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    Cold air=ear pain

    Ah, fall arrives...
    The weather is cooler and biking in it is pleasant, however, when I bike in this weather, my ears hurt. Is this a common problem? A headband or earmuffs would cut down on hearing, I would think; what are some other solutions?

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    They do not cut down on hearing that much. In sub zero weather I put a second balaclava over the first one and could hear just fine. Consider those motorcyclists that use full head helmets and be thankful.
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    You could also consider a ski mask, but I have found that they are not to friendly to glasses if you wear any.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ken cummings
    They do not cut down on hearing that much. In sub zero weather I put a second balaclava over the first one and could hear just fine. Consider those motorcyclists that use full head helmets and be thankful.
    +1 on the balaclava. I'll even wear one in 40 deg F weather. They make me look official, and they block the wind from whistling in the ears. I have trouble with stiff knees if I cycle in shorts in cold weather, even 50 deg F, so I wear long cycling pants.
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    My fall/winter solution to further ear damage after a tumor messed with the left one.

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    I use a thin headband. I think it's made from lycra. Only when it's below freezing. It actually seems to help hearing because it blocks out wind noise.

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    Try searching on the forums for "ear pain" etc. Lot's of useful info. Like a bit of cotton does not negatively affect what you can hear.

    My ears have already started bothering me. If it's under 70F, with a bit of wind...I'm a newbie so I'm trying to get all this figured out, also.

    I like the balaclava idea. Also, that's a pretty cool "cool weather" helmet.

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    Like a bit of cotton does not negatively affect what you can hear.
    Heh.
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    I got a lot of ear-pain walking to/from classes (2 mile/day walking) when it was sub-40F. Not "oh, its cold" pain, but "is that my cartilage freezing" pain. I just wrapped a scarf around my head into a balaclava like covering. since I usually wear a bandana while biking, I'm thinking I'll just switch to this polar-fleece headband I have that has an enlarged section for the ears.
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