The Ultimate Playlist For A Bike Ride
For a particular kind of bike ride. I don’t listen to the iPod when I’m with a group. One day I’ll write a post about people whom you do not want to be near in a paceline. The guy with ear buds is one of them. Way too distracting for high intensity group rides. And on social rides, the point is being social. Nor do I listen to it when I’m doing an easy solo ride. In that case, I like to enjoy the experience, and the music tends to drown it out. On a long distance solo ride, the ear buds would eventually get on my nerves, so I don’t bother listening at all. As for towing the kids, no way. I need to be hyper sensitive to everything.
When I do a hard core solo ride, though, I like to have music playing. For short distance, high intensity rides (like my “hill” workout), the tunes do two things: Get me to ride extra hard and distract me from the pain. The best music is fast and loud. So here’s what I listened to this evening:
Let there be Rock: Drive By Truckers. The world’s greatest southern rock band honors AC/DC.
Killing in the Name: Rage Against the Machine. All time best use of the F-Bomb in song.
Stop: Jane’s Addiction. Never gets old.
Do You Want To: Franz Ferdinand.
No Sleep Till Brooklyn: Beastie Boys.
Sabotage: Beastie Boys.
Sheena is a Punk Rocker: The Ramones. Any Ramones album makes a great ride.
Possum Kingdom: The Toadies. Not really sure how this got on. But it’s good.
Rock & Roll: Led Zeppelin. This always makes me want to speed in my car. I can use all that energy without danger of a ticket while on the bike.