The 10 Best Bike Speakers
10. Venstar Sport
- comes with an allen wrench
- highly resistant to shocks
- some fail over time
|Rating||3.7 / 5.0|
9. Eceen Wireless
- up to 15 hours of playing time
- includes a case for easy storage
- straps are tough to tighten
|Rating||4.3 / 5.0|
8. Avantree Outdoor
- charges in just over 3 hours
- generates rich bass
- volume could be more powerful
|Rating||4.1 / 5.0|
7. Urbo Wireless
- flashlight is very bright
- remote camera button
- mounting bracket is a bit flimsy
|Rating||4.1 / 5.0|
6. Jackery Boom
- produces 10 watts of power
- comes with a solid bike mount
- nice value for its durability
|Rating||4.2 / 5.0|
5. Zealot S1
- can also be used as a power bank
- comes in multiple color options
- integrated light with 3 power modes
|Rating||4.7 / 5.0|
4. Naztech Cycle
- aluminum grill for protection
- easy-to-grip rubber exterior
- weighs only 6 ounces
|Rating||4.9 / 5.0|
3. Uppel 4.0
- no tools required for setup
- phone mount is universal
- 30-day money-back guarantee
|Rating||4.6 / 5.0|
1. Celtic Blu System
- fits into a cupholder
- 100-foot bluetooth connection range
- fm radio capabilities
|Rating||4.9 / 5.0|
The Basics Of Bike Safety
Riding a bicycle can be enjoyable, great for your health, and an efficient, low cost and environmentally friendly way to travel all at the same time. But regardless of whether you're riding through the park for fun, down miles of trail for exercise or as part of a competition, or using a bike as your preferred method of commuting, you need to make sure you take all needed safety precautions before you let yourself have fun, exercise, or travel on that bike.
Riding in the city or in busy suburbs can be the most dangerous place for a bicyclist. In 2013, the last year for which we have decent data at present, there were more than 900 cyclist fatalities in the United States. And approximately two percent of those killed as a result of automobile accidents were in fact bikers. Add to those grim statistics the fact that the year 2013 saw nearly half a million emergency room visits as a result of bicycle accidents and it comes clear that safety is not to be taken lightly when it comes to riding your bike.
Bike safety starts with wearing a helmet that is certified as safe, that fits you properly, and that you adjust to fit you snugly. And remember that a bike helmet is rated for one accident and that's all: if you fall off your bike and your helmet strikes the ground, a fence, a parked car, a person, or anything else, it's time to thank it for doing its job, throw it away, and promptly replace it.
The cautious (AKA intelligent) cyclist also wears gloves that can protect their hands during an accident, and many choose to wear snug clothing that maximizes aerodynamics and can minimize "road rash" in the event of a fall. Good eye protection is also wise, as dust and debris can cause lack of sight that's dangerous even it lasts only mere seconds.
For nighttime riding, a cyclist must make sure his or her reflectors are in good working order, and they should affix both a headlight and a rear flasher to their bike. Safe night riding also involves wearing a bright and reflective -- if not actually illuminated -- safety vest or belt.
Don't worry, there are also plenty of bike accessories designed to increase the fun, like the bike radio.
Great Gear For Fun Ride
You can get yourself a decent bike speaker, one that can link to your phone or media device using a wired or a wireless connection, for around thirty dollars. Or you can get yourself a bike speaker that connects to your devices and to FM radio, and that boasts a 30 hour battery life and has a 20 watt power rating that sends out powerful, crystal clear notes for closer to one hundred dollars.
When it comes to bike speakers, you really do get what you pay for. The lower end models work just fine, but they offer less audio quality and shorter battery life. In fact, you can even trace the arc of battery life relative to price, with one particular $30 unit offering eight hours of run time, a $50 unit offering 15, and a hundred dollar option at that 30 hour mark.
As for sound quality, that too follows the logical arc. The audiophile who is also a long distance cyclist should therefore treat himself or herself to a more expensive model. The cyclist commuter who just wants to hear the morning news will be fine with a more affordable option.
And remember, if you do want to listen to music or programming while riding a bike, a bike radio is imperative: it is never safe to ride with headphones on or earbuds in. The loss of situational awareness caused by such units is simply unacceptable.
Bike Speakers Beyond The Music
A bike speaker is of course great for enjoying your favorite music, talk radio program, or podcasts while you are on the go, but a bike speaker can also provide more than just an enjoyable listening experience. When you use a bike speaker that has Bluetooth wireless technology and a built in microphone, you can conduct safe hands free phone calls while cycling away at top speed. That's great for the businessperson who wants to get some exercise while handling his or her call load or for the friend or family member who wants to catch up, but it's also a great feature to be used by cyclists during training rides or race events.
When you can safely and quickly place or receive phone calls right from your bicycle, you can stay connected to your coach or your teammates while not losing any speed or rhythm. This can help coordinate legs of a race and make a plan for staying ahead of the pack. More casual riders can also enjoy the same features to stay in touch with their companions during long cross country rides or as they wend through busy city streets.
Bike speakers can also be valuable tools for emergency response and for heightened situational awareness. You can communicate with safety officials (or with your fellow responders if you're part of the crew) or use you bike radio to listen for emergency broadcast information in the event of storms, disasters, or any other serious issue you might face while on your bike.