Should You Mountain Bike With Headphones?

Should You Mountain Bike With Headphones?


hey everyone this is Colton Locke aka
fun to be Colton here with single tracks calm today we’re doing something a
little bit different and we’re going to talk about wearing or not wearing
headphones and earbuds out on the trail let’s go check it out for Christmas this year I received a
pair of these j-bird run wireless earbuds and they are awesome the sound
quality is absolutely phenomenal they fit really well and I’m surprised by how
well they stayed my ears even over some really rough terrain they even come in
this nice case that recharges the headphones and it lasts forever I feel
like I never have to charge these things and of course since I have these awesome
new headphones I want to use them when I’m out on the trail but that brings me
back to the highly disputed topic should I or should I not wear headphones
well mountain biking I’ll admit I personally love riding with headphones I
don’t use them every time if I’m out on a cruiser ride or riding with some
buddies I’ll leave them at home but if I’m out on a hard training ride I love
to pop in the ear buds and put on my favorite playlist which for me is
electronic music I definitely think that there is a right and a wrong time to use
headphones on the trail if you’re riding with a bunch of pros don’t put the
headphones in don’t tune them out you’re there to be social if you’re riding a
really popular trail at 5:30 p.m. after work with everybody else in town leave
them in the car and most races don’t allow headphones at all it’s usually
grounds for disqualification if you’re using headphones so you can communicate
with the other riders on the trail I know hearing passing on your left gets
annoying after a couple of hours but it’s really important to be safety first
I also think it’s important to take into consideration where it is you’re riding
here in the Front Range of Denver we have some really wide open trails and I
can see riders coming from a mile away back in Michigan and North Carolina
though it’s a much denser forest setting and you can’t see riders as well and
there’s a lot more blind corners there’s times where you can only see you know
five or ten feet I feel much better about riding with headphones in a
setting like this where I can see every there are some people out there who
really dog people on the trail for using headphones and I think it’s sometimes ok
you know some people after a long day of work just want to put in the music and
escape and be in their own little world for a little while and I get that
there’s also tons of scientific evidence that shows that listening to music
really enhances physical performance we all know the feeling of staring down a
huge climb and your favorite song comes on with just the right beat to pedal to
it gives you that extra little bit of motivation and to get up and over the
climb and there’s few better feelings out there than listening to your
favorite song and throwing down some big wads if you are going to wear headphones
out on the trail it’s a good idea to remember a couple of tips number one be
sure to really be taking in your surroundings all the time keep checking
over your shoulder to see if any riders are coming up behind you we have all
been behind that guy who no matter how many times you call it out just keeps
chugging right along number two it’s a good idea to just
leave one headphone out just tuck it in your Jersey or something that way you’ve
got music in one year and you can hear your surroundings and the other year and
tip number three if you’re in a really congested thick area just leave the
headphones at home and enjoy the nature while you’re out there I want to ask
your opinion on this subject and be honest do you sometimes wear headphones
out on the trail or do you think they should be banned outright and nobody
should use them our portable speaker is a better option that seems like a good
idea if they’re kept quiet and just the rider using the speaker can hear the
music but we’ve all been around that person who is blasting Katy Perry for
the whole world to hear and nobody likes that guy either leave me a comment below
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Colton thanks so much for hanging out with me today we’ll catch you on the
trail