Speaking Cycle Computer

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Grubbie Fred
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Speaking Cycle Computer

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Greetings All. I have friend, a lifelong cyclist, who at the age of 85 has had to give up road cycling due to visual impairment. He does however, still enjoy exercising on his cycle trainer and rollers. To add a sense of 'measurement' to these sessions he asked me to research any available cycle computers that have an audio output (that could be connected to a speaker). If any do exist, I have been unable to find them. We realize that this type of product will have an (extremely) limited market but I thought it might be worth posting a question just in case the combined knowledge of the forum can come up with something ? Best Wishes.
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That sounds really interesting - what kind of data is he after? I know that iSmoothrun can talk to me throughout a ride.. but I haven't really explored those options.

My guess is that a bluetooth cadence/speed sensor and a smartphone is the way to go (or getting access to a tandem)
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The Wahoo fitness app can be customised to give audio announcements. I use the app to track walks but turned voice announcements off. I imagine if it’s connected by Bluetooth to something measuring distance then it could announce every mile and time taken for last mile.
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You need a garmin speed sensor and the wahoo app on your phone, never tried it with the announcements on though.
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With a Garmin edge unit and a mobile phone it is possible to have announcements made via a setting in the Garmin Connect mobile app.
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Many thanks for the responses, they have given us leads to follow up. Much appreciated.
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Grubbie Fred wrote: 23 Nov 2021, 12:18pm Greetings All. I have friend, a lifelong cyclist, who at the age of 85 has had to give up road cycling due to visual impairment. He does however, still enjoy exercising on his cycle trainer and rollers. To add a sense of 'measurement' to these sessions he asked me to research any available cycle computers that have an audio output (that could be connected to a speaker). If any do exist, I have been unable to find them. We realize that this type of product will have an (extremely) limited market but I thought it might be worth posting a question just in case the combined knowledge of the forum can come up with something ? Best Wishes.
(My bold)
Does that mean "blind" or rather "eyesight no longer good enough for road safety?"

I ask because we've recently had a thread about competitive linked exercise bike riding for older people, which sounds as though it might be good for anybody who could still see but not very well.

viewtopic.php?p=1654732#p1654732

(This is an attempt to contribute, not to provoke a discussion about terminology.)
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