Music Listening Rules To Obey While On A Ride
Needless to say, I love listening to music on my rides. It’s been over a year, I picked up cycling and I usually go on a ride with my favorite tracks buzzing in my ears. However, I do obey five different music listening rules while riding with my buddies.
Does Music Help While Riding?
There might be a difference of opinion here and few people might not agree with me. However I love my music on the ride, it makes me ride happier, faster and harder. I put in a lot of efforts as compared to the time when I am not listening to music. In other words, I think music as an approved drug to enhance the performance of any physical activity. It really works for me!
My 5 Rules Of Music Listening While Riding!
- Unless you are on a trainer/treadmill you can use a single earbud buddy. There are many companies which provide a single bud for listening music. For music junkies who can’t pedal without music, would advise them to use the single earbud. Furthermore, If you have two earbuds take one of them out, especially from the traffic side. Like the way, I use my earbud in the picture above.
- There exist a 60/60 rule as advised by a lot of doctors. The idea is to limit the volume of the headphones to 60 decibels and limited to 60 minutes a day. Anything more than this could damage your hearing. Fact: Normal human beings talk between 40 to 60 decibels, and most headphones maximum volume is around 105 decibels.
- Try if you can use portable Bluetooth speakers instead of headphones. There are multiple places on your bike where you can mount these little speakers. They are loud, but not loud enough to distract you.
- There are few events where listening to music while riding is prohibited. It is done for considering specific conditions and environments. So if the organizers say that we are not jamming today, please obey the rules.
- When I ride with my friends the intensity of the music is almost nill. Sometimes I take out my earbuds and don’t listen to music even though I love listening to music on my rides. This is because social rides as the name suggests are the rides where you enjoy the company of others. I would not like to be called as anti-social just because I am a rude idiot with earbuds stuffed in and not talking to anyone. That’s rude in any language buddy!
Listen to what the professionals have to say.
“Music is a booster but not with an exercising regime rather its an hinderence to the natural flow. Though the rules are perfect only where one has no control on himself. Your favorite music raises the adrenaline to get a better output but compromises on the safety which I would personally say big ‘NO’ to anyone using earbuds to hear while riding. Can be done in a controlled environment but not on Indian Roads”
So that is my take on “Music Listening Rules” while riding. If you agree then please leave a comment, if you have more points to add, please leave a comment. Lastly, if you do not agree with my 5 rules, even then leave a comment.
If you want to purchase a Bluetooth speaker please click the speaker image below. These two are being used by our community’s professional riders like Aditya Chaasta and Saurabh!