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Old 05-19-17, 12:33 PM
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Just because I don't chase you down and complain doesn't indicate that you're not really irritating.
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Yeah, because the rest of the world wants to hear your stuff. It's bad enough cars do this.


But my fleabitten radio can find the other notes of the chromatic scale and add Supertramp lyrics.
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I just got the Boombot Pro. Loving it so far. It has much fuller, louder sound than my old Buckshot 2. Also the speakerphone actually works (didn't work on the Buckshot). Plus like that it's waterproof. Buckshot was only water resistant but never gave me issues in the rain.

The Boombot is bigger, but still fits fine with the included handlebar mount.
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Old 06-04-17, 03:18 PM
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Just because I don't chase you down and complain doesn't indicate that you're not really irritating.
Do you think that you have a right in this life not to be irritated? I hate men's cologne but don't whine about it to some simple dandy as we ride an elevator together. Maybe you need to look at why you are so easily irritated by your fellow man. Or..... just stop whining.
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Old 06-04-17, 03:29 PM
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Outdoor Tech Buckshot 2.0.
I had the first version for almost a year and then they came out with v2.0 and it's louder and has better controls and interaction (now my wife uses the v1.0 one)
Easy to strap to the bars, or as I do I strap it to a loop on the shoulder straps of my backpack while commuting. On regular road rides it just goes in my back jersey pocket.
Small, light, good sound. Not expensive.

People who ride with earbuds are as awful as people who run with earbuds. If you can't hear things around you, you risk getting run over, getting jumped, not noticing someone overtaking you, etc etc. don't do it.
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Old 06-05-17, 06:27 AM
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Originally Posted by BBassett View Post
Do you think that you have a right in this life not to be irritated? I hate men's cologne but don't whine about it to some simple dandy as we ride an elevator together. Maybe you need to look at why you are so easily irritated by your fellow man. Or..... just stop whining.
I SAID I'm not chasing anyone down, and I'm not saying anything. I was responding to the opinion that if nobody says anything, then they're not irritated. There's a bit too much these days of the assumption that silence means agreement.
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Old 06-05-17, 06:41 AM
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https://www.amazon.com/iwerkz-Bottle...h+bike+speaker


This one has been for sale through various retailers for years. One of the other sellers had tons of reviews and it indicates a fairly high failure rate on delivery, however, at the price you can buy several before approaching the price of the "better" ones.
With that said, I bought one and it holds charge very nicely. I get about 9-ish hours. It does Bluetooth as well as SD card input. I have noted mine to be as waterproof as what I ride in. I wouldn't test it out in a huge downpour, but my momma told me not to stand (ride) in the rain anyway....

Sound is acceptable, insomuch as you can hear everything else as well. It sounds good enough to use around the house when cleaning, etc too.
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Old 06-05-17, 01:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Jaywalk3r View Post
This.

Use earbuds. They allow 100 percent of ambient sounds through, and won't annoy everyone else.
Except this is illegal in many states. So before doing this, check local and state laws.
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Old 06-05-17, 02:12 PM
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Except this is illegal in many states. So before doing this, check local and state laws.
I'm pretty sure that riding with a single earbud is legal in most if not all states.
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Old 06-05-17, 02:50 PM
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Due to threads like this one, and the similar ilk over in A&S, I've been paying more and more attention to the ears of other cyclists as of recent. And whether on open roads or the river trails, easily half the riders I see have earbuds in. Joggers/runners near 100%.

I have my Boombot PRO on the mount in front of the bars, but have been more often opting for BT earbuds on the trails or long climbs... or just when I don't feel like listening to hours of wind noise. I don't believe my safety is compromised in any way, as +95% of important information is coming in through my eyes.
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Old 06-07-17, 01:33 PM
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I bought the Avantree 10W Bluetooth Bike Speaker off Amazon. It's loud enough that I don't turn it on until after I'm out of our neighborhood in the morning, but it's a little hard to hear in heavy traffic. It's water "resistant" and comes with a bicycle mount that will double as a bottle holder. It'll play thru BT, 3.5mm cable, or a micro SD card, and can be used for phone calls. It's kind of big though (180mm x 70mm) and weighs 433g. I may give it to my daughter and get a smaller one. I saw some that have a cabled controller you can route up to the handlebars.
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Old 06-08-17, 08:47 AM
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Originally Posted by ItsJustMe View Post
Yeah, because the rest of the world wants to hear your stuff. It's bad enough cars do this.
+1

Just say no to vaping, man buns, and cycling speakers.
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Old 06-08-17, 01:47 PM
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I've been toying with the idea of getting one of these, mainly so I can hear turn-by-turn directions from my phone (via the RideWithGPS app). There are so many of them though. Most seem to be rebrands of the same half-dozen or so basic designs so they're probably all pretty similar (probably mediocre) quality. Some of them double as a power bank which is a sensible feature.

I don't know what power level I need either. Right now I stick my phone in my backpack, turned upside-down so the speakers are pointing to the back of my head. Works pretty well most of the time but can be easily drowned out by wind or traffic.
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Old 06-08-17, 05:26 PM
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The best of both worlds and NO wind noise. They work on the principle of bone conduction, nothing goes in your ears, nothing on your handlebars that is annoying to others, and you can hear everything around you with no attenuation.

https://aftershokz.com/collections/w...ant=7698984833

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Old 06-09-17, 08:24 AM
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I've got a UE Boom-2. Excellent battery-life, submersible, fits perfectly in a water-bottle holder, and sounds great... When it's working. Maybe mine is a dud, most people seem to not have problems, but mine is temperamental.

The Boom and Boom-2 come in some pretty crazy colours, but I've got a "phantom" (read: charcoal) in black water-bottle-cage on my grey seat-tube, and it's funny watching people try to figure out where the music is coming from.
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Old 06-14-17, 04:52 AM
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its just rude to other people, but it seems most of these ass bags were never taught public etiquette. this will end ugly.
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Old 06-14-17, 07:14 AM
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I like a huge boombox attached to top of my helmet.
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I try to stay off roads as much as I can. When riding in high (human) traffic areas the music I play allows others to hear me coming and prepare to reign in the dogs, or the 4 kids... or both. I don't ***** or whine about having to slow, or even stop at times to negotiate the trails when a pair of oblivious trail chatters demand the center of the walk in total disregard of others. And a big percentage of pedestrians comment positively on my choice of music. Not a day goes by that I don't see people start to dance to some music I am playing. As far as wind noise is concerned, slow down some, I don't have a problem.
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Old 06-19-17, 03:38 PM
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I have not used it on while riding, but at home, we have a UE Boom that I would highly recommend! Very water resistant, fits in bottle holders easily, and actually has a good full sound. Best of all, many of my neighbors have BT speakers, but non are as loud as the one we have.
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As for using a speaker while riding (IMPO), I feel that as long as it is respectful of volume during daylight hours, it's not really an issue. Obviously you want it loud enough to hear while riding during traffic, but don't make it so loud that it can be heard a block away. If you turned it up on a heavy thoroughfare, just remember to turn it down once you enter a neighborhood.

Also, be mindful of music and cuss words!!

As for me, I use earbuds. They are lighter than a speaker. Many times, I don't play any music...I just wear them to cut out the loud traffic and wind (both of which make up 90% of my commute). I can definitely still hear the vehicles coming up to me...

The earbuds are also nice since they have a mic in-line. This way, when I get a call, I just have to pull over, stop, and hit the button on my earbud. No more scrambling to get my phone out of my belt pocket...
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I live in a noisy city. I don't like that aspect of life here, but I live with it. Someone on a bike passing me with a blaring speaker is one of the least annoying noises I encounter. If we are going in opposite directions, I don't hear it for more than one second.
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not too cool of an idea for me but if you need specific suggestions, I'll thrown in Avantree or Sondpex
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Originally Posted by Jaywalk3r View Post
Use earbuds. They allow 100 percent of ambient sounds through, and won't annoy everyone else.
Got proof?

Most objects you put in or on your ear, will reduce or change ambient sound in some way.

I prefer earbuds as well, mostly because they have vastly superior fidelity compared to almost any loudspeaker in an outdoor environment.

I try to keep the levels below 90db, to reduce the risk of long term hearing damage.

Most of the time there is too much background noise.

I find people who sing out loud to be even more annoying than most prerecorded content, the worst invention of all time has to be karaoke.

In China at any given time, there is someone attempting to replicate their favorite singer and failing miserably.

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Got proof?

Most objects you put in or on your ear, will reduce or change ambient sound in some way.

I prefer earbuds as well, mostly because they have vastly superior fidelity compared to almost any loudspeaker in an outdoor environment.

I try to keep the levels below 90db, to reduce the risk of long term hearing damage.

Most of the time there is too much background noise.

I find people who sing out loud to be even more annoying than most prerecorded content, the worst invention of all time has to be karaoke.

In China at any given time, there is someone attempting to replicate their favorite singer and failing miserably.

Hey man just a quick note, when you find someone that says something stupid, just ignore it. Obviously, if you jam something in your ears it will degrade your hearing. Don't try to reason or argue with a foolish statement.
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Originally Posted by BikeLite View Post
I like a huge boombox attached to top of my helmet.
I fix mine to the frame, but I do it for real.
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