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Put some thrift store speakers on your helmet and blast some tunes!

Using earphones is bad because you can't hear anything around you

With some ext. speakers, you can still hear that Hybrid sneaking up on you! (most of the time)

This isn't an excuse for knowing whats going on around you while biking, or not having a rear-view mirror.


Edit [May 2013] - This instructable was created while I was still in middle school. I'm absolutely shocked by how much use it has received while my account lay dormant. Thank you for looking this through, and I may yet update it in the future so let me know what you think.

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Step 1: Get the Materials

I was wandering through my local thrift store on a Saturday (not that it matters) and came across some speakers.

The speakers I'm working with in this Instructible are simple, non-amplifying speakers. They plug directly into a headphone jack and nothing else.

My speakers aren't very loud, that's why I'm putting them on the helmet and not the bike.

Make sure that the cord for the speakers is long enough to reach from your head to wherever you want to put the music player. If it isn't either readjust or hit a local radio-shack and get a small extension.

If you decide to use speakers that need to plug into an outlet, have fun and let me know how that turns out. (No, really)

I also used a helmet, iPod, plenty of hot glue, rubber bands, Popsicle sticks (Jumbo kind)
and oh, yeah, a bike.

Step 2: Dismantling the Speakers

I you don't want to have a big box hanging onto the side of your helmet, I'd suggest getting the real speakers out of the shell.

BEFORE DOING ANYTHING: mark one of the cords for left or right to remember the orientation. It matters with certain music, but not much.

Unscrew the back of the case and retrieve the speakers.

If yours are like mine were and the wire goes through a small hole in the case, just unsolder the wire from the contacts, pull the wire through and re-solder it on the other side.

Step 3: Water Proof?

I decided to water proof mine, mostly because I like to bike in the rain.

If you don't feel like it, then you don't have to.

To make mine water proof, I took some balloons, cut off the stem part and stretched them over the speakers and glued the edges to the metal rim of the speakers.

As you can probably see, I also haphazardly tried to paint it black.

Step 4: Mount the Speakers

Pretty Easy:

Take some glue

Find a nice place on the helmet

glue the speakers onto the helmet.

you're done.

Step 5: Storage

I admit it : I don't always feel like listening to music while biking and iPods don't have the best battery life.

So I got this amazing idea for storing the cords so they don't get caught in anything and cause a wreck, or worse, annoy me.

I got some self adhesive Velcro strips, cut about two inches off and mounted one side on the back of my helmet, the other had the sticky stuff also, so I cut up a post-it note and put that on it.

Now, when I don't want the cords I simply coil it up and Velcro it.

Step 6: Holder

I used the Jumbo popsicle sticks and hot glue to make a holder for the iPod

You might not have an iPod, good for you, you get to be creative and make up your own!

Step 7: Go Have Fun!!!!

Have some fun with some biking and music!!!!

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    16 Discussions

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    admin

    10 years ago

    This is a great Instructable, but you need to add a main image of the final project to the intro step. Please do that and leave me a message when you have so that we can publish your work. Thanks!

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    mattameo213admin

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Ok, I added a finished pic. I wanted to do some photoshop-ing. But had some computer problems.

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    MikeyWalnuts

    6 years ago on Introduction

    I was wondering if you would be able to give an update to how these held up over the years, especially how they dealt with rain. I'm a touring cyclist and I would really like to be able to build something like this so I don't need to use earphones any more.

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    They held up "well" and were water resistant enough to use in the rain. Unfortunately I quickly scrapped them in bike accidents, as I was about 13 or 14 at the time.

    Wow! That's great work for only having been 13 or 14! Thanks for the Instructable. I'll be heading to the the thrift shop soon in search of speakers.

    Awesome, hey, let me know how it turns out!

    I've been considering starting a new account, since this one is a remnant of middle school, but I'll make sure to check back at some point.

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    knibbles

    10 years ago on Introduction

    Sweet!!!!!!!! I will use mine for skateboarding. Thanks again.

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    jonnybeats

    10 years ago on Introduction

    Nice idea but if anyone is thinking that it would be a good idea to cut a hole for the speakers STOP! That as you may have guessed will severely weaken the helmet even if they are tiny holes, the helmets are specially designed to be small but have a strong structure. Use your common sense and don't weaken the helmet! Have fun!

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    mattameo213floydfm

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    I don't know, I ripped them out of thrift store junk. I don't even know what impedance is. Sorry I can't help any more than that. I didn't do a lot of worrying about the compliance with my music player because the speakers came with a 3.5 mm headphone jack already attached.

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    floydfmmattameo213

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    LoL, theres no problem dude, i've been in troubles makin' my own powerless speakers, i have an itouch and i wanna make those powerless speakers. well thanks anyway. see ya

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    vov35

    10 years ago on Introduction

    I've experimented with wall socket powered speakers. although they weren't mounted on my bike, the idea is the same. They have an internal power supply built around a transformer, four diodes, and a capacitor. I find it easiest to find the equivalant voltage of this power supply in batteries, and connect them in place of the transformer. it will work and be nicely amplified.

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    vov35vov35

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    actually, this instructable inspired me to repair the power pack I was using and stick the amp along with a pair of car speakers onto my bike...

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    j0nathan

    10 years ago on Introduction

    awsome like it lots gonna ask my ma if she threw out he old computer speakers