Two activities that don't generally mesh well: ripping down a bumpy bike trail and toggling between songs on an iPod.
TigraSport's new iBikeConsole makes it easier to juggle those actions by letting bikers change iPod Nano selections and adjust volume without removing their hands from the handlebars. We're not sure why this product is exclusive to the Nano, but we still like its emphasis on safer riding.
Basically, the device acts as a docking station for the iPod while providing a weatherproof and shock-proof case. It also combines a remote control system with a cycle computer so riders can monitor their distance and speed while listening to their tunes.
The main functions of the iPod Nano and the computer are controlled wirelessly through a pair of silicon-covered keypads that can be mounted on the bike's grips and operated with the thumbs. The keypads have large control buttons that TigraSport says can be activated even through thick gloves.
The main iBike unit draws power from the Nano, so no extra battery is required, and a memory chip stores data from the computer after the music player is disconnected. Also provided are optional speakers, which let riders skip the earbuds that can block out such crucial external sounds as "On your left!"
The device sells for a suggested retail price of $86 and is designed to work with all generations of iPod Nano--at least until Tuesday.