"I'm of the same mind (especially if the music was loud enough to block out the *dingdingdingding* of an approaching tram) but in terms of headphones being an obvious risk factor the same could easily be said of riding a brakeless fixed gear…"
"Hmmm. In my own (admittedly subjective) experience, I've found that aluminium holds up quite well for load bearing cycling, but I have noticed that the parts attached to the frame come off worse (snapped rear axle, etc). Whether that's the…"
"Like many here, I often perform the 'Idaho Stop' at T-intersections (left turn at red light after giving way). I also do the rolling stop at pedestrian crossings (roll though at about 5kph when there's nobody on the road or about to…"