Bike-mounted speaker for mean streets

It has both beauty and brawn.

SDI Technologies

Even in this day of permanently affixed earphones , some people insist on enjoying their music the old-fashioned way, in the open air. And cyclists are no exception .

The only problem is that some speakers created specifically for bike frames are, as colleague Jasmine France would delicately put it, fugly . iHome, however, is trying to remedy that with its "Bike to Beach Bicycle Speaker" for the iPod.

The sleek design of the $100 "iH85," as it's also known, makes it look something like a rifle scope. But MobileWhack says it's supposed to add brawn to its beauty, with a polycarbonate case that resists water and impact in rigors ranging from mountain paths to Critical Mass. It's unclear, however, how it would fare when hit by a chai latte from an angry motorist.

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