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by Mark Zalewski
November 5, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: With sights set on 2020 Olympics, Marianne Vos’ team signs five-year deal with new title sponsor; Former Bora Argon 18 rider Nerz suffering headaches and dizziness after multiple crashes; Shane Sutton to appeal investigation decision; Shane Sutton eyeing position with Cycling Australia; Michael Rasmussen defends Riis returning to cycling; Project TJ Sport gathers in Italy for first camp; McCarthy switching from Australian to Ireland; Movistar, Cannondale-Drapac, Sky unveil new kits; New kit day for World Champ Amalie Dideriksen; Kaitie Antonneau to Cylance for road season; Should you cycle with earphones?; Singlespeed Cyclocross World Championships trailer.
One divisive issue among cyclists is whether or not wearing earphones while riding is acceptable. Some see it as a nice distraction to a workout or commute, while critics see it is a safety risk. Some governments have even discussed banning the practice. Researchers have studied earphone use among cyclists and the results are mixed, but overall suggest that responsible use is okay and could even have benefits.
One study concluded that cyclists wearing headphones have up to a ten percent reduction in responsiveness to potential threats. However, another study looking specifically at urban cyclists found that listening to music actually increased safety. The music acted as a filter or buffer to the otherwise sensory overload of a busy city environment, with the user forced to more actively engage in sensory management.
Another study concluded that a cyclist wearing earbuds and listening to music at a reasonable level actually hears more of the surrounding noise than a vehicle driver playing no music at all.
Outside of commuting, the sport cyclist could also see a benefit. Research suggests that listening to music can increase your endurance by up to 15 percent due to the lowered awareness of the endurance effort. Dr. Costas Karageorghis of Brunel University, one of the world’s foremost experts in sport psychology, says that music is effectively a legal performance-enhancing drug.
In short, keep the music low, save the noise-cancelling style earbuds for the turbo trainer and do not answer the phone while riding. Also, leave them home for the group rides and be social!
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