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Old 11-29-17, 12:27 PM
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another Option...

Blutetooth Speaker strapped to your bike.. You might piss off everyone around you or they may dance to your jams as you pass them by haha

I have a JBL speaker that I am going to use..

How would you mount this to your Bike?
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Old 11-29-17, 12:28 PM
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I use a Bluetooth bottle cage speaker. That way myself AND everyone around me can enjoy my flawless musical tastes.

Edit ^ those typically fit in your bottle cage and is very similar to what I use.
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Old 11-29-17, 12:41 PM
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Earbuds. And yes, I hear BETTER with them in. I can't hear a thing without them when I'm riding at speed due to wind noise. With them in, it's a pretty consistent level whether fast or slow. I generally only listen to books/podcasts though so I think that contributes to being able to hear okay.
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I have Apple wireless airpods. I just wear the right side one so I can still hear everything around me. Airpods automatically switch to mono when only in one ear so the music sounds the same. The airpod is so small it isn't even noticeable.
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Kapusta,

I have been very interested in the AfterShoks. Would like to try them sometime.
I was skeptical about sound quality. I was pleasantly surprised at how good the sound quality is, very surprised actually. The best thing about them is that I can listen at a moderately loud volume and still hear traffic since they don't cover or go in the ear. Battery life is good also. Yes, they require battery power to drive the sound but they are very light weight.


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Why not just enjoy the bike ride?
Because the saddle kills my arse. The music will distract me.
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Why not just enjoy the bike ride?
cuz 'muricuh.
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Old 11-29-17, 07:27 PM
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Recently tried the Trekz Titanium, and while i found the audio quality to be acceptable for what they are, I found them monumentally uncomfortable. To get any decent sound out of them, the little pad had to be pressing right in front of the tragus, and my ears do not like that, at all. They were in my possession for less than 18 hours, and my ears were sore for 2 days. Traded them in for a set of JLab Epic Air wireless earbuds, and have been extremely pleased with them the ~3 weeks I've used them. They come with a whole bag full of ear tips so pretty much anyone can find a comfortable fit, and they genuinely deliver on the stated battery life of 6 hours @ medium volume.

They charge by placing the buds in a little case, and they'll charge from dead in about an hour. Supposedly, a 15 minute charge will give 75 minutes of listening. Impressive, as they're the "true wireless" type, where the left and right pair together, no wire in between. Sound quality is excellent, comfort is likewise excellent. No issues wearing them 4-5 hours at a stretch. Because I like music, and think that in 99% of cycling situations hearing is basically a worthless sense, I use the set of tips that block out as much outside noise as possible. Sometimes, I play the music plenty loud, too.

This is only on the Cervelo, anyway. My Ritchey has a custom out-front mount with a Boombot PRO on it. I just couldn't bring myself to slap a 1lb speaker on a 17lb bike, so earbuds it is.
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Boombotix Boombot Pro (or even the regular one is good and usually on sale at Boombotix) and play good music! I don't really do headphones often, I did it a while back but I was commuting home at 9:30 and there was less traffic and I kept the volume quite low. Now I play music from that nice little speaker typically placed somewhere on my rando bag. Then again I haven't biked with music in a little bit. Some days yes and other days no. Sometimes it is nice to just relax and enjoy the ride.
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Old 11-29-17, 07:58 PM
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I just use buds, reasonable volume so i can traffic but most my riding is rural farm country roads. Most of my playlists have songs with uptempo beats that lends itself to cadence zone i like to ride at.
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Because the saddle kills my arse. The music will distract me.
I'm sure Rydabent has the one and only true solution for that problem!
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Old 11-29-17, 08:49 PM
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I like cheap earplug-style earbuds. The more ambient noise they block the better because I can listen at lower volumes and to be honest I never liked the sound of buses and dump trucks roaring past anyway. $10 Panasonics are fine, tucked under my helmet straps.
Some humans also enjoy music. Headphones can also be added or removed mid-ride at said humans' pleasure.
I too use inexpensive earplug-style earbuds from Amazon. I prefer to listen to audio books or music from an mp3 player to barking dogs, strangers yelling, or road noise. In the last decade I have listened to hundreds of audio books while riding. Previously I listened to Old Time Radio broadcasts or music from a Walkman or Discman while riding.

All of the above recorded media enhanced my bicycling pleasure.
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Old 11-29-17, 08:54 PM
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not sure if it's been mentioned, but different headphones have different amounts of isolation (insulation from outside noise). though this may be irrelevant because most actual headphones will prevent you from wearing a helmet (i guess that's just a separate conversation)

the 2 things you wanna look for with isolation are open back vs closed back. open back headphones have little to no isolation, so would work well for still being able to hear traffic noise. and for the audiophiles out there, you get a really different sound - very crisp and spacious sounding highs and reverb.

Koss UR55 headphones are amazing for the price. very flat frequency response if you're into that (most consumer heaphones have bloated bass and treble). they're semi open back so not a bad compromise. and they have a fairly tight headband, i imagine they'd stay on through mountain biking.

Koss Portapros are another great option - a cult classic as well. they are fully open back and also very affordable. might even fit under some helmets. https://www.amazon.com/Koss-Porta-Pr...ss%2Bur55&th=1
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I don't use a mobile or earphones for music, but I use an AM/FM radio, with SW, MP3 and USB stick that I use for talking books. Some of the roads here in OZ are long and lonely, so a good book is All I need. I also use an Hand Held 2 Way radio so I can keep an ear out for truckies and also to warn them that I am up ahead. It helps very much, as well as for emergencies when the mobile is out of range.
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I never ride while listening to music with headphones or earbuds as I don't feel it's safe. Your state may vary but here in PA it is illegal.

Section 3314 of the vehicle code specifically prohibits the use of headphones by vehicle operators. This has been held by caselaw to apply to a motorcyclist wearing earbuds under his helmet. The above-quoted section making all laws applicable to drivers of vehicles applicable to cyclists means that the common practice of riding with earbuds is technically illegal in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
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I was skeptical about earbuds and cycling. When I tried it, frankly I was amazed. The ones I wore, just some cheap generic jobs my daughter has not yet confiscated, actually proved to cancel out a lot of wind noise. Whether it improved hearing or not I wouldn't say but I did not feel that in any way it lessened or handicapped my ability to hear traffic around me.
The one thing I did NOT like is dealing with the wire dangling around. I tried using velcro to corral the slack but then when I pushed back I'd take up what little slack there was and pull them out of my ears.

I have some generic bluetooth buds from Amazon on my Christmas list.
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Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
Why not just enjoy the bike ride?
Because we ride horribly designed ergonomically dysfunctional machines which causes us to experience backaches, neck aches, numb arms and hands, headaches, knee and joint pain, bruised arses with saddle sores, vertigo, urological and sexual disfunction, poorly performing retirement funds, and various & sundry other maladies too numerous to mention. The music takes our pathetic minds off our irksome, aching conditions.

Ah, but what is one to do? If only there was a solution...
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Old 11-30-17, 09:31 AM
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If I ever get to do city riding again, I'd strongly consider a Bluetooth speaker in a small handlebar bag. Around here, I won't do it - town rides are too short, and I don't think that the cows and farmers would appreciate my fine taste in music.

The only headphones I like to use are not helmet compatible, so none for me. I'm also a bit skeptical about covering my ears, since I destroyed my hearing in my youth through a decade of amplifier worship.
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Because we ride horribly designed ergonomically dysfunctional machines which causes us to experience backaches, neck aches, numb arms and hands, headaches, knee and joint pain, bruised arses with saddle sores, vertigo, urological and sexual disfunction, poorly performing retirement funds, and various & sundry other maladies too numerous to mention. The music takes our pathetic minds off our irksome, aching conditions.

Ah, but what is one to do? If only there was a solution...
Solution? I call it mt biking.
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No headphones. Boom box, old school. Way loud on the bike path, stuff that sucker in the front basket. Think Sabbath, AC/DC, The mighty Zep, Rush etc. All them peds jump out of the way, scornful looks, moms covering their kids ears, critters running, dogs howling, awesome
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I never ride while listening to music with headphones or earbuds as I don't feel it's safe. Your state may vary but here in PA it is illegal.

Section 3314 of the vehicle code specifically prohibits the use of headphones by vehicle operators. This has been held by caselaw to apply to a motorcyclist wearing earbuds under his helmet. The above-quoted section making all laws applicable to drivers of vehicles applicable to cyclists means that the common practice of riding with earbuds is technically illegal in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Funny thing is, my motorcycle helmet has "helmet speakers" that fit right againt my ears (what are the odds? )

Blurring the line between headphones and speakers
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I'm gonna jump back in (one earbud/spoken word podcasts only) and say that since I listen to spoken word podcasts, sound quality isn't as important. I get something cheap because they will get wet from weather, etc. I tried a bluetooth headset years ago, but worried about it falling out, so I also prefer corded earbuds with a mic/button module which gets tucked in the helmet's chin strap by my mouth. I usually cut the other earbud off so it's out of the way and also in case I ever get in an accident I can show I didn't have both ears in.
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Think Sabbath, AC/DC, The mighty Zep, Rush etc.
It's a long way to the top (if you wanna rock and roll) ...
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I only listen to podcasts or news/talk radio while riding. Sony "around the back" headphones really cut wind noise down and allow for listening at a lower volume, which also helps hear any other sound.
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