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Old 08-25-09, 08:26 AM   #1
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Cycling Communication 2 Way Tx/Rx Radio - Do you use one?

I want to get my nephew started cycling with me, and we've ridden a few times together and I noticed it's awful hard to talk or point out things while on the bicycle (due to wind, etc). Has anyone tried using a radio headset to talk to others (one or more other person) while cycling? I'd love something that's more like a bluetooth headset, possibly something with a throat mic (to cut down on wind noise).

Can anyone who has had any success with this recommend something and describe the pros and cons? I searched the forums and could not find anything.

P.S. Going to do some digging, see what I can find in a nice cheap price range (in case I get no replies), and link them here for a reference for myself and for others.
Throat Mics:
Fire Fox Throat Mic
http://www.nwbackpack.com/products/f...throat_mic.php
Found A Review, prob cease looking around since review was favorable and price is affordable.
http://www.expeditionrider.com/GearR...oxReview.shtml
Eek, read a little more - poor quality (construction)
http://www.pbreview.com/products/reviews/3152/
Again, this one is junk
http://forum.specialopspaintball.com...pic=3601&st=15

Other ones:
http://www.ixcessory.com/Merchant/me...M&Store_Code=I
Very good reviews on this companies throat mic... prob use one of the versions they have...
http://forum.specialopspaintball.com...howtopic=25646
http://www.paintball.co.za/forum/arc...php/t-446.html

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Old 08-27-09, 03:50 PM   #2
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did you decide on anything? wondering how it might be working for you. I find that part of the fun of riding is the silence, especially after talking to people all day at work. Hand signals and simple commands /warnings shouted should take care of most issues but I understand how you might want to communicate with your nephew to help him get into the sport
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I'll bet that even if these things worked well, you'd quickly get tired of wearing them/using them.
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Old 08-28-09, 01:34 PM   #4
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Still undecided, need to pick and choose what I buy (but get it ordered soon). I want to find out if he'll wear it and use it before I spend the money.

My grocery list:
SPD-SL cleats...
22" Tires/Tubes for Peugeot Folding Bike (for wife), eventually need to replace brake & derailer cables
Better helmets for the both of us... would like to get one with the chin guard
some arundel grip tape
... and lastly a radio set with throat mics or boom mics...
... and I got a Motorbecane Mixie I'm going to need tires and tape for too, thinking of letting him ride that one on the 35mile ride on the 19th of next month instead of the varsity - depending if I can clean it up in time.
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Post on the tandem forum- I kmow some of them use two way systems but don't know if it is radio or wired system.
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My wife and I use the blueant interphone on our tandem and singles. Range is 450 feet. Wind noise is nil (these are designed for motorcycles). You need to buy two behind-the-ear headsets and modify them to accept the interphone earpice/mic assembly. This is not an inexpensive approach (about $250 including headsets), but I don't believe ordinary bluetooth headsets will work at any reasonable speed. Battery life is about 5 hours and these are duplex units. They can also be paired with a cell phone.
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With the prices of the specialized units, I think it's going to be cheaper to get 2 or 3 (multipack) two way radios, and two throat mics. I am semi kicking the idea around to just wait till after the ride and build my own setup either via some tx/rx kits, or find the chips and build my own board w/ throat mic combo.

Sure would be fun if there was a radio band setup for cyclists and everyone could tap into it via a "cheap <$35 per radio" - and setup their own private channels if they wanted to split off from general chat.

Also would like to have a party line function. Not sure if there's a way to do it to get everyone's communication into a single channel talking at once (interference) without multiple tx/rx bands or a server to process 'em all and resend to a common band, ie. three way calling - hm that might be possible - two TX and two RX's per radio set (or the ability to talk to two separate channels), then can link them without a server and just relay the transmissions from other radios on that second transmitter receiver or second channel.

Radio 1 & Radio 2 Linked (radio 1 constant tx1a to radio 2 rx1a, radio 2 constant tx1b to radio 1 rx1b)
Radio 2 Links to Radio 3 (radio 2 constant tx2a to radio 3 rx2a, radio 3 constant tx2b to radio 2 rx2b)
Radio 3 is relayed thru Radio 2 to Radio 1, Radio 1 is relayed thru Radio 2 to Radio 3
etc. Each new radio can then link another radio with up to 2 radios per set in a "party line", and to make things easier to setup you could have a setting for each radio to "auto-link" automatically send requests and receive requests if it has a free line available (able to switch this function off). This would allow everyone to chat at once (granted there might be some lag, but probably very little). With a little more thought and if a data packet was available, channels or bands could be changed and the links re-established based on who has the better signal strengths.
rider 1 here............................ rider 2 here........................ rider 3 here
later on
rider 2 here.......................... rider 1 here................rider 3 here

Granted it's more complicated the more riders you add, though could be an interesting way for some social networking among cyclists.
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Old 08-31-09, 02:48 AM   #8
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Maybe this? Stereo used to split TX... will think about it more later, it's late.

If I proceed (need to decide in a day or two)... think I've decided on a radio set and avoid building something special.
GXT1050VP4 - $75 shipped (hm, comes with boom mics, could do those the first trip and if useful nix throat mic), or $25 for cheaper LXT328VP3
1) Mic & Headset Jack
2) Waterproof
3) Says 36mile range, but that's never true - other reviews are more like 3 to 6 miles.

Plus two XTM820D2-SS throat mic plus XRPT-FG finger push to talk - $83.60 + shipping

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