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Old 04-04-08, 10:18 AM
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Wearing a bluetooth headset while cycling? good or bad

does anyone on the forum wear a BT headset whule they are cycling? Is it a good idea or not? I just got a BT headset and I was wondering if I should wear it while cycling.

I would put my phone in my panniers and then clip the BT on to my ear. It is easier that having to stop get the phone out and then call.

what does everyone think about a BT while cycling?
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My opinion? Wearing a Blue Tooth headset at _any_ time is dorky beyond belief. Just my opinion and nothing personal intended.
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Bad.

And +1 on the dorky thing. Unless you're a doctor on call or the President.
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Unless you can guarantee not being distracted, by talking or lack of hearing, I am highly against it. The traffic requires your undivided attention for you to keep safe.
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Bad.

And I have to ask, why on earth would you want to be talking on the phone while cycling?
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Have you tried it yet with a helmet on?

me ... I cycle to get away from my cell phone.
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Well, the studies regarding phone use while driving seem to show that it is the _conversation_ that's distracting- not the use of a hand-held phone.

I kinda like being unable to talk on the phone while riding.
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Originally Posted by Crazy Cyclist View Post
does anyone on the forum wear a BT headset whule they are cycling? Is it a good idea or not? I just got a BT headset and I was wondering if I should wear it while cycling.

I would put my phone in my panniers and then clip the BT on to my ear. It is easier that having to stop get the phone out and then call.

what does everyone think about a BT while cycling?
Besides the blatant Dork factor of anyone wearing a BlueTooth in public, to which I am impervious, both my ears are already occupied by my headset and the mp3 feed of audio books or music selections.
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Originally Posted by kdiehl View Post
My opinion? Wearing a Blue Tooth headset at _any_ time is dorky beyond belief. Just my opinion and nothing personal intended.
+1
But, if you wear the thing when you're not actually on a call? -> ultra dork.


As to the original post, cycling and calling, even hands-free or bt is not a good idea. Study after study shows that just having a conversation is distracting and on a bike you need 100% of your attention on the road. In the car a wreck because you're distracted might be just a fender bender or slightly worse. A wreck on a bike could end up putting you in physical therapy for a year or dead.

Most bt things, unless they're like the jawbone won't work well because of the wind noise, anyway.
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I won't get into the whole safety arguement. If my wife has the vents in her car turned towards her there can be enough wind noice to make it hard to hear her. What about when riding your bike at 12 to 20 MPH. I just don't see how you can suppress all the wind noise. If you get a chance to try it, let us know if the other party can even understand you.

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Originally Posted by Cone Wrench View Post
Bad.

And +1 on the dorky thing. Unless you're a doctor on call or the President.
+1 and the Prez just looks like a dork to begin with
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Originally Posted by andrelam View Post
I won't get into the whole safety arguement. If my wife has the vents in her car turned towards her there can be enough wind noice to make it hard to hear her. What about when riding your bike at 12 to 20 MPH. I just don't see how you can suppress all the wind noise. If you get a chance to try it, let us know if the other party can even understand you.
That's my experience, the wind noise at even slow speeds makes it useless.
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Cell phones are dangerous on the roads. Keep them in the theatres and restaurants where they belong.



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Originally Posted by Raiyn View Post
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Maybe a Stealth BlueTooth is the solution to the Dork Factor, eh?
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Originally Posted by rogerfisher View Post
Unless you can guarantee not being distracted, by talking or lack of hearing, I am highly against it. The traffic requires your undivided attention for you to keep safe.


rogerfisher, of ocurse if I got a call I would pull off the road and answer the call.
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Old 04-04-08, 02:33 PM
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Unless you can guarantee not being distracted, by talking or lack of hearing, I am highly against it. The traffic requires your undivided attention for you to keep safe.


rogerfisher, of course if I got a call I would pull off the road as soon as it was safe to do so and answer the call.
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Originally Posted by Cone Wrench View Post
Bad.

And I have to ask, why on earth would you want to be talking on the phone while cycling?
Cone, I wouldn't actually be on the phone. I would still have both hands on the handlebars, I would just be talking into an earpiece.


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Originally Posted by andrelam View Post
I won't get into the whole safety arguement. If my wife has the vents in her car turned towards her there can be enough wind noice to make it hard to hear her. What about when riding your bike at 12 to 20 MPH. I just don't see how you can suppress all the wind noise. If you get a chance to try it, let us know if the other party can even understand you.

Happy riding,
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Andre, I haven't tried it yet. I am planning on getting my bike on the road in about 1 week. I will try it and let everyone know how it turned out.
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Cell phones are dangerous on the roads. Keep them in the theatres and restaurants where they belong.



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What a waste of a car.
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The reason I have voice mail is so I don't have to answer the phone if it is unsafe or inconvenient.
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Bluetooth will give you brain cancer
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BAD!
Unless you need an excuse while talking to yourself/responding to voices!
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I have talked on my cell phone with the headset attachment while bicycling. I don't see anything wrong with it, but the people on the other end of the line usually complain about the wind noise. It is hard for the bicyclist to hear too.

Maybe that is a dorky response to the OP, if you were looking for some more compelling argument, but that is what I found. Now, if I get a call, I pull over. Generally, using a cell phone on the open road is too noisy and windy.
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To me, the only bad part about riding while using a BT is the challenge to overcome wind noise talking, and tolerating wind noise when the phone is not in use.

I love music, and listening as I ride would be a great change of pace when I repeatedly ride the same route for five or six hours on the weekends. I did manage to find a headset design that doesn't cause a lot of wind noise, but, even so, listening to music is only practical for me when riding at slow speeds on fairly calm days.

Any speed much over 10 mph the wind noise that is part of riding causes a significant degradation to my listening experience, so, for the most part, I don't bother with listening any more.

With a BT, although I've never used one, I imagine there would also be the problem of windnoise affecting the quality of outgoing conversations.

My son was trying to talk to me while walking down the street in NYC, and the wind made hearing him difficult - it has to be worse on a bike.

I really tire of all the talk about how unsafe it is to talk on phones or listen to music while riding a bike - how sharing your ear with anything other than the wind will compromise your ability to hear traffic about to overtake you. Music cannot be worse than the wind.

I do think that wearing those BT things is dorkey, but that's just my opinion (or that of anyone who also thinks as I do).

Cell phones, as much as they annoy me, are here to stay, so, I say it's time we lay off the users (a group most to which most of us also belong).

I find the bit about cell phones impairment effects being comparable to DUI to be especially annoying because it is such a stretch.

But that topic is for some other thread.

If you want to try the BT, go ahead.

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