Monday, August 22, 2011

Ask Lucky: How To Communicate With Other Bikers on Group Rides

Anonymous asks: "How do you communicate with your buddies when you go on a group ride? I'm thinking of velcroing a 2 way walkie talkie for 2 or more people to the outside of a helmet. Thoughts?"

I admire your creativity, but you don't need to jury-rig a communication device, there are several 2-way helmet radios on the market.

That said, I don't really do group rides with more than 2 other people, so I might not be the best person to ask. When riding with just a couple other people, pointing at the problem/point of interest usually suffices. There is also a rich motorcycle sign language to cover most riding issues - the signs vary from area to area, though, so you'll have to learn what people in your neck of the woods do. Barring that, passing the others and leading the ride when I need to hit a gas station or rest stop has always worked for me.

Personally, I don't care to talk to the people I'm riding with except when stopped. Chatting is for cagers, we're motorcycle people.

Does anyone with more experience riding in groups, or experience with helmet radios have any advice? Leave a comment!