I noticed on the ride that several people had some pretty good sounding stereo systems. Would anyone care to share what they have and how they like it? I would like to get a system for my road bike and would appreciate any advice on the subject. Thanks in advance.
I use a iHome system. System looks like a water bottle and fits in your water bottle cage. Holds several different types of iPods and has a power amp to boost music. Adjustable sound level with little distortion. Has a remote for your handle bars to turn on/off, raise/lower volume, advance and repeat. Power adapter allows you to recharge batteries in the amp and your iPod at same time, or just your iPod if not using rechargeable batteries. Rechargeable batteries really not needed as I played mine all week long, 5 to 8 hours per day and they’re still strong. Best overall sound system I’ve come across on 30 RAGBRAI’s.
Bad news is that iHome no longer makes this model with the advent of iPhones taking over as personal players. Worth looking on ebay or craig’s list for used one though.
That is the bike boom box mounted to the rack on the tandem as seen in my avatar. I must say it is very sweet and weighing only 8 pounds you will not find any better sound … per pound. The eight hour battery pack I ordered has lasted well over 8 hours before chargeing. It has two six inch Kenwood boat speakers. I am currently fixing it up with nitrous oxide.
why? you can’t hear cars, you can’t hear me when I’m saying ‘slow, on your left/right, stopping, rumbles, rider up, rider back, rider off, rider on, gravel’ and you miss out on conversation with fellow cyclists.
I would like to listen to music, and would like to do so in such a way that I don’t have headphones or ear buds in. To me, that is not real safe. What I observed many others doing (which is what I am inquiring about) looked both safe and enjoyable. I simply would like to know what they have. I also don’t plan to be blasting my music as high as it will go. But thanks for being the fun police.
i was aggrivated by a gentleman on a tandem bike who had a dewalt shop stereo strapped to the back of his bike with the volume up nearly all the way. when you have your stereo up that loud, it’s impossible for others to hear and communicate about passing and “car up!”. sometimes your desire to hear music makes everyone elses’ ride significantly more dangerous. i see nothing wrong with a small speaker system … but the last thing we need is more giant cooler speaker systems.
Mary – Hearing all the different music on the ride was one of the highlights of my first RAGBRAI. I was grateful that I did not have to bring my own setup from a charging standpoint, and loved seeing how creative other riders were with their gear. You are entitled to your opinion, but realize that a lot of us disagree with your sentiment.
I had more compliments on RAGBRAI for my music and stereo, I still heard all the signals and I still made sure to signal for all the other riders…and I still enjoyed a ton of conversations with other riders, some of which I would take requests for songs next.
Everyone with a music system was around me and past in less than 30 seconds so I never could either complain or enjoy the music. You too Bad Bobby, around me and gone, but I did see Bad Bobby dancing in one of the beer gardens the first or second day and he can keep time to the music.
There was one guy that had a large 24″ tall book shelf type speaker strapped to the rack on his bike. His taste in music was not too bad. But the best thing was, he blocked a lot of head wind! Our group spent a lot of time drafting him a couple of days.