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Bluetooth headset allows voice-activated hands-free chat

Cardo Systems are well known for their wireless Bluetooth communication systems in the motorcycle world, and now they’ve launched a system aimed at cyclists.

Using the Bluetooth communication protocol, the new BK-1 allows for hands-free use of mobile phones and MP3 players and offers voice-activated, two-way, or three-way bike-to-bike communication capabilities. This means you can have a chat to a friend, also wearing a BK-1, while you’re riding along the road, with a range of up to 1,600ft (500m).

If you need to take a phone call when you’re riding - and who hasn’t had to pull over to the side of the road to answer the phone - you can do so without removing your hands from the bars. A simple ‘yes’ command answers the call. Or if you frequently ride in groups and would like clearer communication between each other rather than having to shout, it offers a unique solution.

The BK-1 is lightweight at just 50g with an earpiece that floats above the ear, and is fully waterproof. As it’s wireless, there are no cables to get tangled. The battery life is a generous seven hours. The BK-1 Single Communication System is compatible with iPhone and Android phones and costs £195. That includes everything you need to get started.

Paligap will be distributing Cardo into the UK. You can find out more at www.paligap.cc/Cardo

David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.