My daughter and I have really been burning up the rubber with our new da Vinci. We're having a blast, but we've discovered that it's pretty hard to carry on a decent conversation; much harder than on our single bikes riding side-by-side. It seemed like miles went by with few words. I had dearly hoped we could spend better father-daughter time than this...
I heard about the Tandem Talk and thought I'd give it a try. While Googling for a good price, I ran into the Precision Tandems web page and noticed they offer their own smaller and more refined version called the Tandem-Com for virtually the same price (when you compare the units with same functions). After looking at the pictures, and with the idea that I'd be riding with my kids (the Tandem-Com comes with headsets that adapt themselves better to little heads; the Tandem Talk specifically mentions that it won't fit on smaller ears), I ordered the Tandem-Com earlier this week. It arrived yesterday and we gave it a try during a ride this afternoon.
Wow!! What a difference it makes!! Conversations are so easy. Even downhill at 30 mph, we didn't have the slightest problem hearing each other without having to yell, though there was slightly more wind-noise in the ear with the speaker than the un-covered ear. I expected it to be a little uncomfortable, but neither of us could tell that we had it on after the first few moments.
The amp unit is rather small; much smaller and lighter then the Tandem Talk unit. It clips easily to the top of my right rear pocket. My stoker runs the power and our independant volume controls, and so far has always remembered to unplug herself before she gets off the bike!
I've found three potential issues, however:
First, the head-pieces are designed to cover the left ears; I would rather they go on the right, as the left side is better for hearing traffic noises. It's not bad, though.
Second, though we were able to make the headsets fit my daughter fine, an optional smaller size would be better.
And lastly, that girl of mine is one little chatterbox!! Now I know who's doing most all of the work uphill!!
My daughter says, "It makes the rides more fun." That in itself is reason enough for me.
Any questions?? Just ask.
This has got to be the best piece of gear since we bought the tandem itself!!