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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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    put on 'RANDOM' - sorry, lame post but need to increase count to post new topic

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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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    EITS
    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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    put on 'RANDOM' - sorry, lame post but need to increase count to post new topic
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    Quote Originally Posted by govertime View Post
    put on 'RANDOM' - sorry, lame post but need to increase count to post new topic
    Theres a TEST forum for people to spam their first 10 posts.

    Surely it not that hard to go look at some bike porn on here and tell people that their bike looks good.... thats the acceptable way to add nothing to the topic.
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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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    put on 'RANDOM' - sorry, lame post but need to increase count to post new topic
    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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    I dont listen to music on the trail but if i was forced it would be
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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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