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    Meow! my58vw's Avatar
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    Ear Piercing and Cycling...

    Hello all.

    Since the season is over I have decided to put off the inevatable no longer... I am getting my ears pierced.

    Why inevatable... the school I attend has rules agains guys getting ear piercing and I am no longer a full time student there... and I have wanted to have it done for years... I am sure the pain will be minimum... expecially after enduring a whole racing season...


    Now the question is... for those of you who have done this... other than cleaning the piercing after riding are their any other percautions needed on the bike or after? Obiously they will have to stay in for about 10 weeks so I can not take them out when riding...

    Thanks as always!
    Just your average club rider... :)

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    Snicker...

    Some people just can't have enough holes in their heads......

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    get your belly pierced instead.
    You already wear bibs.
    No worries!

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    Titanium? Nah, carbon fiber earrings are the way to go.

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    pierced is less aero than non-pierced, and we know that aero resistance is the major speed limiter

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    ^^^

    I got Ti... have to have something in common with cycling.

    BTW compared to the pain of racing is was NOTHING... now keeping it clean and rotated is another story.
    Just your average club rider... :)

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    Just clean them before you go to bed every night for a few weeks. Simple as that. Then in a few weeks you can get red ones to match your bikes!
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    Quote Originally Posted by zing28
    Just clean them before you go to bed every night for a few weeks. Simple as that. Then in a few weeks you can get red ones to match your bikes!
    I like... I would rather have CF ones though!

    (Oh no I just added 20 grams to my body... now I need to shave 20 grams off the bike!
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    I also have a nickel allergy ... and the earrings of choice, for income-challenged people like me, when I got my ears pierced was nickel. My ears were constantly infected and in PAIN. After several years, a new hypoallergenic material came out ... nylon. Too bad I'm also allergic to nylon!

    Besides the trouble I had with earring material, I got into the huge earrings of the 1980s and nearly ripped my lobes off with the weight, and with the earrings catching on everything.

    By the mid-1990s, I had enough and quit wearing them. I wear them now maybe a couple times a year, just enough to keep the holes open ... and sometimes I wonder if it's even worth it.

    I know I would not want to pierce anything else ... those little holes in my ears were bad enough.

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    Are you still going to that Bible College?
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Fixer
    Are you still going to that Bible College?
    La Sierra University, SDA school... no jewlery
    Just your average club rider... :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by my58vw
    ...the school I attend has rules agains guys getting ear piercing...
    That's really depressing. Yay homophobia!

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    I've never heard of nickle piercings being offered - Stainless steel is the norm & can't cost that much more.

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    Why have the holes in the first place???

    I've never understood why people injure themselves voluntarily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lauren
    Stainless contains nickel. It's best to go with something hypoallergenic at least while it is healing. I'm allergic to some "nickel free" products as well, (probably chromium, based on what I've read) so I have to stick with silver, titanium, niobium, platinum, etc.
    This is news to me. The nickel content of 316 CRES (corrosion resistant - most say "stainless") is only 10%-14%. Is this enough to aggravate nickel allergies?

    I ask because 316 is used for body implants - it generally does very well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by my58vw
    Now the question is... for those of you who have done this... other than cleaning the piercing after riding are their any other percautions needed on the bike or after? Obiously they will have to stay in for about 10 weeks so I can not take them out when riding...

    Thanks as always!
    Remove your helmet carefully (if you use one). You'll think the piercing is healed enough not to hurt, and then you'll snag it on the helmet strap and .

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    Quote Originally Posted by CdCf
    Why have the holes in the first place???

    I've never understood why people injure themselves voluntarily.
    Bodies are meant to be used, that's why we have them. Minor injury is irrelevant compared to the satisfaction of self-expression and the sense of ownership over your physical self.

    When you get right down to it we do voluntary self-injury on an almost daily basis. From sports like boxing, to eating fast-food, to body modifications. The only differences are the degree of self-awareness behind the decision.

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    be a man and get your nipples done. Ear peircing went out in the 90's.

    belly button peircing is allowed only if your name is George and you need Boy in front of it, to determine what gender you are.
    KWITCHER*****IN!

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    Nipple Piercing.... Ahhh! - I.e. No thanks.
    Just your average club rider... :)

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    Like it is said above, be careful taking the helmet off at first.

    My ears aren't just pierced, they are stretched. Currently wearing 4 gauge. Was stretched to 2 gauge for the longest time. I wear plugs when riding. Nothing hollow, else I hear a whistle. I wear nothing but organic or pyrex just out of preference.

    I don't think you'll have much luck finding a true barbell in the smallest of gauges. But you could always wear a eyebrow retainer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Machka
    I also have a nickel allergy ... and the earrings of choice, for income-challenged people like me, when I got my ears pierced was nickel. My ears were constantly infected and in PAIN. After several years, a new hypoallergenic material came out ... nylon. Too bad I'm also allergic to nylon!

    Besides the trouble I had with earring material, I got into the huge earrings of the 1980s and nearly ripped my lobes off with the weight, and with the earrings catching on everything.

    By the mid-1990s, I had enough and quit wearing them. I wear them now maybe a couple times a year, just enough to keep the holes open ... and sometimes I wonder if it's even worth it.

    I know I would not want to pierce anything else ... those little holes in my ears were bad enough.
    I am very allergic to nickel, sterling silver is the answer. It never bothers my skin, just make sure that it has the stamp on the jewelry.

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    Maybe it all depends on how a person heals. When I got my ear pierced the pain was about 20 seconds. And then it was sore for 2 days. I've had scratches that hurt worse.
    It healed fine with no infections and I haven't had a problem since. It has only came out for x-rays and for surgeries.

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    my58vw, it looks as if you've already gone through with this. What my suggestion would have been would be to do it at a tattoo parlor, or something similar. They generally cost a little more, but the quality of the jewelery is often much higher, and they don't use the gun. I personally believe that the gun is the main reason that people have problems with piercings as they aren't as hygenic as a single use needle. This is of course highly dependent upon the place that you go however. Also, you have greater options as far as guage. If you're just getting one of those little 22ga (or is it 20?) piercings in your lobe, it's probably not a big deal. It's also been my experience that tattoo parlors pay more attention to placement, and you can be a lot more accurate with a straight needle than the gun.

    Hope you like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpiderMike
    My ears aren't just pierced, they are stretched. Currently wearing 4 gauge. Was stretched to 2 gauge for the longest time. I wear plugs when riding. Nothing hollow, else I hear a whistle.
    I'm not criticizing your taste in fashion, but this is very humorous to me. It makes perfect sense.

    My company designs hydraulic and pneumatic equipment that is specifically designed to be quiet when operating...

    I'm going to suggest to my boss that we get into the business of designing "quiet grommets" for cyclists and motorcyclists that wear them. No whistle.

    Or for the more musically inclined, miniature tuned pan pies to play a soothing chord while you ride...

    (I'm going to make a million bucks... )

    What do you think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eubi
    I'm not criticizing your taste in fashion, but this is very humorous to me. It makes perfect sense.
    Oh I forgot to mention that when I was 6 gauge, I had to get my front wheel rebuilt. I cut the spokes off at home. I cleaned two of the spoke nipples, and they fit. I wore them to the LBS to drop of the hub. First person that notice was the last person to say hello, no surprise it was the Head wrench. Wish i had pictures.

    As for tuned musical plugs, NO THANKS. I have ears of a blind person, and my wife has started collecting wind chimes. Got enough non music going on at home.

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