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Jul052012

« Bicycle Boombox »

'Tis the season for summer jams, and what better way to enjoy them than cruising around on your bike? We've been wanting tunes on the bike for years now, but didn't feel up to creating a block-rocking-beats trailer like those that come along on Bike Party! rides and such. 

And our 3yo Luc fancies himself quite the DJ and Justin Bieber cover artiste. Don't ask how he was exposed, just know that it was out of our control. Showing him MattyB videos on YouTube is entirely our unforced parenting error, however. Here is Luc doing his best MattyB:

Luc is living this rap game, people.

Here is an easy way to play music for you and yours on your bike: the Logitech Mini Boombox, $80. It has a wireless bluetooth connection to your phone, so you can play music, stream Spotify, whatever. What I like is that Luc and Drew can pause and skip songs in the playlist from the boombox, while I retain my phone and the ability to skip tunes and lower volume.

It gets a workout inside the house, and in the yard, to be sure, but also mounts easily on the bike! The boombox happens to fit in our bottle cage, with a little anti-slip padding and a velcro strap to encircle it and keep it from slipping out the side. For such a tiny box, it puts out enough sound to start to feel self-conscious about the neighbors, but not enough to feel bad about it.

And yes, depending on what we're listening to, it's noise pollution, but we're usually just passing by, so no one has to tolerate the Biebs for that long.

Another wireless speaker that is bigger & better but would require more of a custom mount is this Braven Speaker (charges your phone, rugged exterior).

We rode home from the July 4th Gasworks Fireworks last night, through throngs of pedestrians and traffic. Music turned out to be a less obnoxious way than dinging nonstop to warn people walking under the influence that we were coming through. The theme from Greatest American Hero was a big singalong, flyalong hit. 

How are you enjoying music on your bike? 

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Reader Comments (6)

My daughter and I do quite a bit of riding on my bike with her in the handlebar mounted i-Bert seat. I usually just stick my iPhone in her hood and go! Works great!

July 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKeezo

We've been thinking about doing this on our xtracycle for awhile now. Did you consider either of these options, by any chance?
http://www.amazon.com/SoundShell-Bicycle-Portable-Speakers-versions/dp/B00439CQKQ
http://www.amazon.com/iLuv-iSP110-Portable-Amplified-Speaker/dp/B002QPQNLC/

July 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

I was looking for Bluetooth so that I could keep my phone while Luc DJ'd around the house, but these look good to me too. Let us know if they work out!

July 16, 2012 | Registered CommenterJulian / Totcycle

I prefer a portable cassette player, which when bought used is cheaper than any kind of bluetooth speaker, runs on batteries, and is entirely self-contained. It's easy to find cassettes to listen to at yard sales and flea markets. If I lose it, no big deal.

July 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJonathan

I bought this speaker on this blogs review alone. I promptly used it on my Xtracycle and took it on our families' first ever bike camping trip. It worked just as advertised; very easy setup, great sound and very portable. I charged my phone on day two enough to keep it feeding music to the Braven and it kept on rockin'! I even used the little flashlight at the picnic table to pop my contacts out... A little gimmicky but it served its purpose. I strapped the speaker on the back of my Xtracycle snap deck and I could not hear it at speeds approaching 15-20 MPH due to wind noise. Based on my daughter's (stoker) singing, I think she still heard the music. Bottom line: great speaker, great sound, and accurate review by Totcycle! But if you really want to ROCK the bike, better start building that boom box...

July 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSeanO

Nice to hear about the Braven ... if I had that one I might hack up a handlebar mount facing backwards?

July 24, 2012 | Registered CommenterJulian / Totcycle

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