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Old 04-13-10, 06:45 AM   #1
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I love my Podio......

for riders that hate riding with headphones/ear buds because of safety

I bought a Podio a 2gig MP3 player with built in stereo speakers (2 watts)
it lasts about 10 hours on full volume on speakers and 60 on headphones
loud. clear and has great bass response
freaking rugged too, Aluminum body (weight, 129g)
water resistant (i've sprayed mine with the hose a bunch of times when I accidentally left it on the bike, and have been caught in the rain too
has anyone else got one of these.....

http://www.gizmag.com/podio--for-pla...picture/78187/

http://www.podio.com.tw/eng/intro.html
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thats pretty neato
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OK, so where did you get it? I'm trying to track down links to find a price, but I'm not finding anything.
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the sales rep was at my friends bike shop, we both bought one on the spot, list I think was about $129
I got it at Back Door Bike Shop in Plymouth WI
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Doesn't mention anything about being waterproof anywhere, so I assume it's not. I don't know how the heck you can claim that something's designed for bicycling if it's not waterproof. OK, maybe it is, but it's not WELL designed for bicycling.
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I didn't say water proof....rubber seals on both ends, can get wet, but i wouldn't drop it in a bucket.....if it gets bad, I'll pop it off and throw it in my pocket
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Doesn't mention anything about being waterproof anywhere, so I assume it's not. I don't know how the heck you can claim that something's designed for bicycling if it's not waterproof. OK, maybe it is, but it's not WELL designed for bicycling.
"The Podio can be worn around the neck, carried in your pocket or attached to your bike handlebars. The anodized metal case ensures that the machine is water-resistant, so it's safe to take it to the pool or use in the bathroom. It's also built for any outdoor activity and is an ideal companion when camping or hiking."

There you go. Water resistant. So unless you plan to ride your bike into a lake, canal, bay, river, pool, spa, or other large body of water you should be OK. A little bit of rain should be OK. And even if you are thinking that you will encounter A LOT of rain (risk I run every ride all summer long) you could always stash the device into a plastic bag, secured by a rubber band around the handlebar mount. A sandwich bag would be perfect, and really easy to pack.

Pretty cool looking device - although I would like to see the price a little lower.

By the way, can be found at Amazon ( http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003COE1WO/...O&linkCode=asn ) or icyclesusa.com ( http://store.icyclesusa.com/audio-po...rce=googlebase )

Both places have the same price.

Does not seem to be a very common item in the USA, so if you get one you will have something cool that nobody else will have. If you are into bike bling that makes everyone say either "WOW! That thing is so cool! Where did you get it?" or "holy crap, that is the most annoying thing EVER - who loads 2 GB of Kenny G onto a device everyone else can hear" then the Podio might be for you!
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OK. I just went to the official site listed in the OP, and the word "water" never appears on the site at all. I assumed if it was water resistant, they'd talk about it.

Personally I really dislike people playing their music and making me listen to it as they drive by, so I'm not going to impose that on others.
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Its..... I understand...I'm a musician,(and a guy with ADD) and love music as I ride, but have always hated riding with my ears covered, I found this 'lil guy a huge hit. I can have music as background and I don't put myself in danger by still being able to hear approaching cars from behind. I ride on rural country roads, and a few bikers have been struck over the past few years here. I don't use in it town, and on urban busy trails
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OK. I just went to the official site listed in the OP, and the word "water" never appears on the site at all. I assumed if it was water resistant, they'd talk about it.

Personally I really dislike people playing their music and making me listen to it as they drive by, so I'm not going to impose that on others.
I agree completely, one of my co-workers does that. When you go in the break room you get to listen to Insane Clown Posse, I'm sure that they are good, Just not my style.
I listen to my music with the right earbud only. One of my co-workers asked me why I wasn't using the built in speakers. I told her that I thought it was very rude to subject others to my taste in music.
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Personally I really dislike people playing their music and making me listen to it as they drive by, so I'm not going to impose that on others.
Personally I really enjoy hearing snippets of music coming from other vehicles while cycling. It is always brief (no longer than a red light).
I also really find extreemely annoying to be subject to others music/radio when I am fixed in one location and the exposure is not brief (beach, backyard, gym, locker room)
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Any other thoughts or details on this from the OP or others? I've been wanting something like this for a while now. What to compare it to?

Why is it stereo? Seems it would be better if it was a larger mono speaker & amp.

I am thinking of just getting one.
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Here's a product at a fraction of the cost: http://www.active-tunes.com/home.html

No mention of water resistance/proofness.
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Noisebeam.....I can't say enough about this thing. the other day I was beat after a ride, took it and a beer in the shower, the beer tasted great, but the player just kept playing.
the active tunes run on AAA batteries and this has a internal Lithium Ion...charges in about 3hrs and plays on full blast for 12 hours, and 60 on headphones. I take it off my bike all the time, place it on the patio table for background music, it sounds great and the table ends up improving the sound because the Aluminum case resonates, I can feel the bass through the handlebars. really the only thing I dont like about it is the lack of a FF button, all it has is vol up and down, track/song up and down, and shuffle. it cuts the volume after 30 min of not touching it, and shuts off after about an hour (sleep)...yea it's over $100.00 but man, it's the best add-on I have ever bought for a bike..... I like it so much I'm buying two more mounts for my other bikes
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can you mount it so it parallel to the tube the mount is on? the pictures show it perpendicular as one would want for a handle bar mount.
if you go for more than a 30min ride you have to fiddle with it?
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yep, it comes with 2 different size bar mounts, and the unit rotates in any direction....
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Does it come with the A/C charger, or only the USB charger?
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Personally I really enjoy hearing snippets of music coming from other vehicles while cycling. It is always brief (no longer than a red light).
I also really find extreemely annoying to be subject to others music/radio when I am fixed in one location and the exposure is not brief (beach, backyard, gym, locker room)
Yeah, wow, ditto!

If I pass someone with it going the other way, I think it's kinda cool. But if I'm stuck on a group ride and I don't like the music...super annoying. However, I don't think I've ever had this happen.
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For everyone's info:

DealExtreme just got in what looks like a very similar player:

http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.36152

$31.65 shipped, no internal memory, it takes a microSD card so you can put up to 8GB in it if you like.
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Wow! Did not take the Chinese long to copy this product

And it is even better. The "real" one is limited to 2 GB internal memory, the "copy" uses external cards up to 8 GB! So if I have two or three 8 GB cards......
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Wow! Did not take the Chinese long to copy this product
given that it's a Chinese product anyway. Or Taiwanese at least.
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noisebeam.....just the USB
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Wow! Did not take the Chinese long to copy this product

And it is even better. The "real" one is limited to 2 GB internal memory, the "copy" uses external cards up to 8 GB! So if I have two or three 8 GB cards......
Does anyone know what audio formats are supported -- either by the original Podio, or the DealExtreme knockoff? I've got most of my music collection in .ogg format.
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I use the unit made by CycleSound... its sweet!!! ...and they stand behind their product, which is rare... btw, I'm a drummer and like my music with me, but feel safer riding with this rather than earphones. The sound is substantial...I recently did the 5 Boro Bike Tour (42 miles) in NYC with it.



The CycleSound is a portable speaker system for bikes, you will need an mp3 player of some sort...iPod, Sansa Clip, etc.

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Does anyone know what audio formats are supported -- either by the original Podio, or the DealExtreme knockoff? I've got most of my music collection in .ogg format.
I'm sure you're used to disappointment then, and I think you'll see it again here. I don't see any evidence of support for anything but MP3.
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