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Listening to music while riding.(12 posts)

Listening to music while riding.empacher6seat
May 3, 2002 9:53 PM
Lately I've seen a lot of cyclists whizzing around with headphones on, wired to discmans/walkmans/radios/mp3 players or something.

Personally, I think it's a dumb idea. It's a HUGE safety factor and you could easily hurt yourself and possibly others.

Do any of you guys and girls do this?? If so, how do you find a balance between keeping focused on the road and enjoying your tunes?
re: Listening to music while riding.Woof the dog
May 4, 2002 12:45 AM
yeah yeah, we've been over this too many times. Let me give you an idea of what people will say: older 50+ types will tell you just how dangerous it is. Younger than 25 will tell you that they do it all the time. Half the people will say how annoying the rollerbladers with headphones are. Then someone will mention hitting dogs on the bikepaths, which will turn into a thread about bike paths.

Someone else will compromise: they'll say they use only one headphone in their right ear.

One thing stays constant my friend: people get caught up in the pro-style syndrome and ride with headphones. I have to admit its great to hear music, but I prefer listening to my bike.


Woof, the real alternative dog.
I Listen To Garry Meier and Rowe Conn on WLS While RidingRadicalRonPruitt
May 4, 2002 3:57 AM
#1 defense against knowing where the cars are while ridingLone Gunman
May 4, 2002 5:36 AM
is my hearing. Enough said.
re: Listening to music while riding.velofelo
May 4, 2002 7:01 AM
I think it's a dumb idea, too. There are way too many things to be aware of while one is riding... losing concentration is a recipe for disaster. If I need music, I think of a song I like and start humming, but I'd really rather listen to my bike.
re: Listening to music while riding.atpjunkie
May 4, 2002 8:07 AM
use headphones when you are on a trainer indoors. It's absolutely idiotic to have in traffic. Since none of us have eyes in the backs of our heads our ears (like stated) provide 360 degree sensory awareness. Your ears and eyes are all that can help ya out there, why would you eliminate one of your main senses? Foolish....but maybe aids in Natural Selection.
I'll bet they focuscoonass
May 4, 2002 10:07 AM
more on 'road rash' than I do...remember, you are also criticizing the same person that can't drive a car without a telephone in his/her ear.
re: Listening to music while riding.blownpupil
May 4, 2002 2:13 PM
Only an idiot would use a walkman while makes it impossible to use your cell-phone.
re: Listening to music while riding.mosovich
May 4, 2002 6:23 PM
My friend uses and MP3 player. He uses on 1 ear phone. he other hangs in his jersey. The one he wears is in the right hear, so the left is open to hear traffic. At first I thought you won't hear crap. I tried it and it worked okay. You could still hear traffic. Now there are a few I know that have both ears plugged, now I agree that's just stupid as hell. I'm not defending my friend, I'm just giving and example.
re: Listening to music while riding.oilburner
May 4, 2002 8:28 PM
I would hate to think that I needed to be entertained while I was out entertaining myself.
re: Listening to music while riding.atpjunkie
May 6, 2002 7:13 AM
true, true....I think natural selection will take care of this quite nicely
re: Listening to music while riding.bodi666
May 6, 2002 6:04 PM
I ride with and without music and find that it is all about concentration and awareness regardless of your hearing abiltity. When you put in the miles you develop a 6th sense. You know they are there before they get there. Zen cycling. Besides, why deprive yourself of a good Whitesnake tune!