Review: Tune Bug Shake

The Tune Bug Shake is a small portable speaker that takes the place of headphones or earplugs. It uses a standard 3.5mm audio jack that plugs from your mp3 player into the Tune Bug Shake. The Shake can then be mounted onto a normal vented mountain biking helmet or a skater type helmet as well. Power up your mp3 player and you get music from the Tune Bug Shake (msrp: $119.95).

Tune Bug Shake, small, clean design with just two buttons… very Apple-esque if you ask me.

When I ride solo I like to have my mp3 player with me. I enjoy rocking to some tunes when out on the trail but doing this has its downsides: not hearing what is going on around you, ear plugs falling out or moving around at inopportune times and having so many accessories and necessities in and around my ear. With the Tune Bug Shake I am able to eliminate all of these problems which makes this device pretty cool in my book.

Not being able to hear what is going on around me is probably the main reason I have enjoyed the Shake. I HAVE to be able to hear what is happening on the trail. With earplugs I lose out on this even when the volume is very low. I have a difficult time hearing people communicate with me and I feel disconnected since I can’t hear the tires on the trail. I have had more than my share of people scare the crap out of me when riding with earplugs but with the Tune Bug Shake I am able to hear the surrounding sounds including the other riders or hikers around me. I also hear the tires as they interact with the trail helping me be in tune. Sorry, I had to.

3.5mm audio jack.

The Tune Bug Shake has also eliminated the ear bud falling out of the ear problem. I have tried a variety of different ear buds: buds, buds that wrap around the back of your head, buds that wrap around your ear… all of them have a tendency to become dislodged at inopportune times. When using the Tune Bug Shake it always stayed on top of my helmet except for the one time I crashed and I found it on the trail a few feet away, none the worse for it.

When riding, it doesn’t add much weight; definitely not notice-able after you put the helmet on.

Lastly, the tune bug eliminates having anything on my ear. With ear plugs, sunglasses, a head sweat band and a helmet I can have a lot going on in and around my ears. This occasionally led to minor headaches while riding and I normally had to give up on something… usually the music. With the Tune Bug Shake I am able to keep the necessities while still playing my music too.

I did find that the Tune Bug Shake’s sound quality was not as good on a vented helmet as it was on a skater type helmet. The sound on a vented helmet had more treble and needed a bit more bass but it was still listen-able. I would also prefer to have a wall charger rather than a USB charger but it does charge quickly. These issues are a small price to pay for all the advantages the Tune Bug Shake brings to the table.

Although sound quality is better on a non-vented (skater type) helmet, I would still listen to the Shake on my vented helmet.

The Tune Bug Shake is a great, safe way to play your music while on the trail. For more information on the Tune Bug Shake, click here.

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Ride an Epic-Urban Style

If you’re not from SoCal…or Orange County…Fullerton to be exact, then you may not know that the city of Fullerton is actually known for many things such as, night life, Fox Theater, Cal State Fullerton, Fullerton College and more. But the city is also known for its mountain biking.

The odd thing about the Fullerton Loop is that its literally in the middle of the city and its connected by a patch work of trails that the city maintains. RC or Richard Cunningham of Mountain Bike Action Magazine was coined to be the fella that discovered the Fullerton Loop back in the early 80’s. Our friend and mountain bike hall of famer, Steve Boehmke along with RC reminisced during a conversation we had at the media center at Sea Otter 2008, about the summer days of 1982 when they and a group of other riders would find new ways to enjoy the trail that was originally designed for Equestrians (horse people).

I’ve been riding the Loop for many years now and it remains to be one of my favorite trails ever. It’s fun and you can make it as technical as you want it to be. So wanting to find out more about the trail that I adore, I went to the city of Fullerton’s website to see if where the other trails are located in the city. it’s been rumored that you can actually ride an epic in Fullerton. I then found out that Fullerton has over 28 miles of trails…not bad!

Here’s a list of them:
Featured Trails:
Name Length Type
Brea Dam Trail 1.59 miles Regional
Bud Turner Trail 1.84 miles Backbone/ Regional
East Coyote Hills Trail 1.79 miles Regional
Hiltscher Park Trail 1.39 miles Backbone
Juanita Cooke Greenbelt & Trail 2.79 miles Backbone
Lost Trail 0.65 mile Regional
Nora Kuttner Trail 0.64 mile Regional
Panorama Trail 1.52 miles Backbone
Parks Road Trail 1.30 mile Backbone
Rosecrans Trail 1.63 miles Regional
Sally Pekarek Trail 0.78 mile Backbone

Other Recreational Trails:
Name Length Type
Castlewood Trail 1.33 miles Connector
Hermosa Trail 1.09 miles Street/ Connector
Horse Alley 0.61 mile Backbone
Las Palmas Trail 1.06 mile Street/ Connector
Lucy Van Der Hoff Trail 0.88 mile Connector
Pioneer Trail 0.27 mile Street/ Backbone
Rolling Hills Trail 0.88 mile Street/ Backbone
Valencia Mesa Trail 1.16 miles Street/ Connector

Some of these trail lengths may seem low…0.88 mile…but that’s because most of them eventually run into each other. But other trails like Valencia Mesa, Panorama and Rolling Hills are further from the other trails, but you could easily ride to it.

So here’s what I’m thinking, I’m going to schedule a day where I can ride all of these trails…you know an epic. People do say that a ride over 25 miles counts as an epic. I’ll keep everyone posted when this will happen. Most likely Priscilla will be with me since she’s the Epic Queen.