What is the best way to play music of decent audio quality and volume while riding a bicycle? (not headphones)
I'm riding the MS-150 bike ride this year from Duluth to the Twin Cities. I've done it the last few years with a cheap handlebar-attached speaker that runs on AA batteries and barely delivers enough sound for myself to hear, let alone my riding companions. This year I'd like to improve on that, because it really helps to have some sweet tunes while tooling down the road.
I am considering going a bluetooth speaker route, and specifically buying something like the highly rated but expensive UE Boom
or perhaps something a little cheaper like this
. I'd probably use a smartphone with music piped from local storage for the source, or alternatively use something like a Sansa Clip plugged into it via a mini-jack cable.
The reason I'm asking the question is that I'm feeling a bit shaky about every aspect of this "solution" and don't want to drop a couple hundred dollars on something that doesn't fit the bill. I've googled quite a bit about this but it's not bringing me to any definitive conclusion on the best rig for this job.
- Needs to play music at a volume where those biking within about 10 feet of me can hear it
- Needs to have decent enough quality to not sound tinny or blown out
- Waterproof is a big plus
- Mounting a heavy speaker to a rear rack is a last resort.
Does anyone have direct experience with doing such a thing? What's worked? What hasn't?