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Old 09-02-16, 08:05 AM
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Radio for rear rack

I have seen riders with a music box on the rear rack.
I can't find these box.

I'll like to listen to FM radio while commuting...also to droune out unpleasantly loud road noise (55 mph road).

Also, I've found I'm motivated and inspired to ride harder and faster by exciting music.

My search only came up with radios from the 70s.

What are more modern options?


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Originally Posted by ledgreatsports View Post
I have to say, if that gadget is not a radio box but a Bluetooth speaker, which can also mount your smartphone on, then you turn the phone radio to have voice out in this box, how do you feel ? And it's multi-functional, you don't need the front lights either.

You can see this
Problem is I don't have smart phone.
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Problem is I don't have smart phone.
Get an MP3 player:
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Also in this vein, did you know there is a thriving subculture of boom box collecting and repair?
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Boombotix and Ivation both make MP3 players that use either an SD card or an internal memory so you don't need the phone. I'm still looking at the functionality but if you want a few GB of songs to just play at random there are several options. I'm trying to find one that will fit in my limited handlebar space.
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Originally Posted by mtb_addict View Post
I have seen riders with a music box on the rear rack.
I can't find these box.

I'll like to listen to FM radio while commuting...also to droune out unpleasantly loud road noise (55 mph road).

Also, I've found I'm motivated and inspired to ride harder and faster by exciting music.

My search only came up with radios from the 70s.

What are more modern options?
Dont know what a music box is...I sorta think of this when I hear that term ---->

Since you dont have a smartphone or mp3 player, just get a portable radio and sling it to your rack. They are all over bestbuy.com, amazon.com, and everywhere else on the internet.
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Old 09-02-16, 10:18 AM
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Originally Posted by ledgreatsports View Post
well, then this item probably works, but I am not sure if you can get it locally
With radio, MP3, TF card player, front light, bike bell functions all integrated.
Is it loud enough? It looks so small.


Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
They are all over bestbuy.com, amazon.com, and everywhere else on the internet.
I forgot I still have this antique in my garage.
I guess I could strap it to the rear rack.
It has a long antena, however...might poke an eye out.


Originally Posted by DiabloScott View Post
Boombotix and Ivation both make MP3 players that use either an SD card or an internal memory so you don't need the phone. I'm still looking at the functionality but if you want a few GB of songs to just play at random there are several options. I'm trying to find one that will fit in my limited handlebar space.
Is it loud enough? It looks so small.
Does it have radio?
I don't have any MP3 songs either...still using CD.

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Old 09-02-16, 10:33 AM
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Might want to put it on the bars, where you can hear it. And you plan on torturing other bikers with your bad choice of music? Yikes.
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I use this little radio in my yard to listen to the local station. It's battery powered and lightweight. I guess you could strap it to a rack.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0081IKTN6/
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Speaker - wireless or via earphone jack.

https://9to5toys.com/guides/portable...ooth-speakers/

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If the iPod touch is too pricey, just hunt on cl or ebay. The advantage of the touch is wifi messaging and email without a monthly smart phone subscription.
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Originally Posted by mtb_addict View Post
I don't have any MP3 songs either...still using CD.
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Originally Posted by Leebo View Post
Might want to put it on the bars, where you can hear it. And you plan on torturing other bikers with your bad choice of music? Yikes.
What is a good kind of music for commuting?
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If I were ever going to put a radio on my rear rack, I would use a jobsite radio like this DeWalt and blast Punk which is by far the best music for commuting.
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Originally Posted by DrIsotope View Post

I still buy CD's too. I rip them in a lossless codec and play them through a HD audio player. Most downloadable music is compressed and sounds terrible to me. High bit rate WAVs can be great, though.
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If I were ever going to put a radio on my rear rack, I would use a jobsite radio like this DeWalt and blast Punk which is by far the best music for commuting.
Nah, you gotta blast the NPR like a true punk. Leave everyone you pass confused and frustrated as they only hear a small portion of a story.
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My choice is
. When they were disappearing from the market, they went down in price and I bought 3 of them, I think. The manufacturer is from Korea and they still seem to be marketed as shower radios. They are indeed truly waterproof. The sound is great!
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And you plan on torturing other bikers with your bad choice of music? .
He plans no such thing. Torturing the forum with his trolling, now that is another matter...
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I still buy CD's too. I rip them in a lossless codec and play them through a HD audio player. Most downloadable music is compressed and sounds terrible to me. High bit rate WAVs can be great, though.
Within the context of this discussion, I reject the audiophile argument. Compressed files have less fidelity, that is not up for argument. How much I notice it on a bicycle at +20mph is another matter entirely. A standard Pandora stream is 64kbps-- terrible, by audiophile standards. But when piped through bluetooth (an awful method of transmitting audio) to a speaker not a whole lot bigger than a hockey puck, it sounds just fine. I've got my Klipsch and Sennheiser gear to appreciate the fidelity of music elsewhere. On a bike, it's just about being loud enough to beat the wind.
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Nah, you gotta blast the NPR like a true punk. Leave everyone you pass confused and frustrated as they only hear a small portion of a story.
Especially wait wait, don't tell me..
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This American Life is also very good.
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I still buy CD's too. I rip them in a lossless codec and play them through a HD audio player. Most downloadable music is compressed and sounds terrible to me. High bit rate WAVs can be great, though.
BFD!
How great and pure does your super duper audiophile music sound while you are riding a bicycle?
Sounds like OCD to me.
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BFD!
How great and pure does your super duper audiophile music sound while you are riding a bicycle?
Sounds like OCD to me.
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....Also, I've found I'm motivated and inspired to ride harder and faster by exciting music....
If you are in the US, I am sure that others will be inspired to exercise their Second Amendment rights, try to stay safe...
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Originally Posted by mtb_addict View Post
I forgot I still have this antique in my garage.
I guess I could strap it to the rear rack.
I don't have any MP3 songs either...still using CD.
You asked for "modern solutions" and apparently reject them all because you want to use the old stuff you already have and have no desire to learn a new trick. So why not keep using what you already have and keep on grooving to your exciting music?
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