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    Do you listen to music while Mountain Biking

    Do you listen to music while mountain biking ?

    Would you like to listen to music while mountain biking ?

    What do you do now to listen to music while mountain biking ?

    What do you want from a product to to let you listen to music while mountain biking ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TBEARZ View Post
    Do you listen to music while mountain biking ?

    Would you like to listen to music while mountain biking ?

    What do you do now to listen to music while mountain biking ?

    What do you want from a product to to let you listen to music while mountain biking ?
    No. No. Nothing. Nothing, zip, zero, nada.

    The whole reason I mountain bike is to get away from civilisation. I don't want to be called, texted, notified, spammed, paged, faxed, messaged, tweeted or "liked".

    I love music as much as anyone, but can we just have a break from mobile communication devices for a few minutes? Please?

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    Yes, but only 29er specific

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    The only time you should listen to music while mountain biking, in my opinion, is if you have a completely private place to ride, where you're guaranteed to never see another soul, because no one else will ever be there. Because you won't need to hear someone over taking you, you won't need to hear someone coming down a descent that you're climbing so you at least know they are there before they come whipping around a corner (I know, the SHOULD yield to you, but we should all maintain complete control of our bikes at all times too, right?) and lastly, the one thing you never want to have to hear, but may be glad you did, the person who went riding by themselves, and went off the trail and hurt themselves, calling out for help because they can hear you.

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    I love listening to music, but while on a trail I like to be aware of my surroundings. Hearing is a great way to tell what is coming and roughly how far away that object is, (usually another biker). If you cannot hear the biker coming, and if he is screaming down a hill that you are climbing, you will not move out of the way until you see him, which may be too late. Listening for things in the woods calms me, so that is another reason why I do not listen to music while riding.
    And by the way, this thread should be in the "General" or "Passion" sections, not "29er Bikes".

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    Yes, I listen to music but only in one ear at a low volume. I can hear someone coming up behind me or towards me on the trail, never had a problem related to listening to a little music while riding. I've noticed many other riders on our trails listen to music, no big deal to me. Just be responsible and respectful of others and everyone will have a good ride.

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    Covered well above. One ear, low volume, seems to be the max acceptable, if there is ANY chance of encountering ANY other trail user.
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    Personally, I don't listen to music while riding or walking, just to be aware of my surroundings, but if you are gonna listen to music, don't use ear buds. They are designed to block out noise. Use one of those ear phones, at low volume.

    Also, I don't know about others, but I find listening to music with just one ear tends to throw out my balance. I don't know how that'll affect me on a bike, but at least that's the case when I'm on a treadmill.
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    50/50.

    I use 1 Stereo-to-mono earphone. You can hear and are aware of your surroundings.

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    Nope. Only recently did I start the one ear low volume when getting to the trails.
    I get annoyed by bikers , hikers , joggers who have both ears and music up. Its really presumptuous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TBEARZ View Post
    Do you listen to music while mountain biking ?

    Would you like to listen to music while mountain biking ?

    What do you do now to listen to music while mountain biking ?

    What do you want from a product to to let you listen to music while mountain biking ?
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    No!
    No!
    I listen to the music of nature: birds, deer, bear, the wind, approaching storms, etc..

    I wouldn't mind a product that announced my approach to bears on the trail. I've stopped riding solo on the local trails because of a recent bear encounter. If I had been listening to tunes with earbuds, I would have most certainly run right into a mother bear & her cubs.

    Further editorializing on trail-tunes topic:
    I can't think of any good reason to ride with any kind of headset or earbuds on the trails (or roads for that matter). I think you need to be aware of your surroundings while riding. If you find riding without tunes to be too boring, you are in the wrong sport. Go find a stationary bike at a gym or put your bike on a trainer in your basement & listen to tunes there. Don't become a hazard to yourself or others.
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    Do you listen to music while Mountain Biking

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    No, I don't.

    I'd be interested in a product that mutes the music of others who are blasting it while riding their bikes. Noise pollution. I have no problem if you want to listen to your headphones, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 853guy View Post
    No. No. Nothing. Nothing, zip, zero, nada.

    The whole reason I mountain bike is to get away from civilisation. I don't want to be called, texted, notified, spammed, paged, faxed, messaged, tweeted or "liked".

    I love music as much as anyone, but can we just have a break from mobile communication devices for a few minutes? Please?
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    Quote Originally Posted by burtronix View Post
    I wouldn't mind a product that announced my approach to bears on the trail. I've stopped riding solo on the local trails because of a recent bear encounter. If I had been listening to tunes with earbuds, I would have most certainly run right into a mother bear & her cubs.
    I saw a half eaten deer leg on a trail couple weeks ago, and as I remembered about big cat sightings at the park, I heard bushes moving above the cliff, about 10 feet above where I was. I'd never bothered to go fast on my single speed until that day. lol.
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    I listen to audiobooks.

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    Runs counter to why I'm out there.

    I will however do so often while roadbiking. Doesn't make much sense in the name of safety as a car is much more apt to run my flat than a deer, but there it is.

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    Nobody seemed to notice that only spammers post this far off topic except Bonesetter2004 and MTBeing.
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    Okay, I'll be the bad guy - YES. Both ears. Volume at 11. Really. I like the music loud. I've been riding bikes for 40+ years. I've been riding a mountain bike for 20+ years. I don't need to hear nature to detach, engage and enjoy. Loud music lets me disconnect from everything else and just ride.

    ^That^ said, I do have the iPod (little Shuffle) mounted to my visor, earbuds wired into the helmet, so I can FF, RW or pause the music easier than grabbing a bottle. I am very aware of anyone coming up behind me.

    The only downside: I miss it when racing. It's not permitted, and I probably wouldn't do it if it were legal - too much communication needed with other riders.
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    The local mountain lions have learned that bikers / hikers with ear buds are easy prey, and true Darwin Award candidates.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 853guy View Post
    No. No. Nothing. Nothing, zip, zero, nada.

    The whole reason I mountain bike is to get away from civilisation. I don't want to be called, texted, notified, spammed, paged, faxed, messaged, tweeted or "liked".

    I love music as much as anyone, but can we just have a break from mobile communication devices for a few minutes? Please?
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    All the time. It makes riding more fun, motivates uphill. If you look out for the other people and the traffic enough I don't think it would be a problem. If you don't want to be called by anybody turn on airplane mode and that's it.

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    ..yes, & loud, but im on old nature trails that are deserted & ive cleared them out & fixed them up over the years. ive never seen anyone. But on normal trails with other riders on usually don't just b/c theres other riders in my group. if I went alone id prob do the low volume/1 ear thing.

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    ......no my "boom box" doesn't fit in my bottle cage....darn-it!

    I do have an itube that's cool designed for motorcycles - kicks out a lot of music but it is a little disrespectful to be playin music out there in the dirt... my opinion...

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    Last week I saw a GoPro video posted here from a guy who rear-ended a girl who stopped suddenly for no reason on a straight stretch of trail, then cussed the guy out. (If this was you, please repost it, I forgot the thread). I'll bet she had earbuds in, because I can always hear when a rider is right behind me. And a few weeks ago I almost ran down an ear-budded hiker who did not hear my bell (yes my Cannondale Jekyll is equipped with a handlebar-mountain bell for these situations) and took a few HELLO! shouts for her to realizse I was there.

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    Yes!

    iPod/iPhone......Pandora. ( as soon as I move in to my new house and get my small iPod back custom mixes will prevail )

    Something mellow like reggae on my way to the trails, raging industrial or metal during the ride, not always but almost always.

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    this has got to be a spam thread surely?

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    I tried it once and never did it again. It's my time to unplug, plus, I want/need to hear the sound of the tires on the dirt in certain situations to know if I'm about to slide out, etc. The one time I tried riding with music, I nearly went down because I couldn't hear the tire/dirt contact noise.

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    Just about every time I ride. I usually hit the trailhead around 8am, put the phone on airplane mode, plug in my Bose earbuds and roll out. I can hear just fine with them in, but I'm not cranking the volume "to 11" either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AK47 View Post
    I tried it once and never did it again. It's my time to unplug, plus, I want/need to hear the sound of the tires on the dirt in certain situations to know if I'm about to slide out, etc. The one time I tried riding with music, I nearly went down because I couldn't hear the tire/dirt contact noise.
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    Do you listen to music while mountain biking ?

    Yes and No....probably a no, i listen to Podcasts instead.

    Would you like to listen to music while mountain biking ?

    No i prefer to hear more of my surroundings so talkie podcasts are the maximum. unless its pitch black canal riding then i might put music on instead as its a mundane straight ride with noone sneaking up on you.

    What do you do now to listen to music while mountain biking ?

    One ear of headphone budds

    What do you want from a product to to let you listen to music while mountain biking ?

    Ive got what i need, so far, nothing has tempted me away from this setup AND if its raining eventually they get a bit tatty so expensive earphones are a no no.

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    Like anything, it's not a problem if you do it responsibly. The rider that stopped in the middle of the trail and caused the rider behind to hit her maybe wasn't listening to anything, just using poor judgement. I've had inexperienced riders stop dead in front of me before, they were just not thinking that the rider behind has nowhere to go sometimes.

    Music, no music I've had riders do dumb things around me on the trail, I believe it's up to me to ride safely and do my best not to interfere with another rider. There will always be other people on the trail and as much as I would like, I can't expect them to always make smart decisions.

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    I remember, back in the old days, that I was super excited to buy a new-fangled MP3 player. Man, that thing was awesome - it could hold like 20 songs - more if you reduced the quality - and was tiny and wouldn't skip. At the time, I couldn't stand to run on the treadmill or run laps without music, and I was so excited about how awesome it was going to be to mountain bike and trail run with a soundtrack.

    Then I tried it once, really didn't like it, and never tried again. I found it distracting and that it diminished the experience.

    These days, people are showing up to rides with portable speakers synced to their phones, playing Pandora and whatnot. I've found that I don't particularly like the music while riding, but on the other hand when the group hits a nice bench or a nice view, and the helmets come off and the beers come out... well, then I really do appreciate a good playlist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 853guy View Post
    No. No. Nothing. Nothing, zip, zero, nada.

    The whole reason I mountain bike is to get away from civilisation. I don't want to be called, texted, notified, spammed, paged, faxed, messaged, tweeted or "liked".

    I love music as much as anyone, but can we just have a break from mobile communication devices for a few minutes? Please?
    I get your point but music doesn't do any of the things you're talking about. I listen to music on an Mp3 player which only does one thing (I'm old fashioned). Music and Smartphones are 2 different things.

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    I prefer conservative talk radio, personally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seebee View Post
    Runs counter to why I'm out there.
    +1 on this, so no.

    I could *maybe* see doing it on a long, grueling ride. I carry a small MP3 player on backpacking trips where we routinely go >20 miles in a day. The last few miles seem to go a lot faster with music as a distraction. At that point I'm not really enjoying the surroundings anymore So maybe it would work for long touring rides, when you're just trying to make it to a place to clean up, eat, and crash for the night.

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    Road bike, yes with one bud in. Have to do something to break up the boring monotony.

    Mountain bike, no. I enjoy the sounds of the trail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smithrider View Post
    Road bike, yes with one bud in. Have to do something to break up the boring monotony.

    Mountain bike, no. I enjoy the sounds of the trail.
    I don't listen to music while riding, I preferably hum to myself, but you are right, road riding is boring, and super scary when a lorry comes barreling up behind you on a narrow bridge.

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    A couple months back I started listening to deadmau5 channel on pandora on my phone using ear buds while riding but i am thinking i wont anymore due to fear of not hearing rattlesnakes. Maybe im way too paranoid about getting bit but I want every sense alert to avoid the situation...got freaked out recently about it.

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    I would listen to music and loudly (no earphones) if I was the only one on the trail, but that's very unlikely around here, unless I hit the trails between 12 and 5 am. So I tune my senses to the trail and the surrounding nature instead.

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    Riding with music is for wimps. HTFU.

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    No. Was about to drop into a steep chute in the local park a couple weeks ago when a runner with earbuds jumped right in front of me. Talk about situational awareness. Just kill this thread now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cotharyus View Post
    The only time you should listen to music while mountain biking, in my opinion, is if you have a completely private place to ride, where you're guaranteed to never see another soul, because no one else will ever be there. Because you won't need to hear someone over taking you, you won't need to hear someone coming down a descent that you're climbing so you at least know they are there before they come whipping around a corner (I know, the SHOULD yield to you, but we should all maintain complete control of our bikes at all times too, right?) and lastly, the one thing you never want to have to hear, but may be glad you did, the person who went riding by themselves, and went off the trail and hurt themselves, calling out for help because they can hear you.
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    I do listen to music. Wouldn't use headphones, it's important to be able to hear around you. I listen to Pandora with it set on Blackmill radio. I use my arm strap for my iphone with the volume at 75%.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TFitz View Post
    when a runner with earbuds jumped right in front of me. Talk about situational awareness.
    Oh man, don't get me started on this. I see so many trail runners and hikers on the trail with earbuds. So, so many times I've come up from behind one of these... trail users, called out, dinged my bell, then squeezed by - only to get rude looks or comments from them when they get startled. NOT MY FAULT that you have your head up your azz!

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    Only turn on when I get on the trail, and sometimes avoid if the trails are too busy. But if its quiet, its definitely a good way to get pumped and keep your HR high for 30 minutes or so. After a while it gets annoying and I just switch it off anyway. Like I never wear headphones running, it messes with your tempo too much.

    Try some punk rock, thrash or metal depending on your preference, but it does give you extra courage to hit jumps etc harder.

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    I never listen to music on the trail, too distracting. There is some dude I see every couple of weeks that's got a whole tiny speaker set up on his rig. Blasts Rage and a few other bands I can't make out as he whizzes through the woods. It doesn't seem to bother too many people and you can certainly tell if you're approaching him or vice versa.

    Personally, bike mounted speakers seem like a waste of time to me. One good crash...

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    I use one of these in the rare instances I listen while riding. I typically only take it with me when riding around town. Rarely on the mountain and only when I go by myself.

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    I use to listen to my ipod with one ear bud in, lately I have been music free on the trails and enjoy it much more as the sound of the tires on the trail and the wildlife are a much better tone to my ears.
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    yes and no.

    No because I like to decompress. Don't want to hear a phone, text, car, horn, kid screaming or laughing. I really want to hear the suspension suspending and the chain slapping and gears clicking and shifting, birds and little animals skittering in the woods.

    But I do like listen to my iphone but over the speaker and not the ear buds. I just put in my pack and hit shuffle on my playlist. So, sometimes I like to hear tunes too. I'd say I am 50/50 with music/no music.

    That being said I HATE coming up on a trail jogger that has both ear buds in and I can hear their music-they cannot hear me-I give them 3 loud hello's and then just pass them wide-when they get the shit scared out of them I just motion to my ear like-"pull these out and you'll hear me." I am not rude about it but geez. Plus on top of that joggers are supposed to go against the bike traffic so we see each other when we meet on the trail.

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    I've only started listening to music while riding in the past 3 months or so. Gotta say I absolutely love it. Ear buds and Pandora turned up loud. I honestly cannot remember the last time I was passed by someone while out trail riding. Probably been several years. On the flip side of that I do happen to ride upon others listening to music who have no clue as to the fact that I am behind them. So in my instance I don't think I'm interfering with anyone else's ability to share/enjoy the trail.

    One of the biggest differences I notice is that I am a much smoother rider when listening to music. I tend to flow through the terrain better because I don't mentally get stuck by honing in on obstacles in the trail for too long. I still see them but look over/past them and keep forwards momentum much better it seems.

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    I listen to the iPod on the commute quite a bit (very, very rural. Unless you've ridden my route you should save your comments about how dangerous that is). Except there's nothing like the solitude of being out there at pre-dawn and watching a silent sunrise. When I take the trail route on the commute I usually don't use the iPod. Except sometimes I do . Nothing like bombing a trail with a soundtrack. Except maybe the total solitude of bombing a trail in the deep slience of the woods.

    And when I'm shooting for a new PR or KOM on a particular climb on STRAVA, Metallica helps. Just sayin. If I've already got the smartphone in my pocket, GPS talking to sattelites, facebook alerts coming in, work email in real time...the iPod fits right in

    I've never had an incident were the iPod was a factor in hearing something I should have heard or causing someone else any sort of inconvenience. I'm a bit conflicted on this one.

    thinking about getting a single-ear earbud like these: Amazon.com : JLab J4MSBK JBuds In-Ear Single Earphone Style Headset with Enterprise Class Microphone, Black : Electronics

    I don't like losing all of the left or right channel when I only use 1 earbud.
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    Yes I like to listen to my iPod whilst riding the trail but only on my 29er. I don't need to worry about others behind me as nobody will ever overtake me on my fast rolling 29er. Also if I lose my focus and make an error the 29er will just rollover any obstacles in the trail. I would never wear headphones on my old 26er though. That would just be downright irresponsible.

    On a slightly more serious note I have two eyes that just have to work a little harder detecting other users on the trail and I'm extra cautious on blind corners or other places where I might meet other riders. Having said that I only used the iPod in summer. This winter I bought lights and took up night riding. The lights are great but I can't see as much peripherally as I can during the daylight and I need all my wits about me so the iPod has been left at home this winter.

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    50/50 here.

    My commute is so full of people, dogs, etc you never get up too much speed, and I've not been overtaken in a while - but even then I've been known to have an iPod with me.

    Late a night (I frequently use a woodland trail to get home) when less people are about I often use the iPod. I don't about ppl seeing me as with ridiculous light I have, they probably see me from a fair distance.

    In terms of what music, atm my iPod had Led Zep and AC/DC.

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    Occasionally I will put a small speaker in my Camelback on low volume while I ride. Most of the time when im going fast or down hills where I have to concentrate I don't even hear the speaker playing. I only notice it when I'm peddling through easy trails or have stopped to take a break. That way I can easily hear other riders, people talking, and squirrels running through the woods.

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    Do you listen to music while mountain biking ? No--NEVER!

    Would you like to listen to music while mountain biking ? No--NEVER!!!!

    What do you do now to listen to music while mountain biking ? Nothing--for me listening to music while mountain biking has zero attraction.

    What do you want from a product to to let you listen to music while mountain biking ? The product should NOT have an external speaker because I don't want to hear others' music while riding. Along the same lines it should have a highly limited battery life and cost a minimum of $1000. Please don't make the trails like the beach or the pool...

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    At low volume in my right ear if I'm riding alone.
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    Do you listen to music while Mountain Biking

    No, don't listen while riding, and had a bad experience with another rider who was wearing headphones hidden under a downhill helmet. Nearly caused a wreck. It did teach me to assume the worst when passing someone. In my area (IMO), the foliage is too dense and the trails too twisty for safe headphone use. Maybe it's safer in some areas out west, if you have a better line of sight.

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    I love hearing the sound of dirt crunching, birds, chipmunks, etc. I listen to music while running on wide trails, and probably because running can be boring sometimes. Never while mtb biking- too dangerous on narrow trails.

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    Living in the city, I can't listen to music while riding. The dangers of crazy drivers, people crossing the road with shopping carts, taxi drivers trying to kill you at every turn. You have to constantly be alert at all times. Even in the trails its rough, there's not too many "quiet" places to right so you have to be able to hear your surroundings.

    Plus its nice not to get a text, call or anything else for a bit.
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    am I the only one who just listens through the iphone speaker? It does not allow me to "rock out" but I can hear it-and the people riding up on me.

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    I thought only hikers listened to music.

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    I usually listen to music when I'm riding alone! Listening to Five Finger Death Punch or Mudvayne blasting on 10 is like a shot of adrenalin! Most the trails I ride aren't very busy and I make sure to pay attention to my surroundings. If somebody needs to get by me I make sure I give them plenty of room. If I'm riding with a buddy I usually don't listen cause your riding closer to somebody and need to be more aware!

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    Most of the time I enjoy riding to music... Keeps one going after 4-5 hours of riding... But as many are pointing out, it should be done responsibly. If you fly around the trails without the ability to hear who/what is around the curve... you're probably not gonna have fun.

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    Never, love the hear the sound of the mountains!

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    I never listen to music and never would. Couple of weeks ago I was riding along a rock wall when a boulder bounced down the side of the mountain (like the two on the right of this image). A rider with earbuds would have never heard it coming.

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    No, I prefer to be totally focused on enjoying the ride and natural sounds and scenery. I also think there are valid safety concerns as well.
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    Anytime I ride alone i'm cranking music.. I just randomly check my 6 and continue on. No issues with it yet

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    Occasionally use the speaker on phone and have music playing from my pack. I have found that the only time i really hear it is when i am climbing. As soon as my speed goes over 10mph, focus on line and the sounds of the bike and trail drown out the music.

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    Never listen to music while MTB riding and never will. I have been MTB riding for many years and one of its' key attractions is the serenity I experience while riding single track through the woods. Trees, wildlife, babbling brooks , streams and nature in general is an integral part of the MTB experience for me.

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    No. Not while riding. I listen to music while doing long mountain bike races, such as 100 milers. There's too much solitude to not have music. For general riding, though, no. No music. Ever. I tried it once and didn't like it.
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    Sometimes I hear voices.......shut up.........no I don't.....

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    Thankfully, none of the other riders that I have met on blind corners have been listening to music and thus I haven't had a head on with them . Everytime I have heard a bike coming down a hill fastish, I have been able to jump out of the way because I heard them, their clanging, their hope pro 2 hub etc.

    Riding out back where there aren't runners, other riders etc is too rare for me, so no music then either

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