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Ok, so today's blog post mostly came from someplace inside where I keep my anger. But I had to. Losing your life because you wanted to listen to music while riding is pretty lame.

Speaking of lame, I have to switch web hosts. My site has been down five times in as many days.
 

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How does someone manage to get hit by a train? A TRAIN! You can feel them coming. I don't wear the iPod when around town but when I'm out on the road for a long ride I take it. But I do use a mirror and am fully aware of what's going on around me.
 

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True. So where do we stand on deaf cyclists? They can't hear ANYTHING.
 

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On another forum, there's a FL cyclist who's deaf, lives with his mother, who doesn't want him riding because he might get hurt. He's stubbornly trying to maintain.....
 

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I admit I listen to music while I am on longer rides....however, I use a single earphone in my right ear, with the volume just high enough for me to hear the music. I also use an old school earphone (not an ear bud which blocks noise even if there is no music).
 

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I see college-age kids on scooters with shorts, t-shirts, sandals, and the big headphones that cover their ears. And they look at me funny because I'm in a leather jacket in 80+ temps.
 

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Have to wonder, whyeye, what kind of ear buds you're talking about -- I've used ear buds for 15 years, and none have ever blocked ambient noise unless I crank the volume past the comfort level.
 

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The crappy hard ones don't block sound the way the ones with different silicone covers do. My Skull Candy ones reduce ambient noise quite a bit.
 

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Have to wonder, whyeye, what kind of ear buds you're talking about -- I've used ear buds for 15 years, and none have ever blocked ambient noise unless I crank the volume past the comfort level.
I have used some by Sony and Phillips that sit inside the ear canal. They both came with 3 different sized ear plugs so you could get a more customizable fit. However, I found that regardless of the size I used, when I put them in, there was an immediate loss of ambient noise even without music on. It makes sense considering these earphones are designed to keep ambient noise out so you can listen to music at a safer, lower volume. For clarification, these earbuds had no noise cancelling technology which by design, would remove ambient noise.
 

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Have to wonder, whyeye, what kind of ear buds you're talking about -- I've used ear buds for 15 years, and none have ever blocked ambient noise unless I crank the volume past the comfort level.
Because I am bored, and have run out of DVRed TdF coverage....I did a little research. I apologize for the incorrect use of terminology. It seems that all mini type earphones are called earbuds now n' days. However, this term "earbud" is actually the technology that I use and was referring to in my original post. The earphones or earbuds that physically sit inside the ear canal are called "Canalphones" or "IEM's". These type of earbuds are designed to reduce ambient noise so music is clearer.
 

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OK, gotcha; INSIDE the ear CANAL would indeed impinge on normal hearing.
 

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If anyone wants to listen to music while riding and still be able to ehar what is going on around them, here is a great solution:
Cycle Sound
Music out your arse?

At Interbike, there was a company selling some sort of vest with speakers on the shoulders. It reminded me of my SWAT vest, but with an iPod where the shotty shells go.
 

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At Interbike, there was a company selling some sort of vest with speakers on the shoulders. It reminded me of my SWAT vest, but with an iPod where the shotty shells go.
I bet something like that would make a good crime deterrent....who the hell is going to mess with a cyclist wearing what looks like a SWAT vest????
 
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