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Intercom helmet headset for bicycle? Any users?

Mr L and I enjoy cycling together and I know his handsignals for 'dirty great hole in the road ahead', 'I'm turning right/left/stopping' etc. However sometimes it also would be good to know when he is asking 'how about stopping for a cup of coffee' and, for preference, be able to reply 'Yes', so that he can hear me.

Has anyone bought one of these intercom things for normal cycling helmets? Does it work well? Can you swap it to another helmet to enable us to lend it to others? Price? Shop?

I'd be grateful for any information even if it is negative.

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Old 28.08.2015, 16:32
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Re: Intercom helmet headset for bicycle? Any users?

Have you considered just using your phone with an earpiece? Particularly if you have something that will do a decent job of handsfree dialing e.g. Siri.

I've done this when skiing but tbh didn't find the earbuds comfortable under my helmet; not an issue with cycle helmets.
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Re: Intercom helmet headset for bicycle? Any users?

I bought a SENA SMH5.

It is the bottom model but has most of the goodies. Unlike old reviews of this product this one has multipairing, multipoint, music sharing etc etc etc. all for about 100euro at Louis Weil Am Rhein. So dont judge it by the old reviews.

I use it because I cannot stop using my honda SH125 and needed to recieve messages/calls from the kids. The only issue I have is I have an open face helmet and the microphone needs the mic cover on and the visor down if I am over about 40km/h. And finding a place for the mic is a litttle tricky with the two visors on my helmet. I dont like to look like a twat with the mic infront of my mouth. Apart from that the buttons are easy to use with gloves, even winter gloves are OK. The sound is loud and clear and it uses noise suppression tech.

I have not used other units so have nothing to compare it to.

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Mr L and I enjoy cycling together and I know his handsignals for 'dirty great hole in the road ahead', 'I'm turning right/left/stopping' etc. However sometimes it also would be good to know when he is asking 'how about stopping for a cup of coffee' and, for preference, be able to reply 'Yes', so that he can hear me.

Has anyone bought one of these intercom things for normal cycling helmets? Does it work well? Can you swap it to another helmet to enable us to lend it to others? Price? Shop?

I'd be grateful for any information even if it is negative.

Please refrain from discussing coffee preferences or other sundry issues in this thread until Monday.
What about talking a bit louder?
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I bought a SENA SMH5.
And I have the Sena SMH10, but I use it on my motorcycle. However, I'm posting here because Sena makes some damn good products and if you go this route, you won't be disappointed.
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Old 28.08.2015, 21:09
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What about talking a bit louder?
We do like our little joke don't we?
We mostly ride in single file with Mr Longbyt ahead of me. He mostly keeps his eyes on the road. A little imagination on your part required perhaps?

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Re: Intercom helmet headset for bicycle? Any users?

I have precisely zero experience with this type of device, but know that there are many, many discussions about this on bikeforums.net. It's a common concern for tandem bicycle teams and also people who go on group cycling tours.

Just head to www.bikeforums.net and enter "intercom" in the search box in the upper right hand corner, no need to make and account and log in. Headset might give a slightly different set of results.

Hope you manage to find something appropriate!
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Re: Intercom helmet headset for bicycle? Any users?

Do go on. I'm following this with interest, from a slightly different perspective: our snowboard/ski group has been looking for truly convenient helmet compatible radio communicators for a long while.

There are motorcyclist products out there. They might work for bicyclists, but in our use case the repetitive stress tends to break the extended tangents or their wiring. We haven't tried wireless solutions yet, and BT communications to mobile phones have been too expensive to really work. (The new EU pricing might solve that outside Switzerland, so BT warrants tracking now. These earphones might be a candidate for that. Too bad about CH call prices, though, not viable here.)

Edit: our group consists of various EU travelers. If you're biking/skiing/whatever with local friends, my reservations may not apply.
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Old 30.08.2015, 17:29
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Re: Intercom helmet headset for bicycle? Any users?

Thanks for the helpful replies so far.
Update on this.
Mr Longbyt and I spent the entire day yesterday going round the Internationale Fahrradmesse in Friedrichshafen (The International Cycle Exhibition in Germany on the 'other' bank of Lake Constance). Hundreds of trikes and bikes of all sorts (and of all colours!) and masses and masses of extras. Not that I knew what most of the pieces actually are (Mr.L is more knowledgeable of course) but what I DID know, was that I didn't see anything which even vaguely resembled an intercom. This leads me to presume that the techie chaps in this field haven't got their act together yet.

Most of the things I've found in the Internet (thanks Heather M for your link too) were made for motorbike helmets and need fiddling to fit onto a normal bike helmet. Part of my idea was to have the things easily detachable; there's no point in having the wires hanging around when riding alone. I also wanted to be able to lend mine to another cycling buddy of Mr L's when they go out together. A Heath Robinson device to fasten the stuff permanently to my helmet was not my idea at all.
Price is also an issue for Old Age Pensioners. Cheaper versions seem to get pretty poor ratings. Wind noise is a real problem with their mikes - which is where I came in.

We might try with the mobile phones sometime if we cannot find anything else. I'll do some more digging though and if I find anything useful, I'll come back.

@Atamar Have you seen these? SNOWTALK Bluetooth Headset
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Re: Intercom helmet headset for bicycle? Any users?

Have you considered a normal walkie talkie with headsets? the headsets are quite cheap
http://www.amazon.com/Midland-AVPH3-.../dp/B000CNAEEW

lots of walkie talkies accept headsets and you can mount the push to talk button on the handlebars, of course you don't have duplex communication but are you planning a conversation or just passing on information?
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Re: Intercom helmet headset for bicycle? Any users?

A conversation? After 46 years of marriage? Definitely more for passing on vital bits of information.
I'm thirsty. When do we get lunch? You just missed the turning! You are going too fast.

Thanks for the tip. I'll check out walkie - talkies.
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Tandem?
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Hadn't, might check this out, thanks. Less expensive than what I had found, and there is some potential with the intercom mode. (Walkie talkies with headsets are pretty useless in the mountains beyond visual range anyway, and that's where we had bad experiences with various wired tangent/mic/headset models.)
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