While we do not condone the use of ear buds while you’re on the bike, we know there are a fair amount of road cyclists that do use them to liven up a ride. By doing so though, you become less aware of what’s going on around you, traffic, hazards, or maybe even other cyclists looking to pass, like the Saturday peloton coming up behind you.
Bipo is an idea that came to Noel Gauthier while he was on a long bike ride. A car with one of those catchy pop tunes rolled by and the song got stuck in his head. When he got back home, he looked for music options on the bike, thinking there would be a ton, he came up with none. So he started to tinker, and came up with Bipo.
Simple and clever, the Bipo helmet earbud mount uses your existing earbuds combined with aluminum clips and a silicone band to grip your earbuds to your helmet. The sound then uses the existing channels of your helmet to pipe the tunes through. Don’t expect high fidelity music here, they are still being produced by the inexpensive earbuds you had sitting around. What you will get is your music dispersed into the background noise of your ride. Just enough to be there, without distracting you.
Click over to Noel’s kickstarter page here if you’d like to find out more about the project. Noel doesn’t think he’ll reach his kickstarter goal, but has announced a last minute investment that will propel the project into production. The Bipo kit will MSRP for $25 and will ship in March 2013.