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jefnvk 07-06-16 08:29 PM

Earphones at TdF? (no spoilers)
 
So, I see numerous riders with earbuds on at the TdF. What are these for? Are these some sort of team communications, or are the guys actually racing while listening to music?

DrIsotope 07-06-16 08:52 PM

It's for team communication. They can talk to the team coordinators in the support cars.

jefnvk 07-06-16 09:00 PM

Interesting. Is there some sort of legal limit on who can have them, or why wouldn't all the team members wear them? Are they two way?

MookieBlaylock 07-06-16 11:20 PM

I think it would be cool if these were not allowed. Something easy to implement.

DropBarFan 07-06-16 11:31 PM


Originally Posted by jefnvk (Post 18894560)
Interesting. Is there some sort of legal limit on who can have them, or why wouldn't all the team members wear them? Are they two way?

AFAIK all TdFriders have 2-way radios Trad fans complained radios made races too programmed so UCI restricted team radios to top-level events but now radios again allowed in Tour of California, Tour of Britain etc.

PepeM 07-07-16 06:22 AM


Originally Posted by jefnvk (Post 18894560)
Interesting. Is there some sort of legal limit on who can have them, or why wouldn't all the team members wear them? Are they two way?

They all have communication and yes, they are two way.


Originally Posted by MookieBlaylock (Post 18894715)
I think it would be cool if these were not allowed. Something easy to implement.

In many races they aren't. In the big ones they are.

DLBroox 07-07-16 06:33 AM

This has been an ongoing discussion/ argument. One year they tried to ban team radios and the peloton refused to ride. The riders think it's dangerous to not have communication. The fans think it would be more interesting.

jefnvk 07-07-16 07:25 AM


Originally Posted by PepeM (Post 18894931)
They all have communication and yes, they are two way.

Hmm, ok, maybe some of the riders were just using different systems that weren't as visible.


Originally Posted by DLBroox (Post 18894958)
This has been an ongoing discussion/ argument. One year they tried to ban team radios and the peloton refused to ride. The riders think it's dangerous to not have communication.

With as much going on with motor vehicles in the race, I can easily see why.

patrickgm60 07-07-16 02:58 PM


Originally Posted by dlbroox (Post 18894958)
this has been an ongoing discussion/ argument. One year they tried to ban team radios and the peloton refused to ride. The riders think it's dangerous to not have communication. The fans know it would be more interesting.

fify. : )

DLBroox 07-07-16 06:56 PM


Originally Posted by patrickgm60 (Post 18896335)
fify. : )

Thus the "slash argument" in my original post!

DropBarFan 07-07-16 09:33 PM


Originally Posted by jefnvk (Post 18895064)
With as much going on with motor vehicles in the race, I can easily see why.


I'm not sure but I think before racers were equipped with the 2-way radios the team cars had radios to communicate with race officials. Current biggest danger to riders is "road furniture" ie traffic islands/roundabouts. Rider radios might help a bit there though the advantage is surely limited since knowing about an obstacle doesn't mean it's practical or easy to avoid them in high-speed peleton.

SpeshulEd 07-08-16 03:15 PM

Waiting patiently for a UCI/Bose or UCI/Beats sponsorship to happen, lol.

DropBarFan 07-08-16 08:28 PM


Originally Posted by SpeshulEd (Post 18898705)
Waiting patiently for a UCI/Bose or UCI/Beats sponsorship to happen, lol.

Motorola was a sponsor of the big US team. BTW I got some Bose sport earbuds, they don't stay put very well. Most inappropriate TdF sponsorship was probably when Coke took over from Perrier, yuk.

SpeshulEd 07-08-16 08:34 PM


Originally Posted by DropBarFan (Post 18899222)
Motorola was a sponsor of the big US team. BTW I got some Bose sport earbuds, they don't stay put very well. Most inappropriate TdF sponsorship was probably when Coke took over from Perrier, yuk.

Haha.

I tried the bluetooth jaybird ones, total crap. My favorite are still the etymotic style ones with the rubber cones.

I'm always amused by the cell phone sponsors...hey folks, give it up for distracted driving.

DLBroox 07-09-16 06:03 AM

Radio Shack amused me for some reason. Maybe because it was right before they went bankrupt.


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