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Best road biking songs? Safe to listen to music while biking?

Old 04-28-14, 09:51 AM
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Best road biking songs? Safe to listen to music while biking?

Really like "The Walker" by Fitz and the Tantrums: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPE8P1MUNFg

And of course "Ride like the Wind" from eons ago....

What else gets your legs moving?

On the safety front, is using one ear bud (to hear traffic) okay?
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Old 04-28-14, 09:58 AM
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Big controversial topic. I say no don't listen to music in traffic. Also I really really hate guys who listen on group rides. I almost got taken out by a guy on a group ride who was riding his brakes on a little downhill, I yelled out "coming around on your left", he never heard me and swept across the entire lane. I yelled alot when we got to the bottom and he was apologetic saying he just didn't hear me.
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Old 04-28-14, 10:06 AM
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Oh no, not another one of these threads! In my state, Washington, it's illegal to cycle with earbuds. I don't know about one bud. I've never come up on anyone with just one bud. I really dislike coming upon budded riders. They have no idea whats going on around them. It's not just the lack of hearing, it's the immersion in the music instead of immersion in situational awareness. Just the other day we were about to pass a budded rider on a steep hill. We hollered at him but he turned into our path anyway. We had to avoid. Luckily no cars back. We were out of the saddle on the tandem, going hard. We didn't need the adrenaline spike.
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Old 04-28-14, 10:10 AM
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Originally Posted by Carbonfiberboy View Post
It's not just the lack of hearing, it's the immersion in the music instead of immersion in situational awareness. .
Yes.
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Old 04-28-14, 10:24 AM
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Originally Posted by Alexander Blake View Post
What if we go to countryside? The traffic is not crowded, right?

I ride pretty much only rural areas. I still like to hear vehicles coming and like to know when a dog is chasing me. Lots of dogs (especially blue heelers) will stalk in the ditch behind you and if you can't hear you don't even know they're there until they've got ahold of your foot.
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Old 04-28-14, 10:27 AM
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Haven't done in ages but used to sometimes cycle with one in my left ear (in the UK here), on the type of roads where you see a car like once every 10 mins, or sometimes if on bike paths where everyone is going pretty slow. Not apart from that though. As I don't listen to music when training when I did listen to music it was whatever I'd listen to any other time really, just what fitted my mood.
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Hey can I have some of that? .....Thanks [grabbing handful and sitting down]
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I am not a fan at all of anybody riding with earbuds in. I had a friend who turned in front of a truck while wearing earbuds and he spent nearly a month in a coma. I do however ride with a small bluetooth speaker mounted on my bars (CyFi) and I will listen to music when I am in rural locations. I also have a mirror that I use to check traffic behind me. I would never use the speaker in dense traffic or urban settings.
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There is nothing like hard driving blues with Stevie Ray when blasting down through a set of rollers out in the country.
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Okay, I agree probably not a good plan to start listening to music while out on the road ..... keep it to the trainer and inspirational biking videos.
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Originally Posted by chasingthewind View Post
Okay, I agree probably not a good plan to start listening to music while out on the road ..... keep it to the trainer and inspirational biking videos.
I can talk inspirational music for the trainer all day long.
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right earbud only (US), and only loud enough to make out the song and lyrics, etc. it's not a time to enjoy dolby, etc. just enough to keeo you a little motivated with an upbeat tempo.

ride like the wind was my favorite song for a period in college. good motivator driving in to school
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What about these? No ear buds, based on bone conduction. It's kind of weird. You an hear the content perfectly but you can also hear the outside sounds perfectly because nothing is over or in your ears.

AfterShokz Sport Headphones | Open Ear Bone Conduction Headphones

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I like to hear the birds' song. I also enjoy the song my drivetrain makes.
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Old Bon Scott AC/DC.
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I listened to music out there when I was new and fredly, but then I stopped for two reasons - first, my frustration with others (including joggers, rollerbladers, etc.) who couldn't hear me coming from behind no matter how hard I shouted (it's hard to set an example when you're also sporting an earbud), and second the realization that even if I kept it low so that I can hear my environment, that good cycling takes serious environmental awareness and music detracts.

OK, others have said the same thing.


third that maybe hasn't been said is that I want to hear things that maybe aren't so easy to hear - such as a new noise coming from my bike

Of course I listen to music on the trainer. There's almost no other way to get through that hour.

Favorite song for the trainer: Soul Meets Body (Death Cab for Cutie).
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I guess I did miss the "what song" aspect when answering. A few of my current favorites are "Living Dead Girl" by Rob Zombie, "Guilty All the Same" by Linkin Park, "Weatherman" by Dead Sara, and "Going to Hell" by the Pretty Reckless. But it all changes depending on if I am going to go hard or just have a fun ride. Listening to a live version of Ramsay Lewis playing "Oh Happy Day" while pedaling among fields of Spring wildflowers on Easter morning was pretty cool too.
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I sometimes listen to Nightwish on my phone speaker while it's in my jersey pocket and I'm doing a long climb.
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You sissies...I don't need no stinking earbuds....and I only listen to Boy George...

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Originally Posted by RPK79 View Post
I like to hear the birds' song. I also enjoy the song my drivetrain makes.
like this?

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I always favored "Born To Be Wild".

Oh, wait! Different kind of biking.
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True story...one time I was struggling up a hill and listening to Pandora. "Eye of the Tiger" came on. I laughed out loud, then got super motivated and powered up the hill like a champ. This probably won't work if you aren't old enough to have seen the Rocky movies in the theater.
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Originally Posted by OldsCOOL View Post
There is nothing like hard driving blues with Stevie Ray when blasting down through a set of rollers out in the country.

Amen brother, amen!
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