Some people have “neighborhood bikes,” casual cruisers meant for meandering up and down tree-lined paths on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Other people prefer high-performance, professional bicycles for daily riding and intense fitness. Whether you’re simply improving your weekend mood or aiming for better cardiovascular fitness, one thing is certain. The perfect bike ride needs the perfect playlist. These tips will take you from warm-up to cool-down with some of your favorite tunes.
Mix Up Your Playlist
The key to a good cycling playlist is to have a mix of tracks that rise in tempo as you ride and then gradually slow down as you do. If you like a variety of music, consider choosing from several genres that span a decade, two, or even three. Are you having trouble getting motivated for your ride? Start with a pump-me-up tune like “I Gotta Feeling” by The Black Eyed Peas. The tempo is upbeat enough to motivate you but not so fast-paced that you’ll burn out too quickly. Add in some faster-paced songs, like “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson or “Bad Girls” by MIA before slowing it down with a classic like “Do You Realize???” by The Flaming Lips.
Rock Out on Your Ride
Sometimes, a man just needs to rock out while he’s cycling. A classic rock playlist might remind you of your younger years, and it will definitely make you want to hop on a bicycle for men and go for a long ride. Jog.fm, a website that creates workout playlists, has one that includes the beats per minute of each song to even further help your ride. Of course, you can also make your own classic rock playlist. Consider older favorites like “The Boys of Summer” by Don Henley and “Bat Out of Hell” by Meat Loaf, as well as newer classics, such as the ’90s favorite, “Bitter Sweet Symphony” by The Verve.
Go All Out With EDM
If you want something fast-paced from the very beginning, you can’t go wrong with a playlist full of electronic dance music. In fact, EDM is especially popular among those who like high-intensity spin classes. Songs with mellow beginnings that build up over a couple of minutes, like “Sing Me to Sleep” by Alan Walker, are great if you’re new to cycling while listening to EDM. “Sun Is Shining (Marcus Schossow and Years Remix)” by Axwell and Ingrosso is excellent to get your blood pumping for morning rides, and if you want something that has your speed up and down in a matter of minutes, add “Beautiful Heartbeat (Avicii Remix)” by MORTEN to your tunes. EDM remixes are great because you can often find top 40 songs from artists like Troye Sivan or Selena Gomez as remixes, too.
Whether you’re hopping on a women’s bike, a men’s bike, or prefer a unisex option for more casual rides, one thing is certain: the right playlist will make or break your ride. Cue up your favorite music app and hit the pavement to get your heart pumping and your mind smiling. Don’t forget to check out a bike shop for all your favorite accessories!