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$25000 question of the day(17 posts)

$25000 question of the dayIcefrk13
Mar 10, 2002 11:04 AM
Do you ride with headphones? And if so what kind of musical device do you use. A MP3 player, CD player or radio. Just wondering.

Bad idea ...Elefantino
Mar 10, 2002 11:32 AM
I used to ride with headphones back in the 80s, until I nearly got run off the road by a very quiet truck with a very loud, last-second horn.

If you ride in the city, it's so noisy that you have to turn up the music so loud that you can hear nothing else. Even if you ride on very quiet country roads, you can become complacent about cars and trucks. They can sneak up on you. And if you ride with others, you can't hear them when they talk to you. They shouldn't have to shout. It's just not worth it.

I hum now.

Illegal lots of places too!jtolleson
Mar 10, 2002 11:39 AM
Yes, I used to do it when I was young and foolish.

I do run with headphones, and even that some people say is a bad idea. But at least with running you are at a slower pace (presumably!) and also on the sidewalk.

A bike in traffic should be able to hear what's coming.
Illegal lots of places too!weiwentg
Mar 10, 2002 6:57 PM
running or riding, the sound of my labored breathing is music enough for me.
Ride with one headphone off...tuffnick
Mar 10, 2002 12:42 PM
You still get the music but you can still hear traffic.
Ride with one headphone off...VetteRacer
Mar 10, 2002 10:38 PM
I do this at work and it works great. Can hear the forklifts and machinery just fine. As well as hold conversations with people.
re: $25000 question of the daymerckx56
Mar 10, 2002 1:23 PM
ride with the left earphone/earbud out. i ride with a radio when i'm by myself. it breaks the monotony. with only the right earbud in, i can still hear traffic.
Not a good idea....DINOSAUR
Mar 10, 2002 6:29 PM
You need all of your faculties when you are riding a road bike. Hearing is important. I rely on it to hear a car overtaking me from behind and I sense when to move over at the precise moment.

The whole idea is to get away from it all. The sound of your breathing and your tires moving over the asphalt should be all the music that you need. The best sound I like is stopping and listening the the wind rustling through the tree tops and nothing else...
Headphones Never, 3ft. ghetto blaster with subwoofer on back okKing
Mar 10, 2002 7:43 PM
re: $25000 question of the dayghoss
Mar 11, 2002 4:46 AM
Only on rollers.

But watch out for the static electrcity if the rollers are pvc and you ride in the garage and touch the metal door!

re: $25000 question of the dayRoadrage
Mar 11, 2002 5:49 AM
I have a 64MB Nomad MP3 player and a 6GB Nomad MP3 Jukebox. The jukebox will skip on nasty bumps, but not as bad as CD. I suggest getting an ap that equalizes the volume of mp3's so you don't have to constantly adjust. I use in the ear headphones at a fairly low level. If I wanted to be entirely safe I'd never leave the house.
nah, i sing opera and wear my cap backwardsSpirito di Finocchio
Mar 11, 2002 6:06 AM
re: $25000 question of the dayIcefrk13
Mar 11, 2002 7:33 AM
Good posts good posts .. Being a technoligy geek I was just wondering what anyone else used if they did. I personaly do not.
Riding with headphonesTJeanloz
Mar 11, 2002 7:40 AM
The cycling equivilent of talking on the cell phone while driving. I steer clear of people doing either.
My experience with headphones.Len J
Mar 11, 2002 9:49 AM
See this link for my experience with a cyclist with headphones.

Dutchy "Tourist & the Law (Rant)" 9/17/01 10:53pm

I was lucky I wasn't killed.

I suppose you can guess how I feel about bikeriding with headphones.

re: $25000 question of the dayW6UV
Mar 11, 2002 12:13 PM
No, I don't ride with headphones. I like to ride out in the country and don't want to spoil the experience with headphones.
re: $25000 question of the dayNeedSpeed
Mar 12, 2002 3:51 AM
When I am taking long training rides alone early in the morning, and I KNOW the traffic will be light and I'll spend most of the time on trails, I'll listen to my Nomad II mp3 player. It's smaller than a deck of cards and with know moving parts, so it doesn't skip, plus has 30FM station presets.

I listen with the left headphone off and the right one on and at a moderate volume because the most important thing is safety and awareness. Sometimes, listening to music can inspire you and help you push a little bit harder. If it is done responsibly, it's a positive all-around, without endangering yourself or other cyclists.