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Old 10-19-10, 02:40 PM   #1
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Alternative to earbuds

Like jammin' to your favorite tunes on the trail? Don't want to use earbuds? This is for you!



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Old 10-19-10, 04:34 PM   #2
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There is now a nice selection of bicycle specific speakers that allow you to have tunes and not have to use dangerous ear buds.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/search/ref=...qid=1287527460
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Old 10-19-10, 05:27 PM   #3
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clydeosaur, that'd make a nice party bike.

Oh, and deaf people ride bikes, too. They don't get killed just because they can't hear.

Just sayin'.
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Old 10-19-10, 05:36 PM   #4
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Like jammin' to your favorite tunes on the trail? Don't want to use earbuds? This is for you!
For the man with everything... "sounds" good to me.

This would be more practical, then you can bring the brewskies too, detach it at the beach, and be all set.

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clydeosaur, that'd make a nice party bike.

Oh, and deaf people ride bikes, too. They don't get killed just because they can't hear.

Just sayin'.
I saw a guy on a television program a month or so ago who was blind (can't see anything) yet rides on the street and hasn't been killed yet. Doesn't mean it is a good idea.
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we have a blind guy here who rides some four-wheeled recumbent contraption. It also has some sort of trailer attached about 6 to 8 feet long. He just rides right down all the middle of the road (in the turning lanes) all over town. Been watching him do it for about 4 years. Really a miracle he has not been ran over I suppose.
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Is it dangerous to ride with earbuds? I haven't had a problem MTB or road cycling. Is this a big no,no?
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It's illegal to ride with anything that impairs your ability to hear on the road in some states and cities. It is also foolhardy because you can't hear emergency vehicles or warnings. People do it anyway, with sometimes disastrous results. Less of a problem off road, but always something to consider. People are constantly trying to get around this restriction somehow, like wearing a single earbud, etc. Hence, the funny post. Enjoy...
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http://www.usdeafcycling.org/
http://www.alldeaf.com/deaf-products...ds-advice.html
http://www.international-deaf-cycling.info/

FWIW, I've had times where I couldn't hear a BUS because of wind noise. No earbuds or anything in my ears at the time, either.
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Interesting read on deaf cyclists. Hey, they have rights too...

Do you know what restrictions apply for deaf riders to ride on busy streets in DC, BarracksSI? Wonder how they'd do it :scratchhead:
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Oh, and deaf people ride bikes, too. They don't get killed just because they can't hear.
Just sayin'.
Yeah, but when you have just two senses that keep you safe on the bike, it's not exactly genius to take one of them away.
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It is also foolhardy because you can't hear emergency vehicles or warnings.
If you have earbuds that can completely block out the sound of a passing car, let alone a screeching ambulance siren, I'd like to know what they are, unless you ride in a sensory deprivation tank.
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If you have earbuds that can completely block out the sound of a passing car, let alone a screeching ambulance siren, I'd like to know what they are, unless you ride in a sensory deprivation tank.
x136, I know this is a very old argument, back and forth, among cyclists. I am referring to in-ear buds AND loud music playing.

Personally, I think people have the right to choose. As for myself, I do prefer to hear everything. The ear buds let in some of the sound, but considering the riskiness of having an 18 wheeler pass one on a NC road, I want to be forewarned as early as humanly possible so I can ditch if I have to.

In SC motorcyclists are not required to wear helmets, in NC they are. The statistics talk for themselves and one can choose diligently to one's conscience's content. Peace. My point is strictly that the law and the police and many cyclists also see it as foolhardy.

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Do you know what restrictions apply for deaf riders to ride on busy streets in DC, BarracksSI? Wonder how they'd do it :scratchhead:
No idea, and there probably aren't any restrictions, either. My only guess is that they ride like I do -- don't change lanes or go through intersections without a visual confirmation that it's safe to do so.

There's enough noise around here that I can't rely on my ears to keep me safe. I can't hear the car that's trailing the bus next to me, for example. To assume that the coast is clear just because I can't hear it... now that would be foolhardy.
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