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Re: Use Headphones While Riding?

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  • Rich W
    Sorry for the duplicate post (removed). Blame Microschlock Idiotic Exploiter ;-) Rich Wood
    Message 1 of 23 , May 15, 2012
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      Sorry for the duplicate post (removed). Blame Microschlock Idiotic Exploiter ;-)

      Rich Wood

      --- In rootsradicals@yahoogroups.com, "Rich W" <astronut1001@...> wrote:
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      > Sennheiser and Sony also make non ear covering and non ear canal blocking sport headphones which allow in ambient sound, basically unattenuated. These provide a similar to listening to speakers audio environment.
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      > http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-PMX-680-Sports-Headphones/dp/B0034L3G8U/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1337126728&sr=1-1
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      > and
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      > http://www.amazon.com/Sony-Lightweight-MDR-W08L-In-The-Ear-Headphones/dp/B00005N6KG/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1337127225&sr=1-1
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      > For riders who want or need speakers for listening while riding due to local or state laws, or personal preference, the Audible Rush company seems to have the system that most closely approaches car stereo as far as sound level and quality. It uses a 12V Lithium Ion rechargeable battery and mounts in a included handlebar bag. Your smartphone or MP3 player attaches to it. Not cheap but per reviews the best speaker system for bicycles on the market. This is a new company and apparently their systems are assembled in the USA, at least for now.
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      > http://www.amazon.com/Audible-Rush-Jam-Pac-Premium--Bicycle/dp/B006H9U28S/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1337128406&sr=1-2
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      > Rich Wood
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      > --- In rootsradicals@yahoogroups.com, "Jeffrey" <jeffrey_hiroshima@> wrote:
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      > > I figured this would venture into the realm of should people wear headphones while riding, given where the kid on the back of the snapdeck went.
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      > > Throwing my $0.02 in. I wear Sennheiser CX300 buds:
      > > http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-MK-II-Earbuds-Carrying/dp/B001EZYMF4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1337097787&sr=8-1
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      > > I ride mostly on MUPs but also ride in downtown traffic. They allow road noise in, and I never had had a problem having anyone (car or bike) supprise me. They don't pop out (good), sound pretty good (not that you need them to given that nobody does critical listening while pounding away at the bike), and are not too expensive. I sometimes wet the silicone ear thingys to keep them in my ear a bit better and that works well.
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      > > I can understand Reba's comments, they sound valid for her. But my experience tells me this:
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      > > If I say "on your left" (and I do it allot while on my lunch-hour sprints), its more dependent on the *type* of rider on what they will do, then whether they have headphones on. Recreational riders (old and young) turn to their left and in doing so steer right into me - basically causing the problem I was trying to avoid. Avid cyclists (headphones or not), keep looking straight, sometimes pull slightly right to give me space, and no issues.... My rule of thumb, I don't buzz people, but if they look like novices, I don't say anything and basically pass them all the way on the other side of the bike trail so I don't supprise them... (and after I pass, I say thank you and wave)
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      > > About the break squealing thing, I personally never depend on someones misadjusted brakes to tell me they are stopping. Lockup on the bike tires (visually) works just as well and works even if the rider is usings audibly silent disc, coaster, or drum brakes:-)
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      > > Cheers, and happy riding.
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      > > --- In rootsradicals@yahoogroups.com, "ravenscroftscott" <ravenscroftscott@> wrote:
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      > > > Check with your city ordinance regarding headphones and cycling. Here in Chicago, it is illegal for bicyclists to wear headphones. And, as a rider, I steer clear of cyclists who wear them; I don't trust riders to be able to hear me yelling "ON YOUR LEFT" if I need to pass,(a rare occurrence) or (more likely)to notice that my brakes have squealed to a stop because the car in front of us is turning right without signalling. Yes, it happens *that* fast sometimes. In some riding situations, it's a concern for your fellow cyclists, too.
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      > > > Reba
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      > > > --- In rootsradicals@yahoogroups.com, "Rich W" <astronut1001@> wrote:
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      > > > > Possibly off subject but do you use headphones when riding and if so what kind?
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      > > > > I note that several makers including Sony, Philips and Sennheiser make some headphones which sit in the outer ear and aim the sound at the ear canal without actually blocking or covering it. As these do not block external noises they appear to me to be the safest headphones to use for riding as long as the volume is kept to a reasonable level. Many of these are made with a behind-the-neck type band or a very thin over the head type band which do not interfere with wearing a helmet.
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      > > > > Noise cancelling or in-ear-canal type phones seem to me to be the most dangerous types as they isolate the rider from the sound of horns, sirens and other danger warning sounds. Full size over-the-ear phones also appear to be a poor choice as most prevent wearing a helmet as well as blocking external sounds.
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      > > > > I would like to get other members thoughts on this as I consider the choice of listening devices, if used, to be a safety concern both when riding and for pedestrians.
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      > > > > Rich Wood
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