-04 01:31 AM

I'm not so sure "hearing traffic" really helps all that much anyway. When you're in heavy traffic, the noise is just a blur, it's pretty much impossible to distinguish one vehicle from another. The main reason I refrain from listening to music while I ride is the distraction factor.

PriO 06-06-04 01:34 AM

i listen to music on my minidisc player with 1 headphone on only
its the left side because i ride with the flow of traffic and always on the right side =]

oldspark 06-06-04 07:29 AM

I find it amusing that some people hate indoor trainers so much but that is the best time to listen to music. I've thought about using head phones on the road (live in the middle of nowhere) but I like to hear what traffic there is but the speaker thing might be a good compromise.

MadMan2k 06-06-04 09:36 PM

I have a fairly nice CD player, and some little computer speakers, but the top volume is way too low for me to hear it over tire noise/crickets chirping/water/etc.

I have a portable 'boom box' that runs on 6 D batteries, and I might try strapping that to my luggage rack sometime, if I get batteries for it. It's pretty big though, and it might affect balance a bit :p

Shroom 06-07-04 04:26 PM

Why do you need to listen to your own music when the Honda Civics driving around have enough output for the entire town?

Seanholio 06-07-04 05:18 PM

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Originally Posted by Shroom
Why do you need to listen to your own music when the Honda Civics driving around have enough output for the entire town?

I have often wished for a "Bass-Seeking Missile"

What's interesting is all the different kinds of music that get played "for everyone's enjoyment". Today, I pulled next to a young lady who was blasting traditional Greek folksongs. 10 seconds later, I was being treated to Ice-T's "Cop Killer", and later is was some Techno - "Thumpa thumpa thumpa tsk tsk tsk".

I'm glad my horn is so loud; there might be no other way to be heard.

catatonic 06-07-04 06:13 PM

Hmm...dynohub...powered speakers....dynohub...powered speakers.....powered speakers....mtn bike.....*DING!* bass on the bike :D

Chris L 06-07-04 09:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Shroom
Why do you need to listen to your own music when the Honda Civics driving around have enough output for the entire town?

I'm not sure that their output could really be called "music". I think "noise" is a more appropriate description.


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