I've been searching and searching for a simple & decent method to mount an ipod and small powered speaker to my handlebars to use for early morning commuting and longer rides away from civilization. The items I've listed that do not already have their own speaker included could obviously be used with headphones but my goal is to have a small speaker on the handlebar.
I have yet to decide what method or product to use but in the process of looking I've found just about every possible solution out there. So for my own reference as well as for the rest of you I've compiled a list of what is out there currently. If you've used any of these things please speak up and let the rest of us know what you think. Pics are always appreciated. I encourage you to post pictures of your own home-made solutions as well as linking to any products I've missed.
Please, let's not let this thread turn into a debate fueled by comments such as, "don't blare your music near me" or "wearing headphones is dangerous."
This is the best small, powered speaker I've found. It runs on a single AA battery, attaches to any ipod or mp3 player, and sounds pretty good for a $20 speaker. Now all I need is a good way to attach an ipod to my handlebars...
Mork Mount for iPod Nano
Looks solid, nothing fancy. I will likely try to combine this with a Macally IP-A111
, a short audio cable (looks like that speaker won't be able to connect to the ipod due to the mount getting in the way), and some creative speaker mounting.
Generic Bike Mount holder for misc mp3 player, ipod, pda, gps
Looks like it could hold just about any misc device but not sure how solid it grips things.
OtterBox handlebar mount
This thing looks ridiculous and the "handlebar mount" part is just a U-bolt. On back order as of 9/10/08. Plus you have to also buy an OtterBox to mount to the mount.
iFrogz Audiowrapz w/speaker
I've used one of these briefly and while I love the design, it does not include a bike mount and the speaker is just barely loud enough to hear while riding. If the speaker was powered and they sold a bike mount option this thing would be the clear winner in my book.
This is one of the few products that is easily mounted to a bike AND has a built-in powered speaker. However it takes up a water bottle cage which makes it unusable on long rides. Unless you're going fully-loaded and carrying water elsewhere on your bike or trailer in which case it could. It has been reviewed on this site
This just came out a few days ago. It combines a waterproof iPod handlebar mount with basic cyclocomputer. Has wireless thumb controls. They say they have a speaker attachment for it, but it isn't listed anywhere on their site. Also, be aware that their site plays music and crashed my browser a few times. I'm sure some folk would like this but it is not the simple "ipod mount with small powered speaker" solution I'm searching for. I already have a cyclocomputer, I don't have space for their silly controls on my bars, and after spending $80 I'd still have to buy a speaker and use rubber bands or duct tape to attach it. If it wasn't so expensive I'd buy it just for the waterproof case/mount.