Road Ride with head phones – yay or nay?
There is some sort of campaign being run by the mother of a girl crushed by a lorry while she was riding wearing headphones.
Personally I think it’s a daft thing to do. The roads are dangerous enough without unnecessarily depriving yourself of one of your key senses.Posted 5 years agobigGMember
I use one ear bud when on long solo road rides,(especially night rides as the monsters can’t get me if I can’t hear them). Never when out with a group and not if only a short road ride (unless it’s dark)
The single ear bud plays both left & right channel through one earphone so stuff doesn’t sound massively distorted and it means I can still hear traffic.Posted 5 years agoedlongMember
Personal choice, I have no problem with those that choose to, I feel safer not doing.
BUT it is, like helmets, a bit of ammunition for the drivertrolls isn’t it? Cyclists:
a) all jump red lights
b) don’t wear helmets (and that is irresponsible)
c) aren’t aware of what’s around them cos they’re using headphones
d) don’t pay road tax…
Also the local newspapers, you know how someone can be crushed to death under a 20 tonne wagon and the local rag will report that “the rider was not wearing a helmet” as though that makes it their fault they’re dead. Headphones for that effect as well.Posted 5 years agohelsMember
Never in traffic.
But one, low volume, in the left ear only on minor roads that I know have very little traffic.
I used to be horrified at the idea until I got a motorbike. Most of my pals wear earplugs to protect from the engine noise. You get used to using your eyes/wits/planning/avoiding etc.
But in traffic on a bike you need all your senses.
It’s not just the hearing thing either, it’s being able to focus and concentrate properly on what’s going on around you without distractions.Posted 5 years agoOmar LittleMember
It is like helmet use, it is up the individual to choose what they want to do. However unlike that personal choice of wearing a helmet or not (which doesn’t bother me either way) I wouldn’t want to ride in a group with someone using headphones, i see it commuting and i’ve even seen it see it on some sportives and they are away in their own little world and are a liability to other riders.Posted 5 years agobigGMember
I have these two things in the front of my face called eyes that I use to identify risks when on my bike. If a car approaches me fast from behind and is going to hit me then I very much doubt that hearing it a few milliseconds faster is going to make the outcome any less damaging.
Those above telling you that you will die if you listen to girls aloud when riding are clearly much more hardcore and gnarrr than me. Or more risk averse.
Personally I need the distraction of music to drown out the pathetic gasping and wheezing of my enemies as I pass them, uphill, one legged, pushing out a billion watts as measured on my custom coloured SRM.Posted 5 years agohiggoMember
Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t. Only ever when I’m on my own and quite often I’m listening to spoken word podcasts rather than music.
I also listen to the radio/music in the car.
With or without headphones, my hearing simply cannot tell if that 38ton truck thundering up behind me is going to miss me by a safe distance or flatten me.Posted 5 years agotinybitsMember
Yes, always. I like riding with music on. If a car’s going to clean me up on a straight piece of road, hearing it isn’t going to let me know whether it’s going to pass 10ft away or drive over me. Might as well sing and be happy.Posted 5 years ago
I don’t think I’ve ever me anyone who can tell the closing trajectory of a car / bike from the sound of an engine. We all ride along and hope the drivers don’t squash us!
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