Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Northern New Mexico mountains
Bikes: A 25 year old 12 speed, name lost to the mists of time, a ToysRUs Huffy 6 speed with a Step2 trailerbike, and (as soon as it is delivered) a Trek T900 tandem
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I have been looking into this, too. My kids got a couple of FRS (family radio service, no license required) radios for their birthday last year, which we have used to contact each other on the ski slopes and around the house. But they really aren't useful on the bike--no headset, and no VOX. I have started looking at more expensive sets, which are often combination FRS/GMRS radios (general mobile radio service, a license IS required to use the GMRS frequencies). Inexpensive radios are something like $40 a pair, but no VOX; the ones with the features I want are more like $70 a pair, and I'd need to buy 2 pairs for the 3 of us. I'd like to try some before I drop the money on them, or at least hear from someone else who uses them.
I know some tandem riders use "Tandem Talk" intercoms, both wired and wireless, but those are even more expensive.
Well, for now I can shout to DS, who sits right behind me, and he can shout back, but DD is on the trail-a-bike and is too soft-spoken to make herself heard (except when I yell at her to peddle and she yells back, "I AM!!!")