Do You Listen to Music When Riding? - Wrist Twisters
View Poll Results: Do you listen to music on rides?
Yes, mp3 player 27 37.50%
Yes, audio books 0 0%
Yes, all of the above 3 4.17%
I don't but I would 10 13.89%
Nope, I think it's dangerous and distracting 19 26.39%
Nope, I like the quiet 13 18.06%
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post #1 of 29 Old 07-29-2007, 02:01 PM Thread Starter
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Do You Listen to Music When Riding?

Who listens to music/books/radio while they're riding and who thinks that riding and listening to music is not a good idea?

I'm on the fence. Some days on long rides when the sky is clear and its a nice day I just really fancy some music to listen to, but then I also like the peace and solitude on a bike so I'm not sure. Contemplating getting some etymotics but I don't want to spend $130 until I'm a bit more decided.

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I have used a mp3 player in the past, but I think it is dangerous. I like to hear things going on around me. On long rides I use ear plugs, so I guess that I dangerous too. Who knows.

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I don't. never would. When I ride, I ride. I like the sound of my bike & I like to get into, "The poor man's Zen" so to speak.

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I would like to listen to a band while riding around them!I got to do this once while riding my mountain bike,it was cool,but no phones in my ears riding.

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When riding, you need all of your faculties including being able to hear what is going on around you. Having earphones in your ears while riding is distracting and dangerous, I don't do it.

That's just my opinion.

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I've tried it and didn't like it. I can listen to a nice American voice saying,
"Proceed straight for 384 miles, then turn right."
...and then she shuts up for 382 miles. It's quite an experience.

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I used to ride with an MP3 player quite a bit, but that's because I really got tired of the whine of the I-4 stuffed between my legs. Since I bought my triumph the only time I wear the MP3 player is when riding home from the gym.

Something to consider is that some MP3 rips are different than others, so you may start out with a particular song and turn the volume way up so you can actually hear it over your bike, and then the next MP3 comes on and it's a better (or louder) rip and it DESTROYS your ears, and you have the MP3 player in your pocket so you can't adjust the volume.

I did notice however that while listening to music I could still hear the motors of other cars, horns, sirens, tires screaching, etc... All the important sounds!

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I don't. never would. When I ride, I ride. I like the sound of my bike & I like to get into, "The poor man's Zen" so to speak.
What mikey says.

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I don't ride without music. I can't hear anything over my bike anyways. If you don't atleast wear earplugs to block out noise, let me know so I can mail you a punch in the groin.

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Contemplating getting some etymotics but I don't want to spend $130 until I'm a bit more decided.
I have these earplugs and let me tell you, they isolate outside noise like no other.
I never listen to music when I ride the motorcycle.
I always listen to music when I ride my bicycle. But never with the etymotics.
They're GREAT for mowing the lawn though!

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I don't ride without music. I can't hear anything over my bike anyways. If you don't atleast wear earplugs to block out noise, let me know so I can mail you a punch in the groin.
Earplugs alone are one thing. Rides longer than 30 min. warrant them in my book. (You can forgo the punch in the groin ragdoll, but thanks just the same).
The etymotics basically are earplugs, but substitute any ambient noise that would get through with music effectively rendering you deaf to the outside world.

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I listen to the song "V-twin" by Honda.

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I listen to an MP3 player when my ride will be 45 mins or longer. Just loud enough to hear the music, but still hear everything else (volume leveling). Takes a lot of control cause sometimes I just want to blast the music, but I would much rather hear the sirens before there is more than 1 set behind me.

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I listen to the song "V-twin" by Honda.
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I try to combine three great loves. Bikes, music and women.
On my bike listen to music with my lady friend is my utopia.

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I have remote controls mounted on my bikes for volume, fwd, and pause, it's very safe and not distracting, puts me in my zen.

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I listen to the music of my inline 4 and the wind, synchronized to the visuals going on up ahead.

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Earplugs alone are one thing. Rides longer than 30 min. warrant them in my book. (You can forgo the punch in the groin ragdoll, but thanks just the same).
The etymotics basically are earplugs, but substitute any ambient noise that would get through with music effectively rendering you deaf to the outside world.
Great point, semi_gray. I have a J&M setup / built-in headsets on the GL and love to listen to music on some rides. Long country rides though, not commuting or city riding.

I had a couple pair of these for me and the wife on the ST and I think I may go back to them. Nice sound but not noise canceling. Can still hear your surroundings while getting decent audio quality.

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Do to my over sensitive hearing ie: windnoise I found a review on some panasonic noise canceling ear buds that Walmart sells. Picked them up for 27.00 and change.

I can put them in my ears and turn the volume on comfortable with the bike off, put my helmet on and while going down the highway at 75 I can hear my mp3 plain as day. Still a little noise that comes through naturally, but for the price I'm extremely happy.

I don't turn it on while around town, but 95% of my riding is on rural roads.

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I try to combine three great loves. Bikes, music and women.
On my bike listen to music with my lady friend is my utopia.

BTW -
I have remote controls mounted on my bikes for volume, fwd, and pause, it's very safe and not distracting, puts me in my zen.
I like that remote thing you have for your Ipod. I have to get me one of those

Oh yeah, nice priorites. haha

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Living in Canada means long stretches of empty straight highway (at least out west) dotted with the occasional cage you can pass at 200 clicks for excitment. Those rides demand music to avoid the droopy eyes.

In the city, as lots have stated, no music. A. Distraction, B. Gotta be on your toes with all the crazyies about.

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Living in Canada means long stretches of empty straight highway (at least out west) dotted with the occasional cage you can pass at 200 clicks for excitment. Those rides demand music to avoid the droopy eyes.

In the city, as lots have stated, no music. A. Distraction, B. Gotta be on your toes with all the crazyies about.
+1, I know what you mean

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Same here, 300 miles between major cities, long boring miles of police free hiways. I need tunes.

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I occasionally listen to the mp3 player, but only on long rides.

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There is nothing like ridin down the road with the Mission Impossible Theme song playing in your ears!

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I just got an MP3 player,I plan on using it on more relaxed rides.I'm not liking the earbuds(could be the baclava making matters worse).Which earpeices are you all using and like.

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I just got an MP3 player,I plan on using it on more relaxed rides.I'm not liking the earbuds(could be the baclava making matters worse).Which earpeices are you all using and like.
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109$ and DISCONTINUED .I'm a cheap *******I paid less than 40$ for the mp3 player.

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XM satellite radio for me. I commute everyday 45 minutes each way. Installation was easy using a car kit and cigarette lighter adapter I got from Powerlet.

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