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    Good job! Music To Ride Bikes To

    So I was flipping through the latest issue of Bicycling magazine and saw a blurb on this guy who makes music dedicated to cycling. Check it out at 53x11.com. The guy goes by the name 53x11 because of the gearing ratio, and all his music is at a tempo of 90-120 beats per minute, perfect for cycling. I did the online download for $5, and love the stuff. Kind of techno on super acid with some jazz and hoedown mixed in. I like it almost as much as my canned techno, all 14 hours of it on my ipod. Thought I'd share the love.

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    These iPods have an insatiable appetite for music. It's after 4am and I had to hear one song before bed. Half an hour later I'm listening to Devo as I type, wondering what else to feed it. In fact, tomorrow (uh....later today) I'm supposed to visit my sister specifically to raid her CD collection. She's like, "I know, when I get started with it, I can't stop either."

    I'm a little nervous about biking with music, though. Guess I should try it at least once. Music for bikers, by a biker, eh...?? That's like a speedball.
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    I only listen to heavy metal and rock my head so freaking hard I'd probably crash if I listened while riding.

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    After a while

    i found that i had so much on their that i couldnt even find time to hear it all if i wanted to too.

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    I love music but, music and biking in my opinion don't mix because it deadens your awareness of your surrounding and can result in accidents. You also don't need a techno beat to enjoy music during physical activity. Spinning uses regular music because the aerobic beat is counterproductive due to its enforced pace.

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    ... and if we just ...

    iPods take over your life...mine can hold 40GB, and by G-d if I'm not going to find some way to fill that cursed thing up. I don't think I've actually listened to 1/4 of the stuff on there. By the way, were I to play my iPod nonstop, it would run for 279.5 days before running out of music to play. That made me realize how much of a dork I am...

    And I do ride with music, but only by myself, and never mountain biking. If I'm road riding alone, then I'll use music to add a little "umph" to the workout. Here's a blurb I pulled from our 53x11 buddy's site that expresses my opinion perfectly:

    "I will begin by stating that I fully condone the reckless act of blaring music into headphones while you ride. As long as you maintain a strict awareness of your surroundings and the death-machines that hog the road, you can crank that **** up as loud as possible. I have only been hit once, by a snowplow – and the driver did it on purpose. At all times I ride my bike as defensively as the guy who drives the pope-mobile."

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    Quote Originally Posted by mondaycurse
    I only listen to heavy metal and rock my head so freaking hard I'd probably crash if I listened while riding.
    maybe be like angus young on bike?

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    My iPod has taken over my life.....

    ..... I just got one for my b-day (3 days ago), and I can't stop, the only reason I am on the forums is because I am waiting for a CD to be imported.

    Will it ever stop!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobKreyole
    I love music but, music and biking in my opinion don't mix because it deadens your awareness of your surrounding and can result in accidents. You also don't need a techno beat to enjoy music during physical activity. Spinning uses regular music because the aerobic beat is counterproductive due to its enforced pace.
    You sound like grampa on his soap box.

    I have been listening to progressive techno for years while I ride alone. They don't call it trance for nothing. I feel like I get some sort of weird high when I grind up a long trail and when I descend, I feel like I have my own soundtrack as I blaze down the trail.

    ..and yes, it's like a drug, and when I ride without it, the ride seems dull. It sucks that I'm a techno-junkie, but I deny I have a problem.

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    Bought one

    a few months ago. I love this little gadget. But for riding,it just doesn't feel safe for me. I'm okay with it on a long grind where we all stretch out and you'll be riding by yourself for awhile. In fact I found my pace actually went up and the climb didn't seem so hard. On the downside I find it a little rude to be ignoring your friends if they're trying to talk to you and you don't turn it down to hear them. We were being told by a guy who'd done a ride a few weeks before about a new trail hazard and one of the guys with a MP3, didn't hear the warning. His response after we helped him back up from over the side "Why didn't somebody tell me about that?" We all got a good laugh about that, but you can see the potential.
    On the road it is just to dangerous. I do a lot of long distance rides 100 to 200 miles at a time, and I will never ride with one again. I tried it once and even on a low volume I could not hear a car coming up from behind me, and if you road ride, you know that it's important to be fully aware at all times whats around you. I tried it with one plug in and this works well, but then the quality of the music sux, so I just don't ride with it on the road anymore.
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    I prefer not to listen to music when I ride.

    I like to hear the sounds of nature when I ride. I like the call of a hawk or the rustle of deer alongside the trail. I want to make sure not to miss the hiss of a snake or the growl of a mountain lion.

    I like to hear my bike when I ride. I like to hear the sounds of the braking, shifting, tires sratching, I like to know if something is coming loose or going flat.

    I like to hear other riders when I ride. I like to hear other when people say "hello", or "on the right", or "do you have an extra tube?".
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    Quote Originally Posted by DirtDad
    I prefer not to listen to music when I ride.

    I like to hear the sounds of nature when I ride. I like the call of a hawk or the rustle of deer alongside the trail. I want to make sure not to miss the hiss of a snake or the growl of a mountain lion.

    I like to hear my bike when I ride. I like to hear the sounds of the braking, shifting, tires sratching, I like to know if something is coming loose or going flat.

    I like to hear other riders when I ride. I like to hear other when people say "hello", or "on the right", or "do you have an extra tube?".
    Amen ! Well said !

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    pops...

    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy
    I listen to the rhythm of the ride. Nothing else. Ever.
    i think my view on riding with music just changed completely. just me, the bike, and the trail from now on. thanks gramps!

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    the only time i listen to music while riding is during communting and even then only on those really crappy days
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    ... and if we just ... Metal, Techno, Celtic, and Biking

    They can really mix well. I love playing music while I'm riding, headphones clipped to my straps by my ears allow me to hear music and surroundings equally. It doesn't mean that I'm blaring my music so loud that I cannot hear what's going on around me. Personally, I love music in most aspects of my life. Thank goodness for iPods. My nano is filled with 2 gigs of music and 1 gig of podcasts that get played for my 8-9 hour work day. Try driving 40-50 miles everyday by yourself. Music makes the day flow. Same happens on the trail. I use the music like an incentive. "I'm going to finish this section by the end of this track".

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobKreyole
    music and biking in my opinion don't mix because it deadens your awareness of your surrounding and can result in accidents.
    I think that's an odd opinion and maybe you should try it if you haven't. I ride better with music, especially technical trails. I can't see why it would deaden awareness when it's contantly stimulating your brain. I've rode off of trails just from zoning out before I bought an iPod.

    Plus I've had some amazing experiences where my iPod was shuffling songs that matched the climbs, the dh's and just the surroundings perfectly. It makes a nice soundtrack for your ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by endo verendo
    I think that's an odd opinion and maybe you should try it if you haven't. I ride better with music, especially technical trails. I can't see why it would deaden awareness when it's contantly stimulating your brain. I've rode off of trails just from zoning out before I bought an iPod.

    Plus I've had some amazing experiences where my iPod was shuffling songs that matched the climbs, the dh's and just the surroundings perfectly. It makes a nice soundtrack for your ride.
    It's all part of that "purest" mentality; "If you aren't doing what I believe is right, it's not!" Get with it, when you have your ipod on, not only are you deaf, you must be blind too....you are different and that is the problem!

    I wonder what the purest mtber is...:

    rides a Unicycle,
    jeans,
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    no camebak,
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    ....and definitely no ipod onboard!

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    Quote Originally Posted by adamantane
    current favorite = baby mammoth

    basically anything from SomaFM (Groove Salad)
    Groove Salad and KCRW are my default radio stations. Groove Salad seems to always set the right mood.

    Current Fav (going on many months now) = Arcade Fire
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    oh, forgot to ask...what kind of systems are available to play music from an mp3 player wireless..it would be heaven to ride without the damn cord from headphones

    any ideas...need a solution
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    i believe logitech has one i saw it in The source yesterday
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    Quote Originally Posted by lidarman
    I have been listening to progressive techno for years while I ride alone. They don't call it trance for nothing. I feel like I get some sort of weird high when I grind up a long trail and when I descend, I feel like I have my own soundtrack as I blaze down the trail.

    ..and yes, it's like a drug, and when I ride without it, the ride seems dull. It sucks that I'm a techno-junkie, but I deny I have a problem.
    Yep, I can identify with you here. Riding to music can really change the nature of the ride - esp when you're riding by yourself.

    Do you have a sample playlist or two you'd love to share? I usually listen to Oakenfold, The Crystal Method or Rob Dougan when I ride but am looking to for new stuff to ride to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn595
    Yep, I can identify with you here. Riding to music can really change the nature of the ride - esp when you're riding by yourself.

    Do you have a sample playlist or two you'd love to share? I usually listen to Oakenfold, The Crystal Method or Rob Dougan when I ride but am looking to for new stuff to ride to.
    It varies but favs are

    armin van buuren sets
    David Swayze
    Nicolai Gala
    Matthew Dekay
    Steve Porter
    Pole Folder
    and DJ Faro

    I have more but these are some off the top of my head. I get most from www.di.fm and rip them using streamripper for winamp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn595
    Yep, I can identify with you here. Riding to music can really change the nature of the ride - esp when you're riding by yourself.

    Do you have a sample playlist or two you'd love to share? I usually listen to Oakenfold, The Crystal Method or Rob Dougan when I ride but am looking to for new stuff to ride to.
    Try searching for yoji biomehanika if you don`t know him. He is amazing i think. A bit too hard sounding for some peolple tho. Best song by him, "NEVER END". Great riding track. He has his own record company, hellhouse records.
    Last edited by Damitletsride!; 01-03-2006 at 02:26 PM.

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    I'm all for riding with music. Infact, I ride better with music. I don't know what it is about hitting a jump to the sound of Hendrix, or blazing down some singletrack to Def Leppard that gets me so pumped. I guess it's kind of like a fast-paced action movie, playing a hard rock track to a chase scene to get the adrenaline pumping. As for the safety issue, I don't have to worry about hazzards on the trail since I pretty much know where everything is. And I keep the volume to a low enough level to hear my riding buddies if they need me. Also, seeing as I don't road ride, I don't have to worry about crazy drivers.

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    Some of my favorite riding tracks:

    -B.Y.O.B. by System of a Down: Nice for stuff like DJ and FR. It has it's mellow parts, but when it starts to pick up you'll be itching to huck off something.

    -Hammer to Fall by Queen: Great for hardcore and mellow XC. Why this song, I have no idea. It just seems XC-ish to me.

    -We Will Rock You (Fast Version) by Queen: My God, this thing gets the adrenaline pumping like crazy. Great for anything, but I especially like it for DJ.

    -Bicycle Race by Queen: Just because.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lidarman
    You sound like grampa on his soap box.

    I have been listening to progressive techno for years while I ride alone. They don't call it trance for nothing. I feel like I get some sort of weird high when I grind up a long trail and when I descend, I feel like I have my own soundtrack as I blaze down the trail.

    ..and yes, it's like a drug, and when I ride without it, the ride seems dull. It sucks that I'm a techno-junkie, but I deny I have a problem.
    Quote Originally Posted by lidarman
    It's all part of that "purest" mentality; "If you aren't doing what I believe is right, it's not!" Get with it, when you have your ipod on, not only are you deaf, you must be blind too....you are different and that is the problem!

    I wonder what the purest mtber is...:

    rides a Unicycle,
    jeans,
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    no camebak,
    Old-school helmet,
    ....and definitely no ipod onboard!
    Look who is on a "Soap Box". If you don't agree say so and leave it at that. If you feel you need music so be it, just as others have posted they need weed on a ride. That is their opinion. Your post is a manifestation of "that "purest" mentality". Obviously you believe that "If others aren't doing what you believe is right", it's not cool". I will excuse it as the impertinence of youth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by endo verendo
    I think that's an odd opinion and maybe you should try it if you haven't. I ride better with music, especially technical trails. I can't see why it would deaden awareness when it's contantly stimulating your brain. I've rode off of trails just from zoning out before I bought an iPod.
    Quote Originally Posted by Merriam-Webster Dictionary
    differing markedly from the usual or ordinary or accepted
    Most bike rider do not ride with music, therefore I beg to differ as to who's opinion is odd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobKreyole
    Most bike rider do not ride with music, therefore I beg to differ as to who's opinion is odd.
    You were saying something about a soapbox?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn595
    You were saying something about a soapbox?
    Don't I have the right to respond or is that forbidden.

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    It's a free country - you can say whatever you want.

    I was merely pointing out that you were going against the advice you give him in your previous post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn595
    It's a free country - you can say whatever you want.

    I was merely pointing out that you were going against the advice you give him in your previous post.
    Failure to communicate. Go back and read again. I do not give free advice. Have a good night.

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    I only listen to music (while i'm riding) in the skatepark. just because its mostly a controlled place. you arent going to get hit by a car or anything. I wont listen to it on the trails because, one day I was riding a local trail, and this one guy whom was riding like .... a 1995 specialized hardrock had fallen down this one part of the trail (the freeride/downhill part) he wasnt jumping or anything, just happened to take a corner too tight and fell off the main trail. he was yelling for help ( I could barely hear him ) he had broken his leg. now if I were wearing headphones, I most likely would have never heard him, and just kept riding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BobKreyole
    Failure to communicate. Go back and read again. I do not give free advice. Have a good night.
    Huh?

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    Look who is on a "Soap Box". If you don't agree say so and leave it at that. I will excuse it as the impertinence of youth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lidarman
    It varies but favs are

    armin van buuren sets
    David Swayze
    Nicolai Gala
    Matthew Dekay
    Steve Porter
    Pole Folder
    and DJ Faro

    I have more but these are some off the top of my head. I get most from www.di.fm and rip them using streamripper for winamp.
    Thanks for the list and the advice. I'm definitely going to have to invest the time looking into what you've suggested.

    Well I tried to copy my playlist into this post but I clicked on 'clear' instead of 'copy' and ended up wiping the whole thing out!!! Being a clutz sucks sometimes...

    Anyway, here's a small taste of the mix I usually listen to while riding. It's all out of order but you get the jist of it.

    I'm Not Driving Anymore (Instrumental) - Rob Dougan - 4:33
    Its My Life - No Doubt - 3:46
    The Fly - U2 - 4:29
    Zoo Station - U2 - 4:36
    Send Me An Angel - Paul Oakenfold - 5:41
    Days Go By - Paul Oakenfold - 5:36
    What It Feels Like For a Girl - Paul Oakenfold - 7:17
    Ready Steady Go - Paul Oakenfold - 4:14
    Crystal - New Order - 6:50
    Drum and Bass Remix - John Powell - 2:16
    Take Me Out - Franz Ferdinand - 3:57
    Auf Achse - Franz Ferdinand - 4:19
    Rebel Rebel - David Bowie - 4:31
    Busy - The Crystal Method - 7:24
    Name Of The Game - The Crystal Method - 4:14
    Wild, Sweet And Cool - The Crystal Method - 3:54
    PHD - The Crystal Method - 6:27
    Weapons Of Mass Distortion - The Crystal Method - 4:50

    Not to offend the original poster but I'd love to see some more mixes posted in this thead!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Damitletsride!
    Try searching for yoji biomehanika if you don`t know him. He is amazing i think. A bit too hard sounding for some peolple tho. Best song by him, "NEVER END". Great riding track. He has his own record company, hellhouse records.
    Thanks - I'll check it out and let you know what I come up with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fiona
    They can really mix well. I love playing music while I'm riding, headphones clipped to my straps by my ears allow me to hear music and surroundings equally. It doesn't mean that I'm blaring my music so loud that I cannot hear what's going on around me. Personally, I love music in most aspects of my life. Thank goodness for iPods. My nano is filled with 2 gigs of music and 1 gig of podcasts that get played for my 8-9 hour work day. Try driving 40-50 miles everyday by yourself. Music makes the day flow. Same happens on the trail. I use the music like an incentive. "I'm going to finish this section by the end of this track".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn595
    Huh?
    Quoting the dictionary and comprehension are two different set of skills.

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    I think it's getting pretty deep in here...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn595
    I think it's getting pretty deep in here...
    Yes it is. Please don’t parse and rearange a quote to take it out of context

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    Never on road, only when alone (sometimes)

    I agree with previous posters, Roads are dangerous, if you det in an accident with a car, the passenger or driver of the car will come out on top, as you are left under tread, lyrcra roadkill. The roads are to busy to go solo (group rides are stills nerve wreking at times). I only listen to tunes on rail trail, because most of our trails are old rail trail (oooouch). One has to deal with a +15km slog through large loose pebels to get to the conservation area, that is dissapointingly tame, but very beautiful.

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    i mostly listen to The Unicorns, Wolf Parade, The Weakerthans, Quantic Soul Orchestra, Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra, Cat Power, Caribou, Final Fantasy (Owen Pallett), God Speed you black emperor, Julie Doiron, Pearl JAm Radiohead, SS CARDIACS, Jurassic 5, Kobyashi, Yo La Tengo, MAlkmus and Jicks, Joel Plaskett, And A whole bunch of more mainstream old school rock.
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    I like to mix it up with hard rock for the intense climbs and rock gardens, and some rap for the flowy stuff. System of a Down, Hatebreed, Slipknot, Vision of Disorder....anything Wu, Eminem, Busta, 50 Cent, Cypress Hill. Actually don't mind some brainless techno stuff like Paul O, Crystal Method, DJ Shadow, Chemical Brothers. And last but not least, the old favorite, Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon.
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    Hm, The Dropkick Murphys??

    Quote Originally Posted by Frozenspokes
    Sounds like you might like The Dropkick Murphys. Think of it as Celtic Punk.
    Are they anything like Flogging Molly? My daughter's got me interested in them. Are they Scotish, Irish, Canadian, or American? It can make a BIG difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fiona
    Are they Scotish, Irish, Canadian, or American? It can make a BIG difference.
    None of the above...from Boston. Irish roots.
    used to be very angry and pro labour in the past, a little more celtic and 'party' now. still angry and blue collar though.

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    Boston = American Celtic

    Quote Originally Posted by nogearshere
    None of the above...from Boston. Irish roots.
    used to be very angry and pro labour in the past, a little more celtic and 'party' now. still angry and blue collar though.

    If you like Molly try the Fat Wreck Chords label FAT and try Me First and the Gimme Gimmes or Real McKenzies...
    I'll have to try them. Thanks. The American Celtic music can be anything from traditional to punk, but tends to be a mix of styles. Do you listen to Podcasts? Try the Celtic Music News and the Irish Music Podcast. They play some awesome modern celtic bands. Marc Gunn has several podcasts and free music to download through his sites.

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    the sex machine guns--a heavy metal outfit from Japan, are pretty good. I sometimes load some up to the mp3 player for a ride on the cycleops or to use on a vid.

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