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Do you listen to music when you ride?

Old 02-16-11, 09:16 PM
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Do you listen to music when you ride?

Just want to hear your opinion on listening when riding? if you do, what kind of music do you listen to? if you dont, why not?
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Old 02-16-11, 09:25 PM
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Well, we've done bibs vs. shorts, now this. Next... helmet thread!
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Old 02-16-11, 09:38 PM
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I do, just hit the shuffle on my ipod. Rock, r&b, jazz and hip hop.
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Old 02-16-11, 09:49 PM
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Nope. Seems like a bad idea, not being able to hear the cars. Plus, when I used to run music would piss me off after a while (weird, I know).
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Old 02-16-11, 09:50 PM
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What about on a bike trail(Is it safe)? I have one near my house and I want to wear my headphones while riding on it.
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Old 02-16-11, 09:51 PM
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No. Need to listen for cars/dogs etc.
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Old 02-16-11, 09:52 PM
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No. I think it's safer not to. Plus I feel more "connected" to my surroundings if I'm not walling my head off with music.
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Old 02-16-11, 10:02 PM
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sure do.
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Old 02-16-11, 10:06 PM
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a search should reveal that this question has been debated ad nauseam. however, to answer the question, i often ride with an ipod. i can see why people do not.
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Old 02-16-11, 10:09 PM
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keep my right ear bud in.
alot of the time it falls out and just hangs there...but I like to jam along on certain(somewhat safer) parts of the ride
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Old 02-16-11, 10:24 PM
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Yes and there's a thread for that. https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...0-Music-Status
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Old 02-16-11, 10:32 PM
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Sometimes, when I do it's always just the right earbud low enough that I can hear everything around I feel that it helps on sustained climbs to take my mind off the climbing. I listen to mostly hip-hop with some rock. But, there is a lot of times when I just don't feel like having music and like enjoying just being out there kind of "one with nature" which is really nice but sometimes I just really want music when I ride. Greg
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Never on the road you really need to have all your scenses to be aware of whats going on around you.
I really want to hear things I can't see behind me here is a good example of what I'm talking about, I'm doing 22 mph and get buzzed by a SUV doing 30 mph I could here tires then next thing I know I get buzzed by SUV 10 - 12" of my left shoulder at 30 mph. I sent this to my local police traffic division an plate number can be seen clearly in a few frames.
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No, i'd like to but i'd rather have my ears open to listen to cars and my surroundings.
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Old 02-16-11, 10:53 PM
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I do. Left ear is open to listen to traffic, hazards, etc.
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Old 02-16-11, 10:54 PM
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I used to but latley im ive just been getting tired of it. Think i need to update my itunes library...
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Old 02-16-11, 10:57 PM
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Turn on the Pandora radio on the iPhone and go to raggae. Turned down low so it's just in the background.
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Old 02-16-11, 11:00 PM
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Nature's music is enough for me. But hey, it's a choice.
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Old 02-16-11, 11:02 PM
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yeah I think the background is the way to go, I played it loud when I Mtn. bike but on the streets just enough to hear it. It really helps keep me motivated, I listen to mostly indie music, good for riding IMO.
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Old 02-16-11, 11:10 PM
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Only on the trainer (I don't own an ipod and don't like the idea of being distracted while riding on the road). I normally listen to my John Tesh Tour de France CD while training.
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No, I've tried it a few times, but it doesn't work for me. I used to run all the time and had the same experience as riding hard. That point at which your heart rate is up and your muscles are beginning to tighten is the kick-off point to my biochemical 'high'. I could play whole CD's in my head from memory or create new music. There are enough electronic distractions in life, this is the time for peace and quiet.
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Old 02-16-11, 11:29 PM
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Sometimes on the trainer, never on the street. I rather listen to my breath and cars closing in from behind.
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Old 02-16-11, 11:41 PM
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I listen to podcasts. Spoken words don't drown out cars so much.
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I blast those tunes. I hate listening to cars. As I mentioned in another thread like this, what am I gonna do? Ride into the ditch every time I think I hear a car coming up fast? No. I hold my line. The worst thing I could do would be to look behind me anyway; if it's going to be a close call, it's best not to swerve even the slightest.

But then, cars are a fairly steady part of my rides. If I were in the country where cars come up only once in a while, I might leave one earbud out.
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Old 02-17-11, 12:09 AM
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I use my head phones. But I put them off my ears, so I can hear my music, and listen to the vehicles. I just put them slightly in front of my ears. It took a while to get used to, but I'm used to it now. When I'm on narrow roads i tend to just remove the headphones all together.
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