How do you keep your mind from running of on all day rides.

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How do you keep your mind from running of on all day rides.

#1 Unread post by Amdonim » Mon Jun 08, 2009 12:59 pm

I recently picked my bike up in Alabama to take it to Houston for the summer. Just as I remembered, spending all day in traffic on I-10 is about as much fun as a colonoscopy, if only slightly more lucid. I found I'd find my mind wandering from boredom, so I decided to keep myself busy and focused on traffic by trying to profile all the drivers around me.

On a side note, I did see some ridiculous "poo poo". My two favorites where getting nailed with a cigarette, and a lady I saw trying to hold on a conversation with the next car over, through her window. She stopped after crossing the shoulder and dropping her tires into the grass.

How do you guys keep busy on long rides?

edit: Has anyone here tried listening to music in their lid? Is it dangerously distracting? I've always been kind of afraid to try it.

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#2 Unread post by Brackstone » Mon Jun 08, 2009 2:24 pm

Honestly my mind floats, but as an instinct I always notice danger and react to it accordingly.
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#3 Unread post by storysunfolding » Mon Jun 08, 2009 4:39 pm

I listen to music while riding. I can't imagine a day long ride without it! I personally don't find it distracting but I don't leave it up too loud, and try not to play megadeath when I'm in traffic :twisted:

Other than that I try to ride the "invisible roads" or the backways where the are typically few if any lines, little to no traffic and plenty of enjoyment. But I always pack a few extra hours into my long rides
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#4 Unread post by Gummiente » Mon Jun 08, 2009 4:57 pm

I've always had the voices in my head keeping me company on long rides. Now that I have a bike with a stereo, we all sing along to the music and everyone is happy.
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#5 Unread post by king robb » Mon Jun 08, 2009 7:08 pm

that "mind wandering" is part of the zen perfection of riding. Its great when I realize I have been on auto pilot for a half hour or so...the eyes body and mind do their job, and I sort out life....its really why I love this game.
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#6 Unread post by Gmoto » Tue Jun 09, 2009 3:44 pm

I like to listen to music too. its keeps me from going insane and trying to do things i shouldn't be doing cuz im bored. :wink:
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#7 Unread post by BuzZz » Tue Jun 09, 2009 4:24 pm

I just found a pair of earbuds that fit under my helmet and don't hurt, so I've been listening to music while riding for the first time ever. I've tried it with other ear pieces but they always either hurt or I couldn't get the lid on over them while keeping them in place.

I like it. Lots. Music while riding rocks.
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#8 Unread post by Amdonim » Tue Jun 09, 2009 5:08 pm

I recently found a pair of earbuds that I like (the kind with isolating foam ear plugs) that im hoping will also cut down on wind noise. I also found I can pivot the cheek pads on my lid long enough to get it on without knocking the buds out. Now I just have to find a portable music player and I think I'll try this out.

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#9 Unread post by dean owens » Tue Jun 09, 2009 5:28 pm

i've found some ear buds at target that have a little "amp" on them that helps to cancel noise. for $20.00 they work very well. i'm able to put the volume to what it would be if i were just walking around listening to my ipod and ride. it let's me hear the music and keeps the wind noise down just as if i were wearing earplugs.
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#10 Unread post by kawgurl » Thu Jun 11, 2009 11:08 am

I am usually plugged into my MP3 player when I'm riding on the highway. :music: I do tend to turn it down or completely off when in heavy traffic or the city just as a precaution. I use small soft ear buds that I love and clip the player to my jacket where I have quick and easy access to the volume control and on/off switch.

But....there are those days the wind and the rumble of the pipes are the only thing my soul requires...... :)
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#11 Unread post by MTNMAN800 » Sat Jun 13, 2009 4:16 pm

I have often wanted to try the Ipod under the helmet but have been too afraid that it would be a distraction. Most of my rides are short but I will have to try that on my next longer ride.

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#12 Unread post by Grey Thumper » Mon Jun 15, 2009 5:34 am

Amdonim wrote:How do you guys keep busy on long rides?
I sometimes practice swerving; I pick a clear mark on the road, pretend it's a pothole, rock, animal, whatever, and swerve around it. As an additional benefit, I'd like to think the sudden movement freaks out nearby cagers, though I truly doubt that they're even noticing.
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#13 Unread post by Johnj » Mon Jun 15, 2009 10:59 am

I think about stuff.
People say I'm stupid and apathetic. I don't know what that means, and I don't care.
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#14 Unread post by wrecks » Mon Jun 15, 2009 12:37 pm

Has anyone here tried listening to music in their lid? Is it dangerously distracting? I've always been kind of afraid to try it.
I listen to my ipod. I don't find it distracting but I do suggest newbie riders not do it until they get more seat time. If you're the kind of person who cannot multi-task I suggest not listening to music too. Also, listening to the music at a low enough level to hear horns, sirens, street noises, etc. should be done. You also have to be mature enough to know when "Metallica" or whatever your favorite song comes on you don't go pretending you're Rossi on the street. :D
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#15 Unread post by duosonic » Sun Jun 21, 2009 11:15 am

I love to let my mind wander. I think it is one of the joys of riding. I used to listen to my iPod when first I started riding a few years ago but it became more of an annoyance to me. Whenever people tried to say something to me at a stop, I had to pull out my earbuds and re-listen to whatever they tried to say and then try to weasel my earbuds back into the helmet before I held up traffic or just ignore the person all together, which is just kinda rude. I also dropped my iPod Nano off my bike while going 50 mph and almost left it for dead but turned around to get it and it was still playing.

Now-a-days, I love to listen to the traffic, to the wind, the sounds of construction sites, the sounds the tires make at high speeds on the freeways when they hit those weird little rivets. I like to hear what bits of music are coming out of people's open car windows and hear catch people when they laugh.

And I especially like to be able to hear when an emergency vehicle cry of caution is coming up on me fast, telling me to get the hell out of their way.

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#16 Unread post by duosonic » Sun Jun 21, 2009 11:30 am

Grey Thumper wrote:
Amdonim wrote:How do you guys keep busy on long rides?
I sometimes practice swerving; I pick a clear mark on the road, pretend it's a pothole, rock, animal, whatever, and swerve around it. As an additional benefit, I'd like to think the sudden movement freaks out nearby cagers, though I truly doubt that they're even noticing.
Ha! This is one of my favorite things to do, too. I add scenarios, though. Instead of thinking of the pothole as a pothole, I think "Holy crap! Someone just put a road barrel in front of me!" (or a baby stroller) and then swerve with all the zest of someone who's about to hit a road barrel. All of my imaginations come complete with sounds effects. Sometimes I even throw in an impromptu soundtrack. :D

On long stretches of road I like to see how many ways I can lay on my bike or how many ways I can switch up my position. I enjoy feeling the difference in balance on the bike and the difference in it's response.

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#17 Unread post by Grey Thumper » Mon Jun 22, 2009 11:31 pm

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Grey Thumper wrote:
Amdonim wrote:How do you guys keep busy on long rides?
I sometimes practice swerving; I pick a clear mark on the road, pretend it's a pothole, rock, animal, whatever, and swerve around it. As an additional benefit, I'd like to think the sudden movement freaks out nearby cagers, though I truly doubt that they're even noticing.
Ha! This is one of my favorite things to do, too. I add scenarios, though. Instead of thinking of the pothole as a pothole, I think "Holy "crumb"! Someone just put a road barrel in front of me!" (or a baby stroller) and then swerve with all the zest of someone who's about to hit a road barrel. All of my imaginations come complete with sounds effects. Sometimes I even throw in an impromptu soundtrack. :D
:laughing: I should use my imagination a bit more then; on the next freeway ride, I'll be dodging wrecked Decepticon debris.
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