I personally don't but on my morning ride today (about 5.45am) on a road/residential section I heard Jacko blaring out loud behind me and thought "bit loud for this time of morning" and with that, expecting a car to overtake a communter cycled passed me with happy "morning" as he went past me with a ipod and full speaker set attached to his pannier.
Listening to music whilst riding??
You can't deny that listening to music might mean you don't hear something else, and that that might put you at greater risk? For example, some of my commute is down narrow country lanes with high hedges, I can generally hear an approaching car long before I see it.
Your hearing's better than mine, I find I can hear cars better with headphones because of the reduced wind noise.
I also think there's a huge amount to be said for having to really actively look over your shoulder to see cars, rather than assuming it's clear because you can't hear one. If you're prone to changing direction without looking then you probably deserve to be flattened anyway.
Always listen to music when riding solo, I have some of those all in one sony mp3 players to easy to adjust volume and switch on and off (the controls are on the ear)
Usually it is at a volume where I can easily hear the outside world.
I ride with tempo music downloaded from podrunner - it helps me with getting into a rhythm and cadence.
Is cycling really so boring you have to listen to music too?
No, but its a good opportunity to catch up on music I've bought recently. And I don't really get why you think you only listen to music because what you're doing is boring. That makes no sense.
I also think there's a huge amount to be said for having to really actively look over your shoulder to see cars, rather than assuming it's clear because you can't hear one. If you're prone to changing direction without looking then you probably deserve to be flattened anyway.Not wearing headphones doesn't mean I can't use my eyes too does it?
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