Scooter Speakers

Living in beautiful southern California we’re able to ride our scooters/motorcycles/bicycles year round, just as part of the astronomical price of living here should entail. This last Christmas season my wife and I wanted to hop on her scooter to cruise around and look at the holiday light displays that people had so festively put on display, and I thought it would be novel to be able to listen to Christmas tunes while doing so (I don’t know why the idea struck me, I hate Christmas music).

Image(The festive scoot. The wreath was another quick hot glue and suction cup creation.)

I spent the afternoon keeping an eye out for a small, yet affordably priced speaker set up while out doing some holiday shopping, and found a little set-up at Urban Outfitters, of all places, while picking up a few things for the nephews.

Basically, it was a little person with a speaker for a head that plug via headphone cable into an iPod or iPhone and got decent quality sound for such a tiny package. I wanted to attach him to the top of the scooter with suction cups, but as the power switch was on the bottom of the figure, I had to make a stand for him with a hole for the switch so that I would be able to get to it. I did so by cutting up a small, plastic pencil box and hot gluing it together, Mod Podging decorative paper over it to make it more visually appealing and to hid my sloppy glue job.

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Next I took the remaining plastic from the pencil box and made a case for my iPhone that allowed for a plug and access to the screen while still staying firmly attached. Because I didn’t want to trust the fate of my phone to a suction cup alone for the case, I made a multi-layered loop on the back that I could put a climbing hook through and affix it firmly to the mirror stem.

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It worked very nicely, but after all that work, my wife wussed out and we ended up climbing into the car to escape the “cold”. Still, it’s a neat little set-up that works well for leisurely rides.

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