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Old 08-30-08, 11:33 PM   #1
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Hearing with the wind in your ears

Anyone here wish they could hear better while they are riding with wind in their ears? I sometimes wish I could hear better when I'm riding at any kind of speed or just when the wind is blowing. Does anyone know of any way of being able to hear in the wind?
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Old 08-31-08, 01:13 AM   #2
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Gotta say, not something high on my list of must-haves.

Hear what may one ask?
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Old 08-31-08, 04:08 AM   #3
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Get these things. They are designed to hold headphones, but if you just use them as-is then they just block out the wind instead.

http://www.slipstreamz.com/
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There seems to be two different Slipstreamz products, one just a small wind foil, the other a full ear covering designed to hold earbuds.

While I've become inured to wind noise over the years-- I guess; I've never thought about it, anyway-- the little Spoiler thingy looks kind of interesting, so I just ordered a pair.

Is anyone using these?
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Old 08-31-08, 08:45 AM   #5
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Thanks wombie, that's exactly the kind of thing I was looking for.

jsmithepa, I want to be able to hear traffic sounds easier when I've got wind buffeting my ears. I'd like to know if a car is coming up behind me or hear someone saying something to me. "Watch out for that truck!" Anything that gives me an advantage in higher awareness of my surroundings is pretty high on my list of must-haves.
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That's the one thing I've never been able to get used to since I started using a helmet (which for me was about 1990). There's always excessive wind noise, even when there's no wind. But when there is even a slight wind, it's sounds like riding through a hurricane.

Just last week, I went off not realizing I had forgotten to put my helmet on. I decided to just go on rather than turn around and go back home to get it. It was the most relaxing ride I've had in years, just like in the old days. No problem with sweat either, because the wind just dries it.
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Anyone here wish they could hear better while they are riding with wind in their ears? I sometimes wish I could hear better when I'm riding at any kind of speed or just when the wind is blowing. Does anyone know of any way of being able to hear in the wind?
Use ear plugs. They cut down on the noises coming from the bicycle too, it's amazingly different.
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I think I'll try to make something similar to those slipstreams.
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Get fat, get a heavy bike, ride slow. Solves that problem.
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Gotta say, not something high on my list of must-haves.

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Don't you get sick of listening to wind? Even if I didn't want to hear anything, I'd want to hear peace and quiet instead of that whooooooosh all the time. I'm looking forward to checking out the cover thingies. I had been thinking of making something like that.
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Use ear plugs. They cut down on the noises coming from the bicycle too, it's amazingly different.

+1 They'll cut the wind noise way down, while letting you hear conversation and overtaking vehicles. Foam earplugs mostly cut the high frequency noise.
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I can usually hear all I need hear , unless the wind is totally howling... Certainly one does not need music to distract as some advocate... If the wind is just at its normal strength, I love that sound.
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+1 They'll cut the wind noise way down, while letting you hear conversation and overtaking vehicles. Foam earplugs mostly cut the high frequency noise.
I'd recommend earplugs like these instead of foam plugs.

I'd also recommend a mirror, whether riding with or without earplugs. You can see farther than you can hear.
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What's the advantage of etymotic? NRR of 12 but "something like 20" inserted. These from homedepot are rated at 21 and cost $2.50. http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...b&ddkey=Search

I find ear plugs only mildly effective and am still looking for a better solution.
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What's the advantage of etymotic?
They don't block out "s"-like sounds. You can rub your fingers together and still hear the swishing noise. It makes conversation much easier. When I wear foam earplugs, I have trouble understanding what people are saying.
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Don't you get sick of listening to wind? Even if I didn't want to hear anything, I'd want to hear peace and quiet instead of that whooooooosh all the time. I'm looking forward to checking out the cover thingies. I had been thinking of making something like that.
Au-contraire. Am with cyclezealot. Love the wind noise. Makes me feel like am going really fast.

I get my nature noise fill at hikings. When on bike, I wanna feel fast, hear fast. In the summer, it's great to have my convertible's top down, I've earplugs, but while wearing them makes me feel comfy, it detracts from that feeling of being outdoors, so for the most part, am naked and free!
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What's the advantage of etymotic? NRR of 12 but "something like 20" inserted. These from homedepot are rated at 21 and cost $2.50. some website

I find ear plugs only mildly effective and am still looking for a better solution.
The ones u get a pharmacies are one-size-fits-all. I got a pair and found them useless. Earplug FIT is really critical. One would know this if u own a pair of "canal" earphones (I do). The Ety sells two size plugs, I've got the bigger size and really like them, but u gotta insert them ALL-THE-WAY else u defeat the purpose. Actually the ETYs are so effective (when fitted properly) that it's scary.
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They don't block out "s"-like sounds. You can rub your fingers together and still hear the swishing noise. It makes conversation much easier. When I wear foam earplugs, I have trouble understanding what people are saying.
The foam EAR plugs or the like cut out the wind noise but allow me to still hear conversations. A lot of bikers wear them under the motorcycle helmets, and the combination of the helmet and the ear plugs make it harder to hear conversations, but not as hard as riding for a while without the ear plugs. Think "sunglasses for your ears".
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Call the ER20s "polarized sunglasses for your ears", then.

I've tried just about every non-electronic earplug under the sun -- custom molded Westone/Etymotics, ER20s, at least a half-dozen brands of foam plugs, and "non-musician" flange-style rubber plugs. I've even wadded napkins into my ears when at a bar or nightclub that was just too loud.

The custom plugs, with their exchangeable filters that allow for decent conversation, work great as long as your body doesn't change or you get a new pair every time your ear canal changes shape. The foam plugs (and napkins) always fit well enough, and can eliminate tons of noise when installed correctly, but they're still numbing -- I can barely understand the conductor's instructions in the middle of rehearsal. The ER20 plugs have worked the best for me, with a good long-term fit and clarity of vocals. Their only drawback is that they poke out of the ear canal a bit, which would only be a problem under a snug motorcycle/car helmet or some noise-reducing headphones.
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Call the ER20s "polarized sunglasses for your ears", then.
Hah, that's pretty good. This was put together for people like you when you were experimenting. I knew there was no question I was a dork when my friends and I were discussing our favorite earplugs one day.
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Heh -- cool, nice pack. There are some redundant ones in there, but at least they run the range of typical foam plugs with a flange-like version thrown in.

I wasn't really experimenting, either, just using whatever we had available, whether I got it from the drummers or from the armory.
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