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    Music when riding?

    I personally like listening to something when im riding a track that i regularly ride. It seems to help me get into a mindset of being able to ignore leg burning, pain, or exhaustion and being able to focus more on the fun of riding. How about you?

    I use regular earbuds, on my music phone (LG VX8300) What type of earphones and music player do you use?

    I post this in MTB forum and not in foo forum since MTB presents unique circumstances than in general bike riding.
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    Could never listen to music when riding, there's just too much stuff going on with the bike during the ride that could go wrong.
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    I do when I'm riding solo and in the mood for it, but never when I'm racing.
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    Music while riding MTB has always seemed incongruous to me, besides, it's just more crap to fiddle with/carry/be concerned about.

    While riding I prefer to listen to the sounds of my bike, my body, my friends, the trail under the tires, and whatever may be a natural part of the surroundings I'm riding in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kenhill3 View Post
    Music while riding MTB has always seemed incongruous to me, besides, it's just more crap to fiddle with/carry/be concerned about.

    While riding I prefer to listen to the sounds of my bike, my body, my friends, the trail under the tires, and whatever may be a natural part of the surroundings I'm riding in.
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    When climbing The Boring Fire Road That Never Ends, I like to sing loudly. NOFX, showtunes and TV themes mostly. I often make up my own words.
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    Why would anyone ever ride without an iPod?

    Sorry, I just don't get that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
    Why would anyone ever ride without an iPod?

    Sorry, I just don't get that.
    Respect for my own and other riders safety.

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    Quote Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
    Why would anyone ever ride without an iPod?

    Sorry, I just don't get that.
    I have to agree with Kenhill above. One of the reasons I <recently> got my bike was to enjoy the outdoors. There is a plethora of wildlife to listen to out there. I find that much more soothing than bringing a part of home along with me.

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    On a long climb I like to crank "Mountain Jam" by The Allman Bros. Always seemed appropriate. Used to use an I pod now use an I phone. Much prefer riding with friends and no music though. Alone, maybe 50% of the time I use music.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elf 232 View Post
    I personally like listening to something when im riding a track that i regularly ride. It seems to help me get into a mindset of being able to ignore leg burning, pain, or exhaustion and being able to focus more on the fun of riding. How about you?

    I use regular earbuds, on my music phone (LG VX8300) What type of earphones and music player do you use?

    I post this in MTB forum and not in foo forum since MTB presents unique circumstances than in general bike riding.
    small clip on IPOD shuffle (now 50 bucks or so) and JVC HAFX34G Marshmallow Earbuds

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    I have a "jambox" from 1988 taped to my top tube. I have a casette tape with Aldo Nova,Autograph,and Armored Saint blasting at max volume.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker66 View Post
    I have a "jambox" from 1988 taped to my top tube. I have a casette tape with Aldo Nova,Autograph,and Armored Saint blasting at max volume.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Smashy View Post
    Could never listen to music when riding, there's just too much stuff going on with the bike during the ride that could go wrong.
    I concur.

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    Iv never actually rode alone, always with a group so i dont actually use music that often but when i do i love it.
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    Music is a big part of my life, and I spend a lot of time listening to sounds at home, so getting on the bike is quiet time away from people/sound/annoyances etc. It's my quiet time just me and my thoughts and the trail.

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    I definitely listen to music, it really adds to the energy of the ride and pushes me to push myself. Usually upbeat things. Electronic funy trance stuff like Sound Tribe Sector 9 is good until I get tired of it. Some upbeat reggae like Steel Pulse served well. Some Bob Marley here and there. Some Phish. I need some new music. Can't blast it, need to hear the bike/trail. Blasting it = too much of a disconnect from the world = more chance of me being careless and falling. I feel naked when I don't bike with music.

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    I seem to have lost my Shuffle, but as a rule I have it in the pocket of my bike shorts. Sometimes a commute gets a little SAME every day.

    Only on the bike path, though. Never in traffic.
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    When I ride alone I use my ipod nano with some cheap walmart headphones. If Im on a new trail or on the street I only have the music in my right ear so I can hear other things around me. Gotta have something to drown out all the other voices in my head

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    iPod Nano. Earbud in one ear about half the time. No headphones when riding road bike on busy streets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by free_pizza View Post
    Respect for my own and other riders safety.
    Couldn't have said it any better. Plus I like hearing the sounds of the forest, bike and trail.
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    i only listen to music on the street, never on trails.
    but i love riding and listening to Stevie Ray Vaughan, Dispatch, anything with soul, a beat or greasiness of some kind.
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    Depends on how I feel. Sometimes I feel very unmotivated and music helps push me along. Especially on xc rides where I get bored very easily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mudtracker View Post
    Gotta have something to drown out all the other voices in my head
    Iv finally convinced mine to sing along.
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