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Do you listen to music when you ride?

Old 08-26-14, 11:31 PM
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Do you listen to music when you ride?

Just curious how many people listen to music while they ride... I personally don't like to listen to music when I ride because I'm super paranoid of LA drivers.
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Old 08-26-14, 11:48 PM
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When I ride solo I wear a right side ear bud. On group rides I don't listen to music.
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Old 08-26-14, 11:57 PM
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I sometimes do. I carry my ipod with me at all times. It is most useful on rides back home when I am almost spent and need the extra boost the music provides. The music helps to keep my mind off the 30 or so miles I'll have to ride to get back home.
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Old 08-27-14, 12:37 AM
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been using a small speaker attached to the iphone for about the last 6 months. no earphones/buds for me. i find that in rural areas, i can usually hear/feel
approaching vehicles easily (different harmonics, frequencies, whatever) even with the speaker at max volume. in the city, i just ride as if a vehicle is always right next to/behind me.
just switched to a boom bluetooth speaker (no more cords to get twisted/frayed/destroyed) with an 8 hr rechargeable battery life. pretty happy with it so far because it gets l o u d!
as Jed19 mentioned above, the music helps through the blah patches. i'll do a group ride like once a year so that's not an issue. i can't hear electric cars without music so...
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Old 08-27-14, 02:29 AM
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Always when on the trainer, never when in traffic.
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Old 08-27-14, 05:54 AM
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Common thread. I'm going for more coffee because it can get ugly.

But just to add fuel to the fire:

Cyclists with iPods hear the same as motorists listening to nothing | Bicycle Business | BikeBiz
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Old 08-27-14, 05:58 AM
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Originally Posted by Trsnrtr View Post
Common thread. I'm going for more coffee because it can get ugly.

But just to add fuel to the fire:

Cyclists with iPods hear the same as motorists listening to nothing | Bicycle Business | BikeBiz
Why would you want to mess up a potential food fight with facts?
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Old 08-27-14, 06:40 AM
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The only music I listen to is me singing.

To paraphrase George Thoroughgood: "I ride alone. Yeah, when I'm by myself".
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Old 08-27-14, 07:03 AM
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iPod nano, yurbuds, volume as low as I can handle. Check over shoulder frequently on shared roads.
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Old 08-27-14, 07:06 AM
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Not music, audiobooks. Custom earbuds that block out most sound. Blinking lights in the daytime for safety.
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Old 08-27-14, 07:12 AM
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I grew up with no music while biking. I listening while walking and thought I would miss it. I don't. And it let's me think or not think.
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Old 08-27-14, 07:18 AM
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When I first started riding I listened to music using my phone and earbuds which I really enjoyed but found that my few close calls on the bike were another rider closing in and me not hearing them approach or pass which startled me. This happened to me twice and I decided for my safety and the safety of other riders to ditch the earbuds and now I find myself enjoying the ride a bit more taking in my surroundings and have even hooked up with a few riders on occasion because I could actually hear and talk with them as we crossed paths along the ride.
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Old 08-27-14, 07:31 AM
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Originally Posted by linnefaulk View Post
I grew up with no music while biking. I listening while walking and thought I would miss it. I don't. And it let's me think or not think.
Music? Who needs a radio or iPod to listen to music? I've got all the songs in my head! (and thoughts to go with 'em). As for external sounds, I listen to myself, my bike, and for the sound of traffic approaching from my "six".
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Old 08-27-14, 07:49 AM
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I don't ride with music, but mostly that's just personal preference, not because of safety or anything, where I ride solo is typically empty country roads in S.E. WI, I can ride 15-20 miles and maybe see 10-20 cars the whole time, its glorious and peaceful. when riding with others I enjoy conversation while we ride. I would ride some with music on solo rides I think if I took it upon myself to get a rig setup that I like
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Old 08-27-14, 07:52 AM
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Yes. I love it especially on slower relaxing rides. I bought an Outdoor Tech 'Buckshot' speaker. It is very small and sounds fantastic.

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Old 08-27-14, 08:09 AM
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Originally Posted by Hammondc View Post
Yes. I love it especially on slower relaxing rides. I bought an Outdoor Tech 'Buckshot' speaker. It is very small and sounds fantastic.
ok, that's pretty nice, 'click - place in amazon cart'
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Old 08-27-14, 08:22 AM
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Bet this gets ugly really quick. The "true" roadies almost spit on anyone listening to music while riding. My rides are all in the country on side roads with little or any traffic or other riders so I really don't care what they think of me.
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Old 08-27-14, 08:30 AM
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ok, that's pretty nice, 'click - place in amazon cart'


I love mine and am eye farking the turtle shell speaker too. I put his buckshot in my pocket when working around the house. My own personal soundtrack. One tip for getting all the volume out is to turn the volume to the min on your phone before you fire up the buckshot. Then turn it up from there via the controls on the buckshot.

I mount mine on the side of the stem. Works perfect.
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Old 08-27-14, 08:30 AM
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Bet this gets ugly really quick. The "true" roadies almost spit on anyone listening to music while riding. My rides are all in the country on side roads with little or any traffic or other riders so I really don't care what they think of me.
+1.
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Old 08-27-14, 08:38 AM
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Originally Posted by JBHoren View Post
Music? Who needs a radio or iPod to listen to music? I've got all the songs in my head! (and thoughts to go with 'em). ...
I'm the same way. I've always got something playing in my head when I'm riding.
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Old 08-27-14, 08:40 AM
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I think the occlusion effect would bug me, and I would be driven slightly insane by the wire drag and earbuds popping out... also, not to sound weird, but I do a fair bit of thinking and even talking to myself on the bike while on the road solo, and the music might interfere
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Old 08-27-14, 08:45 AM
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I’ve tried listening to music while I ride but it just never worked. The voices in my head are as unrelenting as they are way too loud, so I was never able to hear the music.
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Old 08-27-14, 09:07 AM
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Music interferes with meditative qualities I'm looking for out of most rides.
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Old 08-27-14, 09:29 AM
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Don't listen to music while riding but I do while running, odd. I guess there is more to pay attention to, riding.
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Old 08-27-14, 09:36 AM
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I did last year starting out while riding exclusively on the rail-trail. Once fall came, I quit to listen to the leaves rustling in my wake. Haven't had earbuds on the bike since.

On the road this year, I too am out on country roads and I use a mirror, but I'm not constantly looking at it. I can hear cars coming well before they are visible as they are typically going 50 mph no matter what the speed limit is. I can hear the tires humming away behind me on the other side of the hill that I just came over.
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