Are iPods, iPhones and bikes a good mix?

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Re: Are iPods, iPhones and bikes a good mix?

Postby il padrone » Mon Dec 19, 2011 8:38 am

I'd agree with that if said player-equipped pedestrians also were using a mirror :lol:
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Re: Are iPods, iPhones and bikes a good mix?

Postby il padrone » Mon Dec 19, 2011 8:53 am

Capsyze wrote:So you ride a "touring" bike... Nuff said, really.

Oh, so you have the old "roadie/touro" thing happening. Thought that had died out in the late 80s :roll:

Yes, I ride a road bike too, do a few Audax distance events. And the roadie has lights plus mirror fitted.
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Re: Are iPods, iPhones and bikes a good mix?

Postby scotto » Mon Dec 19, 2011 8:55 am

earphones - no
external speakers - maybe
not hearing approaching object from behind you - riding too slow.
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Re: Are iPods, iPhones and bikes a good mix?

Postby Mrfenejeans » Wed Dec 21, 2011 1:25 am

No music for me, my mind is busy enough without the added distraction of Death metal.
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Re: Are iPods, iPhones and bikes a good mix?

Postby Kingaroy_Redant » Sat Dec 24, 2011 5:03 pm

In my opinion riding while using devices that lessen your hearing sense and increasing distractions is mighty close to negligence. I have only assumed it is an ilegal act, if not, it should be. I am constantly amazed at how many cyclists are quick to blame SMIDSYs ( or whatever they are labelled), however the same cyclists fail to do everything in their power to keep themselves safe. They sherk their own responsibility then blame others for not taking up the slack. :roll:
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Re: Are iPods, iPhones and bikes a good mix?

Postby il padrone » Sat Dec 24, 2011 8:33 pm

Kingaroy_Redant wrote: I am constantly amazed at how many cyclists are quick to blame SMIDSYs ( or whatever they are labelled), however the same cyclists fail to do everything in their power to keep themselves safe. They sherk (sic) their own responsibility then blame others for not taking up the slack. :roll:

A SMIDSY is someone who actually fails to see a cyclist (or other road user). When using an mp3 player I have never come close to doing this. There is no shirking of any responsibility - my responsibility is to look out for other vehicles and give way where legally required. Listening to an mp3 player does not prevent this.
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Re: Are iPods, iPhones and bikes a good mix?

Postby Christina Brinkmann » Sat Dec 24, 2011 9:15 pm

I agree with KR. It is just common sense not to restrict your senses while cycling. To do so is dangerous and selfish. Let's get our own house in order as first priority, then work on the behaviour and attitudes of non-cyclers.
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Re: Are iPods, iPhones and bikes a good mix?

Postby il padrone » Sat Dec 24, 2011 10:18 pm

Christina Brinkmann wrote:I agree with KR. It is just common sense not to restrict your senses while cycling. To do so is dangerous and selfish.

Some people would claim that "common sense" would say that I should not ever consider riding a bike in traffic at all :lol:

I'll happily stick with what is legally correct, together with my long-term experience of what works for me in traffic, thanks. I shall have to disagree with you on this minor safety matter. See ya out there.....
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Postby singlespeedscott » Sun Dec 25, 2011 7:36 am

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Re: Are iPods, iPhones and bikes a good mix?

Postby mikesbytes » Sun Dec 25, 2011 9:19 am

singlespeedscott wrote:http://www.velominati.com/blog/the-rules/


Rule 62!


Oh no. And I bet they also break rule #60
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Re: Are iPods, iPhones and bikes a good mix?

Postby JustJames » Sun Dec 25, 2011 9:43 pm

Whatever happened to common sense?

Common sense tells me that if your music is so loud that you can't hear your bike's noises you can't hear anything else...and that if you can hear your bike, you can hear whatever else you need to hear.

It also tells me, as others have said, that if you are riding in a group and listening to music, you are not really riding with the other guys, just near them.

I used to ride - alone - with music all the time. Now I don't. I don't feel that I am any safer as a result, and I fully understand why some people like to listen to music while they ride.

What I don't understand is why some people are being judgmental about what other people are doing.

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Postby toolonglegs » Sun Dec 25, 2011 11:24 pm

Can I stem mount my iPad so I can watch movies while I am commuting? ... Has anyone tried this?
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Re: Are iPods, iPhones and bikes a good mix?

Postby ZepinAtor » Mon Dec 26, 2011 12:22 am

toolonglegs wrote:Can I stem mount my iPad so I can watch movies while I am commuting? ... Has anyone tried this?


Just hold the thing in one of your hands geeeez, you still have the other hand free to signal, brake, steer & shift gears with :roll:

I'm trying to develop a new interactive, entertainment/ training system where one rider will mount a 37" LCD TV to the rear of their bike much like a triantalope with a couple of crutch rockets ( triathlete with rear facing water bottles).

The rider in front will have a DVR on their helmet transmitting live images to the person behind thus creating a virtual riding experience whilst enjoying a headwind free ride :idea:

The deluxe model will have a remote controlled retractable awning with a fold down food/ drinks tray.
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Are iPods, iPhones and bikes a good mix?

Postby toolonglegs » Mon Dec 26, 2011 2:56 am

Ooh.... That will get the bogans out of their utes and into/onto vélos!.
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Re: Are iPods, iPhones and bikes a good mix?

Postby Oxford » Mon Dec 26, 2011 6:02 am

ZepinAtor wrote:
toolonglegs wrote:Can I stem mount my iPad so I can watch movies while I am commuting? ... Has anyone tried this?


Just hold the thing in one of your hands geeeez, you still have the other hand free to signal, brake, steer & shift gears with :roll:

I'm trying to develop a new interactive, entertainment/ training system where one rider will mount a 37" LCD TV to the rear of their bike much like a triantalope with a couple of crutch rockets ( triathlete with rear facing water bottles).

The rider in front will have a DVR on their helmet transmitting live images to the person behind thus creating a virtual riding experience whilst enjoying a headwind free ride :idea:

The deluxe model will have a remote controlled retractable awning with a fold down food/ drinks tray.

it will only work if it has an espresso machine for coffee in it.
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Re: Are iPods, iPhones and bikes a good mix?

Postby Capsyze » Wed Dec 28, 2011 6:49 pm

Tell me again why it's legal in every state in Australia to use a mobile phone while driving a car...

Oh that's right, it's not legal.


Interesting that this is a thread about using ipods and MP3 players while on a velocipede.
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Postby The Walrus » Wed Dec 28, 2011 7:56 pm

What's wrong with the Black Eyed Peas?
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Re: Are iPods, iPhones and bikes a good mix?

Postby Capsyze » Thu Dec 29, 2011 10:40 pm

The Walrus wrote:What's wrong with the Black Eyed Peas?


Where do I start?
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Re: Re: Are iPods, iPhones and bikes a good mix?

Postby clackers » Fri Dec 30, 2011 2:19 pm

Capsyze wrote:
The Walrus wrote:What's wrong with the Black Eyed Peas?


Where do I start?


Ah, they were good until Fergie joined! ;-)
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Re: Re: Are iPods, iPhones and bikes a good mix?

Postby PB12IN » Fri Dec 30, 2011 7:21 pm

clackers wrote:
Capsyze wrote:
The Walrus wrote:What's wrong with the Black Eyed Peas?


Where do I start?


Ah, they were good until Fergie joined! ;-)

mmm Fergie :P :P :P , oh wait sorry getting off topic.
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Re: Are iPods, iPhones and bikes a good mix?

Postby jet-ski » Tue Jan 03, 2012 11:30 am

ZepinAtor wrote:
toolonglegs wrote:Can I stem mount my iPad so I can watch movies while I am commuting? ... Has anyone tried this?


Just hold the thing in one of your hands geeeez, you still have the other hand free to signal, brake, steer & shift gears with :roll:

I'm trying to develop a new interactive, entertainment/ training system where one rider will mount a 37" LCD TV to the rear of their bike much like a triantalope with a couple of crutch rockets ( triathlete with rear facing water bottles).

The rider in front will have a DVR on their helmet transmitting live images to the person behind thus creating a virtual riding experience whilst enjoying a headwind free ride :idea:

The deluxe model will have a remote controlled retractable awning with a fold down food/ drinks tray.


I think the Bike Snob term is something like 'double barrelled ass-cannons' - that is what I call them anyways....

the drinks tray must have a cooling function to keep the bevvies cold - like the can holders in my xtrail :P
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