Back in the days of the telephone box the only time a cyclist wearing proper cycling gear was seen on the phone was if they ‘bananafied’ a rear wheel and had to call out the 24 hour breakdown service (ie : the wife ) to come and pick them up . Nowadays , however that’s all changed . The mobile phone has become the most important item concealed in the rear of any cycling jersey . Nokia’s theme tune can now often be heard at the crucial stages of some races .
A few years back Kelly told us about commentating on the Giro d’Italia and Mario Cippolini taking a call on his mobile from an Italian TV commentator who was live on air – within the last 5 k of a stage . One which he remarkably went on to win . Now I don’t know how many TV commentators are ringing the sprinting talents of the C bunch but recently there have been a number of reported ‘final countdown ‘ polyphonic bleetings overheard within the bunch .
So what is the best type of phone to use on the bike , seeing that we all do have one in our back pockets , even if we don’t admit it . The I-Phone is all the rage at present , but is too big although not quite as big as it’s rival the Nokia N95 . The Nokia 6300 and 5200 are popular among cyclists at present due to their small size and light weight but are a bit featureless .
In my opinion the ideal phone for a cyclist should be small and light but also have a good mp3 player with enough memory to store enough music for a five hour spin , a good camera , at least 3 megapixels or above . It should also have an RDS radio which won’t sound of interference and loose signal every 3 k and of course have a good handsfree set of earphones . And to top it all off it must be easy to use . Plus , I almost forgot another important requirement for every cyclist nowadays , it must have GPS . So what phone ticks all of these boxes or even comes close ? Close will do . Well now that’s up to you , if you have any suggestions just pop them into the comment box below and whoever comes up with the best suggestion gets a new assos cotton cap – so away you go !