If you like to jam out on your rides, there’s good news for you! Research shows that listening to music can make you ride happier, harder and faster. Music is scientifically proven to reduce perceived exertion, boost your energy levels and increase your endurance by as much as 15 percent.
If, however, you have “Don’t Stop Believing” blaring so high that you can’t hear cars approaching behind you, another rider trying to pass you, or a barking dog coming straight for you, it can wreck your ride—and someone else’s—in a second.
Bicycling Magazine lays out five rules on being safe and be civilized while rocking out on your ride.
1. Use one earbud.
Doing this will keep you aware of your surroundings.
2. Follow the 60/60 rule.
Ear health experts recommend keeping the volume on your player to 60 percent of max—the level of someone talking loudly—and limit it to about 60 minutes a day.
3. Bar mount your jams.
There are a number of rechargeable or battery operated Bluetooth speakers that you can mount on your bars to serenade your cycling outings. They’re generally loud enough so you can hear them, but not so loud that you’re disturbing the peace or other riders, unless they’re really close by.