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Riding Music(11 posts)

Riding MusicJerBear
Jan 21, 2003 4:51 PM
I know that listening to music while riding is said to be an unsafe prospect. However, I've found that long rides by myself, although enjoyable, can get a little boring at times and have thought about bringing along an mp3 player. Is it as unsafe as it sounds or is it ok to just have one earphone in place so the other is available to listen to traffic noise?
re: Riding MusicTREKY
Jan 21, 2003 5:03 PM
I would still consider it unsafe.
less safesctri
Jan 21, 2003 9:34 PM
Its less safe, but i do it

I take both out if i am in regular traffic, or am dealing with other cyclists.

But otherwise i pop an earbud in the outside ear.


less safeRob Sal
Jan 22, 2003 1:14 AM
I've been riding about 12 years or so listening to music or talk radio in one or both ears with no problems. I can still hear traffic as well as the wind rushing past my ears. Just do it!
Do you have a radio in your car?...hycobob
Jan 22, 2003 5:34 AM
I do and don't consider that to be any more dangerous than riding solo with a radio w/earbuds. I grow tired of the same old music quickly so I mix it up with talk radio and CD books. The CD books are real good for longer solo rides. And who knows, you might learn something too.
Do you have a radio in your car?...CHRoadie
Jan 22, 2003 12:58 PM
Big difference. When I'm driving in my car with the radio on at a normal volume, I can still hear sirens, horns, etc. Driving with headphones on, by the way, is illegal because you can't.
Jan 22, 2003 11:23 AM
I don't think its any less dangerous than someone blasting music in there car. I ride with an earbud in my outside ear all the time and can always hear the traffic with my inside ear. Just keep the volume at moderate level and you'll have no problems. Earphones in both ears are a NO NO!
I don't think its that dangerousKristin
Jan 22, 2003 11:35 AM
How many people here have crashed because they or someone else had earphones on? How many cyclists have died because they were listening to music. I stopped doing it because I was getting bashed on this board. But I have missed it. And truth be told. I ride better when I play music...I get into a rythm that I rarely find without music.
"I stopped doing it because I was getting bashed on this board"GrabTheBarsAndHurt
Jan 22, 2003 11:56 AM
Dude, it's a freaking discussion board. I can't imagine anything I'd give up because it was bashed here ... most people here are dork antagonists, anyway.

Plus, how would I fare up High Grade Road if I didn't have some angry juvenile delinquent yelling obscenities while his retarded friends are trying to play music in the background? I couldn't imagine riding without music.
re: Riding Musicbugleboy
Jan 22, 2003 12:11 PM
I use one for that purpose. I keep only the right ear phone it since it's your left that is closest to the road. Besides, even when you hear the vehicle coming it's not like you can tell how close he/she is going to come to you. As long as you are adibing by the rules and staying all the way to the right or are on the shoulder I think that you would be fine.
re: Riding MusicJerBear
Jan 22, 2003 4:37 PM
Thank you all for your input...I'll start shopping for a lightweight player.. :)