LAS VEGAS, CES 2013 – There are many ways that you can annoy pedestrians and motorists with your bike: riding on the sidewalk; ringing the bell constantly as if you were a five-year-old child; running red lights without looking first.
And my favorite: riding a municipal bike-share bike the wrong way down a one-way street, whilst texting (not talking – texting) on a cellphone.
Now, Scosche adds to the long list with a speaker that sits in a bike’s bottle-cage.
It’s called the boomBOTTLE, and it’s a waterproof, omnidirectional speaker which slips snugly into your bike’s bottle holder. It’s Bluetooth, runs for 10 hours and has a pair of 40mm drivers to both be heard in traffic and to scare foot-using passersby. It’s even covered in a rugged TPU coating to help it bounce when a pedestrian inevitably knocks you off your ride.
I love it. It solves many problems at once: first, you can ditch the headphones, with their traffic-noise-blocking, cable-tangling ways.
Second, you’ll never need to ring your bell again: just roll along playing something by the Bee Gees and watch people magically dance out of your path.
Third: Music! On a bike! What’s not to like about that. And because it’s Bluetooth, you can control it from your bar-mounted iPhone. We’ve come a long way from mounting a CD changer and a car battery on the rear rack.
Source: Scosche Industries.