Since you asked. The more senses available while riding a 20-30 lb unstable, 2 wheeled, COMPLETELY exposed vehicle on the the same pathways as completely ENCLOSED 4000 lb, stable, 4 wheeled vehicles would seem to be self-explanatory. Use your buds in your living room or while on public transportation.bisearoet said:As I get into cycling, I've been wondering if it's safe to have earphones in whilst cycling.
What are some of your opinions as you are all more experienced than me?
Here is the problem. "if they take extra precautions like having mirrors". Mirrors should be mandatory for all cyclist all the time, not some extra precaution. Secondly, I do not feel or see my self at a disadvantage, in fact I know that I have the advantage over those in cars. Everything we do in life has some sort of risk, safely riding a bicycle with or without ear buds has a low risk factor, or at least that has been my experience in commuting/ utility cycling daily/ all year for the last 4+ years. I do not live my life in fear of "what if". If it is too risky I do not do it. Always use rear view mirrors, always obey traffic laws, be aware of your surroundings at all times and ride defensively.Catsyo said:Deaf people can totally ride bikes if they take extra precautions like having mirrors. They're also used to being deaf so they're used to not being able to hear what's going on around them. The problem with the analogy is you are CHOOSING to put yourself at a disadvantage by wearing headphones. You're riding on a road with giant, heavy vehicles made of metal that are constantly driving around you. If an accident happens, you're likely going to be worse off than the car. Why would you put yourself at a disadvantage like that?
Oh my, sitting on a couch giving advice to a bicycling forum. Have you heard the expression "Hills hurt and couches kill"? Its all good, And I mean you no disrespect.welshdude3 said:Since you asked. The more senses available while riding a 20-30 lb unstable, 2 wheeled, COMPLETELY exposed vehicle on the the same pathways as completely ENCLOSED 4000 lb, stable, 4 wheeled vehicles would seem to be self-explanatory. Use your buds in your living room or while on public transportation.
I've got a set of beats by dr. dre. Listening to T.I.'s Rubber Band Man as I post this. From the comfort and safety of my couch...
Just as bad as not wearing a helmet? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swqaAIkGtpAUawadall said:Horrible logic, a deaf person has a disadvantage that they can't do anything about. They must live with this and learn to compensate in order to use their other sense as good as possible. Signs are put up to indicate that a deaf child is in a neighborhood, seems to me that you are trying to justify a bad habit and encouraging a new rider to do the same. Simply put, no one is saying that you will get into an accident instantly from music, but it is more likely and on the road, you are(as a cyclist) already at a disadvantage. Wearing headphones is just as bad as not wearing a helmet. Also, although many claim to be able to hear with headphones, it cuts your range of hearing drastically.
The Netherlands is one of the most bike promoted/friendly countries in the world, not exctly the typical situation in the United States and other countries. Also, just as you can link that video, I can find many on youtube of people busting their heads in.2 Piece said:
Wow. A misinterpretation of sarcasm on a cycling forum? Thought using the poor man's wit would hit the target demo. Sorry, my bad. I'll shoot a little lower next time so you're able to slice through your own thickness.2 Piece said:Oh my, sitting on a couch giving advice to a bicycling forum. Have you heard the expression "Hills hurt and couches kill"? Its all good, And I mean you no disrespect.
TI rubber band man? really? and you admit it? You need to at least to some classic like the spinners rubber band man.
Part of me is saying to myself "just let this guy have his opinion" and the other part is saying "he wouldn't care if the OP got mangled from his horrible advice".2 Piece said:I never said I did not wear a helmet, this is a thread about ear buds. But on another note I do wear a helmet when I am around the house doing things, especially when I use the bathroom and take a shower. Odds are about 10 times more likely of injury and death when compared to riding a bicycle.
I would absolutely care and be very concerned if he did get hurt whether or not he was wearing ear buds. There is no logic as to why a cyclist needs to hear what is around him as opposed to using a rear view mirror and see what is around him. If hearing was such a safety concern, cars would have rear mounted microphones to here what was coming.Uawadall said:Part of me is saying to myself "just let this guy have his opinion" and the other part is saying "he wouldn't care if the OP got mangled from his horrible advice".