Bike Speakers: SanDisk Sansa Shaker & The Boostaroo

I’ve already named the Active Tunes i-RIDE Pro the winner in my unofficial MP3 speaker blast-out. Here are a couple of als0-rans that had some good features, but never made it on my bike more than once, if that.

The SanDisk Sansa Shaker is made for kids

sansa-on-bikeOne of Grandson Malcolm’s friends gave him a SanDisk Sansa Shaker and his dad handed it to me for test drive.

The hourglass shape mounted nicely to my bars with a strip of Velcro, but the volume wasn’t quite enough even on a quiet trail.

Its shape lent itself to fitting on my CamelBak strap, but I didn’t find the controls that easy to operate up there.

Malcolm and SansaThe Sandisk Sansa Shaker went back to Malcolm

The next day his mother, D-I-L Sarah, messaged me, “I don’t suppose you have a playlist for that little music player Malcolm has, do you? Just wondering what Malcolm’s gonna hear next after “I am the Walrus” and “Look At Miss Ohio.”

I assured her that there wasn’t anything on it that was worse than the mix tape I had put together when Son Matt was in grade school. It was called the Altered States tape and had on it every drinking and drugging song I could find.

We kept waiting for a call from his teacher wanting to talk to us about him singing Jackson Browne’s Cocaine or Jesse Winchester’s Twigs And Seeds during music class.

The call never came, probably because things were a little more relaxed in those days. Teachers and parents observed an unofficial rule: we won’t believe anything the kid says about the teacher if the teacher won’t believe anything the kid says about home.

The Boostaroo would be OK on a motorcycle

About the same time I bought the Byco WRX1, I saw a neat amplifier and some speakers that were designed to fit inside a motorcycle helmet.

The Boostaroo never made it in service on my bike.

Motorcycle helmets are made different than bike helmets. They have a lot more room in them and their sides come down lower on the sides. I never could find a way to mount the speakers, so it went into the junk drawer.

MP3 player video shoot-out

You can listen to all of the speakers here, including on the road.

Tomorrow I’ll post some of  my playlists. After all, what good does it do to have speakers if you don’t have any music to push through them?

4 Replies to “Bike Speakers: SanDisk Sansa Shaker & The Boostaroo”

  1. The Sansa Shaker doesn’t look bad for $30! It’s amazing just how many products can be used as bike speakers.

  2. Thomas,

    Readers have come up with some other suggestions and have asked me to do some sound comparisons.

    You probably haven’t heard the last about Mp3 speakers.

  3. I’ve used the Boostaroo on my bike before. It was on a bike stereo that I made about a year ago. I used a pair of 12 volt desk-top computer speakers. I cut the “wall wart” off of the charger from my cordless drill(Dewalt) battery charger, and attached a small plug that fit the speaker power input. With 12 volts ready at the speakers, I had a long lasting power supply…but I needed more “juice” than my Ipod could muster. So I added the Boostaroo, and had all the power I needed. It looks like Frankenstein Bike Stereo, but I had all of the parts on hand and it didn’t cost a cent……and it jams! I give the Boostaroo two thumbs up.

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