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ear buds or headphones that are good for riding

Old 06-13-16, 08:35 PM
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Thanks for the discussion here.

I hear (figuratively) the points about being able to hear cars for safety's sake. But, maybe its my ear shape (big and slightly outward), ear drums, or maybe its my helmet, but unless its a diesel truck with an aftermarket muffler (selected for effect) or a Harley, I'm just not hearing any vehicles that are behind me. There is too much wind noise.

You folks can actually hear cars? Maybe its my side of town; no boombox cars, almost all cars have functioning factory mufflers. I'm always peaking behind me.

Maybe its because I'm not in shape, I just beat myself up on a mountain bike on the roads and multiuse paths. If I go for a 10-25 mile ride, I get earaches, and occasionally headaches (I have no blood pressure or other warnings from my Dr.) I notice the noise while riding.

There is just so much wind noise, I though earphones might reduce the earaches. I also wouldn't mind listening to something besides the wind noise.
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Old 06-13-16, 08:46 PM
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Just put one bud in. Perfectly safe. In your phone, make sure you're set for mono audio and adjust the balance so 100% the audio is coming out of the one earbud in your ear. I did my last century with an iPhone in the jersey and oGame of Thrones audiobooks.
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Old 06-14-16, 01:48 AM
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I don't mean to scare you but one of my riding buddies flew out of his bike at 30kph while riding solo and attempting to brake to avoid a kid crossing the street - he had earphones on and always said he could hear noises around him. Even after 6 broken ribs and a perforated lung he claims the earphones had nothing to do with his loss of attention - I beg to differ, do yourself a favor and consider the risks involve before putting things in your ears.
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"Im looking for ear bud recommendations."

"No, you can't wear ear buds."

"I can if I want. All I asked is what is a good pair."

"No, this is BF. It's my right to sanctimoniously tell you not to wear them."

"Anyone got suggestions?"

"Listen, we know what's good for you. Quit asking about ear buds. You're going to kill yourself."

"Still looking for earbuds. I'll decide whether they are safe for me or not."

"No, dammit! It is up to me to tell you not to wear them and you better listen because I know what's best for you."

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Old 06-14-16, 06:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Roberto1974 View Post
I don't mean to scare you but one of my riding buddies flew out of his bike at 30kph while riding solo and attempting to brake to avoid a kid crossing the street - he had earphones on and always said he could hear noises around him. Even after 6 broken ribs and a perforated lung he claims the earphones had nothing to do with his loss of attention - I beg to differ, do yourself a favor and consider the risks involve before putting things in your ears.
because bicyclists have never crashed without headphones before.
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Old 06-14-16, 07:21 AM
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Originally Posted by spectastic View Post
there's got to be a way to dull out the wind noise without compromising situational awareness. aero helmets?
cat-ears they really work well.
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Old 06-14-16, 07:28 AM
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After a tip from someone on my other thread about this same topic, I bought this Outdoor Tech bluetooth speaker and strapped it to my top tube. Plenty loud but not distracting.
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Old 06-14-16, 07:33 AM
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I used cheap ones . I put The Library's books-on-tape cassette recordings through them in 1990 when I largely had the rural road to myself .

a long 12 mile/hour commute .. everyone else was having TV & Dinners at home..

Wind noise reduced by the fairing rig I've mentioned Before.. I could still hear oncoming traffic coming from the rear.
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Old 06-14-16, 07:45 AM
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If you're interested in inexpensive earbuds that work pretty well, I've been trying these out https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00URA1CFK .

They're obviously not audiophile quality but does that really matter when you turn the volume way down or leave one out? The BT signal is good, sound is good, it has big control buttons, so I like it.
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Originally Posted by Trsnrtr View Post
"No, dammit! It is up to me to tell you not to wear them and you better listen because I know what's best for you."
Look, there are about ten threads already on this forum covering this topic. All have degenerated into debates around the safety of riding with headphones. Neither the OP nor you should be surprised that this thread had the same result. In fact, a new thread on this exact topic wasn't necessary.

Also, earbuds are earbuds. Go on the Wirecutter and buy whatever $20 earbuds they recommend.
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Old 06-14-16, 08:07 AM
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Originally Posted by Hiro11 View Post
Look, there are about ten threads already on this forum covering this topic. All have degenerated into debates around the safety of riding with headphones. Neither the OP nor you should be surprised that this thread had the same result. In fact, a new thread on this exact topic wasn't necessary.

Also, earbuds are earbuds. Go on the Wirecutter and buy whatever $20 earbuds they recommend.
Oh, I'm not surprised at all.
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Old 06-14-16, 09:48 AM
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Originally Posted by Gus90 View Post
I've been using these after using the credits I got from selling my old iPad and iPhone to Gazelle. They're a little pricey at $130 but with my credits I got them for about $20 so no big deal.

Overall, they work great and I can hear everything around me. Sound quality is decent for bone induction. Nice feature is that the button allows me to answer phone calls and read the last text message and even reply to it (using Siri) so I don't necessarily have to stop riding if I'm so inclined to respond or answer a call. I had do bend the frame a little to get the fit right so it wouldn't move around if I change riding positions but overall, I liked the fact that they are wireless and have some useful features.

i
+1 on the bone induction. A friend of mine loves them and I used them once, they're pretty cool. A good compromise between listening to your music and hearing your surroundings. I have a nice pair of sound-insulating BT ear buds, but I would never use them while riding.
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Old 06-14-16, 11:24 AM
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Those Cat-Ears looks very interesting. Sometimes, I'd like to reduce the wind noise, without muffling other sounds.
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Old 06-14-16, 02:36 PM
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When I used ear buds, I liked skull candy smokin buds. I still use them, just not on the bike.
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Old 06-14-16, 04:01 PM
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Originally Posted by exime View Post
Unfortunately it seems crucial on MUPS. After all, MUPS stands for Muppets. Bloody muppets on these trails (except for me obviously ). They will make sharp turns and they will T-Bone you.

I didn't yell "on your left" to some woman TODAY and she turned left without looking behind her and clipped my back wheel but I stayed up and kept going. Probably inches away from hitting and snapping off my derailer sending me flying. Brand new bike almost totaled.

I guess I'm going to have to increase the "on your left" shouts now for the MUPpets
The problem on MUPS is not cyclists with earbuds. It's pedestrians with earbuds (and strollers) who are completely oblivious.
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Old 06-14-16, 04:02 PM
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I have both the Blues 2 and the Trekz Titanium - i did those on the Kickstarter. They work well. I hear plenty of what's going on around me, but I also can listen to whatever. (Often Midweek Motorsport)
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Originally Posted by Trsnrtr View Post
"Im looking for ear bud recommendations."

"No, you can't wear ear buds."

"I can if I want. All I asked is what is a good pair."

"No, this is BF. It's my right to sanctimoniously tell you not to wear them."

"Anyone got suggestions?"

"Listen, we know what's good for you. Quit asking about ear buds. You're going to kill yourself."

"Still looking for earbuds. I'll decide whether they are safe for me or not."

"No, dammit! It is up to me to tell you not to wear them and you better listen because I know what's best for you."

Oh, and ****.
POTD

I laugh a little every time I see a thread about earbuds, because they all follow the same path.
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Old 06-14-16, 10:57 PM
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Originally Posted by CNC2204 View Post


QY7 Wireless Bluetooth Headset Sport Stereo Earphone Headphone for Smart Phones | eBay

Qy7 4.1 Bluetooth are nice.

3 to 4 hour running time, 30 to 40 minutes usb charge time.

I listen to pandora on all my rides.

Very affordable.

I don't hear wind, just music, very comfy.

Answers calls too.
I bought a set of those for my wife to wear while walking, and they work very well. That said, no way I'm wearing earbuds while riding: too much else to listen for to remain situationally aware.
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Old 06-15-16, 12:02 AM
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Every time this thread comes up bunch of safety nannies who can barely ride their bikes crawl out of the woodwork with their advice.
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Originally Posted by JakiChan View Post
The problem on MUPS is not cyclists with earbuds. It's pedestrians with earbuds (and strollers) who are completely oblivious.
the problem with MUPS is MUPS.

altho i guess i must sympathize for those who are geographically constrained.
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Originally Posted by redfooj View Post
the problem with MUPS is MUPS.
True dat. I ride on the road because I have a road bike, not a path bike. As dumb as cars are, I find them more predictable.
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Old 06-17-16, 07:53 PM
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I love music and I love listening to my headphones, especially at the gym. So I tried earbuds for a couple days for the first time. What a horrible idea. I never realized how important my ears are for cycling.
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My beat up old Walkman has two membrane speakers on the front and even though the tape deck and FM are shot the town's oldies AM is 5000 watts and would get through a Faraday cage so that works fine.
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If you depend on hearing to be safe you will die.
If you use headphones, buds or whatever, and depend upon sight for safety, you will be fine.
I usually, 98% of the time , ride without phones or buds, not for safety, just for the peace of riding. I can not even begin to number the number of times where when I heard nothing but wind , i prepared to move left or turn and found a car or truck or even a semi, yes semi, that would have killed me had i made the move without checking behind me. You MUST look before you move, always. Ambient sound will fool you and get you killed otherwise.
Occasionally I feel like shaking up my routine and I feel the desire to listen to music while riding. When I do i use in canal buds that isolate outside sound so I can hear the music with quality.
I have never felt at risk. When riding I use the same safety sense of sight and am fine. Just always check. If I move left at all I always check and double check.
As far as those who proclaim this dangerous- how many of you listen to music playing loudly in the car hurtling down the road at 70 mph.
There is zero sound data finding it more dangerous.
Perhaps it is even safer, I find my startle reflex eliminated, you know, the sudden startle and veer from some yahoo yelling at you while passing.
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Old 06-18-16, 01:38 PM
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I don't use earbuds while riding, since I'd rather conserve my hearing and enjoy music in a higher fidelity listening environment.

Music over wind and traffic is like eating McDonalds... not satisfying.

Or music in one ear? How on earth can people stand it? No thanks.
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