Without getting into a debate about music during RAGBRAI, does anyone have a parts list of what you used for your bike stereo system? I’m most partial to the ones that utilize ice coolers, but I’ll make a box if I have to. I also like the ones with the solar chargers on them. I need amp, charging info. I plan to use an Ipod
Get a cooler and drill a 6″ hole in the top on the left hand side. Fill the cooler with quality beer and cover with ice. Now when I pass you on your left, I can grab a cold beer and you will get a thank you for the beer and lack of redundant music which is typically found and unappreciated all over RAGBRAI.
The other way is get a personal Ipod speaker so that everyone doesn’t have to listen to what you think is classic music.
Why do otherwise perfectly normal people feel the need to impose their musical tastes on me? And so loudly? Those same people would be horrified if someone lit up a cigarette next to them at a lunch table. Rude, just plain ole rude.
And I used to like Sweet Home Alabama and Freebird – well, at least I did before the first several thousand times I heard it when the muffin heads on RAGBRAI decided it was their national anthem.
LOL!!!!! You grumps just couldn’t resist could you???!!!!
I doubt my music will annoy you. I’ll be enjoying everything RAGBRAI has to offer from the overnight towns and the through towns which means I’ll roll into town late and get a late start in the mornings. Maybe we’ll cross paths at the beer tents but you’ll probably already be in your tent.
As for “want to be noticed”, I highly doubt I will stand out. I will blend right in with the thousands of people smiling and enjoying Iowa, RAGBRAI, and life.
You might be on to something with the “an attempt to compensate for insecurity associated with feelings of inadequacy”. That could explain why I drink 16oz tall cans. Good call!!
My post wasn’t directed at you, but rather to provide a general observation to the general question of “why do people…”. But I’m glad you have a sense of humor about it. Funny thing is that I don’t really mind the blasting music when it’s decent music. When it’s crap music, and when it’s highly distorted and played through an obviously overtaxed audio system, then it bugs me.
deweyheidi: Music is like pizza (or beer, or romantic partners). Everyone has their own ideas about what is fantastic, what is acceptable, and what is “not in a millions years!” One person’s champagne is often the next person’s Old Milwaukee – especially in a group of 10,000+ hot, sweaty and uncomfortable cyclists.
Better not to expect others to appreciate your musical tastes, no matter how eclectic they may be. Use an iPod and earbuds, if you must. But the keep the volume low enough that you can hear people around you mention upcoming road and riding hazards. Peace.