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Old 07-29-08, 01:53 PM
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OK don't shoot me but does anyone else listen to music on their bike? I find it helpful to listen to my GYM tunes. I use just my right ear-piece and just loud enough so I know what the song is. I know the songs so well that it doesn't have to blast.
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Old 07-29-08, 01:57 PM
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Not on the road, but on the trail I do. I have an AT&T tilt, and I usually have it on the speaker, so I can still hear around me.
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Old 07-29-08, 02:05 PM
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I used to, but I don't anymore. I do not have a problem with people who do, per se, but with any activity in which you can get hurt badly by a car or other crash, it is a good idea to make sure that you can still hear your surroundings. Sounds like you are, so rock on!

I actually like riding without headphones better, now, too. They are still a must for gym-biking/spinning and elliptical sessions, but on the road, I am all set.
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Only in my head. Oh, and the ones the birds sing.
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I tried the one ear-bud in the right ear thing but found it to be a bit cumbersome with the wires dangling about. I picked up a portable speaker system and have been using that at a moderate volume. Maybe I can get some picks later... I can still hear cars approaching and such (I've also got a mirror) so it's not like I'm blasting it or anything. It helps when I'm not really "into it" that day. Some days I'll just keep it off though. I don't think it's a big deal.

Now all those ppl wearing sound-isolating-type earbuds in both ears - I think that's crazy!
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Old 07-29-08, 02:16 PM
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What kind of speakers? I tried a small set I got from Brookstone but they had no volume to them and they broke.
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Old 07-29-08, 02:26 PM
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I love my headphones. Sometimes for music, sometimes podcasts, sometimes radio. They really make the trip more enjoyable. I know a lot of people think they're unsafe, and maybe they are, but I can tell you that with my over (not in) the ear headphones on, I can hear more of what's going on around me than I could if I were in my car with the radio on.
You could argue that I'd be more alert without them, and maybe you'd be right, but just ask my co-workers -- just because I don't have headphones on doesn't mean I'm listening. ;-)

It causes problems because some people have chosen to have headphones as their personal pet peeve to crusade against, but for my part, I think there's so many more things to rant about before you get down the list to headphones.

For daytime riding, the one thing that I look at as my most important safety item is my rear view mirror, but I seldom hear anyone ranting about that. That's fine. Maybe they rely more on their hearing, but I think with your personal safety, you have to make those choices yourself. Not only do I plan to keep wearing my headphones, but I will also continue to NOT yell at people about their lack of a mirror.
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Old 07-29-08, 02:30 PM
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Rob_E ... Nice! What kind of mirror do you have. I was thinking of getting one.
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Old 07-29-08, 02:33 PM
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Yup, music always. The earphones double as ear protection from the wind.
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Old 07-29-08, 02:38 PM
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I used to do the same, right earbud only unless it rains then both. (keeps the rain drops out of my ear). I haven't for the last few months but now I'm inspired again.
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Old 07-29-08, 02:43 PM
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I used to all the time in NYC b/c it did me absolutely no good to hear the madness going on around me. "Was that honk for me?! Oh, of course not..."

I haven't in quite a while, but last week for whatever reason I put on the ipod on the ride in. Listening to a great old Prince album on the way to work put me in a good mood all day. I might make it a regular thing, but my iPod is first gen and isn't entirely reliable holding a charge. (Could be all the times I've melted it in the car.)

I have a Blackberry curve now (work provided) and I hate it; but maybe if I could turn it into my new iPod the hate will go away. Here's hoping...
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If I could get handlebar-mounted speakers, I would. The last thing I need is something that hinders my ability to hear my surroundings, so I don't use headphones. I've seen way too many people on bikes, boards, skates, etc. completely oblivious to cars and pedestrians because they can't hear things coming from far away.
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Old 07-29-08, 02:45 PM
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I often see people wearing enormous headphones on my commute. They're dangerous, mainly because they're unaware of everything around them. Mildly annoying as they're difficult to work around as they wobble around to whatever tune it is. Seen the odd one taken out by an opening car door as they're distracted fiddling with their player. Shouldn't laugh I know, but that saltomotale, whilst they're still messing with the device, and reality has yet to break through, it's a picture.
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Old 07-29-08, 03:06 PM
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iHome iH85B. I use it everyday.
It is an ipod speaker system shaped like a water bottle. It works VERY well. The wireless remote control mounts on the handlebars.
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Old 07-29-08, 03:09 PM
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
What kind of speakers? I tried a small set I got from Brookstone but they had no volume to them and they broke.
I'm not sure what kind they are but they work great! I got them from Woot a little while back and they say Cingluar on them but I think they're actually made by LG? They look like a flip-phone when closed up. I really need to get some pics up.
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I have a CycleSound speaker on my bike

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Old 07-29-08, 03:19 PM
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That CycleSound thing is huge!!
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Old 07-29-08, 03:29 PM
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its not really...its the camera's perspective...maybe check their site and see it on other bikes
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I don't listen to music, but have a 27" tv mounted on my bars.
 
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I wear ear buds on my commute, but not on weekend rides.

Even with both ear buds in I can hear traffic and do not feel that I am doing any thing dangerous. I also use a mirror and feel that I am very aware of my surroundings.
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I just whistle the blues. Helps keep the pace...
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Originally Posted by Indie View Post
If I could get handlebar-mounted speakers, I would. The last thing I need is something that hinders my ability to hear my surroundings, so I don't use headphones. I've seen way too many people on bikes, boards, skates, etc. completely oblivious to cars and pedestrians because they can't hear things coming from far away.
I was able to find this, it does not look too bad. If you try it, please let me/us know if they suck or not.
http://www.modernbike.com/itemgroup.asp?IGPK=2126175436

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I have a CycleSound speaker on my bike

+1 for the Air Zound

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I don't listen to music, but have a 27" tv mounted on my bars.
Sweet, how do you get any reception? Do you use a digital antenna or one of those USB fob things? Or do you just watch movies by mounting a dvd player in your frame?
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If I could get handlebar-mounted speakers, I would. The last thing I need is something that hinders my ability to hear my surroundings, so I don't use headphones. I've seen way too many people on bikes, boards, skates, etc. completely oblivious to cars and pedestrians because they can't hear things coming from far away.
Check out the I-Ride bicycle stereo from active tunes. http://www.active-tunes.com
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Rob_E ... Nice! What kind of mirror do you have. I was thinking of getting one.
I use the Take-A-Look, eyeglass-mounted mirror. I love it. It took a little getting used to, and initially I wasn't sure it was worth the effort, but then one day I forgot it at work. The whole ride home I felt like I was half-blind. Now I'm very much aware when I don't have the mirror with me, and I feel much more vulnerable to traffic, headphones or no.
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
OK don't shoot me but does anyone else listen to music on their bike? I find it helpful to listen to my GYM tunes. I use just my right ear-piece and just loud enough so I know what the song is. I know the songs so well that it doesn't have to blast.
I like it blasting, but I only use it when I'm isolated from traffic on a greenway or bridge. (And never when I'm towing my kids.) I have an iPod Shuffle I only use for bicycling.

Anybody else on ilike? Here's the current incarnation of my cycling playlist there: http://www.ilike.com/user/Keith_S88/...ctuation=false
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