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Old 03-28-05, 06:06 PM   #1
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MP3 Players

Does anyone mountain bike with a mp3 player? I'm looking to get one that can take the bumps and grinds of mountain biking and I'm not sure that an ipod with a harddrive can. Ideally I would get something with 5gig+ storage since I want to use it everyday, not just when I bike. However, I've been told that I need a flash drive since there are no moving parts and it's less likely to be damaged when running, biking or using it while active in general.

Please no replies about listening to my ride. Numerous people have responded with long diatribes about why I should listen to my ride and not music. Well, thanks, I've heard it, it's okay, get over it already. I simply don't want to use it for biking, but I need something that can hold up when I choose to use it mountain biking.
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Old 03-28-05, 06:10 PM   #2
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No I don't. I tried a couple of times and the only way I can pull it off is with one earphone. I need to hear my bike as I ride on any technical terrain.

Personally, I don't know about the tech (haha thats ironic) but my buddy has used an ipod for 2 years snowboarding, sledding and dh racing and just plain screwing around. No skipping. He even crashed right onto it and it survived. PRetty tough little piece of plastic.
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Old 03-28-05, 07:22 PM   #3
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I too use an ipod (20G Model) for all my riding, driving around and pretty much any other time I can think of an excuse to use it. NEVER once has it skipped. The HD on the thing only spins up about once every few seconds like 10-15 or something. In order to really get the thing to skip you d have to really jolt it right when its spining up or down yes it CAN be done but it dosnt happen often enough IMHO to really worry about it. I actualy ran mine over with my car on accident one night while it was on and it still works. If I can run it over with a 1995 VW Golf and it will still work I wouldnt worry too much about using it while you ride. Ipods rule.
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Old 03-28-05, 07:35 PM   #4
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Old 03-28-05, 08:12 PM   #5
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Try an iPod Shuffle. 1GB flash memory will hold more than you can listen to in a day of riding. No moving parts so no skips and quite rugged. Very lightweight. Load it up before you go out and rock the rocks away.

Personally I prefer the sounds of nature, but that's how I'd do it.
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Old 03-28-05, 08:18 PM   #6
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Try the Muvo Micro N200 1gb capacity

It's a good value and better then the shuffle.

I'm not sure how resilient those micro hard drives are but I'd probably go with one anyways. The Ipod mIni, rio carbon or the creative zen micro are all micro hard drive players
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Old 03-28-05, 08:20 PM   #7
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I have an iRiver H320, its a bulky little bugger but its the coolest thing in the world. I personally don't reccomend it for riding because of its size. But if I had to choose I would say and iPod mini, they hold damn good amounts of music and you can get them in pink! No seriously get like a Zen Micro, they get radio and hold lots of music.
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Old 03-28-05, 08:20 PM   #8
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I too use an ipod (20G Model) for all my riding, driving around and pretty much any other time I can think of an excuse to use it. NEVER once has it skipped. The HD on the thing only spins up about once every few seconds like 10-15 or something. In order to really get the thing to skip you d have to really jolt it right when its spining up or down yes it CAN be done but it dosnt happen often enough IMHO to really worry about it. I actualy ran mine over with my car on accident one night while it was on and it still works. If I can run it over with a 1995 VW Golf and it will still work I wouldnt worry too much about using it while you ride. Ipods rule.
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just read this. You can't drive with headphones in good sir. I believe in many states it is prohibited by law! I might be wrong though...but
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Old 03-28-05, 08:42 PM   #9
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I've got a MuVo Tx FM. Only 256Mb, but I'm on the computer all the time so I can load it up with hours worth any time, and there's the FM radio. Plus it's works as a standard USB memory stick so I've always got it stuck in the computer anyway. I think they make them, or similar products (like the aforementioned Shuffle) with significantly more capacity. 1 standard AAA rechargeable gets me about 8-12 hrs play time.
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Old 03-28-05, 09:58 PM   #10
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woah woah woah

just read this. You can't drive with headphones in good sir. I believe in many states it is prohibited by law! I might be wrong though...but
You can play it through your car stereo
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Old 03-28-05, 10:51 PM   #11
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i like my ipod shuffle for riding, not all the time, only when im dirtjumping alone or getting ready to drop in on a sick line... i also like it for when im building and such.
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Old 03-29-05, 09:29 AM   #12
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Love my Creative Labs Zen Extra. 30gb (can get the 40gb for same price now) and very handy. I also have a little 128mb Nomad that I use if I'm in the woods or have my pockets stuffed on the road. Very tidy little package about the size of a package of gum.
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Old 03-29-05, 09:59 AM   #13
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I'd go with a nice flash based one, avoid anything from Digitalway (MPIO), their devices have a cheapy feel and the sound isn't too good.
Cowon IAudio players are pretty good and they look slick too
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Old 03-29-05, 11:14 PM   #14
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I might get an ipod mini than. Although the shuffle holds plenty of songs for riding, I want to use mine as an all purpose music player (home, car, walking around the city etc), NOT just for biking.

I'm not worried about skipping, I'm worried about damaging the player from the constant bumps. The ipod mini has moving parts, should I be worried that I might damage the player when I take it biking and running????? This is the main question I need answered from someone with some technical expertise.
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Old 03-29-05, 11:33 PM   #15
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Archos has always made a name for themselves developing hardened hard-drive based MP3 players. I'm quite impressed with the Archos Gmini XS200. It's the price of an iPod Mini, has a 20GB drive, is fairly small and compact, has a large display, is OS/platform agnostic (shows up as a HD on your system so you can store more than just music) and has a pretty rich user interface.

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