Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Toronto, ON, Canada
Bikes: 70s Leader Precision w/Shimano 600 (road), IRO Rob Roy (Fixed)
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Distance riding with buddies
Hey there all,
I got more into longer distance cycling last year, and have been oozing with plans/ideas to increase my riding this year (prepping for a Tour Du Canada by 2010) - one thing that I've noticed whenever I've ridden with friends is that communication at times can be a real pain in the arse - especially if you're on a noisy road and the wind is blowing, lots of distracting traffic, etc.
I'm wondering if anyone has found/used any sort of hands-free or bike-friendly walkie-talkie system to keep in check with other riders - I'd like to be able to have the lead rider call stuff out en route rather than sometimes confusing hand signals (or not at all, depending on traffic/road circumstances).
Usually on the open road it's been fine, but when I've gone through larger towns/cities with lights/traffic, I've been separated and rather than stop and wait, it'd be nice just to check in and say "I'll be heading on X St but slower, holler when you've closed up" kind of thing. Even for some kind of conversation at points too.
I'm thinking a cellphone-type singular earbud/microphone would be best, ideally as hands-free as possible - I'd also consider a MP3 player on longer rides too, if the two can combine then that'd be perfect.