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Cycling with music

I cycling with musicthink nearly everyone likes cycling with music; at least we do.  But how to do it, while being aware of your surroundings and more importantly still enjoy conversation with your cycling partner.  Here is an idea that I got a few years ago from another long-term cyclist named Dave from tiredofit.ca.  He had similar small USB speakers hanging from his bike and I thought I would give it a try.  What he did not show was how or what he used to attach the speakers, so I am going to show you what worked for me.

 

For more than 2 years I used this setup while commuting to and from work, cycling with others during long rides, and naturally we are using it now as we bicycle tour around the world. If you like cycling with music, but do not want to cycle with ear buds, I hope you find this setup beneficial.

 

The speakers we have are over two years old, but when new they were able to play for more than 10 hours on a full charge. I haven’t timed the length of play for sometime now, but they still play a long time on a full charge. Currently on tour, we only use one speaker at a time to save battery life and the sound is still plenty loud.

 

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 Parts needed

  • 2 – 2inch PVC caps (can be bought at any local hardware store for about $1)
  • 1 pair, iHome Portable USB speakers (model iHM60 or iHM79)
  • 1 – small piece of Velcro (used to hold the speaker cups to bike)
  • 1 – MP3 player of your liking
  • 1 – something to hold your MP3 player of your liking

My iTouch (MP3) Mount

There are plenty of mounts out there to choose from depending on your player. I decided to fabricate my own mount using bits and pieces that I had lying around.

  • 1 Garmin handlebar mount
  • 1 Garmin GPS battery cover
  • 1 Cronometro NOB Bicycle Handlebar Computer Mount
  • 1 small piece of sheet metal
  • 1 small piece of Velcro

Tools needed but not required

Whatever works to bore out the PVC caps because they are just a tad to small for the speakers to slide into.  You could up size your caps, but then your speakers will bounce around. For my first set of speaker holders I used a Dremel tool, it worked, but the caps were not uniform. Meaning in some spots I got to close to the wall and over time they cracked. For my second set, the pair appearing below, I used a drill press and a boring tool that removed just enough to allow the speakers to slide in. However, you can use a piece of sandpaper and your hands, it will just take a little longer.  Once the speakers fit, you will need to cut slits for your Velcro strap, drill two holes for the on/off switch and USB cable and one on bottom that will allow you to push the speaker out if necessary.  Paint the PVC caps in your favorite color, mount them and then go cycling.

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2 Comments
  • Dave C
    Posted at 14:31h, 19 November Reply

    That’s exactly how I did it 🙂 PVC Caps, but stuck my knife over a stove and burned a hole in the back to stick some hose clamps through to the handlebar extender I made (out of an old shower rod). I’ve since lost the original speakers and now moved to the HM79 which are much bigger, so I use a 2.5inch cap (is all I could find in Africa) – and have used the same hose clamps, but also drilled 15 holes in each one not only to reduce the weight (the caps are Sch80) but to remove rain which collected in the bottom. It also helps me to not use it as an ashtray which is what I found myself doing in the past. The Cable ends can be shoved in there as well so they don’t go flying around when the speakers aren’t connected – Ride on – Dave

    • Ron
      Posted at 02:43h, 20 November Reply

      Hello Dave thanks for responding and giving us your tips. We’ve enjoyed following your adventure from nearly the beginning of when you started. Hopefully, our cycle paths will cross and we can enjoy some good times over a beer or four! 🙂 ron & petra

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