Bicycle Boombox
July 5, 2012
Julian / Totcycle in How To, Reviews

'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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