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Deaf/Blind on a Tandem

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

  1. 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.
     
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  2. biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

    Location:
    wellingborough
    ok fair enough i never thought about the background noises etc etc

    apart from this issue , i bet you will enjoy it we certainly enjoy our tandem moments together
     
  3. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    What sort of battery life would you be looking at?
     
  4. Nibor

    Nibor Über Member

    Location:
    Accrington
  5. annedonnelly

    annedonnelly Girl from the North Country

    Small world - I live on South Beach :smile: Look out for a blue hybrid with Cyclechat stickers or a green Brompton.
     
  6. Sharky

    Sharky Über Member

    Location:
    Kent
    One of the great cartoons by Jonny helms, I recall was something like ..

    A couple on a tandem riding up a steep hill.
    On reaching the top, 'Baz' or 'Honk' at the front turned round and said to his Mrs, "that was one of the hardest climbs I've ever ridden"
    to which was the reply "certainly was, If I hadn't have had my brake on, we would have rolled back!"

    Hope your communication is a bit better
     
  7. Cunobelin

    Cunobelin Legendary Member

    Location:
    Gosport
    There are a couple of intercom apps that allow smart phones to be used as an intercom, including voice activated comms
     
  8. jefmcg

    jefmcg Guru

    This is an excellent idea, and you can pick up tiny bluetooth earphones for less than £20 from Halfords or amazon.
     
  9. Mrs bean

    Mrs bean Regular

    Location:
    Norfok
    My husband and I had the same problem on his motorbike, I'd get on and hang on for grim death, would never let got of him, he would tap my knee to make sure I was ok and then we bought an intercom system, although it's a crash helmet rather than a cycle helmet I'm sure something similar would be on the market for cycle helmets, all I can say is...... It's brilliant, we chat to each other as if we are sat at the kitchen table. Well done. I've recently purchased an adapted tandem for me and my disabled son, he sits in a wheelchair which is attached to my snazzy bike, I pedal, he chats and he loves it. Mike at Get Cycling might be able to help you, he was fantastic when I bought the tandem.

    Happy cycling :bicycle: xx
     
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  10. Thanks for the latest posts, for some reason I wasn't receiving notifications.

    We took the tandem out on Saturday lunchtime, just thought it would be for a short time as we thought we would have real trouble getting used to it so hubby just had jeans and t shirt on, I was a little more suitably attired. 10+ miles later and we were home! It was great fun, I would have carried on further but as hubby wasn't really dressed properly that put pay to that. For most of the journey I managed to hear him okay but we were mostly on paths away from the busy road, which |I think I would struggle with so we are still planning on some kind of intercom system.

    Can't wait until hubby is off again later in the week so we can go out again.
     
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  11. Maybe about 4 hours max.

    We have Windows phones so will check that out.

    Now if I were to plan on keeping my hearing aids in I have a piece of kit which I hang around my neck which is a Bluetooth receiver and, once connected to another Bluetooth device, turns my hearing aids into a Bluetooth receiver so I have no need to wear anything extra - not all Bluetooth devices work with it but it is something to try.
     
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