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Old 07-12-07, 12:34 AM   #1
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Listening to Music (ipods) while riding? Good or Bad?

I've seen a few people do it, i've heard people do it.. i'm pretty much again st it.

I'll run with my ipod.. walk around the city.. etc. but riding a bike with my ipod on is to me (this is my opinion) kinda dangerous. Not being able to hear cars and things coming next to you would freak me out.

I just think im going way too fast and being in the street its too dangerous to not be 100% alert at all times.

Is this just me? anyone else? :thumbup: :confused:
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Old 07-12-07, 12:36 AM   #2
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I would never ride with headphones in the city or in any traffic at all.
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Old 07-12-07, 12:45 AM   #3
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riding while listening to music through a headphone is bad news...possibly riding with some speakers that are soft maybe a better idea, but still sketchy. they do make tiny speakers you can ride with.

if you're bored while riding, ride next to a car blasting their music.
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Old 07-12-07, 12:50 AM   #4
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if riding is that boring for you, maybe it is better to find something else to do

I used to ride in traffic with an ipod though but only when riding crappy utiliity bikes, which is no excuse

these days it feels too dangerous, and riding is fun enough without it
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Yeah, riding with headphones is probably unsafe. I won't use in-ear headphones (the kind that you stuff into your ear canal, essentially blocking outside noises entirely). I can usually still hear traffic, maybe not as soon as I should, but I hear em when I wear my crappy stock ipod headphones. Thing is, I feel like music makes everything better: sex, food, walking, working, riding, skating, sitting, reading, sleeping... it's always better with music. I think I'd rather go blind than deaf, I love music so much (and if I was blind I could bone ugly broads with impunity!)
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Old 07-12-07, 01:37 AM   #7
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if I was riding somewhere else I might feel different about it though, tokyo is just a bit too hectic
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I live in a relatively small town and I know the traffic patterns like the back of my hand. I'm pretty confident that I can handle an ipod and biking at the same time here. Now, if I went to a different town where every intersection was a new experience, I'd probably leave the ipod at home.
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on my college campus I do it practically everytime I go for a ride. But not even in our sleepy little town do I ride with headphones in traffic.
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headphones on a bike are just like a stereo in a car. if you just play it softly so you can still hear the enviroment around you, then I think you are fine. If you want it so loud that your ears are bleeding it becomes a bad idea.. for both the lack of hearing and the ears bleeding parts.

So I say OK if you keep it under control. I keep mine at a volume that I can still talk at a normal level to someone I'm riding with. That's safe and I can still jam a little.
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Ugh I'll be the one; I ride with my IPOD all the time.
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yeah, same here it's hard to push myself to the max when going to work. Unless of course there's DnB or J-Pop playing. Makes me worry a little bit sometimes, but really how many of us pull over when someone honks? Or screams? Always take the lane theres a reason they're called speed LIMITS. Can usually hear engines over my 'phones though. SAm
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i only ride with my ipod when im street riding on my bmx. It makes my lines smoother and just relaxes me. It is pretty safe as i dont ride my bmx any faster than a person can jog and the headphones are not so loud that i cant hear my own cassette hub spinning. never on my fixed gear though.
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Riding with tunes is definitely both good and bad. Obviously bad from a safety perspective, but it can be really great fun. I think the type of headphones used is a big factor with the (lack of) safety when doing it too. Like LoRok said, in-ear headphones are nasty. I rode with that style a few times, and whilst they sound fantastic, they made me feel extremely disconnected from the outside world. Not good for riding in traffic. Open design cans are the go.

I don't do it very often myself, but I very much enjoy it when I do. It tends to make me ride a lot more recklessly, which isn't really a Good Thing.
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Old 07-12-07, 06:04 AM   #16
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I never have, and don't plan on it. I always want to hear the cars coming behind me.
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Ipod=! mp3 player. Now write that down 50 times...

It's obviously not the most intelligent thing to do and obviously somewhat dangerous. I do it all the time. Like every day. You just gotta be able to pay attention to things that matter in traffic and it's not too bad. I mean, people don't hear all that much in cars with the windows up, the engine roaring and music played from the stereo, do they?
You just keep a straight line and look over your shoulder a bit more frequently, esp. before turning/switching lanes.
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Ipod=! mp3 player. Now write that down 50 times...

It's obviously not the most intelligent thing to do and obviously somewhat dangerous. I do it all the time. Like every day. You just gotta be able to pay attention to things that matter in traffic and it's not too bad. I mean, people don't hear all that much in cars with the windows up, the engine roaring and music played from the stereo, do they?
You just keep a straight line and look over your shoulder a bit more frequently, esp. before turning/switching lanes.
The main difference, IMO, is that cars are looking for other cars. Depending on where you live (and probably even in bike-friendly areas), drivers are not looking for cyclists, which means we need to be extra aware.

I never ride with headphones in, even on the trails, because I don't want my awareness affected. However, a friend of mine is a local messenger who rides with headphones in all the time, and crashes quite often (about 2-3 times a year, which seems like a lot to me; your mileage may vary). At the same time, a woman I know rides with headphones so loud that, when stopped, she can't hear me saying hello unless I am directly in front of her, and somehow she remains unscathed. Go figure.

Neither of them wears a helmet, but that's a different discussion. The point is that maybe you'll be totally fine with headphones, but it seems like a poor choice to open yourself up to potential injury when you don't have to.

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I have enough trouble not getting doored with all 5 of my senses. I would never take one of them out.
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Riding with an iPod is OK as long as you have a brake. I wouldn't do it brakeless.
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i don't do it anymore, but i have. i have it turned down so that i really can only hear it when there aren't any cars around me. meaning, when i'm on a back road, by myself.

when i'm in traffic, i may as well not be wearing headphones.
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The only time I have ever done it was when I rode a stretch of boardwalk early in the morning. I tried once on the road but it seemed like a bad idea so I wound up throwing it in my bag.
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Not being able to hear cars and things coming next to you would freak me out.

I just think im going way too fast and being in the street its too dangerous to not be 100% alert at all times.
Me too. I don't ride with headphones on.
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No - 99% of the time

When I do, I only use ipod style bud in right ear because the bud itself doesn't block noise and my left ear can keep track of passing traffic. Would never use my Shure in-ears on the road. Never ever.
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Wow. ipod earbuds are crappy and annoying enough as it is. Listening to them in only one ear is just taking it to the next level, Heads ;) Good decision with the Shure's. It's a pretty disconcerting experience. I used to be pretty addicted to riding with tunes, but these days I tend to prefer being in tune with my surroundings instead. When I do crank with some music though it will be loud and high fidelity :-)
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