We love to listen to music while we’re out and about on our bike rides, but it’s generally not safe to listen to loud music with headphones, especially in urban situations where there is a lot of traffic. Plus, the wires from headphones are always a nuisance when riding.
San Francisco resident David Meisenholder recognized there needs to be a better way to listen to music while riding a bicycle, and his new product, SleekSpeak, aims to improve the experience.
SleekSpeak is currently seeking $75,000 of funding on KickStarter, and is an 80 dB-loud cube that utilizes a silicone strap to connect securely to your handlebars. Music is sent to the cube via bluetooth, and one phone can actually transmit its music to several of the devices, allowing one phone to DJ for several bicyclists, or if you were so inclined, to have multiple SleekSpeaks on one bicycle.
The SleekSpeak currently is being offered in five colors: red, blue, pink, black, and white, with trim options including black, white, and green. Meisenholder says he needs the $75,000 he is raising on Kickstarter to finance the injection mold tooling to build the body of the devices, to obtain global Bluetooth certifications, and to begin the first production run for those who back the project on Kickstarter. In his appeal to backers, Meisenholder acknowledges that many people have probably thought of similar ideas, but no one has ever brought a great bike speaker to the marketplace.
“If you’re a biker and you love listening to music, you’ve probably already came up with this idea,” he wrote. “Doing research and talking to bikers, I found everyone wanted to listen to music and some could even envision awesome bike speakers, but year after year no one is making them.”