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iPod mounting on my bike?

Old 07-02-05, 04:51 PM
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iPod mounting on my bike?

Has anyone ever mounted thier iPod onto thier bike? I've been surfing thiking there'd be a place that would sell one but I can't find any anywhere.

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Old 07-02-05, 04:54 PM
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Sounds pretty dangerous, are you gonna use earphones or speakers?? You could just put it in your jersey's rear pocket.
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Old 07-02-05, 04:58 PM
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get an armband, I can't imagine all the buzz/vibration/bumps that a bicycle has would be good for your iPod
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Old 07-02-05, 05:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Ziggurat
get an armband, I can't imagine all the buzz/vibration/bumps that a bicycle has would be good for your iPod
probably not, although the typical ipod only spins its hard drive for 5-10 seconds every ten minutes... there's a ram buffer around 20-25MB in size that it reads the next songs in the queue into, and then it spins down the drive.

i'd say put it in a jersey pocket - and ride somewhere with VERY few cars and a flashing light on your seatpost. i'd be a bit freaked out not being able to hear traffic approaching. although if you're going to block your ears completely with music, you could always add a ear-covering time trial helmet:

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Old 07-02-05, 05:30 PM
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First....you'll get flamed on this board by all the people who profess to have superior intelligence and the proper "caring" attitude.....if you mention that you like to listen to music while you ride.

So, being such an idiot, like me, take a look at the velcro straps such as those used to hold pumps secure to a bicycle frame. I use that to attach my mp3 player to the stem on my bike. It's secure and easy to read and use. Also, for aero bars, I use the plastic straps to connect to the carrying case and hold it between the bars.....

Good luck and enjoy the tunes.

Oh, by the way, recent study by a large eastern college revealed that music increased the performance of the athletes involved by 15%....that's enough to win a lot of road races!
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Old 07-02-05, 05:51 PM
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Originally Posted by LapDog
...Oh, by the way, recent study by a large eastern college revealed that music increased the performance of the athletes involved by 15%...
yup, I pedal SO much harder if I have the right music playing. I guess it's my version of jumping on the bed and playing air guitar, but it makes it much more intense for me with music.
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Old 07-02-05, 06:17 PM
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just put it in your back pocket, thats what i do with mine
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put your ipod in the jersey pocket on the rear of your shirt.

iPods (except Shuffles) have a hard drive disk (HDD) which has moving parts. It's not supposed to be bumped or jostled around. Mounting it to your bars would essentially mean that the iPod would fail in a few months after hitting a few potholes.

The jersey is much more springy, which the iPod can deal with much better than hard jolts.
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Old 07-02-05, 07:19 PM
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Let me start by saying I only use my iPod when riding on the trail.

If you have the "remote" just wrap the cord a few times around the iPod, stick it in a side/rear jersey pocket, clip the remote to the bottom of your jersey, then run the earbud cables under your jersey and up to your head. That keeps anything from flopping around while riding, and you can get off your bike without worrying about being tethered to it. If you don't have a remote, you may need to just run the earbud cables up your back. Still, not much of a bother, and the jersey is safer for your iPod than clamping it to your frame.
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Old 07-02-05, 07:21 PM
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I have a marware case and they sell a mobility pack for it like this: http://www.me-now.com/maipmopa.html

I only use my ipod on the trainer
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Old 07-02-05, 07:23 PM
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I have the armband... It chafes if you sweat... cant wear it on your skin directly.. I use it for running... never on the road.. I depend a lot on my auditory abilities to sense traffic flow etc... so there...
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Old 07-02-05, 08:15 PM
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I ended up buying the iPod shuffle. You can velcro it to your handlebars or throw it in one of your back pockets. It's lighter than the earphones
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For all of you saying not to ride while listening to headphones, the iPod headphones especially do not block out outside sounds. It more blends music into your outside world, not isolates you. Also, when riding, there is lots of wind noise in your ears anyways, so replacing this wind noise with music doesn't do a whole lot.

Then again, I don't ride with headphones unless I am staying in my neighborhood .
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Originally Posted by Bontrager
I ended up buying the iPod shuffle. You can velcro it to your handlebars or throw it in one of your back pockets. It's lighter than the earphones
and if you live in canada, you can get a free 512MB shuffle for the hassle of switching your bank account to TD. I picked up a brochure with the 'fine print' in it, the terms don't look too onerous for what amounts to a $130 value gift.
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Originally Posted by KevRC4130
For all of you saying not to ride while listening to headphones, the iPod headphones especially do not block out outside sounds. It more blends music into your outside world, not isolates you. Also, when riding, there is lots of wind noise in your ears anyways, so replacing this wind noise with music doesn't do a whole lot.

Then again, I don't ride with headphones unless I am staying in my neighborhood .
Have to disagree on that... I dont but that one bit.. Noise spectrum is different from music... Beisides lets say you are slowing down to a stop and you got led zeppelin blasting on it, how are you gonna hear the cager comming too close or the guy yelling on your left...
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Originally Posted by skinnyone
Have to disagree on that... I dont but that one bit.. Noise spectrum is different from music... Beisides lets say you are slowing down to a stop and you got led zeppelin blasting on it, how are you gonna hear the cager comming too close or the guy yelling on your left...
Doesn't really matter when you ride where there are no cars.

Lets stay on topic. He didn't ask how people felt about riding w/headphones. There are enough threads about that.
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Old 07-02-05, 08:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Bontrager
Doesn't really matter when you ride where there are no cars.

Lets stay on topic. He didn't ask how people felt about riding w/headphones. There are enough threads about that.
I already gave my 0.02$s.. I wanted to correct something that I felt was way off base...
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I don't want anything attatched to my arm and I don't need any thing else on my bike.
I put it in down bike shorts where I can slide my finger right over the lycra and change tunes.
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I thought all the chickens were in 'Advocacy and Safety' forum.

For the record: I wear a helmet, and wouldn't listen to music in traffic--but there's nothing wrong with cycling with music on if it is in a safe area.
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Originally Posted by skinnyone
I already gave my 0.02$s.. I wanted to correct something that I felt was way off base...
Point taken, but I guess I forgot to clarify something in the first reply. If the iPod is quiet enough that it does not isolate you, which it should be, then it doesn't matter if you come to a stop light. The point I am trying to make it that these specific ear phones are different from just about any other that I've used in that they don't block out outside sounds. Even if you stop at a stop light, you SHOULD still be able to hear outside sounds, assuming you are listening at a safe volume.

But sorry, this is all I'll say because I don't want to derail this thread...

I find that the iPod works in your saddlebag, but you just need to be careful not to get your arm tangled up in the cord. The pockets in your jersey is a more ideal location, but unless it's a zip pocket, it won't be as secure. This also may or may not work based on your size, and how long your cord is. I personally would not mount it on the bike itself, because like others said, potholes and bumps aren't the best for the iPod's life.
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Originally Posted by Ziggurat
yup, I pedal SO much harder if I have the right music playing. I guess it's my version of jumping on the bed and playing air guitar, but it makes it much more intense for me with music.
You obviously missed the operative statement...but that's to be expected of you.....it applies to ATHLETES! Not smart assed children!
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m2racer sells something... check there... m2racer.com
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Originally Posted by LapDog
You obviously missed the operative statement...but that's to be expected of you.....it applies to ATHLETES! Not smart assed children!
sober up

You're obviously a moron, strapping an iPod to your bike.

That's like putting a laptop in a clothes dryer.

hint: moving parts

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Originally Posted by Ziggurat
sober up

You're obviously a moron, strapping an iPod to your bike.

That's like putting a laptop in a clothes dryer.

hint: moving parts

stop! that's too funny.
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I'll add my 2 cents. I commute all week in traffic 25 miles a day, rain or shine, night and day and wear headphones all the time. Satistically, since my frequency and duration are a lot higher than a typical recreational cyclist, any negatives I would've experienced by now but by far the most dangerous sections of my commute actually come from the FRONT, like cars making u-turns, turning into me, intersections, etc. And hearing doesn't really help me with those.

Anyway, back on topic, for exercise, you really don't need to strap a 30gb ipod on you, a cheap $50 mp3 player with an hour or so worth of crap on it's good enough. You don't want a harddrive spinning at 4000+ rpm with a read head floating 1/1000th of an inch above the platter to be under constant vibration or shock. If you absolutely HAVE to, mount it sideways, so if it does experience shock, it'll jolt the head sideways across the plane of the platter instead of INTO the platter.
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