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Old 02-09-11, 08:13 AM   #1
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Phone use while riding

I have a new obsession, it's called riding bikes! I have a question regarding phone use.

I have a history of seizures in my life, so long solo rides worry my wife to the point that it really is not worth riding (she needs to be able to get in touch with me). As far as you all know, are there any earpieces wired or bluetooth that stay in place fairly well while sweaty. I use an iPhone 4, and the wired headphones are okay, but you are left with another earbud dangling and the earbud doesnt stay in place very well when I get sweaty. Plus I dont like that it looks like I'm listening to music, thusly being unsafe while riding.

Any ideas?
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Old 02-09-11, 08:23 AM   #2
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Old 02-09-11, 08:24 AM   #3
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I can't answer your question about earpieces, but I can mention that I routinely ride with my iPhone on a bar mount, as I use a cycle computer/GPS map app (BiCycle). I've had no problem answering the occasional incoming call by simply using the speakerphone function.

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A single earpiece is not unsafe while riding even if you are listening to music.

I'd be more concerned with someone subject to seizures driving a car than riding a bike, though both would concern me to some degree.
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Old 02-09-11, 12:02 PM   #5
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I can't answer your question about earpieces, but I can mention that I routinely ride with my iPhone on a bar mount, as I use a cycle computer/GPS map app (BiCycle). I've had no problem answering the occasional incoming call by simply using the speakerphone function.
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Old 02-09-11, 05:01 PM   #6
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A single earpiece is not unsafe while riding even if you are listening to music.

I'd be more concerned with someone subject to seizures driving a car than riding a bike, though both would concern me to some degree.
I understand your concern, however I havn't had a seizure in nearly a decade. It's not something I worry about daily, however my overly-cautious wife worries about too much.

thanks for the help all!
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Old 02-10-11, 07:18 AM   #7
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+1 on the bar mount, it's probably your best option. On the plus side, you can also have GPS software running like Motion X
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Old 02-27-11, 08:53 PM   #8
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For my Jawbone II is use a custom molded earpiece from www.averysound.com. These are expensive at about $60, but will absolutely hold the bluetooth for which they have been designed. Don't use this cycling, however. One the tandem we use Blueant F4 Interphones as both an intercom and cell phone headset. No self-respecting roadie would be caught dead with the Interphones, however. You'll need something like a Jawbone that has it's microphone enable by vibration. Otherwise the wind noise will be beyond brutal when you're actually using the cell phone.
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I've tried over 5 BT earpieces and I haven't found one that's comfortable on a bike either because they're too big and conflict with helmets straps or get sweaty and eaither slip off of just are plain uncomfortable. Plus it's yet one more gadget to remember to charge up. Wired headsets are smaller but the wire is a problem, of course, for any physical activity. I'm lucky though, I'm not a heavy phone user. I just have my phone clipped to my clothing in some accessible place. As mentioned above, you could clip it to the handlebar. I'd just be worried about damaging it.
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I suggest getting an Otterbox.

Its saved my phone several times.
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Call me crazy if you will, but I just, you know, pull my phone out of my pocket and answer it.

On a real bike ride I keep my phone in my saddle bag and check it after it has rung If and when I feel like pulling over. I don't like keeping too much crap in my jersey pockets.
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I ride with iphone buds in both ears and listen to sounds (usually podcasts, but that doesn't matter). The buds that come with the iphone, if protected by the little foam covers, stay in ears moderately well. They stay better when you have both in, too. The dangling one isn't pulling the other one out. These 'open air' buds don't prevent you from hearing road noise at all, and aren't a hazard - not unless you blast the sound, which isn't a good idea by itself. The type of buds that fit into the ear canal are dangerous; they are also uncomfortable while riding.

I get the occasional phone call while riding, slow down, and pinch the switch to answer while I ride at a speed slow enough that I can hear and be heard.

Never in traffic, of course. Always in bike lane. Always use rear view mirror, too.


After you hit a certain speed, however, wind noise is going to mask what's coming out of the buds as well as any specific automobile sounds that you need to attend to, and vision is your most important sense.
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I put my phone in a Ziploc and stick it in my jersey pocket. Ziploc keeps it from dying since phones don't like moisture/sweat much...

I have ringtones set up for my son and daughter and just answer the phone through the Ziploc.

If it's anyone else they can wait until I finish my ride...
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I put my phone in a Ziploc and stick it in my jersey pocket. Ziploc keeps it from dying since phones don't like moisture/sweat much...

I have ringtones set up for my son and daughter and just answer the phone through the Ziploc.

If it's anyone else they can wait until I finish my ride...
+1 i do the same. Phone calls are answered when I'm done riding.
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