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Old 07-04-06, 07:23 AM   #1
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Bike "sound systems"

For years I have wanted to rig up a suitable cd player and speaker system to my mountain bike, but I have always ended up resorting to duct tape. Sounds good, but looks terrible and occasionaly bounces off. Can anyone tell me of a better way to do it? Are any specialy made products available to mount such items?
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Old 07-04-06, 11:04 AM   #2
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You're welcome to copy my method , mate.

I use a Nashbar handlebar bag for the Player with self-powered (AA battery)
MINI-SPEAKERS zip tied to a padded center spot over the stem.

The speakers are Panasonic but any kind will work as long as they have battery
boost to hear them. Zip ties will solve much of the how to mount them with care.
A simple kids shower cap is used to cover the speakers in case of rain and is
carried in the bar bag.

All in all a great simple low cost AND SAFE way to have tunes on your ride.
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Old 07-04-06, 11:17 AM   #3
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Camelback is supposedly making a backpack with small speakers built into the shoulder straps (built in remote as well). It looks slick in the pictures, but likely costs an arm and a leg (and who knows about the sound quality).
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Old 07-04-06, 11:21 AM   #4
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First, kudos for not using headphones.

Second here are some links that may be useful for you:
http://www.bicyclestereo.com/
http://www.active-tunes.com/standardorderpage.html
http://www.toydirectory.com/activetunes/
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Old 07-04-06, 11:40 AM   #5
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Yes, this provided link...... http://www.toydirectory.com/activetunes/
looks to be a refined commercial design of what I cobbled together
on my own. If the speakers are good then it's a good deal.
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Old 07-04-06, 12:09 PM   #6
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I've actually got a pair of speakers that I lovingly call the "little bastards" because they are really, really loud for 2 little speakers using 3 D batterys a piece. I got them from Radio Shack almost a decade ago. I used to use them on the school bus when I was younger to overpower the rap radio stations the bus driver would put on with Led Zepplin tunes.

I've got some cable ties, so I'll se if I can rig up a system like you described tightwad. I'll probably end up using some duct tape, but the ties should end up improving my rig over what it was before.

By the way, how do you mount your mp3 player or cd player or whatever you have? I have in the past put it in my backpack and run the cable down my arm and found it very uncomfortable. I should probably mention that the MP3 player I had last year on the Michigander broke on the first night for no reason at all, and that was only 3 days after I got it. It was nice to have something that small because it mounted so nicely on my bars, but I won't be spending another 200 bucks or more on an MP3 player until somebody makes one that will last. Thats why I want to know if anyone has a good idea for mounting a plain old cd player.
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Old 07-04-06, 01:29 PM   #7
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I've got some cable ties, so I'll se if I can rig up a system like you described tightwad. I'll probably end up using some duct tape, but the ties should end up improving my rig over what it was before.

By the way, how do you mount your mp3 player or cd player or whatever you have? I have in the past put it in my backpack and run the cable down my arm and found it very uncomfortable. I should probably mention that the MP3 player I had last year on the Michigander broke on the first night for no reason at all, and that was only 3 days after I got it. It was nice to have something that small because it mounted so nicely on my bars, but I won't be spending another 200 bucks or more on an MP3 player until somebody makes one that will last. Thats why I want to know if anyone has a good idea for mounting a plain old cd player.
See if you can fasten the speakers together "base to base" into a single unit. Then use a zip tie to
mount the speakers at the center joint to the bars with a stiff foam pad under them on the stem
for shock. If this can't be done then you'll have to rig a speaker base to fasten to the bars.
(A good part of your problem is that you're carring to much battery weight. Consider AA battery
speakers instead. )

As to the player holder......
I used a Nashbar bag to carry the player of choice (I also use CD & cassette players as I don't
care for Ipods.) The bag has room to add padding if needed and will keep prying eyes off
your player as it zips shut. Really a nice handy bag overall.

With the player in bag at front and speakers center mounted the hookup is a easy plug n play
affair. You can also take (or change) the player with you or change it at will with my setup.

One thing for sure......
Unless you are a real clutz (I don't think you are) YOU WILL NOT NEED ANY DUCT TAPE FOR
THIS SYSTEM.

http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...eid=&pagename=
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Old 07-05-06, 12:30 AM   #8
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Ran across this the other day.
http://www.instructables.com/id/ELSP32OPN9EP287JKZ/
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Old 07-05-06, 03:17 PM   #9
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I took an Apple ipod shuffle and added a Podgear's Pocketparty (tiny battery powered speakers) for shuffle, then I pop rivited a closet broom handle clamp onto it. The entire thing is the size of two packs of gum with a clamp that grabs onto any handlebar. Nice and light and simple.
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Old 07-07-06, 02:15 PM   #10
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Old 07-07-06, 04:48 PM   #11
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a while back i saw (and heard) a guy with his motorized wheelchair bumping some Master P rolling through the TTU campus.

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Old 07-07-06, 07:52 PM   #12
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i hate motorcycles with loud stereos. it just bothers me a lot. so i guess a bicycle with the same would bug too. just sayin' .
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