Build a sound system for your bicycle and entertain your friends. The speakers are designed to fit within the frame and can be easily removed. My system is powered by a battery operated mobile T-amp and an ipod. The total cost of the system is well under $100 and can be completed in a few hours.
Step 1: Required Tools
Here are some of the things you will need to get started.
1. A good pair of tin snips.
2. Velcro Tape.
6. Spray Paint (optional)
NOT PICTURED but still important:
7. Speaker wire
8. 1/8" line to go from the source to the amp. (mono is probably better than stereo since the speakers face opposite directions)
9. A sturdy basket. I got mine at IKEA in the bathroom section for 4 bucks.
10. A drill and a bit that will go through aluminum duct.
11. An old leather belt.
Step 2: Other Required Items - Aluminum duct
Check your local hardware store for sheets of HVAC aluminum ducting. My local store was out so I went to Home Despot. They had several shapes and sizes. The big sheet was 7 bucks but I managed to cut two pieces out of a smalled pre-bent sheet for under 4 bucks. If you measure your bike frame first and bring the stencil you cut out you can make sure you get the right size.
Step 3: Other Required Items - Amp
Sonic Impact Portable T-Amp Digital Audio Amplifier. This is a battery powered 15 watts per channel stereo amplifier. It costs about $30 new. It runs on 8 AA batteries. I'm using POWEREX 2300 mAh NiMH rechargeables from Thomas-Distributing. They cost a bit more but you only have to buy them once and they last forever. I've run the amp at full blast for 3-4 hours without running dry.
Step 4: Other Required Items - Speakers
Sonic Impact Stick-On Speaker SoundPad Pair. These run about $20. These speakers stick to any flat surface turning it into a speaker. In this project I make two flat planes out of aluminum that fit inside my bike frame. The sound pads are concealed between them and the sound actually comes out of the aluminum!