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Do you like listening to music while cycling?
« on: May 16, 2024, 12:00:22 am »
Listening to music while cycling can enhance the experience for many people, providing motivation, rhythm, and enjoyment during their ride. It can also help create a more immersive atmosphere, whether you're cycling for leisure, exercise, or commuting. Do you enjoy listening to music while cycling? 8)

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Re: Do you like listening to music while cycling?
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2024, 08:21:39 am »

First, welcome to the ACA Forums.  I personally do not like listening to music, radio, phone, etc. when I ride.  I am somewhat of a safety nut and to me the artificial sounds make it much more likely I will miss an approaching vehicle.  If I were riding the Great Divide, I might miss out on wildlife sightings since sound may scare them off.

If I rode indoors on a stationary bike, then yep, I would probably enjoy it for the reasons you cited.

Of course, others enjoy music, etc., so to each their own.

Tailwinds, John

Offline davidbonn

Re: Do you like listening to music while cycling?
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2024, 09:20:45 am »
I have a bone-conducting bluetooth headset, that at least in theory, would allow me to hear sounds in the environment while I listen to music.

My experiments with it for cycling weren't very positive.  It still obscures traffic sounds, especially from quiet cars and vehicles some distance away.  Also, the battery life of the headset is only a few hours, and it is one more damned thing to charge on a trip.  In theory at least you should use a powerbank with a low-current charging option to protect the gadget, which isn't cheap.

I concluded that the bluetooth headset is great for cross-country skiing, but isn't really Appropriate Technology for bicycle travel.

I do carry an inexpensive set of USB-C headphones to wear in camp, especially if it is noisy.  The headphones are much lighter and much more compact and do not require charging.