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    Something to block wind noise with earbuds in?

    Yeah, no argument, all I'm asking is, is there anything that I can put on over my ears and earbuds so that I can hear the music and block out wind noise? Something soft, as when I put my helmet straps on it'll hold everything snugly in. I have a beanie, but it doesn't work well for closing the straps up.

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    First of all, I'd recommend in ear phones instead of earbuds. Second, a hat that covers your ears (and the phones beneath them) will work wonders.

    JesseDuncan:I just love how "cars will be forced to cross the double yellow lines on dangerous limited visibility roads".

    I don't want to have a head on but oh god, I HAVE to fling myself into oncoming traffic to pass, theres no alternative!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ratell View Post
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    Yeah I have IEPs and the wind still kills I hate that! I need something to cover the IEPs you know?

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    If you live in a cooler climate skull caps do wonders for ear buds. Other than that I have no suggestion.

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    I gotta say that a thin beanie that covers the ears like the Descente one I've got actually makes the wind noise louder. With the wind we've had lately, it's sucked.

    I met a rider with a pair of The Slip as linked above, and he said they worked really well. I'd vote for those or anything similar.

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    I've used the slipstreamz for over a year now and they're great. Not only is the wind noise lessened, but the sound from the phones is more ambient than direct (think of the speakers in a car vs having dedicated headphones on). This means that you can still hear cars, have conversations with other riders, etc with the music on.

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    I wear these http://tinyurl.com/5gp9ee. They help block the wind and keep my ears nice & warm.
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    I'd try some 180s ear warmers.
    I am prone to ear-aches and need something to block the wind. They stay in place pretty well for me, the helmet straps help. I have no problem with them interfering with my helmet although I know some people who find they do.

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    Are you doing this while riding? I'm not a nazi who thinks you can never wear headphones, but I would be careful completely shutting out any ambient noise. You want to hear when you're in danger.

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    /begin tangent

    Quote Originally Posted by kwrides View Post
    Are you doing this while riding? I'm not a nazi who thinks you can never wear headphones, but I would be careful completely shutting out any ambient noise. You want to hear when you're in danger.
    I can't rely on my hearing anyway. Either there is enough traffic noise overall ahead of me that it masks the sounds behind me, or the traffic that I need to hear is too far away for me to hear at all. Shoulder checks, a mirror, and not riding like an idiot helps me more than hearing ever will. Besides, how do you think deaf cyclists don't get killed?

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    you can hear plenty with in canal ear pieces.
    they only block around 25~28dB of outside noise

    actual ear plugs block around 30dB or more
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    Quote Originally Posted by eay View Post
    I'd try some 180s ear warmers.
    I am prone to ear-aches and need something to block the wind. They stay in place pretty well for me, the helmet straps help. I have no problem with them interfering with my helmet although I know some people who find they do.

    http://www.180s.com/
    They have ear warmers with LEDs in the rear, too:
    http://www.180s.com/pages/catalog_vi...g=1,2&y=7&i=76

    Neat. Not that bright, but it probably helps anyway.

    I have some 180s gloves with their "Exhale Heating System", basically a hole in the outer shell that you breathe into to keep your hands warm. They work really well, too. I can't find them on their site, though -- they're a cycling-specific model.

    Now I see their high-vis gloves and ear warmers:
    http://www.180s.com/pages/catalog_vi...5&y=2&i=35&c=6
    http://www.180s.com/pages/catalog_vi...&y=7&i=71&c=27
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    Yes I do. I feel really uncomfortable being around so many cars without some music to keep me going. I'm more aware with music and a helmet on; the only times I've ever almost been in an accident, or almost in one, was without either.

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    I have the Sleek Audio SA6 with foamies that shield out loads of ambient noise. They work fine, just not for the fast wind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Obstinate View Post
    Yeah, no argument, all I'm asking is, is there anything that I can put on over my ears and earbuds so that I can hear the music and block out wind noise? Something soft, as when I put my helmet straps on it'll hold everything snugly in. I have a beanie, but it doesn't work well for closing the straps up.

    I use Skullcandy buds. They go in your ear so they're not so suceptible to noise.

    http://www.backcountry.com/store/SKC...eadphones.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by BarracksSi View Post
    /begin tangent



    I can't rely on my hearing anyway. Either there is enough traffic noise overall ahead of me that it masks the sounds behind me, or the traffic that I need to hear is too far away for me to hear at all. Shoulder checks, a mirror, and not riding like an idiot helps me more than hearing ever will. Besides, how do you think deaf cyclists don't get killed?

    /end tangent
    This is like saying, "why bother to smell food, people without a sense of smell eat just fine without it".

    Like I said, I'm not a nazi who thinks there is no place for music on a bike, but I would not purposely block out total hearing. I ride on MUPs on my commute and there is nothing worse than the headphones wearing, back-and-forth weaving walker/jogger/rider who almost hits you as you pass no matter how many times you scream "PASSING ON YOUR LEFT!!!!" I don't want to try to become that guy.

    I was not born deaf and while I am happy that those who were can overcome this obstacle, I would not choose to be deaf. I like having all my senses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Obstinate View Post
    Yes I do. I feel really uncomfortable being around so many cars without some music to keep me going. I'm more aware with music and a helmet on; the only times I've ever almost been in an accident, or almost in one, was without either.
    The only time I ever got in a car wreck I had a seatbelt on, should I stop wearing it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BA Commuter View Post
    I wear these http://tinyurl.com/5gp9ee. They help block the wind and keep my ears nice & warm.
    +1

    I have a brand called gorgonz I got on woot.com. They work great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwrides View Post
    I ride on MUPs on my commute and there is nothing worse than the headphones wearing, back-and-forth weaving walker/jogger/rider who almost hits you as you pass no matter how many times you scream "PASSING ON YOUR LEFT!!!!" I don't want to try to become that guy.
    See the thread titled "How do you handle moron-cyclists?"
    How do you handle moron-cyclists?

    The girls that he hit didn't have headphones or anything, they were just dumb riders.

    Like I said already, not riding like an idiot -- not swerving around unpredictably -- is one of the best ways to keep safe.

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    Ditto in-ear phones. However, I only use one, in my right ear (away from traffic). I find that I can hear better with in-ear phones since I don't have nearly the wind noise, so I can turn the volume way down and still understand what's being said (I mainly listen to audiobooks).

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    I wear one ear bud, and in the winter time, wear a ski helmet which has covers over the ears to keep them warm, also cuts the wind noise.

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    I've not used the spoiler, but the slip does work. I could hear my cell phone ringing in my pannier while listening to music. They are kind of a pain to put on and take off though. The ideal would be a second helmet with them attached that you used when you wanted music.

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