I am anti-headphones on the trial
how many of you listen to music while you ride? I have been thinking about it, but I have yet to do it.
That said, I'm not going to tell you not to do it. You're free to do what you want. A few thoughts, though:
1.) It is a distraction, no matter which way you cut it.
2.) Keep the volume low so you can hear what is going on around you. Lots of people say they do but I've seen lots that don't. It's real annoying trying to pass someone on a hill who can't hear me saying "on your left" etc.
3.) Depending where you are in the county, mountain bikers may not be looked upon too favorably by the local chapter of the Sierra Club and other trail users. Riding down the trail with headphones only feeds into their belief that we are a bunch of irresponsible neanderthals.
4.) This one is a bit more philosophical and I I'm not going to argue with you if you want to call bs - but think about whether or not you want to feed into the culture of constant electronic distraction. Music, television, etc. have their place, but I'd suggest to you that on the trial isn't one of them.
Don't mean to be preachy. Like I say, you're free to do what you want. Just my take on the situation.