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Old 06-01-11, 05:40 AM
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What music do you listen to on your Ipod or MP3 while riding solo!

I have a Sony MP3 Walkman with an assortment of music ranging from Mozart to Indochine. I usually play a selection of Indochine, Pink Floyd, Moody Blues when riding my Lemond Victoire.




Mozart, Beethoven, Verdi, Rossini when riding my Cinelli.



Everything on my MP3 when riding the Gios.



Show you favorite ride with the music you listen to!
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I never listen to my Ipod on my bike. in fact the only place I use it with headphones/earbuds is on an airplane.

I think, as alot of ohters do, that it is very dangerous to listen to anything while you ride. besides I ride out in the counry alot and I want to hear a nature at its best.

where are you DT shifters??
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I agree with BG. My ears have saved me just as often as my eyes. Especially going through neighborhoods. Screaming kids and riding lawnmowers always is a warning to get ready with the brakes,
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Yeah, I won't ride with headphones, either.
But in my shop I go to Pandora and use Aretha Franklin as the seed artist.
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Nope, no earphones for my while riding on my road bike. On my school commute back in the day, however, I listened to very fast metal like ride the lightning by Metallica to get me cranking faster so I'd be on time . But while wrenching it's mostly Bach, Beethoven etc.
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No music on my bike, except the sound track already playing in my head. I went out for a ride just before dusk a few days ago, and as it got dark I passed through a little wooded area where I heard to wood thrushes calling to one another, repeating the same call over and over with subtle variations. The call of a wood thrush is fast and far too complicated to attempt any description, but starts with three descending notes sort of like the theme to 'mission impossible.' I had to slow down to hear them better! I'd much rather hear a wood thrush than any recorded music.
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You may not be happy with the responses to your thread, don't know. I too think it's too dangerous to listen to music while riding. The hiss of the tires and gentle ratchet of a coasting freewheel make a good sound track. As well as wood thrushes if you've got them.
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no music - just nature - have a deer crash into ya and you'll realize just how important small sounds (like hooves on pavement) can be

edit: sweet rides though
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I listen to the sound of the wind rushing through the holes in my head, uh, helmet.

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I also would consider it very dangerous and wouldn't feel comfortable listening while riding.
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I listen to traffic, it helps dealing with riding in it. When no cars are around, I listen to my bike. All usually with a soundtrack in my head, right now it's a deathcab for cutie song.
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Ok - I'll stop the trend. I listen to my MP3 player, but the volume is not set so high that I can't hear traffic. I ride exclusively on back country roads with very little traffic or in the hills on my mtb with no traffic. Music depends on my mood but ranges from country (Chris Ledoux primarily) to rock (AC/DC, Van Halen, ZZ top) to contemporary Christian.
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I am with the rest -- open ears, i am listening for cars from behind and horns or someone just shouting a warning about something. It is also nice to just listen to the world go by. I find that relaxing.
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I don't own an Ipod. Seemed a unnecessary expense as I have a song going through my head almost constantly.

That said... the music that gets stuck in my head can be any number of things but more often than not, some random rhythmic noise will cause me to find a song. I just hear the right rhythm and one gets stuck in there.
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I don't want to call anyone out, especially myself, but I wonder if this is an age thing? whan I was a kid headphones were pretty big and bulky and an 'earbud' was that cheap thig that came with a transistor radio. you the wire with a thing on one end that you put in your ear and a thing on the other that you can't put anywhere because it is bent? OOPs I am off track. the first real light and portable music players were the Walkman in the early '80s. so most of use did not grow up with portable music in a package the size of a cigarette pack or smaller.

could that be part of the big difference between the yeses and nos?
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On a related note, I hate saying something to somebody only then to realize they haven't heard a word I said because they were plugged into their ipods or whatever.
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IAll usually with a soundtrack in my head, right now it's a deathcab for cutie song.
Ah, yes, the great song about a fatal car accident as featured in a Beatles movie.
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I rode with earbuds in once, and it was enjoyable. Then I came up on a guy jogging down the middle of a MUP, and I was screaming to get his attention, and he never heard me. I see people driving cars with earbuds in, and I think of the times I've had to yell at a driver because he was going to hit me, and thinkg..this guy would plow me over and never know about it.
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I save the music for my truck. Then it is Bad Brains to Zappa, I have 10k + songs on my ipod.
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
I don't want to call anyone out, especially myself, but I wonder if this is an age thing? whan I was a kid headphones were pretty big and bulky and an 'earbud' was that cheap thig that came with a transistor radio. you the wire with a thing on one end that you put in your ear and a thing on the other that you can't put anywhere because it is bent? OOPs I am off track. the first real light and portable music players were the Walkman in the early '80s. so most of use did not grow up with portable music in a package the size of a cigarette pack or smaller.

could that be part of the big difference between the yeses and nos?
I don't think so. I'm 52 and own an IPod, currently loaded with Bach, Orff, Prokofiev, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Stan Rogers, and Enter the Haggis. I use it on the lawn mower, while running the rototiller, working around the house, but NOT on the bike or while driving. Aside from common sense it's a violation of Maine state law.
And I still have my Walkman from back in the day!

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I have an Ipod portable speaker that sets up on a bike and looks a lot like a water bottle, but I found it distracting, it tended to get unwelcome attention and it was heavy. I also missed the water bottle.

Riding with headphones just seems incredibly dangerous to me...I see people doing it, and I always hope their partner has life insurance.
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No electronic music for me.

I listen to the tires on the road, the wind in my spokes. Some tires are silent, some spokes are. A Vento wheel sings, but a Mavic kind of has a low hum. Tubulars actually have some rhythm. The sound of my chain, if any, lets me know if it needs lube. Any noise out of that cassette and I'm checking ot make sure it's tight enough. A little FD rub will get me either out of that gear or back in the shop with the screwdriver. I can tell you what's in my bag, and whether that rattle is my keychain or a loose CO2 cartridge.

My partner, riding my wheel, will shift about 3 seconds after I do, and she runs a cog higher in back. I can hear her front wheel if she's on her 650c Cervelo, it's got a Kenda tire. I cannot hear her on her Fuji roadie, with the Attack front tire. Another riding friend has to spit about once a ride, and uses his middle ring up front sometimes, unless he's on his Ironman, which is dead silent and he stays on the big ring. All this goes on behind me.

The dogs are my early warning system, and while it's the bark you obviously hear, it's the cadence of the running legs that are your clue, or the dog's nails on pavement, a good sign it's not stopping on the edge of the yard. Often, the owner is silent until just after the dog hits your bike. We ride by lots of swampy areas, and the birds are the sound of the day. Frogs in the early morning mean snakes will be on the road a bit. Back in the distance, you listen for the hum of tires that mean a pickup truck, which often has a landscaping trailer, or a boat on the roads we ride. I don't use a mirror, but it's nice to know there's a big one coming. The other day, we heard a diesel, seemed like forever, thought it might be a farm tractor. It was a Pepsi truck, big fifth wheel trailer, and we were beating him up the hill for about a mile.

Two short honks generally means a driver letting us know he/she is there. The hard angry honk is the uninformed driver who doesn't realize we have a right to the road, and begrudges us the foot we need. No sense arguing. For some motorists, the brake pedal is not a considered option when approaching a cyclist from the rear, but giving us the 2" brush-by seems to be. The sustained hum of about 20 Harley's is pretty easy to recognize, and they are always pretty courteous.

No, no music. When I ran 3,000 miles a year instead of riding, I tried headphones a few times. I favored the radio, NPR at 5 am, to catch the news. The second time I ran right out in front of a car at an intersection, oblivious, was the last time I wore headphones. I time/score 5K and 10K's, and it's always, always, the person with the earbuds who causes a problem at the finish line.

I do have an iPod, a Shuffle. I also have a Zune, 80G. Hey, I'm still RobbieTunes....

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I guess this is more of a social issue than a recreation subject. I ride in the Chicago area along the lake front and the north-shore. I don't recommend having your favorite music blasting through your ear plugs, only audible enough to enjoy and the scenery as you ride for a long distance.
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Personally, I don't care for ear buds. Rather have my music hitting my eardrums after coming through the air , for some reason.
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
I don't want to call anyone out, especially myself, but I wonder if this is an age thing? whan I was a kid headphones were pretty big and bulky and an 'earbud' was that cheap thig that came with a transistor radio. you the wire with a thing on one end that you put in your ear and a thing on the other that you can't put anywhere because it is bent? OOPs I am off track. the first real light and portable music players were the Walkman in the early '80s. so most of use did not grow up with portable music in a package the size of a cigarette pack or smaller.

could that be part of the big difference between the yeses and nos?
Not in my case. I'm of the iPod generation (even though i prefer bikes twice as old as I am - I guess I've an old soul ) and still do not prefer to ride anything else than a dutch granny bike with earphones in. Part of the enjoyment of cycling is the ambient sounds of the birds and the sweet click of a campy rear hub coasting!
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