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listening to music while riding = bad idea?

Old 10-15-07, 01:24 PM
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listening to music while riding = bad idea?

seem to me like it would, music blaring into your ears seems like ti would severely impair your situational awarness. personally I don't do it but i see a lot of the casual and BMXers doing it. any thoughts?
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Old 10-15-07, 01:26 PM
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Depends where you're riding and how loud you're playing it. No one-size-fits-all answer.
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Old 10-15-07, 01:26 PM
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i could see it being ok if you only use one ear piece......maybe. personally i dont do it.
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many will tell you that it's courting death.

others will say no problem.

i do it, although unlike the sage of BF, pCaddy, I only do it when i'm alone.
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Most of the time I ride inside a state park with little to no traffic, so i listen to tunes while riding. I do not put the headphones in my ears but next to my ears. I only have the music loud enough to hear and so I can hear what's around me (traffic & what not).
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I've tried it, and find it a bit disconcerting when riding around here - roads are just too trafficked. I end up looking over my shoulder WAY too much to compensate. Not fun. Besides, wind noise forces you to crank the volume.

I find it better left at home.
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Old 10-15-07, 01:41 PM
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Here we go again. heh.
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Wouldn't ride any other wasy
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I don't think riding with an ipod is safe. That's why I carry one of these:

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I have decided that it is a bad idea for me to do it. I never give anyone else's riding habits much thought.
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When riding in urban areas with stop and go traffic, I think it definitely impairs you. But when I ride on suburban roads, with probably just as much traffic, but its moving, constantly in a predictable fashion, I don't think its impairing. With cars constantly passing and coming towards me, I find it almost impossible to differentiate between any of the noises, so any advantage is pretty moot.

But every area's different; in rural areas, you can probably hear a car coming from a half mile a way. In NJ, not really...
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I do it when I'm alone (I could stop there and that would pretty much sum up my marriage)....

where was I? Oh!! Music, Riding, the beaten horse.

I started listening to music and the radio on my commutes to work in the morning. It's dark and lonely and it's 2 hours of pedalling. Music has given me new life to get it done. I do try to be cautious.
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I wouldn't mind listening to music but it has to be on a road less traveled. Also I like the idea of external speakers, something tiny but efficient. It could be bracketed on the top tube, as long as it doesn't get in the way of the cables.
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I have been thinking about trying these.

https://www.slipstreamz.com/content.asp?subID=8
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i would but the roads whre i live are generally pretty busy
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Ridning in NY with earbuds is just plain insane.
Just picked up one of these today for my i-pod. It mounts like a water bottle. The problem I ran into is that you can't mount this and a second water bottle too. If I like it enough I will carry my water bottle in my jersey rear pocket. I'll let you know how it sounds.
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I wear them on my commutes, I dont wear them in group rides.
If you change the way your riding when you hear a car approaching, you dont know how to ride in traffic
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There was a cyclist on the local multi-use path this weekend with those Bose active noise cancellation headphones, oblivously riding down the middle of the path.

On your left.
I SAID, ON YOUR LEFT!!!

I still don't think he heard me.
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I can't hear what any of you are saying. My ears are still ringing from having both earbuds in and having Motorhead blasting in my ears for 3 hours. When the ringing stops, I'll come back to this stupid thread.
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I ride with them sometimes, only on long rides not when commuting. Music helps me amp up my rides. I just stay very cautious and aware of my surroundings and If i'm changing sides of the road I make sure NO cars are coming from either way within about 300 feet.
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Listening to music interrupts the zen of cycling. You should be listening to the rush of the wind around you, the sound of your tires rolling along asphalt and the occasional tick of your shifters.
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Not to hijack the thread, but should I carry a gun on my rides? To keep things relevant, is carrying a gun while you ride more or less dangerous than riding while listening to music?
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Originally Posted by botto View Post
many will tell you that it's courting death.

others will say no problem.

i do it, although unlike the sage of BF, pCaddy, I only do it when i'm alone.
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Old 10-16-07, 05:34 AM
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I ride sometimes with an i-pod, never noticed any trouble.
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