There's a solution to every problem... lol
Originally Posted by kjlued
I haven't been listening to headphones when riding for the same reason as many. I would prefer to hear my surroundings for whatever reason.
When jogging though my playlist is mostly old school hard rock like Metallica, Pantera, Megadeth, and Sabbath, with some semi-newer stuff like System of a Down and Drowning Pool. And I have a few select rap songs in as well. Anything with a strong, fast rhythme to keep me pumped.
If it's a long grueling climbfest, then I listen to the Die Antwoord channel on Pandora:
'I FINK U FREEKY' by DIE ANTWOORD (Official) - YouTube
"Someone must have put alcohol in my beer last night." ~ Mr. Richard Baty, Esq.
None taken. The bone conduction headphones took some getting used to. Seems like the sound/music is coming from your head and yet still hear everything around me. Felt completely wierd. Turn it too loud and the pads start vibrating on your skin - feels irritiating/annoying, and everyone around you can hear the headphones at that point.
Originally Posted by kjlued
I listen to whatever depending on how I feel - AC/DC, Italian Opera, Led Zep, 5FDP, Vai/Satriani, Floyd, Daft Punk, Deathklok, U2, new stuff, old 70's rock, 80's crap.... blah blah... just to take my mind off how unfit I am and keep myself pedaling. LOL.
Peter Paul and Mary
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was joking about PPandM (sort of)
Originally Posted by jmike1487
I like tunes when I ride solo, I stay away from rap and rock while riding though, I do listen to hip hop most of the time off the bike.
On the bike I prefer
and for the DH
and PP&M ;
Smartphone mounted on stem with pandora playing just loud enough for me to just hear.
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Interesting...I'd say that's a decent compromise for the people that need music and the people that think like me. Without knowing any more than the webpage that you linked...I'd like to approve (as if my approval means anything more than squat).
Thanks for the link!
Originally Posted by shibiwan
So should def people be band from mountain biking or blind people? If I can hear your chain slapping I think my headphones are ok.
Dropkick Murphys, Killigans , Me First and the Gimme Gimmes. Drednoughts, everything 80's Punk.
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I mainly listen to to music to drown out my labored gasping.
"Someone must have put alcohol in my beer last night." ~ Mr. Richard Baty, Esq.
Lately I've been getting into Bob Mould's post Husker Du career, Sugar and solo stuff but some of it isn't that great for riding so I leave it off the playlist.
Tuneyards (no, I'm not going to use the crazy capitalization)
Das Racist- this is probably my favorite riding music right now
I actually don't like anything too fast for riding, for running it's fine. The stuff that's always good-
Built to Spill (the more upbeat stuff)
Beastie Boys of course
On road rides I really like listening to podcasts, the Slate ones are good and I like a couple of the non-serious NPR one too. One of my favorites is 99% Invisible, it's not about what you think it is, it is generally about design but he covers several topics.
To those who respond with snide comments about not riding with music, save it. Many of us ride responsibly with music and it's disrespectful to the OP. As others have pointed out, there are many ways to listen to music while riding safely and responsibly. I prefer riding with one earbud, I just bought a Short Bud from Far End Gear and it's awesome.
Anything metal, heavy, thrash,speed death and what ever else they class as metal. If its fast and pounding great, makes me shred single track, for some reason I corner better with tunes.
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Here's some "cyclist math-rock" / "no-wheels noise rock"
Vélooo "Même pas mal" | A Tant Rêver Du Roi Records
Spotify radio = better that pandora imho
Had a guy go off on me @ the local trails, it took him a few seconds to get my attention(so he could pass)instead of instantly, yes, because I had headphones on. I told him this is a state park for us all to enjoy, not a race. I have had people take their good ole time to let me pass that didn't have headphones on, so whatever..
thinking about putting a rearview mirror on my handlebars tho..
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My playlist is mainly electronic in nature. Drum n' Bass is really good for the riding and some dubstep too. I have a few acoustic or rock songs in there too.
I made the mistake of starting out listening to music while riding so, as crazy and it sounds, it feels weird to not listen while on the bike. That being said though, I'm trying to phase myself off of it for safety's sake by just listening with one ear bud in. On my local trail which is pretty low traffic I listen with both in but my music is quite and the main thing I'm listening for is the stats my phone reads off to me every mile.
I love to listen to dubstep, house, and trance while I ride.
Excision Shambhala - any year especially this year's release
Never Say Die Series - NEVER SAY DIE RECORDS - Mixes
A State of Trance with Armin Van Buuren
Around the World with Above and Beyond
Essential Mix from BBC Radio 1
Essential Selection from BBC Radio 1
what he said.
Originally Posted by Piratefly
i listen to sort of instrumental electronic music. stuff like gramatik and maybe some chiller dubstep. I throw some reggae on there too.
and thats about it.
I have a small ihome speaker that looks like an acordion. Earbuds arent too safe, and I hate being unable to hear.
heres a nice climbing song its fun in races to have music on the speaker for everyone to enjoy.
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I just bought a BoomBotix Boombot 2 to use with my Motoactv and I like it so far. I use it at a very low volume as to not disturb anyone else and also so I can still hear my surroundings. The best of both worlds.
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I hope you have a big trunk... 'cuz I'm puttin' my bike in it.
For those tough rides, or to get pumped up, Ima have to Say Rage Against the Machine
I cant say i enjoy listening to music on single track, i like to ride because its quiet and i can just hear and observe nature (and i like being able to hear the chirp of my breaks the dirt under my wheels). how ever for the 45min to 2 hours to the top of the trail system up the logging roads it helps keep my timing and clears my head. I much rather be Bs'ing with random people that i come across, but when no ones around ninja tunes compilations are great random shuffles with some good beats.
But i mean honestly the only real answer is skinny puppy, its appropriate for any situation. =p
Madball, Sick of it All, the first Wutang record, The Pogues, Motorhead.
grateful dead, phish, phil and friends, widespread panic
mostly live shows
(hippy rollers unite!)
soundgarden johnny cash slayer ween and whatever too
as for music haters on the trail... until you all get bells and ding ding around blind corners
like I do, pipe down. it is possible to keep the music low enough to hear trail and bike sounds. Seriously though I think every rider needs to use a bell. It helps fellow trail users know you are coming. (unless they have earphones in) ((paradox alert))
Keep trying to do the awesomest thing you've ever done.
My bear bell has saved me so many collisions, especial when riding solo. You will always hear a group hooting and yelling as hey ride, but solo riders are like ghosts.
Originally Posted by bamwa1
I've been listening to:
lusine - by this sound
metronomy - corinne
the national - all the wine
darwin deez - (800) human
breakbot - why
hot chip - flutes
apparat - a violent sky
delicious vinyl all stars - what's up fatlip
edward sharpe - home
Moderat - a new error
The whole Wolfmother selftitled album Wolfmother is pretty awesome. Just press play and let it go...
On the mix I've been listening to lately is:
Too Close - Alex Clare
I Fink U Freeky - Die Antwoord
Feel So Close - Calvin Harris
Dont Gotta Work It Out - Fritz and the Tantrums
How you like me now - The Heavy
Yeah Yeah - Willy Moon
Discotech - Young Love
Bang Bang Bang - Mark Ronson and the Business International
Sail - AWOLNATION
There are other alternatives to headphones/earbuds if you want to listen to music while riding. I bought a little speaker thingy at walmart for about 7 bucks. I put it in my camelbak and it's quite a bit louder than my iPhone speaker which you can't hear at all, but still not so loud I can't hear other trail users.
Whether or not I fire up the tunes depends on my mood. But if I do, the Life Cycles soundtrack usually makes for some good riding music. Or heavy music with groove like Bolt Thrower.
I personally, don't listen to music when I ride. I want all my senses focused on the job at hand.
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Nice to see a couple people mention Die Antwoord! My personal bike theme for the last few months has been: "Jealousy, makes you nasty...IN YOUR FACE!"
I love to spin the pedals faster when it gets to the "Fok off! Fok jou!" part.
i dont do it much anymore. i think i'm getting paranoid about hearing noises around me. i once had earbuds in, and stopped to look around, then turned around and a stranger (another rider) was RIGHT behind me! i screamed at him (surprised). Anyway, i just hit random on my ipod. the great part is, when the RIGHT song comes on when you're flowing on singletrack. Picture music that follows the trail, if that makes sense.
btw, Queens of the stone age, Rage Against the Machine, Porcupine Tree, Tool, few scattered hip hop songs, but mostly 90's rock/grunge fills the ol' pod.
As much as I love music, I don't enjoy listening to a speaker while I ride, and I'll never ride with earbuds in. I need to hear what's going on around me. I was involved in an incident with a fellow forum member where had I had ear buds in, that member might not be with us today.
Alcohol may lead nowhere, but it sure is the scenic route!
I'm one of those "the only music you should listen to out riding is the sound of your tyres on the dirt" types.
From an enjoyment point of view, I ride to get away from everything, that seclusion of bike and bush. From a safety point of view I like to be able to hear my bike and anything else around it, lets me know what's going on.
When I'm on the trails (AM or DH) or road, I don't listen to music. I like the natural sounds (wind, crackling sounds, animals, my own breathing etc). For safety on DH or on the road, I need to hear riders or traffic approaching.
When I'm indoors spinning or on a trainer... that's a different story. I love music to break the monotony and spin to different tempos. I have a wide range of music (classic rock, and 80's. 90's alt rock, punk, grunge. ) If its got a good beat or catchy riff I like get into in
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This- i've found the best pair of earbuds with decent bass and inline controls so that u can adjust volume or pause, skip while your listening. I agree with all the mx choices except the country! : )
Originally Posted by JosephTX
Don't ride dirt with music, but on my road/training rides I just download some mixes from the free Podcasts on my Iphone and just put the hammer down. There are some excellent mixes, plus other musical genres out there. Best of all its free!
totally agree! check out deadmau5, tut tut child, and def. skrillex
Just put Judas Priest "Breaking The Law" on repeat and see what happens.
I generally only listen to hard rock, alternative, and older rap. I'm 45 so many people think that's odd, but I was sick of the 80's music already during the 80's.
I generally don't listen to music on marked mountain bike trails, but if I'm out gravel grinding it is on. I do wear earbuds most of the time, but the music is off where appropriate and I leave the earbuds in because too much cold wind gives me ear aches, but I can still hear fine.
I don't freak when I run upon another bikers with music going, I just pass them when I can or whatever. Generally it scares the heck out of them if I let out a blood curdling scream to get their attention.
Interesting, pretty much nobody rides with headphones around here. The trails are busy and you really need to be able to hear and be heard by other trail users.
Some walkers haven't figured this out yet and get really startled even when I ding my bell, slow down and pass giving them a wide berth. There's nothing you can do not to startle them when they can't hear anything and have their back turned. Thankfully most of those people stay off of the single track.
One my bike mix right now:
On the Move (Bart Rock the Club) - Barthezz
The Signal - BertycoX
Maximal Crazy - DJ Tiesto
C'mon - Tiesto
Young Lovers - Love Grenades
Get On - Mowwai
The Good Life - Three Days Grace
Panama - Van Halen
Get Out Alive - Three Days Grace
Animal - Pearl Jam
Even Flow - Pearl Jam
Technologic - Daft Punk
Land Of Confusion - Disturbed
Handlebars - Flobots
Bangarang - Skrillex
Keep Up - Hypercrush
Mota - Offspring
The Meaning of Life - Offspring
Magneto - Henry Jackman
Illmerica - Wolfgang Gartner
Lick the Rainbow - Mord Fustang
Relaps - Overwerk
Odyssey - Overwerk
The Nth - Overwerk
Contact - Overwerk
I am usually training for XC races so I use a lot of high energy stuff. I have a large amount of stuff I rotate in and out too. I just discovered Overwerk and really like it hence the multiple tracks.
I usually have the Ipod on shuffle too, but some bands include;
Dead Sara - Weatherman
Zepplin - Ramble On
Stompin Tom - Sudbury Saturday Night
A great song i usually play on the speakers before a race is Neil Diamond - Sweet Caroline....
Such a fun song to get into peoples heads.
I actually prefer texting while riding.
Great music thread!
I've been using a Bluetooth headset. It doesn't get real loud and leaves one ear open. I'm also on call a lot for work.
Been playing Jack White Blunderbuss.
While I dont ride with music playing, I do drive to the trailhead with music to pump me up. To name a few:
Demons & Wizards
The list could go on for ages. But basically all things powermetal. High pitched vocals, lightning fast guitars, thundering drums, intense keyboarding. Oh yeah. Thats the stuff.
Slightly faster than a speeding snail.
I'm the same way... most of my riding is done in downtown cities, late at night (11pm-5am). No way I'd plug music into my head, not only to hear traffic but anyone running up on me.
Originally Posted by gearwhine
I just don't get headphones while biking thing. I love music, play guitar, blah, blah, but it seems that besides the issue of not be able to hear anyone approaching from behind ... they are disconnected to other trail users and it comes off as being rude.. I'll say "Hey, how ya doing?" and get no response then I realize they are tuned out. Isn't there enough noise in our worlds. I just love following a hiker for ... what seems a great distance going 3mph and scaring the Shiite out of them once they notice I'm wanting to get around them. A biker with helmet, sunglasses and other gear already sets themselves apart from peds and earpods send a message of "I don't need to communicate with fellow trail users.. I'm doing my thing." Headphones are also a bad idea for your ears..... unless very careful... but to each his/her own. I do know we are all trying to decompress from our busy stressful days... so it's good we're all out on the trail... Happy Trails!
I'm not much for headphones either. That's why I carry one of these:
It's pretty rad because you can just carry a couple extra tapes and listen all day long!