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    New question here. Kinda OT, riding w/ music- earbuds?

    I noticed on a few different treads that some of you listen to music while riding. What type of earbud/ headphine are you using?
    I think I'd like to do some of my longer solo rides with the accompaniment of my music, but I never felt comfortable not being able to hear what's going on (like someone passing me.)

    I'd appreciate any suggestions.

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    behind the neck

    first, I don't use music at all on the trails. But I won't rant about that.....

    I can't stand earbuds for riding, mostly because if they drop out I gotta go reaching for a dangling earbud while pedaling. Not cool IMO. Something like these from Radio Shack have worked for me, and you can drop one side off for bionic listening, then pop it right back on. And they work with helmets. There are higher-end versions if you shop around.

    now go crank up some "Tired of Sex"!

    HW

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    I just use one, and by putting it on/in before the helmet, the straps help keep it in place.

    Yup, from pocket, behind the back, and clipped to collar using a camelbak-type plastic clip, same as with a helmet light set up.
    Last edited by roadiegonebad; 05-03-2004 at 09:03 AM.

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    Most of my rides are with other riders but when I ride solo I use Koss "Plug" earbuds....................

    http://www.koss.com/koss/kossweb.nsf...adForm&THEPLUG

    Advantages-they never fall out and they sound awesome.

    Disadvantages-you can't hear anything besides the music as they TOTALLY seal off the outside world.

    Which can be good or bad depending on your point of view


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    though i like to listen to the wildlife while i'm riding, i've lately been thinking that some crankin' rAwK might help me grind up some stout climbs that, left to its own devices, my mind my not otherwise let my body attempt.

    like, if i couldn't hear my mind telling me i couldn't make it up the hill because chris cornell was yelling at me about his rusty cage, i might make it further. kinda like riding at night, when the hills don't seem as steep because you can't see the top..?

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    Now that I have a cell phone that doubles as an MP3 player, I sometimes jack my Logitech earbud in to listen to tunes on the trail.

    <img src="https://www.logitech.com/lang/images/0/1269.gif">

    Like RGB, I route it in under my helmet strap and over my shoulder into my pak. I can't lose it that way, and it leaves my left free to hear the world. The rubber earpiece stays pretty well put and doesn't interfere with sunglasses like my previous over-the-ear Koss earbuds did.

    Audio quality is decent enough, but I don't blast it. My volume is low enough that I can hear what's going on around me, and low enough that the music gets lost in the wind noise on fast downhills. And music on solo night rides just creeps me out -- I like to hear what is or isn't creeping up behind me!

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    Actually...

    Quote Originally Posted by sslos
    I noticed on a few different treads that some of you listen to music while riding. What type of earbud/ headphine are you using?
    I think I'd like to do some of my longer solo rides with the accompaniment of my music, but I never felt comfortable not being able to hear what's going on (like someone passing me.)

    I'd appreciate any suggestions.

    the los
    My inaugural iPod ride was this Sunday. 5 hours on the SART, with the iPod on random. Just got some new earphones to replace the iPod earbuds which blow goats. Sony MDR-EX71SL. I'm pretty happy with them. They sound decent and fit pretty well. Just 'cause I was curious I tried 'em on under my snowboard, and motorcycle helmets after I got them and they're *way* more comfortable than the KOSS earbuds I had before. They're much lower profile, so the helmet won't always be grinding them into my ears.

    I keep the volume at a reasonable setting (I can hear wind and the crunching of the tires on the trail, over the music.), and on Sunday I wasn't alone so I let someone else lead. Figured with someone in my group right in front of me, and the rest of my group behind me I wasn't likely to surprise anyone.

    Wearing headphones probably just gives ammunition to the anti-biker, hiker crowd who complains that we're isolated from nature, but I think in certain situations music can definitely enhance your ride. I do take special care to be looking as far ahead as possible, and be even more cautious than usual on blind corners whilst listening to music 'cause you're a lot less likely to hear someone coming from the other direction...

    -Trevor

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