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Riding and Music??(12 posts)

Riding and Music??rubendc19
Aug 24, 2003 2:47 PM
Do any of you guys listen to music while you ride or not, i.e. mp3 player or something else, just want to know?
re: Riding and Music??Bill from WPB
Aug 24, 2003 3:06 PM
For security reasons, I would not recommend it. You want to have all your senses open to detect any upcoming vehicles.
Post this at for intelligent discussion ;)-nmfiltersweep
Aug 24, 2003 3:19 PM
Yes!the bull
Aug 24, 2003 3:37 PM
I have a fm stereo.
I dig it!
All this crap about listing for cars coming from behind is crap.
Let me ask this when you hear a car comming up behind you do you go riding off the road?
You ride on the side like normal!
Let me ask you this when a JAcka$$ beeps his horn do you jump and slightly freak?
YES- But I dont I am less phased by people beeping and yelling at me than with out it.
I would not wear one in the city.
I use it out in the middle of nowhere.
It makes riding long miles go by much faster.
The only thing is in a group ride it can make you look unsociable.So dont wear them in a double paceline.
NO!Kerry Irons
Aug 24, 2003 4:45 PM
Everyone who rides with music claims they don't lose anything, but that's pure rationalization nonsense. When you approach these people from behind, you have to yell extra loud to warn them of your passing. If you wear an ear band in cold weather, it definitely cuts your hearing sensitivity, and it has no sound source of its own. Wear the head phones if you want, but don't EVER attempt to come on a group ride with me, and don't kid yourself about how you can still hear everything. Besides, if you can't listen to great music "in your head" then you're severely lacking in imagination.
Trust me!the bull
Aug 24, 2003 7:02 PM
You'll never be coming up behind me I am too fast!:)
Yeah! And the Gauntlet has hit the ground!russw19
Aug 24, 2003 7:55 PM
Anyone watch The Simpsons? The episode where Homer said the guy insulted his honor... and they had the B-52's singing in the background.... "Glove slap, I don't take crap!" ......... "Glove slap, ba-abyyy!"

Too funny!

Oh, and I got a whole damn jukebox with me on my rides... but it's in my head and sometimes it's wiring screws up and plays the wrong damn songs....

"then you're severely lacking in imagination".Steve_0
Aug 25, 2003 5:19 AM
Completely agree. I ENJOY the tranquility of being alone with my thoughts on a quiet road; So much so I'd probably give up bicycling if I were forced to listen to music.

I feel sorry for those people who always need music or TV on to substitute for the real world.
re: Riding and Music??jrm
Aug 24, 2003 3:47 PM
In the urban environment i ride Gotta be able to hear or else.
re: Riding and Music??spankdoggie
Aug 24, 2003 6:25 PM
I ride in San Francisco, and I never ride without my headphones blasting. I have extensive experience in dangerous city environments, so it is safe for me, but I would not recommend it for everyone.

Nothing like climbing a hill past a bunch of roadies with U2's Elevation or Walk On blasting in your ears... Cars ride with music, Motorcycles do, Mopeds do, Bicycles should.

Love life,

re: Riding and Music??MShaw
Aug 25, 2003 10:15 AM
The difference between cars and bicycles is about 4000#, a bunch of sheetmetal around you, AND the speakers aren't directly in your ears. If you fail to pay attention in a car and hit something, there are enough safety restraints around you to make up for your indescretion. When's the last time someone had airbags on a bicycle?

I may not move over when I hear someone coming up on me, but I make sure that I at least cock an ear to see if they're coming up fast/close/etc. If I hear something out of the ordinary, I'll turn my head for a quick look. At least that way, I know what to expect when the car's about to pass me.

The one benefit to not hearing the car that's about to hit you is that you won't be all tensed up...

Being a motorcyclist as well as a bicylist, I find that I have the same problem riding both forms of two-wheel transportation: cars just do not see me. I need to have my hearing. With external speakers, you can still hear "around" the music.

I think I just talked around the problem enough to distill what I don't like about earphone music on a bicycle: you can't hear around the music to hear what's going on. If they made good speakers/etc. that are light enough to mount on the bike, I'd go for it. Till then, you can have your music, I'll stick with the wind in my ears.

re: Riding and Music??spankdoggie
Aug 25, 2003 4:51 PM
Fair enough, Mike.