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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