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Old 08-08-14, 09:54 AM   #1
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Soooo tempting ...

Check this out.

Amazon.com : Ivation BIKE BEAKON: Portable Rechargeable Rugged Bluetooth Stereo Speaker & MP3 Player w/MicroSD Card Slot, AUX Input, FM Radio & Phone Answering - With Bult in Flashlight - MUSTARD YELLOW - Perfect for Home, Office, Sporting & Biking U

Bluetooth connectivity. You can use it to answer phone calls. It has a light. It has a radio. It has a rechargeable (and replaceable) battery and will go some 5 hours.

Even this confirmed luddite purist is tempted.
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Old 08-08-14, 10:33 AM   #2
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If I had an infinite budget, there's no end to bicycle-related purchases I would make. Just this week, I've pondered wheels, a different crankset, an Emonda (thanks to that 10 lb bike thread...)

Not to mention, this:

Seattle News and Events | Seattle-Forged 'Future Bike' Wins Competition
(You sort of have to watch the embedded video to get the full picture of what this bike is like...)
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Cool device, but I've come to loathe the on-bike speakers. There are a few folks at my local bike trail area that use them and you can hear them blasting their choice of music throughout the woods as they ride. I find it just as annoying as cars going down the road with windows down and music blaring.
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I usually ride my bike to get away from phone calls. And I agree with FLJeepGuy, enojy your music, as long as I can't hear it.
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Yecch.

Tastes differ, but I find it really difficult to understand why people want to take all that crap with them, when they could be in touch with their surroundings. One of the things I value most about cycling is being able to tune out from all that stuff.
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Vic, you......PHILISTINE!
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Hey, y'all are talking to the guy who didn't even carry a cellphone until a few months ago. I carry one now, but it's shut off. I carry it to make emergency calls if I need to.

$40 is in the noise as far as I'm concerned. The reason it's "tempting" and not "purchased and on it's way" is because I'm not sure I wanna head down that path either. Just because you can doesn't mean you should.

The one time I've worn headphones on a bike was with a van following directly me on the FC508 ... and it was very nice for a change.

Interesting that so JeepGuy has heard so many people with speakers on their bikes. I ride daily on MUPS in the kingdom of the distracted, and I don't think I've seen more than a handful. And save for one person, I've never seen anyone riding in the mountains with one.

You've got to admit ... it's amazing that a device that does all that could be sold for $40.
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It got good reviews too!
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If I had an infinite budget, there's no end to bicycle-related purchases I would make. Just this week, I've pondered wheels, a different crankset, an Emonda (thanks to that 10 lb bike thread...)

Not to mention, this:

Seattle News and Events | Seattle-Forged 'Future Bike' Wins Competition
(You sort of have to watch the embedded video to get the full picture of what this bike is like...)
Wow what a trippy little bike. Not for me but looks very useful for someone else's needs.

I'm gonna get me a cellphone someday.......I really am.

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I put a small radio in a pouch on the bars about a month ago. (Sangean DT-210, with rechargeable AAA batteries swapped out once a week.) I listen to the local alternative station, quietly, while I do my morning ride. Earbuds seem unsafe, and I like hearing birds and the river, in addition to a quiet radio. I love it. If it bugs anyone, its only for the moment I pass them, and its still mush quieter than the conversations of the walkers on the path.
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