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Old 12-01-09, 05:21 AM
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Hands free headset (bike tested) recommends

Ok guys and gals, up here north of the 49th parallel (Canada ) in my town we have a law now about hands free devices when driving. I've always been one to use hands free devices before when driving or riding but normally when driving I try not to talk on the phone.

I'm leaning to go with bluetooth over the wired headset just because of the tangle/tug of the wires. I'd like some feedback from all of you if you use a wired or wireless headset and how you like it?

Please state the following when replying:

1. Make/model-number of your headset
2. Make/model-number of your cellphone
3. What bike do you ride?
4. What type of riding you do?
5. A rough average speed you ride at?
6. How is the sound RECIEVING to you via your headset from the caller?
7. How is the sound like on the other end of the call via your headset TO THE CALLER?


I'll start.

1. N/A right now
2. Sanyo 4920
3. MTB with semi-slick tires
4. City/road/paved trails
5. ~22kph average speed.
6. N/A right now
7. N/A right now


Thank you in advance for any help

My local sources for bluetooth headsets are https://www.Futureshop.ca , https://www.Bestbuy.ca, Radio Shack (The Source in Canada https://www.thesource.ca ), and https://www.Walmart.ca
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Old 12-01-09, 05:22 AM
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I'd prefer the feedback when you're riding.
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Old 12-01-09, 08:39 AM
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I refuse to become one of the BORG.

I use my phone on the bike same as I do in the car.
Pulling over and stopping is OK by me.
Plus it's nice to not heed the insistent call of my cellular leash.
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Originally Posted by Jtgyk View Post
Plus it's nice to not heed the insistent call of my cellular leash.
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Old 12-01-09, 09:14 AM
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I don't even have my phone ON while riding. I have it on while driving but if it rings I pull over and call back.
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Originally Posted by Zero_Enigma View Post
I'd prefer the feedback when you're riding.
It's too cold ride without gloves, and I can't type on my laptop with gloves on.




You do realize that the ban applies to *motor* vehicles. As much as I wanted to ride all the way to work on October 26th talking loudly on a handset, I refrained.

I have a the stock Sony-Ericcson wired mic (rogers sent me this free because I am dumb enough to use their cable service) that connects to a set of stereo headphones (free from my last Air Canada flight) semi-permanently wired into my fullface (winter) helmet. I just plug the headset in once I put the helmet on, which takes less time than trying to get a headset to stick in my ear.


This way I can still press the "answer" button on the mic while riding, even with winter gloves on, since it is in the chinguard part of the helmet rather than behind a bunch of paddling up by my ear. It also provides tunes the rest of the time. Whoops did I say that out loud?

Bluetooth headsets were a no-go for me, as they all had a press-to-answer button next to the ear, which isn't gonna happen with a winter helmet on.


1. As mentioned
2. Sony Ericsson (pretty old)
3. MTB with semi-slick tires
4. City/road/paved trails
5. ~22kph average speed.
6. They can hear me
7. I can hear them if there is no one reving their engine next to me. (I won't editorialize on how often this happens)
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Old 12-01-09, 12:01 PM
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The stock earbuds w/ lapel mic setup which came with my HTC Fuze is total crapola; I can tell you that much. I can't even walk outside in a stiff breeze without the receiving party asking if we're having a tornado.

My phone is with me on rides, but mostly as a Facebook update tool so everyone can wish they were out riding with me instead of sitting at a desk.
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Old 12-01-09, 12:36 PM
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I'm against using headphones while riding, using a cellphone headset is even worse. It's distracting. I prefer to use my ears to be aware of my environment. I just saw a cyclist hit by a car this Sunday because he was too distracted talking on the phone didn't see the car coming. Lucky bastard, didn't get hurt much.

Besides, I like to enjoy my ride and I don't want people to bother me. They can wait 40 minutes.

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Originally Posted by CliftonGK1 View Post
I can't even walk outside in a stiff breeze without the receiving party asking if we're having a tornado.
Indeed. Mine stays out the wind behind the chinbar on my fullface. If I use it with a regular summer helmet, I pretty much have to slow down to a walking speed to use it.


I think a better question for the OP might be "what helmet are you using (if any)?"
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Old 12-01-09, 01:54 PM
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My cell phone stays right where it should when I ride- at home on my nightstand. Even the rabbits in SD have cell phones, so if I'm ever in a situation where I need to call for emergency support, I can always borrow one from someone.
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Old 12-01-09, 06:57 PM
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My phone stays in my bag. I only use it when I need to make a call for emergencies. Don't need to be bothered by someone calling me. My bicycling time is sacred.
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If you are so important that you have to get calls while riding..... ride a stationary bike. If you ain't that important - turn the dang thing OFF!

I have 2 cell phones. One at the house and one in my bag - both without any 'service plan'. The only thing they are good for is dialing 911. Well, I guess I could take a picture with one of them. I pull them out and charge them once a month. That's why I have them. I hate cell phones.
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It's funny that the OP requests information on the usability of mobile phone headsets, and everyone feels compelled to tell him there opinion on the necessity of a mobile phone while riding, or in general.

As if maybe they're going to get some guy in another country to stop taking calls from his wife because they don't think it's important, or because they once saw some spastic swerve into a post while pushing a button on his bluetooth headset.

Guess what? Nobody cares. People are going to keep doing what they are doing no matter what anecdotes and other weak sauce you post here, so save your breath and answer the questions that are asked.
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Old 12-01-09, 10:19 PM
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Originally Posted by charly17201 View Post
If you are so important that you have to get calls while riding..... ride a stationary bike. If you ain't that important - turn the dang thing OFF!
Just so you know, I AM that important - if my kids' day care calls when I'm riding to work in the morning to say that my youngest is throwing up blood, I sure want to know about it! I applaud the fact that you have no responsibilities in your life that you can't put on hold long enough to ride; however, it's unrealistic not to recognize that there are many of us who can't. Deciding to be a parent shouldn't kick me off the bike for a dozen years.

I had to read the title of the thread twice before I realized that it wasn't about the kind of headset that connects the fork to the frame.
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Old 12-01-09, 10:42 PM
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I have a motorola slider phone and a motorola Bluetooth earpiece. I bought the earpiece after I started bike commuting. I picked it up from a store on College St in Toronto west, of Spadina. I think it's called Factory Direct. Anyway, I checked online for the least expensive Motorola earpiece on the store's website and checked on Motorola's site to see if the earpiece and phone were compatible. They were, so for $20 dollars I am now hands free.

And I understand that the rule is intended for cars but I don't think I have the balance to fish for the phone and ride one handed.

I commute several days a week and the trip lengths vary between 8 km and 20 km depending on errands. I don't ride fast at all - I probably average 16 km an hour on a good day. The earpiece catches wind noise like crazy and the sound is irritating for the caller. But the reason for wearing the earpiece is in case my partner is wondering where I am and if I'm safe, as well as if I can bring home something from the store. Or it's my mother asking me why I'm riding in the cold etc.

The earpiece is convenient and there are no cords to bother with. My main complaints are the wind sounds captured by the mike and that it's not comfortable to wear under the earflaps on my winter helmet. Otherwise it's handy.
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Originally Posted by ghettocruiser View Post
It's funny that the OP requests information on the usability of mobile phone headsets, and everyone feels compelled to tell him there opinion on the necessity of a mobile phone while riding, or in general.

As if maybe they're going to get some guy in another country to stop taking calls from his wife because they don't think it's important, or because they once saw some spastic swerve into a post while pushing a button on his bluetooth headset.

Guess what? Nobody cares. People are going to keep doing what they are doing no matter what anecdotes and other weak sauce you post here, so save your breath and answer the questions that are asked.
+1
Apparently, no one in this forum can follow directions.

On topic:
I do not have a wireless headset and am generally wearing ear buds or IMing while riding.
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Ive used wired and bluetooth wireless. The cheap crappy wired headset was far superior in sound and far far clearer mic response than the fairly expensive Motorola Bluetooth S and S-HD. The wire is just a pain in the butt, though, so I keep trying the bluetooth wireless hoping against hope that they will improve if I continue to send Motorola my every other year donation to their development.

As to answering calls, most cells now have voice activated systems that work pretty well.
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I'd worry that the bluetooth headphone would pop out on a bump. Whatever you choose, you might want to make sure it's teathered!

I suspect that the wind noise would tend to make any headphone useless for talking-into.

You might, with a headphone, be able hear that you have a call coming in.

From my experience, the voice-activated stuff is kind of flakey.

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Besides, I like to enjoy my ride and I don't want people to bother me. They can wait 40 minutes.
While I understand this position, it is quite besides the point in this thread. As a counterpoint, considering what was going on in my life, the cellphone enabled me being able to take time off to ride!

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Originally Posted by njkayaker View Post
I'd worry that the bluetooth headphone would pop out on a bump. Whatever you choose, you might want to make sure it's teathered!

I suspect that the wind noise would tend to make any headphone useless for talking-into.

You might, with a headphone, be able hear that you have a call coming in.

From my experience, the voice-activated stuff is kind of flakey.


While I understand this position, it is quite besides the point in this thread. As a counterpoint, considering what was going on in my life, the cellphone enabled me being able to take time off to ride!

Motorola stereo headset was engineered with sports in mind so no, it takes a lot more than a bump to knock it off. In fact, even a spill or two, including an over the handlebars, didnt budge the thing.

Wind noise is a problem on the speaking side when its windy but can usually handle 15 mph or less. So slow the heck down and enjoy the ride.

Voice activation - I guess I better explain that I meant the part where the phone rings, you start talking and the phone knows to go ahead and answer the call. That works pretty well. As to getting the phone to call specific folks, I havent tried that in years.
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The wonderful thing about cycling with a cell phone in your pocket is that you can pull over to the side to answer without holding up traffic. If I am riding up a hill I only stop when I get to the top. As my wife is the only person who ever calls, I dont need call display to know what number to call back.
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The wonderful thing about cycling with a cell phone in your pocket is that you can pull over to the side to answer without holding up traffic. If I am riding up a hill I only stop when I get to the top. As my wife is the only person who ever calls, I dont need call display to know what number to call back.
This works fine for me as well, in the summer. But once I get suited up with goggles, facemask, and helmet for the winter and bury my phone in a pocket or bag, it takes forever to dig the phone out, get all the stuff off my head, and dial. Plus my head then freezes...
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I thought this thread was going to be about getting a nicer headset (like a Chris King) so you can ride with no hands easier.
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I tried several bluetooth sets, all of them failed with slight breezes. It was better to just stop the bike and answer the ring than use a bluetooth. Now I have an iPhone, and the OEM ear buds / microphone work quite well while riding. I will typically slow down to around 15 mph when answering a call.

Minus a billlion to those who think you should stay home just because you need to answer a phone. Try telling that to the cars whizzing by you.
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I have an iphone and a Jabra BT8010 stereo bluetooth headset, but ride with just the one side. I dig this setup because you can listen to music with it as well. With the AOL radio app or NPR app, you can also listen to the morning talk shows on the way in to work with the iphone. It doesn't have a super secure fit into your ear, which actually works in your favor so you can still hear fairly well out of that ear. It does have an over-the-ear piece that keeps it hanging in there, though. Plus, it's got a pretty decent sized knob with a single talk/end call button in the middle that is still pretty easy to use with gloves on.
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