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12-26-2010 11:30 PM
Lockjaw
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Originally Posted by Red Burrito View Post
I bought a pack of comfy throw away ear plugs that I really like and I keep forgetting to use them. I get going down the freeway and start thinking how nice it would be if and then, DOH! I don't like them for just trail riding around here, I just need to get in good habit of at lest grabbing them so that I have them for the freeway pounding rides.
I bought a container of like 500 cheapos online and keep in in my trunk.



12-26-2010 09:59 PM
Red Burrito I bought a pack of comfy throw away ear plugs that I really like and I keep forgetting to use them. I get going down the freeway and start thinking how nice it would be if and then, DOH! I don't like them for just trail riding around here, I just need to get in good habit of at lest grabbing them so that I have them for the freeway pounding rides.
12-25-2010 09:31 PM
CheapBassTurd Good thread.

I wear earplugs and get a cool song stuck in my noggin'.
That's good enuff fer me. I found mp3's WAY too
distracting for my old brain to process while riding.
12-22-2010 07:28 PM
sngltrk I agree it looks like a quality unit. I was thinking that the amp was sitting right on the crossbar, w/the elastomer your good to go I'm sure.

I've lost count of all the stuff I've trashed due to "shenanigans"
12-22-2010 01:03 PM
Tom Schmitz sngletrk -

So far, so good.

In order to get a good grip on the cross bar, I wrapped some elastomer material around the crossbar before installing the amp with the zip ties. That may provide some isolation from vibration.

The guy built this thing for use on motorcycles and the build quality looks pretty good, for electronics. Time will tell.

As to my GPS, I really hammered the last one, but it didn't die from vibration. It looked horrible but was still working pretty well. The audio output jack got messed up from the constant tugging by the cable that went to my helmet. The OS got a bit buggy, too, but I chalk that up to some my own shenanigans.

Tom
12-22-2010 11:45 AM
sngltrk Any update on how this set-up is working out?

It's a clean looking installation but I'm wondering if the zip ties will provide enough vibration isolation. I've killed a GPS unit mounted in a similar fashion.

I wonder if a damper isolator like the one used on hi-perf archery equip. (Limb-Saver etc.) might help out with bar mounted electronics.

Oh yeah, the rice trick works well.
12-22-2010 10:12 AM
TrabFTW I only listen to music if I'm on a long monotonous ride. I should wear earplugs though. Pretty sure I'm slowly going deaf as well. Not so much from the bike, but from my car building/racing days, punk and my ex.
12-22-2010 09:23 AM
Crazy Jake Yea… But the voices in my head speak a language I do not know….. that drive me crazy, I don’t know what they are saying. So I like the tunes so I cant hear the voices.
12-22-2010 02:05 AM
Lockjaw
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Originally Posted by Red Burrito View Post
I am the same way! I really like the focus on riding aspect leaving no room for stress or other life worries to bother me.
Agreed, but I do like foam earplugs when I remember. Plus, I'm almost deaf, so I need to remember more often (punk rock and MC's).



12-21-2010 09:45 PM
Red Burrito
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Originally Posted by TT120 View Post
I can't listen to anything but the road and my bike when I'm riding. It takes pretty much all of my concentration to stay alive on my bike so no distractions for me. I find the road and wind noise strangely relaxing though.
I am the same way! I really like the focus on riding aspect leaving no room for stress or other life worries to bother me.
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