Originally posted by texasguy1013
Most of my rides are 30 miles or more and I'm getting ready for the annual, two-day 180 mile trip. This year, I'd like to make use of my new iPod and take the music along, but I'm not a fan of earphones while riding (at least not in both ears at the same time).
Why don't you just do as I do... use a plug in one ear only, the non-traffic-side ear that is: the right ear for most countries and the left ear for UK, Australia/NZ & Japan.
I've been very pleased with a single-piece earphone that Ive found in Radioshack in Canada. It wasn't always easy to find but the advantage of the single-piece earphone is that you
- can't lose the other phone in the spokes
- hopefully will not have a problem with different sounds for each bud
- single-piece earphones are cheaper than regular ones
- most important of all, they clamp over your ear like a hearing aid and you keep a pad against your ear like a large-size headphone, except that it's much smaller and fairly comfortable.
I've been looking into buying a music-player myself as well. Sofar I've always just been listening to the radio, as I find that music drowns out the traffic, but when it's not too loud it may work out though..
One of the other reasons I never was interested in playing music is that I cannot imagine listening to a single cd for such a long time.. I'd be bored silly. I CAN imagine listening to a large amt of mp3 music though...
I'll be cycling Bordeaux-Paris nonstop this year and am afraid that I'll not be able to understand French radio (tried before), while the quality of its' broadcasts isn't nearly as good as the Dutch radio or even the British ones...
Another option apart from listening to music, is to listen to audiobooks. I am also thinking to store and convert radio-documentaries from our high-quality odd radio channell. E.g. I've stored 2 docs last night in .sram mode. One about the fad on IRC and how young people are addicted to it, the other about light therapy for winter depression..
When I travelled in Canada & hitch-hiked, I discovered that quite a few truckers listened to audiobooks while driving across the country...
Long as usual, and not particularly helpful about boxes..
If you DO get them, you can look into ways to power the batteries from a dynamo/generator or perhaps even sun cells as I know that an American guy who tours with a laptop does....