If you've ridden as a couple, you'll know how hard it is to talk to each other with any kind of regularity or confidence. You may be riding at a slightly different pace, or the roads might be too busy to ride alongside each other, or the road traffic might be blocking out any conversation you're attempting, or it just be too windy - the reasons can be many.
Buddy Chat is a great idea for this age-old problem. Simply attach a bluetooth intercom to each cycling helmet, and away you go. The range works up to 1km, talk time is up to 15 hours, and they're USB-rechargable. Best of all, they barely notice once they're attached to the helmet.
Top electric brands Haibike, Raleigh, Gocycle, Winora, Cube, KTM, and Wisper are on show this year in the e-village, and also at the Cycle Show 2016 are Cannondale, Orange mountain bikes, Shand Cycles, Radon from Germany, Isla bikes, Ridley, Saracen, Genesis, Ridgeback, Magura, USN, Crud, 2Pure with Merckx, NRG4 with Limar helmets, Avocet, Miche, KMC, Orbita from Portugal, Simplon from Austria and Megamo from Spain. They join the biggest line-up of bike companies and brands in the UK including the likes of Cube, Canyon, Ribble, Planet-X, Vitus, Trek, Bianchi, Colnago, Boardman, Whyte, KTM, Hope, SRAM, Lazer, FSA, Shimano, Cinelli, Kinesis, Ritte, Primal, Pinarello, Schwalbe, Deda, Lapierre, Mondraker, Storck, Condor, Campagnolo and many, many more.
There's a stellar line up of medal winners and stars of the cycling world confirmed to appear at the show including Ed Clancy, Callum Skinner and Joanna Rowsell-Shand all returning from Rio with gold medals, Chris Boardman, Manon Carpenter, Sean Kelly, Dani King, the Athertons and Taylor Vernon from the Trek Factory DH team, Martyn Ashton and many more. You can see what's on here.