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    What do you "Jam" to?

    What's up bikers! Was just outside recently cruising the streets on my set of wheels while I was jamming to some great tunes on my Walkman. Then suddenly out of nowhere a question came to mind. What do other people like to listen to when they cruise on their bikes? Who are their favorite artists? What is their favorite genre to ride to?

    I'm into all types of music but have my favorites while I'm riding around in my wheelchair. Here are a listing of the different styles and artists which come to mind at the current moment.

    Genres: Metal, Hard Core, Punk, Hip-hop, House, Industrial, International, Kodo, (Japanese Drumming) and anything with a strong Percussion base!

    Artists: (in no particular order)
    Pantera, DJ Irene, U2, Pennywise, BeastieBoys, Kodo Masters, Sepultura, Chuck Berry, DMX, D.O.C., Prodigy, Photek, Van Halen, G n R, Bob Marley, and 311! I'm sure I can come up with plenty more and will post them as they come to mind.

    How about you?
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    I don't listen to music while riding, but after a good ride I like to chill with a homebrew and some Santana.
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    Well, typically, I don't listen to music when I ride. I have on occasion. My favorites are Tool (hard rock), and techno. I like such a variety of music. But for me, I think fast and hard goes with riding.


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    When I 'm riding on the road, I don't listen to CDs. When I'm on bike paths where the speed is slower, I'll listen to books on tape. You can usually get them from your library.

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    I listen to nothing but the wind. Wearing a walkman while riding is very dangerous. You can not hear what is going on around you. There are radios designed for bikes though but you do not wear the speakers over your ears. I have even seen a MP3 player for bikes. So if you must listen to music while riding, either sing your favorite songs, or use one of the music players designed for bikes.

    But my music of choice is country. Especially the old legendary and outlaw style country of the '70's.

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    I don't listen to music when I am riding but when Iam surfing the internet I listen to soft rock CHFI 98.1
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    i don't/won't listen to tunes while riding, but yesterday i did a 2 & 1/2 hour monster air guitar jam (extended play, of course) repleat with 1/2 hour guitar solo and a very special solo on my new imaginary 20 piece drum kit i just got while riding last week.
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    i must agree with Dwagenheim tool, pod,corn, etc anything hard the harder the tunes the more you push yourself for a personal best.
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    theres really nothing worth listening to on the radio player and CDs are to bulky. What you need is a small mp3 player that will fit under your bike shorts, run a wire from there all the way up your clothing for the headsets and your ear pieces.


    Now make sure you listen to it at a low level so that you can hear things around you when there is stuff around you. Then turn it up when you need that extra push and listen to some oakenfeld.

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    What's up bikers! Was just outside recently cruising the streets on my set of wheels while I was jamming to some great tunes on my Walkman. Then suddenly out of nowhere a question came to mind.
    Your last sentence should read "Then suddenly out of nowhere a car/another bike came..."

    Riding with music tops my list of really stupid and dangerous things you can do whilst on a bike. Rather cycle without a helmet ,pal, then you are only a danger to yourself....

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    I find i'm more manuverable and aware of my surroundings on a bike then i am in a car... and i listen to music when i'm in the car and nobody seems to have a problem with that. I fail to see how its more dangerouse on a bike.
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    I donīt listen to music when riding, thatīs dangerous. I also donīt talk in my mobile when riding without helmet in the city with my eyes closed. That is also dangerous. But afterwards I like to listen to Jazz- or New Age- music. For example:
    Spyro Gyra
    Pat Metheny
    Bernardo Rubaja
    Chuck Mangione
    Andreas Vollenweider
    Checkfield
    Max Lässer

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    I fail to see how its more dangerouse on a bike.
    Let me help you....cars have airbags. side impact protection bars,anti-roll cages, safety belts, ABS brakes etc.

    Yes, you indeed fail pal....

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    What's up bikers! I just got a chance to check the forums today and noticed there were quite a few responses in regards to the posting pertaining to what you "Jam" to. Thank you for all of the feedback you have given me. The posts made me think deeper about the issues you brought up. I'd like to respond.

    There were several responses stating that listening to music while riding was dangerous because of the impairment and sensory complications involved. I agree that safety is one of the top considerations for any form of physical activity. However, I believe that the severity of physical harm while listening to music could strongly hinge on the type and style of bicycle riding.

    A person who is riding a bicycle in a major metropolitan city might be more prone to not listen to music while riding because the volume of automobiles would be large, and the potential for being harmed by a driver could be high. Just as a person riding a bicycle through the mountains on a designated highway could also be extremely dangerous. However if the style of riding was Vert BMX or Dirt BMX would hearing impairment be as much of a factor? There probably would be close to no automobiles around those areas. Although trying to do flips and such while trying to accompany a listening device could be fairly difficult and potentially dangerous as well.

    My original post was more or less centered around what types of music gets people psyched to ride. Yet I'm glad others contributed their thoughts and time to the post, it heightened my awareness on many different levels. I can relate to many riders because we both use sets of wheels. Yours just happened to be on a bicycle and mine happened to be on a wheelchair. There are many similarities and there are many differences between the two.

    Thanks for the posts! Keep riding!
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    To psyche up for a ride, if it is needed I fire up the Winamp and just listen to the rotation of MP3s on the HD. Mostly Drum and Bass, like Dieselboy, Goldie, DJ Mia. Then there is the Boards of Canada and Squarepusher.
    I've had a lot of fun on some climbs where I listened to Fugasi.
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    hmmm, whenever i listen to music outdoors, I use "open-air" headphones, with these, i can hear what's going on around me, as well as the music. however, i don't ride with music, mostly because i'm having too much fun riding.
    Guess what? I don't know much.

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    Originally posted by poululla


    Let me help you....cars have airbags. side impact protection bars,anti-roll cages, safety belts, ABS brakes etc.

    well thats given even with out headphones too, as long as you dont play your music loud you still can hear whats going on around you. So your saying because a car has safety features its ok for them from your point of view to be careless and listen to music because they have lots of safety features although the cyclist and other pedestrains they may come across on their drive don't.
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    AutoAudio, you said that you fail to see how it is more dangerous
    listening music on your bike than it is listening to music in your car.

    I responded to that statement, I do not see where you deduct your last conclusion from - ...."ok for cars to be careless...." What are you talking about?

    I merely pointed out that failure to hear other motorists or cyclists, when driving a car with the music loud, is not as terminal (life threatning, call it what you want) as it would be doing the same on a bike. Cars have numerous safety devices to help in the case of a accident. We the humble cyclist, if we are clever, have only a helmet......

    Read my first reply and you will see that I am pro-bike, not pro-car
    It is never ok for anyone to be careless, cyclist or motorist, am I clear enough now...


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    well you also stated how you shouldn't listen to music because not only are you a danger to yourself but your a danger to others and then you stated its safer in a car, i was just pointing out that even though your in a car you may be safer but your still a danger to others who may not be in a car. All i'm really saying is people often complain about listening to music while you ride as being some terrible danger, but i think if you listen to it at reasonable volumes you can still hear whats going on around you, and its not a distraction. To me riding with somebody distracts me a great deal more from my surroundings then music. I'm more likely to get caught up in saying something to somebody else and miss hearing something or lose attentiveness then i am if i'm just listening to music. To each his own.
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    This is my last reply. Cycling is a dangerous sport at best. My believe is that we the responsible cyclist should do all that is in our power (within reason) to try and minimize, or at least manage some of the risks involved - to ourselves and others.

    Failure to wear a helmet harms only the idiot who isn't wearing his. I call it a "Darwinian culling of the incredibly stupid" The usage of personal stereos while cycling has the potential to harm other cyclists...( I believe that this is illegal in some US states) Here is where I believe that we should take a stand and say - "You could harm others, and that is not ok, reasonalble volume my arse!"
    I pointed out the differences between cars and bicycles only to show how ludicrous it is comparing these two. What goes for the one, certainly does not for the other. Even though it is just as dangerous listening to loud music in a car, at least you would be spared some injuries at least (and for Gods sake I am not advocating careless driving here, or what ever people want to read into this!!). You do not have this "luxury" on a bicycle, and therefor should be even more carefull.
    Now I have had enough of this pedantic nonsense for one day.

    Good bye, oh and before I forget, Take Off those headphones before you kill someone!!!

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    Oh, dont worry, i dont ride with head phones
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    I wear headphones when I train on the road or trails but not when I commute or ride with others. For an experienced cyclist, I don't believe that headphones are a safety issue. Singing tires, rushing air and rumbling big rigs are music to my ears .. but I also enjoy a little Fugazi, Prodigy or Widespread Panic. To each his or her own. If you are going to clobber someone for something you consider a safety issue, start a new thread in the appropriate forum.
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    People who purposefully reduce their situational awareness when operating a vehicle in traffic deserve what they get, which will eventually be an accident. Sad that their victims usually don't deserve what they get.

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    I would argue that headphones do not reduce my "situational awareness". I put very little faith in my ears while riding. The key is to be aware, fast and polite while you are riding in traffic.
    Jeff

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    I have to add that some make waay too big of a deal of listing to music while riding.

    Personally I do not listin to music when riding just out of prefrence (I like sounds of nature better), but I'm not gonna get all rilled up and say "Take Off those headphones before you kill someone!!!"

    that's just silly.

    You have to remember that different people have different awareness of their surrounding. For example, one person can't understand why someone doesn't see the distraction music can cause, the other person may wonder how does that guy figure that music affects your awareness at all.

    It's the same thing with studying too. Some like to listin to music when doing intense mental work and say it helps them, and some others can't comprehend how that person can learn anything with music on.

    It's not a matter of right and wrong, just personal judgment. The bottom line is to be responsible. Don't fool yourself. If you really see that having headphones compromises your safty then don't wear them. If not, enjoy the tunes on the wheels.

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