Still, you can pretend you're Lance and are too cool to care about the competition while riding, preferring instead to jam to a little U2 or 50 Cent. That's because Oakley is now selling the glasses spotted on Armstrong last summer. They're called the Thump, and combine a typically cool pair of Oakley glasses with an MP3 player. The Thump is available in 128- and 256-megabyte versions (the 256-megabyte edition also has polarized lenses) for $395 or $495, respectively (www.oakley.com). Storage capacity is about 30 tracks on the 128-megabyte version, and double that on the higher-priced pair.
Gear Guy does not know what to make of these. They are of course outrageously expensive, and lack either a large storage capacity or a decent system for flipping through your tunes (functions only include play, forward/rewind, plus voume controls). Plus, they're butt-ugly. I also would never recommend listening to loud music when biking, running, or skiing, as you might miss hearing, A) a siren, B) someone yelling "Lookout! Runaway skier!" or C) a freight train. But naturally I understand people already ignore that advice.
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