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iPod shuffle 2nd greatest cycling invention ever...

Old 07-16-08, 08:53 PM
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iPod shuffle 2nd greatest cycling invention ever...

...behind EPO, of course.

I've been riding for a couple of years with this:


which is a fine product. I like it, but I would equate it to an mp3 player wrapped in a brick

My wife, the amazing schoolteacher that she is, received as an end of the year present an electric pink iPod shuffle from a couple of her students:


this thing weighs about as much as a Gu packet. I'd get you weight weenies a gram difference, but not being a d-bag, I don't own a gram scale.

All I ever did on the Dell (it's manufactured by Creative, Inc.) was setup a playlist of riding songs (see other current thread for suggestions: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=437517) and let it go. This is exactly what the shuffle does.

Also, thanks to some smart people, I can run it using gtkpod in my native linux w/o using my wife's windows laptop. Brilliant. A little udev trickery and suddenly it's as simple as using a Mac/Windows, but with more "smug".

My wife gets to use the red Nano with a sweet inscription I got for her last Christmas, and I get the electric pink shuffle which clips on the _outside_ of my jersey pocket, thus not getting all sweaty. Everybody wins.


edit: If you want to buy one, it's only like $50 for 1GB (you don't need more space, don't act like you do). That's about what everyone here seems to spend on a water bottle cages, so I'd say it's a good deal.
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Duh.
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Duh.
+1, sorry.
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Yeah, I'd use the Shuffle if it were safe to do so. Although I'd probably train harder to music, I like to hear the cars coming up from behind.
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Yeah, I'd use the Shuffle if it were safe to do so. Although I'd probably train harder to music, I like to hear the cars coming up from behind.


if you do it right, it's not a problem.
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Originally Posted by kudude View Post


if you do it right, it's not a problem.
I'll see your deadhorse and raise you another:

Even on centuries, I never get tired of the sound of my bike under me and nature around me.
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Yeah, I'd use the Shuffle if it were safe to do so. Although I'd probably train harder to music, I like to hear the cars coming up from behind.
Don't do it, it's certain death.
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Originally Posted by palesaint View Post
I'll see your deadhorse and raise you another:

Even on centuries, I never get tired of the sound of my bike under me and nature around me.
Well, you're a better person than me.


edit: should read "better than I." I apologize.

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Originally Posted by kudude View Post
this thing weighs about as much as a Gu packet. I'd get you weight weenies a gram difference, but not being a d-bag, I don't own a gram scale.
Did somebody call for assistance from a d-bag?
Check it out. The cliff shot weighs twice as much!



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Originally Posted by OCshark View Post
I like to hear the cars coming up from behind.
I'd rather see them since I can't hear what lane position they're taking.
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You are not going to believe this.

I went to the grocery store, and the loaves of bread now come sliced, it's crazy. I wonder what they will think of next, probably an ipod that weighs half of a Clif gel.

On a more serious note, I'm gonna pick one up as soon as my current MP3 player dies,
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I think I am going to pick one up as well to supplement the 30gb that lives in my car.

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Wear those headphones and a Prius could be the death of you.
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Originally Posted by palesaint View Post
I'll see your deadhorse and raise you another:

Even on centuries, I never get tired of the sound of my bike under me and nature around me.
Yes nothing better than the non-stop buffeting of 20+mph wind, constant tire noise and the occasional harley. I love the sound of nature.
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I L O V E mine. 130 (safe) miles this week already.
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a Prius could be the death of you.
I helped you out there Man, Priuses are quiet beasts (often driven by maniacs.)
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I would certainly hate to miss the leaf blowers, sirens, and thumping bass that is my idyllic commute through Central Los Angeles every morning.
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I like my Sansa e260, personally. It's about the size of a Clif Shot, but non-nutritive and a hell of a lot more expensive.

On the road I ride with just the right earphone in, and when on MUPs or whatever, I'll do both. Once you develop that 6th sense for detecting when something is behind you (cars, those stealthy wheel suckers that sneak up behind you in silence to try to catch a free ride, etc), it becomes less of an issue - not that I am recommending you try. In fact, you'd have to be insane to ride with headphones. What am I thinking!??! ahhhhhhh
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and your point is?
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Originally Posted by kudude View Post
edit: If you want to buy one, it's only like $50 for 1GB (you don't need more space, don't act like you do). That's about what everyone here seems to spend on a water bottle cages, so I'd say it's a good deal.
SHILL!!!!
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i have one too, i only rock it on the trainer in my basement, iwhen i ride late nite and i dont want to blare the stereo. no traffic to worry about there.
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Wear those headphones and a Prius could be the death of you.
First, you can't hear a Prius coming up from behind regardless of headphones. Second, headphones only worn in a single ear (the side away from traffic) does not affect what you can hear, and Third, what does a car sound like when it's about to hit you? How does this sound different from a car that's not about to hit you?
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Originally Posted by umd View Post
First, you can't hear a Prius coming up from behind regardless of headphones. Second, headphones only worn in a single ear (the side away from traffic) does not affect what you can hear, and Third, what does a car sound like when it's about to hit you? How does this sound different from a car that's not about to hit you?
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I need to hear if my chain is scraping the FD! I can see me rockin to Van Halen while everyone points and laughs at my noisy drivetrain. And if I listened to Van Halen in the right headphone only, I wouldn't hear the guitar (MONO is not an option, is it?)!

That said, I read all over that the "new" shuffle sounds way worse than the plastic older one.
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what does a car sound like when it's about to hit you?
Screech, honk, screech.
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