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I like listening to music on commutes, and the thing I find most dangerous is that when the track builds up to climax I tend to want to race people.
In my humble opinion being able to hear a car or bike come up behind you shouldn't take you by surprise and shouldn't make you act differently - you should be constantly riding in a straight line in a predictable fashion if you're on the road. When I first started riding my roadie I noticed that the noise of cars overtaking would just stress me out.
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Now that I've been on the saddle for four months, I see more and more peeps with the whole headphones in their ears. I see a lot of 'worse' behaviour, fancy pantsing, risk taking etc etc, and I'm not here to judge - but what I've discovered while cylcing about is how much I value my hearing.
Maybe I'm a bit like a bat, but when cycling at night when its quieter, I do use my ears as much as my eyes to be able to 'see' whats on the road. For example, when approaching an intersection I don't really like having to slow or at worse stop, if I don't have to. When the cross street is slightly obscured I can usually hear oncoming traffic long before I can see it. I always do a visual check, just in case, but being able to listen allows me to maintain a lot of momentum.
I guess its a trade off
No music = better navigation through aural awareness
Music = having to rely on eyes a lot more, but being able to listen to favourite tunes.
I, like a previous poster, have taken recently to singing. "Enter Sandman" was a recent favourite when being taken over by a lot of semitrailers.
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The unfortunate thing is I am one of those that survived the sixties and so I really do like phasing out while listening to retro 60s/70s music. You have to make choices and compromises and I can understand why people will ride with their MP3's.
I expect some to say that it doesn't affect them. But then there are many who think that a few drinks relaxes them and so makes them a better driver.
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The volunteer urban safety patrol cyclists like to enforce their choices on the rest of us but it's important to remember that by riding a bicycle, you too are putting yourself in avoidable and foreseeable danger compared to Mary Punchclock in her 3000kg, 5 star ncap rated 4WD Toyota Speculum.
I reckon that safe cycling is like safe skydiving. It's fun and dangerous and dangerous fun.
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