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You music while you ride?

Old 07-26-09, 01:00 AM
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You music while you ride?

Are helmets the best way to hide headphones? How many have been pulled over by cops for having headphones on while riding?
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Old 07-26-09, 01:27 AM
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i think that having headphones on is generally unsafe.
i doubt it is against the law though?
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Old 07-26-09, 01:42 AM
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the best way to hide headphones is to keep them in your bag while you are riding. your ears can save your life, but not if they're full of music.

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Old 07-26-09, 01:52 AM
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In Long Beach its against the law to ride with headphones. At least with both ears covered. Not sure how many people have been cited for this reason. We are also required to have a 'bell' if we ever want to ride on the sidewalk.
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Old 07-26-09, 02:34 AM
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Unless police are "cracking down" on cyclists in your area, then I can't see ever being pulled over for wearing headphones, and if you are just pull out the one they can't see and say it was out the whole time. Most police know nothing about bike law and so the only bike laws they enforce are the big ones, red lights, stop signs, occasionally having lights at night. The rest of the laws that apply to cycling like signaling lane changes, having a brake, not riding on the sidewalk, and such just get ignored by cops unless like I said, they are specifically targeting cyclists for one reason or another.

And so you know, wearing headphones is potentially dangerous because you can't hear cars. And on this forum, anything that has even the smallest bit of danger or involves law breaking is heavily shunned by the scared masses. In the future if you want to get any useful information about things that might be dangerous or are against the law ask elsewhere. You will hear the same thing over and over, "headphones are dangerous, running red lights is illegal, you could hurt yourself without a brake, I'm a pvssy who's afraid to try new things and I still believe in santa."

It's real easy though, don't wear headphones if you are against breaking the law or if you think that without a 100% hearing ability you could die and your against dying. I couldn't give a **** about the bike laws and I am confident that my eye's bring me enough information about my surroundings that I won't die, so I sometimes ride with them. If your only concern is getting a ticket, then always be looking for police. As I always say, "no coppy no stoppy"
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I was stopped once several years ago by university cops for wearing headphones, but the guy told me he only bothered to pull me over because I ignored him when he honked (I did hear him, but I habitually filter out the constant honking noise). Since then I've never been stopped again, and I wear headphones 95% of the time I ride.

Blaring techno straight into my brain gives me an absurd strength boost; I can mindlessly power through hills that really should be impossible given my weakness/gearing.
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Originally Posted by stryper View Post
And so you know, wearing headphones is potentially dangerous because you can't hear cars. And on this forum, anything that has even the smallest bit of danger or involves law breaking is heavily shunned by the scared masses. In the future if you want to get any useful information about things that might be dangerous or are against the law ask elsewhere. You will hear the same thing over and over, "headphones are dangerous, running red lights is illegal, you could hurt yourself without a brake, I'm a pvssy who's afraid to try new things and I still believe in santa."
I hate when other riders listen to their ipods because of the risk they put me in. They cannot hear you say "on your left" and often swerve right in front of you as you pass. This is a problem for those of us that live in dense urban areas where a good number of people commute by bicycle and our routes are often crowded by cyclists.

Dual headphones on in this situation is quite stupid. Perhaps riding with headphones in your suburban cul-de-sac is all fine and dandy (if you want to risk your life, I dont care), but if you pull that crap where some of us ride, you're an ass.

p.s. do you listen to the christian hair-metal band stryper when you're out sticking it to the man? lol.


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Old 07-26-09, 03:34 AM
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...but if you insist on music, shift the balance on the equalizer to the right side and only use the right earbud, so you're only 50% deaf to the world around you and able to hear traffic on your left.
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Old 07-26-09, 05:44 AM
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Originally Posted by psirue View Post
I hate when other riders listen to their ipods because of the risk they put me in. They cannot hear you say "on your left" and often swerve right in front of you as you pass. This is a problem for those of us that live in dense urban areas where a good number of people commute by bicycle and our routes are often crowded by cyclists.

Dual headphones on in this situation is quite stupid. Perhaps riding with headphones in your suburban cul-de-sac is all fine and dandy (if you want to risk your life, I dont care), but if you pull that crap where some of us ride, you're an ass.

p.s. do you listen to the christian hair-metal band stryper when you're out sticking it to the man? lol.
I understand the annoyance of the people who can't ride a bike, wear headphones, and get in your way. I am always the passer, not the passed, so I don't have issues swerving in front of people. To the best of my knowledge I have never cut of a cyclist and only once did I cut off a car, of course on accident. I don't think it gets anyone anywhere to be a rude cyclist, but if I can run a light or stop sign or wear headphones without being rude to anyone or cutting anyone off then I will because those are all things that make my ride quicker and more enjoyable.

I don't live in a suburb, I live in a college town of 100,000 people where nobody knows how to drive or ride a bike. But I have also lived here 10 years and know the timing of every light and the rotation of every stop sign and all the likely corners for a cop to be waiting around.

p.s. I never listened to stryper, didn't like the music, but there were things they stood for that I liked.
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Old 07-26-09, 06:13 AM
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Originally Posted by stryper View Post
I don't live in a suburb, I live in a college town of 100,000 people where nobody knows how to drive or ride a bike. But I have also lived here 10 years and know the timing of every light and the rotation of every stop sign and all the likely corners for a cop to be waiting around.
So you're like the town deity than, huh?
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Old 07-26-09, 08:12 AM
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Old 07-26-09, 08:14 AM
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I'd be to worried to ride with headphones, i need my hearing especially at night.
Speaking of cops not knowing bike laws, after almost getting hit by a car turning from the wrong lane, i had a cop yell at me and tell me to get off the road/ride on the sidewalk (in boston, during a red sox game in kenmore square.) obey traffic laws, or hit absurd amounts of pedestrians?
I think a majority of the time, at least in boston, cops just dont like bikes.

^^boombox to the handlebars, also excellent solution to headphones. :-)
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Old 07-26-09, 08:18 AM
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Use the search function, fools:

https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ighlight=music
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Old 07-26-09, 09:01 AM
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Are you Mr. T?
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Old 07-26-09, 09:36 AM
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Originally Posted by stryper View Post
You will hear the same thing over and over, "headphones are dangerous, running red lights is illegal, you could hurt yourself without a brake, I'm a pvssy who's afraid to try new things and I still believe in santa."
No, I'm just a taxpayer that's sick of covering hospital bills for idiots.
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using headphones at a reasonable volume doesn't block out the outside world. I regularly use headphones on a motorcycle, with a full face helmet and aftermarket (loud) exhaust and I can STILL here everything going on around me.
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Riding with headphones is a good way to get ****ed.
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Originally Posted by killerfixie View Post
I think a majority of the time, at least in boston, cops just dont like bikes.
I'd say that's true, but the majority of bikes that they deal with are students listening to headphones, while riding on the sidewalk, not much to like there. Can't blame them too much, just show them that not everyone is that bad.
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Originally Posted by stryper View Post
I understand the annoyance of the people who can't ride a bike, wear headphones, and get in your way. I am always the passer, not the passed, so I don't have issues swerving in front of people. To the best of my knowledge I have never cut of a cyclist and only once did I cut off a car, of course on accident. I don't think it gets anyone anywhere to be a rude cyclist, but if I can run a light or stop sign or wear headphones without being rude to anyone or cutting anyone off then I will because those are all things that make my ride quicker and more enjoyable.

I don't live in a suburb, I live in a college town of 100,000 people where nobody knows how to drive or ride a bike. But I have also lived here 10 years and know the timing of every light and the rotation of every stop sign and all the likely corners for a cop to be waiting around.

p.s. I never listened to stryper, didn't like the music, but there were things they stood for that I liked.
you are never passed because you're just so awesome at bicycles? and you can predict the unexpected? and when people criticize this you call them a "pvssy...that believes in santa claus."? and you're willing to put your health and the health of others at risk to get your jesus music on?

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Originally Posted by the_don View Post
Are you Mr. T?
Yeah, and I'm teaching fools some basic rules!
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I like a variety say something like pennywise 120 bpm keep pace with the beat, then johnny cash 60-80bpm nice cool down and so on

no one says on your left where I live so it doesn't matter either way plus I am always looking around even checking my blind spots for bikes cars people
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Originally Posted by stryper View Post
I am always the passer, not the passed......I have never cut of a cyclist and only once did I cut off a car, of course on accident.....I can run a light or stop sign or wear headphones without being rude to anyone or cutting anyone off then I will because those are all things that make my ride quicker and more enjoyable.

I don't live in a suburb, I live in a college town of 100,000 people where nobody knows how to drive or ride a bike. But I have also lived here 10 years and know the timing of every light and the rotation of every stop sign and all the likely corners for a cop to be waiting around.
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I am always the passer, not the passed, so I don't have issues swerving in front of people.
Hahaha if I was the type to have a sig, this would be it.
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Originally Posted by psirue View Post
...but if you insist on music, shift the balance on the equalizer to the right side and only use the right earbud, so you're only 50% deaf to the world around you and able to hear traffic on your left.
i am curious about how to do this on an ipod, if even possible.can somebody elaborate?
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