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Discussion in 'Downhill & Freeride' started by Arkayne, Feb 26, 2008.

  1. Arkayne

    Arkayne I come bearing GIFs

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    I NEVER liked listening to music (earbuds) when riding because I found it distracting. Fast forward 10 years to present >> I gave it a try today on my work commute/street session and really liked it! Especially with some high BPM songs.

    Do you guys listen to music when you ride? What about during a race run?

    I usually get pretty nervous 10 mins until my race run so I'm thinking the music might calm the nerves.

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  2. DarrylB

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    My Ipod shuffle works great. I don't worry about breaking it. I've noticed that when you can't hear your bike, you feel faster and smoother. I tend to listen to heavy fast stuff: Mudvayne, Static-x, In Flames etc. I'll throw some melower stuff for the pre race jitters, Pink floyd and certain Tool songs work best for me.
     
  3. mattmatt86

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    Rage usually works for me.

    I'm pretty sure I was listening to "bull on parade" in this pic from Conference Championships.

     
  4. pedalmunky

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    Whilst listening to Dragonforce you will pedal faster than you ever have before. At least that's what I've found.
     
  5. buildyourown

    buildyourown Turbo Monkey

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    I used to be completely against it for safety reasons.
    I tried it yesterday on a road ride (on the bike trail) and it was really nice. Kept the volume low so I could still hear everything. It was a nice training tool. I'm not sure about during a race though. I might try it once.
     
  6. atwalker6

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    Riding with music is awesome. It totally makes you feel like your in a video game, but when it comes to racing ill pass...
     
  7. TWeerts

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    AGREED! i use a shuffle too, but the point is that the music makes you focus more on where your wheels are and more on the trail ahead than under your wheels.
     
  8. PatBranch

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    I've been listening to music on the road to the trails. Mostly metal. On the way back i'll listen to hip hop or acid jazz. Though I tend to go through few week periods of lots of either metal/hardcore/punk or hip hop/acid jazz/drum&bass.
     
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    mattmatt86 Turbo Monkey

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    I've found on road rides and longer XC rides Techno helps me keep up my cadence.
     
  10. DBR X6 RIDER

    DBR X6 RIDER Turbo Monkey

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    I ride XC w/ the 'phones on and it is nice to have something to help assist with tempo at times.
    I like to have all my senses available when I'm doing FR/DH...especially on trails that have a lot of traffic. I just run a song thru my head on runs at that point. You can add your own fills/riffs or cut some part of a song you can't stand when you do that. And, yes, I'm borderline insane - just in case you were wondering.
     
  11. DarrylB

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    I second that! Dragonforce came on before a timed run on my local trail, and I rode a personal best by 2 seconds!
     
  12. davet

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    Admit it Darryl, you're dying to poach my playlist.
     
  13. ZHendo

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    i've never been a big fan of music while riding. dirt jumping, street and XC are fun with music, but i actually really enjoy the sounds associated with hauling a$$ on a DH bike. i like to have maximum focus when i'm doing that kind of stuff, i've noticed than in more technical situations i tend to slip up a little more than usual when i have music to distract me. for smoother trails it can be completely amazing with the right song though.
     
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    During practice, music is fine. But I much prefer to listen to the fans during races for encouragement. It really helps me go faster personally.
     
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    I like listening to music when i am climbing or doing xc riding, but for downhill it messes with my head. I stop paying attention to what i am doing, make stupid mistakes, and in general ride terribly.
     
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    I found out the best music to listen to when riding DH is WHAM.
     
  17. ridiculous

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    audio books like the stig.
     
  18. manhattanprjkt83

    manhattanprjkt83 Rusty Trombone

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    i totally agree with the music for xc its great for that...

    as for dh it messes with me a bit...

    i love to listen to music when skiing though...
     
  19. BIGHITR

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    You guys are NUTS! I found I ran off the trail into to many trees while watching my iPod Video.
     
  20. Zark

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    While climbing I could see it. For DH I need every ounce of concentration on the task at hand. I listen to what sounds my tires are making.

    If you are riding crowded multi use trails with headphones you should be smacked (that goes for the hikers too!)
     
  21. Arkayne

    Arkayne I come bearing GIFs

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    Different strokes for different folks.

    I tried listening to some music on a hairy dh section near my house this morning and found it too distracting. I need to hear the tires when concentrating. I'll save the music for the leisurely work commute only.