Devices to enable communication Between 2 Riders

Discussion in 'Recumbents, Trikes and HPVs' started by Mini58, 4 Feb 2018.

  1. Mini58

    Mini58 Active Member

    Location:
    Bedford
    hi people: does anyone know of or indeed use a communication device so that 2 riders can talk to each other as they cycle along?

    Many thanks.

    Alan
     
  2. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    Talk loudly?

    Being serious, I had one years ago when I had a motorcycle and Mrs SJ rode pillion. I found it very distracting and junked it after one ride, apart from the wind noise it is like having a phone conversation while riding or driving and your concentration goes. I would only consider one now if it was on a strict understanding that it would only be used for short instructions like "Next left", or "Stop here".
     
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  3. Drago

    Drago Guru

    Location:
    Poshamptonshire.
    PMR446 walkie talkies and VOX headsets?
     
  4. voyager

    voyager E- tadpole Triker

    We have used hand held walkie talkies on one of our zombie fests , worked as well as could be expected but not good despite range quoted at 3km 1000meters was difficult and 500 m in built up areas , never used them again

    A coupe of friends used motorcycle ones , they found they works but our group never bothered , we have mobiles .
     
  5. Katherine

    Katherine Guru Moderator

    Location:
    Manchester
    Bluetooth on your smartphone and earphone with a microphone?
     
  6. YukonBoy

    YukonBoy Guru

    Location:
    Mars
    Voicebox and ears. If you need anything else you are not really riding together. Just have rules of waiting at top of hills or turns if you have left one or the other behind.
     
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  7. mjr

    mjr Comfy armchair to one person & a plank to the next

    Mostly we just talk. If we need to communicate over greater distances, we have bells and then if out of earshot, mobile phones.
     
  8. Specialeyes

    Specialeyes Über Member

    Location:
    Essex
    I umpire hockey matches in between cycling and we use 'BT Interphone' radios and either 'Jabra Wave Corded' earpieces (which are discontinued but easily the best and obtainable on eBay from the States for about a tenner) or the supplied secret-service-style eartubes. They're open-mic (i.e. always on) and designed for motorbike tuition. You can pair up to 6 radios and even your phone, but we just use them in pairs for umpiring. Their range is pretty decent too - I'd say getting on for 800m-1km with a clear line-of-sight.

    Google BT Interphone and Jabra Wave Corded and you'll see you can get set up for about £80.
    More info here: http://www.mci2.co.uk/docs.html
     
  9. cyberknight

    cyberknight Legendary Member

    Location:
    South Derbyshire
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  10. OP
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    Mini58

    Mini58 Active Member

    Location:
    Bedford
    Many thanks everyone really helpful. String and cups look like the solution to me.

    Kind Regards
     
  11. Drago

    Drago Guru

    Location:
    Poshamptonshire.
    Heliograph.
     
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  12. mjr

    mjr Comfy armchair to one person & a plank to the next

    Hockey pitches are bigger than I remember.
     
  13. OP
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    Mini58

    Mini58 Active Member

    Location:
    Bedford
    Drago mate: you obviously don’t live in Bedford - no sun

    P.s. progress I now know how to work the reply button
     
  14. Time Waster

    Time Waster Well-Known Member

    There is a make of helmet with bone conduction headphones built in. It's BT to your phone and iirc has walkie talkie to the wearers of other, similar helmets. Microphone is mounted in the front of the helmet out if the wind.
     
  15. Specialeyes

    Specialeyes Über Member

    Location:
    Essex
    It's not the size of the pitch, it's the fact that you can still hear your colleague when he's at the far end of the car park or in the loo and has forgotten to unplug! DAMHIKT :whistle: We used the radios on a London-Paris ride too, which is where the distance comes from.
     
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