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synergy
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Bikes: 1997 Schwinn Frontier 18 spd MTB with 1.7" road tires

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Review: iHome IH85b Bicycle Mounted iPod Speaker w/ wireless remote

iHome IH85B Portable iPod Bicycle Speaker with wireless remote and mount
Price: $80.00
Pros: Portable sound without the earphones, excellent sound quality, solid build, easy to use, wireless remote can be mounted on handlebars.
Cons: Requires 4 AA batteries for portability

I received the IH85b in the yesterday. Immediately removed it from the package and plugged my Nano in. I got a huge smile on my face because THIS THING ROCKS. Fantastic sound quality considering the size of the speaker, and you can turn it up incredibly loud (not that I would, but it was fun to test the limits of such a unique device). The unit is slightly larger than a water bottle and weighs about the same as a full water bottle.

The wireless handlebar mount works perfectly allowing you to change songs or adjust volume. It has a nice rubberized coating on it that seems like it would be moisture resistant. The bottle is made of sturdy plastic and the speaker has a thick metal grille protecting it. The ipod is well secured with included adaptors for regular iPods down to the Nano (I don't think a shuffle would work with this). To access the pod, you must first twist the bottom section of the bottle then slide it out. The holder that attaches to your bike is made of metal and plastic and features a nice clamp mechanism to further secure the unit to your bike. It takes 4 AA batteries for portability (not sure how long they last) and also features an AC input which charges your iPod when plugged in. The power button on the bottle allows you to easily turn it on and off at your convenience.

Had some friends over last night and they couldn't believe the sound that was coming from it.

The Verdict:
A safer alternative to riding with earphones in your ears. Excellent value for the money. I am extremely happy with this purchase!

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