Morzedec wrote:No baked beans, no wind noise .......................
when I said "cans" those weren't quite what I had in mind, mind you... would a baked bean prove effective when placed in one's ear at blocking wind noise, a very Zen conundrum.
Ah human sociology. If we all wear hi vis then pretty soon anyone who doesn't will be run over.
I never wear a helmet and sometimes feel marginalised when in a group, but until I believe that helmet technology has improved to the point that the benefits outweigh the negatives, I'll stick to free choice. Helmets come under the HSE category of second tier control measures. Avoiding an accident is first tier goal, and in my opinion anyway, being able to hear and hence locate the presence and position of other road users is pretty important to my mind. I do feel that in traffic that choosing to restrict an important sense is perhaps a less than wise choice, but it is a choice.
I would argue that there is some difference between a cyclist with headphones, and a motorist with 400watts of 'music'. In EVERY
test on average subjects in a driving simulator, it does result in lowered attention and slower reaction times, hence leading to greater danger to other road users. Though I suppose that it is also possible that a cyclist on the boil listening to say "Eye of the Tiger" might become so focused on racing that he runs a red light and kills a pedestrian. Suppose it depends on why we listen to music, in a gym we usually listen to it to counter boredom, energise ourselves and drown out the piped music which we don't like.