Friday, May 7, 2010

Rocking Down the Highway

Ah, the Doobie Brothers.
I think I wore out a couple of their albums and cassette tapes.
Now I'm not one of those that are against listening to music while riding around. In fact, I ride with a music player all the time:

The sad fact is that the MP3 project is way behind schedule as I'm only up to S on the CD rack. Last thing I loaded up was some Siouxsie and the Banshees.
I also use an earphone that has only one side. It takes the stereo signal and turns it mono, so you get the both channels of music in one ear.
You can find the earphone here.
The Doobie Brothers came to mind as I read my copy of Momentum(see below).
You can read what I read here.
Now I don't know about you, but I think this is taking it a bit too far. For those of you too lazy to click the link, this is what I'm talking about:

Yes sports fans, DIY road sounds!
Sorry, only one channel; that is unless you have a front rack(which I do).
So I was reading the article and I started to think.
I wonder how long it will take for some innovative rocker to take an Ebike and use it to power up his sounds.
I can see it now: some frankenrecumbulatorelectricbike with like twenty speakers wired up.
All upholstered in blue velvet.
I took a stab at drawing it, but even that is beyond my wild imagination.
What? Already done?
Now the article gives good advice. You should try to find a speaker with a high level of sensitivity; something above 90db is fine.
My speakers are rated at 93db, but I don't think they'd look too good on my bike:

In the interest of science, I was going to try and mock it up, but decided against it. The speakers are measured out to a precise location(seriously) and I didn't want to have to place it again.
You, the reader, will just have to use your imagination.
I wonder if the speaker affects your steering?
Anyways, I was reading the article, trying to take it seriously.
I was really trying.
I mean I don't even listen to music that loud in my car anymore.
I figure the last thing I need is to be waiting at the stoplight and hear that Boom-Sis pull up next to me only find that it's another guy on a bike.
With a stereo on his rack.


dogimo said...

Man that 1-ear mono piece is a great idea! I may just get me one of those!

I could save fully half my hearing.

limom said...

Take care of those ears!
Tinnitus sucks.