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    music and riding?

    Hi guys. My bike commute is me time. It is the only (except sleeping) garenteed time a day all week that I get to be by myself and stop thinking about work and school. So I like listening to music while I ride. I got used to music and riding when I started riding a moped a few years back, that 2 stroke was too loud to hear anythibg else ouside my helmet lol! I keep it turned down pretty low on roads so I can hear cars. But I turn it up at the bike paths and small neighborhoods. But even then I have it low enough that i can hear people say "youre welcome" After I say "im on your left..thanks!" When I pass.

    Anyone else like listening while they ride? I know most people probably think its reckless, but i feel very confident with or without my tunes. Im concidering sewing speakers into my back pack because it seems a bit more convenient.

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    My commute is one and a half hour long,
    each way. It's so boring; I listen to the
    the FM radio or MP3 player on my cellphone.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9-Kv...6zPoymgKaIoDLA






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    Some people mount their cell phone to a holder/holster that attaches to the handlebar, then use the phone's MP3 player. I ride in all types of weather, including rain and snow, so that doesn't work for me. So I use this designed-for-bikes MP3 player that can handle getting a little wet (although it's not waterproof.)

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    As a Musician I have the music in my head, but when i whistle the tune as I pass through ,
    folks think its odd..

    you may be a better neighbor with a 1 ear bud setup to hear the recordings,

    and still hear the pending doom of a vehicle approaching from behind, on the street.

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    In my area most organized rides and runs stress no music at all , they say they want all riders to be 100% focused and aware of events happening around them and promotes more socializing within the group??

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    I ride to music at times. Typically a single bud in my right ear.

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    On my commute, I use a Motorola S10 Bluetooth Headset so I don't need wires to my cell phone.

    The phone is accessible if I have to stop, it's in a waterproof Seidio Obex case so I can take calls on the road.

    I don't dial or text while riding, of course, but simply listening to music at reasonable volume, with a headset that doesn't block outside sounds, is safe and, here in Washington at least, entirely legal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    As a Musician I have the music in my head, but when i whistle the tune as I pass through ,
    folks think its odd..

    you may be a better neighbor with a 1 ear bud setup to hear the recordings,

    and still hear the pending doom of a vehicle approaching from behind, on the street.
    Wow ! So its not just me??!?
    I do some of my best riff composing on my way into work.
    I dont need mp3's, I have so much going on in my head.
    Now, if I could only find a way to remember all of that stuff by the time I get home
    -ADVOCACY-☜ Radical VC = Car people on bikes. Just say "NO"

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    I've considered getting something like this: http://www.amazon.com/Audible-Rush-J...pd_sim_sbs_e_2

    Or similar. It's a neat idea, don't dig the earphones thing. One, it would block out my hearing too much. Two, I don't like them as a general thing.

    Add on a cheap-o MP3 player (in case something bad happens) and you're good to go.

    M.

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    Two years ago I started listening to spoken word podcasts, one earbud, curbside. Music is too abstract and blends into the environment making it hard to hear traffic. Audio books require too much concentration. The Nerdist is good, NPR is good unless they talk politics. This American Life is good...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1nterceptor View Post
    My commute is one and a half hour long,
    each way. It's so boring...
    That part of the ride looks fun though! Maybe because I dont ride it daily thought lol. My commute is 45 minutes if I take it easy and hit the lights at bad times. 20 minutes if I hussle and get lucky.

    On a sidenote, how is your camera mounted? Top of helmet cams look goofy. Id like something next to my temple but never see them

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThomasMcA View Post
    Some people mount their cell phone to a holder/holster that attaches to the handlebar, then use the phone's MP3 player. I ride in all types of weather, including rain and snow, so that doesn't work for me. So I use this designed-for-bikes MP3 player that can handle getting a little wet (although it's not waterproof.)
    Luckily I have the GS4 active. Its a water proof cellphone. So I dont have to worry so mucj . I would like a handle bar case for it that protects it from the sun. Gps would be nice at times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fastfingaz View Post
    In my area most organized rides and runs stress no music at all , they say they want all riders to be 100% focused and aware of events happening around them and promotes more socializing within the group??

    If I rode with groups I would love socializing while I ride instead of music. Unfortunately my only free time is friday night and all the group rides I know about in town are less busy nights like sundays and teusday when im working. All my socialization ammounts to "nice hat/cute puppy/ sweet shirt/I'm on your left/ect." So music keeps me content.

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    You're absolutly correct Reino my refference was in organized runs like duatholons or tri's if you're by yourself then it's just you and the MAN,,,,, keep the rubber side down.....

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    I use an old Ipod Nano in a little case that I clip to my shirt collar or backpack. I put the headphone around my neck. Music's great when you're fighting the wind, an uphill, or just need a boost to keep on pedaling.

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