Old 12-14-04, 06:40 PM
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I love me some headphones.

Frankly, I'm of the opinion that hearing just isn't that useful a sense on my commute. Overtaking collisions are a small proportion of all car-bike collisions which are themselves a small proportion of all cycling accidents. At least here, there's pretty much always going to be car noise and it's pretty hard to tell the difference between the car that's going to run me down and the car that's just following as any vehicle would.

On the plus side, it blocks out the intimidating sound of the hyped up heavy-duty truck or the moron who thinks they're going to honk me out of their way. I have a good time and the noise cancellation keeps me from making new friends at stop lights. Consequently I would posit that it may actually make me safer to not be able to hear.

John Allen has an interesting take on the subject.

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