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What device do you use to listen to music while riding? (2020)

Old 09-07-20, 02:14 AM
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What device do you use to listen to music while riding? (2020)

What do you use? What do you recommend?

I'm looking for something that supports bluetooth, is weather-proof, and has tactile buttons for play/pause, skip, and volume.
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Aftershokz Aeropex bone-conducting headphones. Is weather-proof and has all the controls that you mentioned.
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Since I ride on the road mostly, I avoid listening to music as I feel it is unsafe not to be able hear cars coming up behind me. And when I was mostly mountain biking I preferred to hear the sounds of the forest and the bike on the trail. I can listen to all the music I want while I'm home. Or play it with my band. That said, I do have a pair of Powerbeats that seem to work pretty well.
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I use a bluetooth speaker in my handlebar bag. To control it, I use this button which clips onto my handlebar. It has pause/resume, volume up/down, and prev/next.


Oh it turns out that the volume buttons also will take a picture when my camera app is on, so I can set my phone up for a picture and step away from it and take a picture that way.
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these. one in the left pocket, one in the right pocket. two hours of charge at full blast. ue is the name of the manufacturer. got both of these in a costco 2-pack for $160 about two years ago. you can control the speaker volume by touching the speaker in the applicable spot but i find it easier to just hit the side volume control buttons on the iphone. can get loud without wind and if you’ve got it on itunes and maxed out the volume on songs/albums/playlists. many parents clutch their children when I’m passing by as if I’m going to sacrifice their children or convert them into lifelong zappa, iggy, pavarotti or carpenters fans. much fear. can’t say i blame them.


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Android / Bluetooth Headset (New Bee)

I use my Android (IPX68 water/dust resistant) connected to a Bluetooth headset (5.0). It is legal 'cause one ear is open. My phone also logs my rides via Strava, and gives me directions when I request them, or other requests hands free. The device can adjust volume, forward/reverse audio tracks, or connect to the phone for voice commands. It can go for hours in heavy rain, too.

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Some seem to go for the jbl clip.
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I just play the music in my head. It keeps all the little voices at bay! <grin>
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If the voices in my head are getting drowned out, I can sing along with them.
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I second for Aftershokz Aeropex bone-conducting headphones. They sound as good as any earbuds I've tried and do not interfere with your normal hearing at all. Has all the controls too. I LOVE MINE!
I've tried on-the-bike speakers 3 different versions but just can't get the sound. Just my opinion
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I have in the past strapped a small amplified speaker to my stem and plugged it into my phone. I haven't done that in a while, though. I tend to just listen to whatever's around, usually the owls when I'm riding early in the morning.
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Wow, keeping it civil...and on subject.
I use the ifrogs 10 hour earbuds plugz in-ear headphones+mic sweat resistant. I just Bluetooth my phone and listen to Only good music.
I like that they have a wire from ear to ear (so I can't lose them), a clip for your shirt.

Inexpensive not sure how HiFi but good enough for riding.

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Speaking of Bluetooth speakers, since some users mentioned those, I have heard the JBL Clip (someone had them during the ride) but I didn't really like the sound quality. On a different ride someone had a Bose SoundLink Micro, those did sound good with a decent amount of bass but when I checked out the reviews online, battery life is the worst of the bunch. And finally, I have an Ultimate Ears Boom which I have always wanted to take out for a ride with, but never could bear to sacrifice a water bottle for it... but eh, sound quality-wise, it's just okay but nowhere as good as the Bose. The Ultimate Ears speakers all excel at volume (i.e. playing loudly), though.
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post

I used to have one of those, but the rain killed it. I'd like to find one that's weather-proof.
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I used to have one of those, but the rain killed it. I'd like to find one that's weather-proof.
I'd like to find one that is weatherproof and reliable. It's been finicky.
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A Musician, I have plenty of melodies in my head already.. I don't need electronics..

Though I brought a pocket mandolin to sit in pub sessions on the Irish& Scottish West Coasts ..
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iPod and a stereo to mono right ear bud.
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I just received the Monster Boomerang Neckband speaker and am just trying it out. So far, it's fantastic. My hope is that I can hear the ambient sounds I need to hear. The sound quality is good. I tried it for phone calls, too, and it seems to work well. It's definitely not private, however, by its nature.

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I use these from Anker. They're not great audio quality (as with the vast majority of Bluetooth earphones), but they were relatively inexpensive.
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Aftershokz Aeropex bone-conducting headphones. Is weather-proof and has all the controls that you mentioned.
This! Been using them for years (when I started running then switched to biking) and they are fantastic. Audio quality isn't awesome but it's a good sacrifice to retain the ambient noise of the road (and cars) as they are not plugging your ears. It's like using external speakers without annoying those around you.
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Power Beats connected to iphone on spotify or SirusXM down low if on a road or up a bit if on a bike path w no cars. Map my ride is also connected for periodic updates on ride info
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Don't all of you feel unsafe listening to music while riding? I wouldn't do anything on the bike that distracts me from my surroundings, especially on a road bike.
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Don't all of you feel unsafe listening to music while riding? I wouldn't do anything on the bike that distracts me from my surroundings, especially on a road bike.
Nope, I feel as safe as I could with out earbuds.
However...if I lived downtown in a big city I wouldn't wear them. In fact I would DISLIKE living anywhere that I wouldn't have the option to wear them...or forced to ride a MUP.
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On my commuter/single speed I just the JBL Clip speaker. I attach it to my backpack or belt loop and it works great. Allows me to hear my surroundings and I get music too.
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I have so many good things to say about Skullcandy Method Wireless. To the OP, they are Bluetooth, they are waterproof in a downpour, and have controls on the left end of the neck-loop (easy to use in a wide variety of conditions, included buried under layers in sub-zero temps). Additionally, great battery-life and love the neck-loop to manage the left ear bud ... I only use the right bud while riding.

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