Deaf/Blind on a Tandem

Discussion in 'Adaptive and Disabled Cycling' started by GoodbyeGirl, 27 Jul 2016.

  1. I am partially sighted and hard of hearing (I wear hearing aids). My hubby and I took delivery of a tandem today and need advice on how best to communicate.

    I assume I will be best off leaving my aids out due to sweat, rain and possibly being uncomfortable with a cycle hemet on (private aids so not cheap either) and as a VI person I can't rely on hand gestures from my hubby so we are thinking about some kind of communication device (I can hear music etc. through in ear headphones so am not completely deaf).

    Any recommendations/advice appreciated.
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  2. What about some kind of walkie talkie system ?
    One that can mount onto the bars.
    I will look into that for you .
    leave it with me.
    Saluki likes this.
  3. Ok I have found a company called Precisiontandems,who make an intercom system.
    I'm sorry,I don't know how to provide a link so I can give you the name.
    It's in America,but I hope it helps you.
    Better still,I hope the idea might give you an idea as to research tandem intercoms based in Britain ^_^:thumbsup:
  4. Alex H

    Alex H Guru

  5. dan_bo

    dan_bo How much does it cost to Oldham?

  6. Tim Hall

    Tim Hall Guest

    @kimble occasionally pops in hear and has lots of experience in such matters.
  7. Tiger10

    Tiger10 Well-Known Member

    Nr warwick
    Don't motorbikes have systems for under the helmet's?
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  8. Milkfloat

    Milkfloat Veteran

    These guys in Coventry are well worth contacting.


    Coventry Visually Impaired and Sighted Tandem Association
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  9. Markymark

    Markymark Guest

    Surely some hand signals as there's only 3 things he'll ever need to say:

    1. Are you still pedalling?
    2. Can we stop for lunch?
    3. Can we stop for a pint?

    Then a simple system of slaps and punches back again should make you feelings known.
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  10. When we are on our motorbike, Jannie thinks it is dangerous to travel over 80mph, but doesnt think it dangerous to whack me round the back of the helmet, without warning, if I exceed that speed.

    Maybe this is something you can adapt.
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  11. OP

    GoodbyeGirl Member

    A walkie talkie system is what we were thinking of. Had a look of the net last night but was hoping that I could find someone in a similar position to myself who could give first hand advice.


    Contacted them. Thanks.

    Northumberland, husband originally from Bury though!

    My husband has one and yes, they fit inside the helmet next to ear so no good for a cycle helmet.

    Will do, thanks.

    I prefer to use non contact reactions, he can't tell if I am reacting and I get great satisfaction from them!
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  12. annedonnelly

    annedonnelly Girl from the North Country

    As you're local you could try contacting Vi Ability in Newcastle. They're a youth group for visually impaired and one of their regular activities is tandem cycling. Might not be able to help with the hearing issues but could have some useful contacts. It's organised by a lovely chap :smile:
  13. growingvegetables

    growingvegetables Guru

    Unlike anybody else who's contributed, I have NOTHING useful/creative/sensible to add.

    Except - have a barrel-load of fun ....... and keep us posted! :smile:
  14. biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

    Riding a tandem always provides the above in abundance thats for sure

    Still cant really understand why you cant use normal hearing aids @annedonnelly ?

    there must be loads of people who are hard of hearing who cycle with them in
  15. OP

    GoodbyeGirl Member

    f you spot two tandem newbits riding around the South Beach area sometime over the weekend that will be us!

    Despite what the hearing community may think, hearing aids don't make hard of hearing/deaf people hear perfectly again so dealing with all of the outside noise will most probably make me struggle to hear him up front as well as the other possibilities that I have already mentioned. My aids were certainly not cheap so would hate to damage them.
    biggs682 likes this.
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