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    music while out on a solo ride

    what kind of music does everyone listen to while riding? i need some new bands to check out or maybe a new genre! I love listening to country and rock while riding not so much rap idk why lol.. any input would be great! thanks in advance!

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    I have my iPod set on shuffle when I do solo rides.
    All I know is, the faster the song is the faster the crazier I ride.
    On climbs I like faster songs too.

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    It's like the opposite for me. When I am bombin hills the crazy music gets me going!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmike1487 View Post
    what kind of music does everyone listen to while riding? i need some new bands to check out or maybe a new genre!
    i have found alot of new bands both in the genre i like and in others using pandora and last.fm since they will play artists similar to one of your favorites you can enter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by honkonbobo View Post
    i have found alot of new bands both in the genre i like and in others using pandora and last.fm since they will play artists similar to one of your favorites you can enter.
    +1 for Pandora.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmike1487 View Post
    what kind of music does everyone listen to while riding? i need some new bands to check out or maybe a new genre!
    i have found alot of new bands both in the genre i like and in others using pandora and last.fm since they will play artists similar to one of your favorites you can enter.

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    I really don't mean to be "that guy", but I have never understood riding with headphones.

    It has nothing to do with hearing nature, being a spiritual experience (as some feel), or anything of that sort...but it has to do with safety of you and others. Can you hear people that want to pass? Can you hear someone yelling for help if they went off the trail and are hurt? Things of that sort. I have, personally, run into many problems with riders (and runners) with headphones.

    I'm not telling people to not use them...do what you want. I just ask that if you do have headphones on...please don't phase out into your own world. Try to be even more attentive than you usually are.

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    Rammstein, TOOL, Kid Rock, Korn, Static X, Limp Bizkit, Pink Floyd, Alan Parsons, GAMMA, STP, Genisis, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gearwhine View Post
    I really don't mean to be "that guy", but I have never understood riding with headphones.

    It has nothing to do with hearing nature, being a spiritual experience (as some feel), or anything of that sort...but it has to do with safety of you and others. Can you hear people that want to pass? Can you hear someone yelling for help if they went off the trail and are hurt? Things of that sort. I have, personally, run into many problems with riders (and runners) with headphones.

    I'm not telling people to not use them...do what you want. I just ask that if you do have headphones on...please don't phase out into your own world. Try to be even more attentive than you usually are.
    I truly feel the same way. I would love to use head phones, but you'll never be that aware of your surroundings if you are.. Or if something is wrong with your bike.

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    The Black Angels

    The Jezabels

    Massive Attack

    Mogwai

    Morcheeba

    Pixies

    Placebo

    Sleater Kinney

    Floater

    Steve Earle and Robert Earl Keen

    Listen to stuff about half the time when riding solo, never when riding with others.
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    I've been digging dubstep recently...Swedish House Mafia, Knifeparty, Skrillex, Pendulum

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    For music I play a variety of stuff, as I have a very eclectic taste in music. Over the last year or so I have been listening to stuff from VeloBeats. Free downloads at Soundcloud, VeloBeats is the idea of John Braynard from Wash. DC when he wanted to ride with music that promoted a good spin via rhythm and beat. A lot of his stuff is roadie centric, but he has some great mixes that translate well to mountain biking (has some stuff focused on Cyclocross too). I really like his "Fall Chill Step" and "Fall Chill Step II" mixes. Music style runs through a variety of genres, but there is a lot of dubstep and electronic/club/house. He even made a hip-hop/rap mix. Lately he has had a few guest mixes posted as well.

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    Velobeats website, where you can see which artists are in each mix


    As far as using headphones while riding, I have been using a single-sided headphone for the last two years. Both channels are piped through one earbud, allowing for unrestricted hearing out of the other ear. Not an immersive sound experience to be sure, but you would be surprised at how quick you get adapted to listening to music this way. I have been able to hear things going wonky with my bike as well as hear other riders coming up behind me from a distance.

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    This is going to be super subjective per listener, but I like alternative rock/nu metal and rap. Lostprophets, Atreyu (old), and Mac Miller are what's typically on my playlist. Do have some chill music too such as Statistics, and Crystal Method.
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    I don't ride with headphones, but music that is moving me lately:

    Matisyahu

    Mumford and Sons

    Eddie Vedder

    Pearl Jam

    Kings of Leon

    +1 for Pandora, it has introduced me to some great music that is similar to what I already like!

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    I like the music of my own thoughts, the riding experience, and whats going on around me, thats plenty enough music for me....
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmike1487 View Post
    what kind of music does everyone listen to while riding? i need some new bands to check out or maybe a new genre! I love listening to country and rock while riding not so much rap idk why lol.. any input would be great! thanks in advance!
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    I don't always ride with headphones cause I like the music of my tires on dirt more but... Lately I've using some ironman yurbuds and its amazing how much ambient noise you can still hear while riding like equestrian traffic,trail runners, and traffic.

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    I agree with both music and non-music folks in regards to riding. Depends on the trail and mood for me. I don't listen to music at all during the heavy rattlesnake months/weather, especially if I'm hiking. If I do listen to music I find myself listening to a lot of punk, not new stuff but old school punk and 90's punk like Adolescents, Bad Religion, NOFX, Vandals, Millincollin, Pennywise, 88 Fingers Louie, Lagwagon, etc. Oh, I also throw some Primus in for some randomness..

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    Mudvayne, bullet for my valentine, lamb of god, etc. etc. mostly a heavy rock / metal mixture.

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    I listen to music when I run, can always go longer with tunes, but when on my bike not being able to hear my surroundings makes me uncomfortable, I guess because Im moving faster.

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    Pandora and or sirius on my Cell phone+bluetooth headphones(no wires) =the only way to ride ... Nothing better then out in nature, hammering while listening to some good music... Then come home-- enjoy a beer and a slice of pizza.. THAT is a gooood liven..

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    I would love to try listening to some music but I live and ride in a very rural area and have often come upon or been advanced upon by people out in the wild. Nothing ever troublesome so far but I just would not feel save not being able to hear some one approaching or hear some one screaming for help.

    Though if I did listen it would be Eric C. or The Black Crows.

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    Speakerphone in backpack.loud enough to hear, but get 5' away and doesn't bother anyone else. Slacker radio much better than pandora.
    Or winamp and shuffle my music.

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    None. I love the sound of tires rolling over dirt, the sound of my breathing on a climb, the chirping of birds, etc.

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    I've tried it once but I didn't enjoy it too much. I'd much rather listen to the woods and my tires railing a corner but that's just me. Plus like others have stated, It's tough to listen to people wanting to pass or yell for help when you've got your pump up music blasting in your ears.

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    Im another, music is for everywhere but the trails.... use you wits, listen to the trails, ride your bike and hear who is coming ahead. You are endangering yourself and more important other people ! Dont use earphones while riding a bike.
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    I like music, but I don't need or want it to be constantly blasting at me. Silence can be a good thing.

    To each their own though.

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    just on the way to the trail via bike or car, my go to track is Morning Sun by The Beautiful Girls. it never fails to get me in flow mode.

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    No music for me, I think is not safe!!!

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    I listened to Pandora one time on a solo ride and played it through my Jawbone Jambox.
    I had it tuned to my Avett Brothers station.
    It was nice but I still find it better to leave the radio off and just enjoy nature.
    The bike is my opportunity to get away from motorized vehicles and electronics.
    I still take my phone with me in case their is an emergency but I even put it on airplane mode these days so the calls and texts won't bother me.

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    If I'm riding during a low-traffic time on a sparsely populated trail, I'll dig on some tunes.

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    a good Digweed mix
    Mark Farina Mushroom Jazz (any of the seven, they're all great)
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    Quote Originally Posted by gearwhine View Post
    I really don't mean to be "that guy", but I have never understood riding with headphones.

    It has nothing to do with hearing nature, being a spiritual experience (as some feel), or anything of that sort...but it has to do with safety of you and others. Can you hear people that want to pass? Can you hear someone yelling for help if they went off the trail and are hurt? Things of that sort. I have, personally, run into many problems with riders (and runners) with headphones.

    I'm not telling people to not use them...do what you want. I just ask that if you do have headphones on...please don't phase out into your own world. Try to be even more attentive than you usually are.
    +1 on that. I don't know how many times I come up on a rider or jogger & yelled "on your left!" with no response until I'm right next to them and see that they are off in another world with ear phones in . Then they are surprised and annoyed when you pass them.
    I guess to each his own, but when I'm riding I'm perfectly happy with nature sounds, my thoughts, and the sound of my hub. I don't feel that I have to add the distraction of music.
    Now, if I'm in the garage on the turbo trainer that's a different story. The louder the better!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bridger View Post
    +1 on that. I don't know how many times I come up on a rider or jogger & yelled "on your left!" with no response until I'm right next to them and see that they are off in another world with ear phones in . Then they are surprised and annoyed when you pass them.
    I guess to each his own, but when I'm riding I'm perfectly happy with nature sounds, my thoughts, and the sound of my hub. I don't feel that I have to add the distraction of music.
    Now, if I'm in the garage on the turbo trainer that's a different story. The louder the better!

    I use these:
    AfterShokz Sportz M2 Open Ear Bone Conduction Sport Headphones. The Ultimate Sport Headphone that connects to most smart phones, including the iPhone.

    I get my music and can hear everything around me at the same time. Great when you can also hear traffic while cycling to/from the trail.

    -S
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    Killer Mike. I know you said no RAP but maybe you just need to listen to the good stuff. No radio crap. Killer Mike - That&#39;s Life Pt. 2 (Prod. By Smiff & Cash) - YouTube

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    Quote Originally Posted by govertime View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by bridger View Post
    +1 on that. I don't know how many times I come up on a rider or jogger & yelled "on your left!" with no response until I'm right next to them and see that they are off in another world with ear phones in . Then they are surprised and annoyed when you pass them.
    I guess to each his own, but when I'm riding I'm perfectly happy with nature sounds, my thoughts, and the sound of my hub. I don't feel that I have to add the distraction of music.
    Now, if I'm in the garage on the turbo trainer that's a different story. The louder the better!
    Agree

    Of course if they are in another world because they have their headphones in and get startled, then it is their own fault. However, it is annoying as hell to the person who wants to pass them and can't because they can't hear to get out of the way when you are politely trying to pass.




    Quote Originally Posted by shibiwan View Post
    I use these:
    AfterShokz Sportz M2 Open Ear Bone Conduction Sport Headphones. The Ultimate Sport Headphone that connects to most smart phones, including the iPhone.

    I get my music and can hear everything around me at the same time. Great when you can also hear traffic while cycling to/from the trail.

    -S
    That is better than the majority of people who use noise cancelling headphones but I would guess some things are still missed.(Not that I am criticizing the way you ride.)



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    Great, you have been a member now for over 5 years and have 6 posts.

    Keep up the good work and you will be able to post a topic in 3-4 more years.

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    I don't get these people who can't hear while using clip over the back ear buds (I use some cheapo Sony units)... just turn it down! or get your hearing checked... Most ear bud type units are designed to allow outside noise in so you have outside world attention. If you use noise canceling headphones, well that is stupid in these conditions.
    I use music as it helps me maintain a constant cadence and helps get my mind off things. I also ride VERY heavy multi use traffic trail and 90% of the time I'm the one coming up on people and they usually can't hear me even if they are wearing headphones or not. I just ummm.. SLOW DOWN!! someone yelling "on the right" is considered rude around here and will most likely end you up tangled up in some startled persons dog.
    I can hear just fine with my headphone on and often have short greetings/conversations with people while the music is playing, again I listen to it at a lower volume...


    What i listen to,.. basically any classic rock
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    Tool. But i usually don't listen while riding. Need to hear all the people that want to pass me!

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    I personally like some hardcore music for the downhill sections of my rides. I tend to not listen to anything as Im riding up but once I get to a downhill section I pick a good song and rip it up. Nothing like some As I lay Dying or Parkway Drive to supplement some intense shredding.

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    Really enjoy listening to the doors when I'm on the trail it relaxes and focuses me

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    I have cut one of the ear phone buds off and listen to my music in one ear only. I can hear everything going on around me with no problem. I also get to listen to the music that pumps me up and keeps me going.

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    I listen to alot of Smoke or Fire and the Lawrence Arms when riding. Pumps me up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    Agree

    Of course if they are in another world because they have their headphones in and get startled, then it is their own fault. However, it is annoying as hell to the person who wants to pass them and can't because they can't hear to get out of the way when you are politely trying to pass.
    There's a solution to every problem... lol


    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.

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    If it's a long grueling climbfest, then I listen to the Die Antwoord channel on Pandora:

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    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    That is better than the majority of people who use noise cancelling headphones but I would guess some things are still missed.(Not that I am criticizing the way you ride.)
    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.

    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmike1487 View Post
    what kind of music does everyone listen to while riding? i need some new bands to check out or maybe a new genre! I love listening to country and rock while riding not so much rap idk why lol.. any input would be great! thanks in advance!
    was joking about PPandM (sort of)

    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

    Mofro
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    Eric Clapton
    Bob Dylan
    Bob Marley

    and for the DH
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    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!

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    I get my music and can hear everything around me at the same time. Great when you can also hear traffic while cycling to/from the trail.

    -S

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    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.
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    I mainly listen to to music to drown out my labored gasping.

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    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.
    Newish rock-
    Dead Weather
    Tame Impala
    Tuneyards (no, I'm not going to use the crazy capitalization)

    Newish rap-
    JJ Doom
    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-
    Primal Scream
    Pixies
    The Cult
    Fugazi
    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.

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    Here's some "cyclist math-rock" / "no-wheels noise rock"


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    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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    I like that idea

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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.

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    I love to listen to dubstep, house, and trance while I ride.

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    Excision Shambhala - any year especially this year's release
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    A State of Trance with Armin Van Buuren
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    Quote Originally Posted by Piratefly View Post
    I've been digging dubstep recently...Swedish House Mafia, Knifeparty, Skrillex, Pendulum
    what he said.

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    pure electronic.

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    i listen to sort of instrumental electronic music. stuff like gramatik and maybe some chiller dubstep. I throw some reggae on there too.

    I have

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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by gearwhine View Post
    I really don't mean to be "that guy", but I have never understood riding with headphones.

    It has nothing to do with hearing nature, being a spiritual experience (as some feel), or anything of that sort...but it has to do with safety of you and others. Can you hear people that want to pass? Can you hear someone yelling for help if they went off the trail and are hurt? Things of that sort. I have, personally, run into many problems with riders (and runners) with headphones.

    I'm not telling people to not use them...do what you want. I just ask that if you do have headphones on...please don't phase out into your own world. Try to be even more attentive than you usually are.
    It's really not that difficult! O-tus Safe Sounds. You can hear your music and everything around you. I use them and they're great. if I'm riding with friends I leave them at home. However a 2-3 hour solo training rides and riding solo the majority of the time is made much better with music. With these helmet speakers you can hear the music and everything around you. something else that's also key -- I've used them when riding with friends a time or two and my friends have never been able to hear my music--even when listening for it. Neat product (and NO I don't work for them)

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    For those tough rides, or to get pumped up, Ima have to Say Rage Against the Machine

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    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
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    Madball, Sick of it All, the first Wutang record, The Pogues, Motorhead.

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    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))

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    Quote Originally Posted by bamwa1 View Post
    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))
    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.
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    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
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    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
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    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.

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    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.

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    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.
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    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.
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    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.

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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by JosephTX View Post
    I have cut one of the ear phone buds off and listen to my music in one ear only. I can hear everything going on around me with no problem. I also get to listen to the music that pumps me up and keeps me going.

    Soundgarden
    Nirvana
    STP
    Country music
    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! : )

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    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!

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    totally agree! check out deadmau5, tut tut child, and def. skrillex

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    Just put Judas Priest "Breaking The Law" on repeat and see what happens.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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
    Daybreak -Overwerk
    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.

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    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.
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    I actually prefer texting while riding.

    Great music thread!

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    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.

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    While I dont ride with music playing, I do drive to the trailhead with music to pump me up. To name a few:

    Sabaton
    Falconer
    Twilightning
    Alestorm
    Dragonforce
    Astral Doors
    WinterSun
    Demons & Wizards
    Requiem(Finland)
    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gearwhine View Post
    I really don't mean to be "that guy", but I have never understood riding with headphones.

    It has nothing to do with hearing nature, being a spiritual experience (as some feel), or anything of that sort...but it has to do with safety of you and others. Can you hear people that want to pass? Can you hear someone yelling for help if they went off the trail and are hurt? Things of that sort. I have, personally, run into many problems with riders (and runners) with headphones.

    I'm not telling people to not use them...do what you want. I just ask that if you do have headphones on...please don't phase out into your own world. Try to be even more attentive than you usually are.
    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.

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    plugged in

    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!

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    I'm not much for headphones either. That's why I carry one of these:

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    It's pretty rad because you can just carry a couple extra tapes and listen all day long!

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