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Old 11-05-06, 09:47 AM
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From today's NYT:



November 2, 2006
Wind Deflectors for Cyclists Keep the Noise Out but Let the Music In
By IVAN BERGER

Taking music with you on a bicycle is easy nowadays, thanks to bump-proof solid-state iPods and MP3 players — as long as your earbuds stay in your ears. But earbuds make it hard to hear surrounding traffic and chat with fellow bicyclists.

The Slipstreamz Slip ($13 a pair, in bicycle shops or from www.macfriends.com) can help with that problem. These plastic shells fasten to a bicycle helmet’s straps, holding the earbuds slightly away from your ear canal. This lets you hear both the music and surrounding sounds. And their aerodynamic shape minimizes wind noise, the problem they were originally designed to solve.

The inventor of the Slip, Lonnie Tiegs, an American living in South Africa, noticed that his ears rang from wind noise after long, fast bike rides. The streamlined wind deflectors he invented to reduce noise also protected his ears against wind burn on cold days. Adding holders for iPod earbuds (they may not work with other models) was icing on the cake. You can, of course, use them without the earbuds when you’re not in the mood for music.
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Those look sweet. Where can I get a pair?
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Old 11-05-06, 10:09 AM
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cool invention, hope to not see in a peleton any time soon though.
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Judging by the straps this will not work on my helmet.
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Old 11-05-06, 01:36 PM
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This was in thursday's NYT, and I posted about it and no one paid any attention. Weird.
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what about these?

https://www.active.com/story.cfm?stor...gory=gearguide

I used to ride with a guy who had a pair of fleece ear socks... they were not a headband, or a thing that wraps around your head, but a set of separate ear warmers with a small elastic band. looked very funny to wear but he said they worked well in freezing temperatures.
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Old 11-05-06, 03:05 PM
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You would lose all of the bass response in your music. I call ghey invention!
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This was in thursday's NYT, and I posted about it and no one paid any attention. Weird.
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Old 11-05-06, 07:31 PM
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I've had a pair of them (slipstreamz) for about 2 months now and honestly they sound pretty good. Granted you do lose some bass response but the key is that you can have your tunes and still hear what's around you very clear. In fact, I'd state that I can hear cars coming up from farther behind with them than I can without. It blocks a lot of the wind over your hears and really cuts down the noise even with music playing (I keep the volume low, just enough to hear them clearly but not blasting). They are a bit warm though for warm/hot days but on brisk mornings they are great!
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Originally Posted by Derby
I've had a pair of them (slipstreamz) for about 2 months now and honestly they sound pretty good. Granted you do lose some bass response but the key is that you can have your tunes and still hear what's around you very clear. In fact, I'd state that I can hear cars coming up from farther behind with them than I can without. It blocks a lot of the wind over your hears and really cuts down the noise even with music playing (I keep the volume low, just enough to hear them clearly but not blasting). They are a bit warm though for warm/hot days but on brisk mornings they are great!
I've had a set for the same time and your review is right on. Well put..
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Old 11-06-06, 09:52 AM
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I got mine here:

https://www.macfriends.com/index.asp?...odID=2479&HS=1

I don't use them for music but simply to cut down on wind noise and keep my ears warm. They definitely keep my ears warmer (not too hot though) but i'd say they only cut out about 40-50% of wind noise which was mildly disappointing. But for about $20 it's not too bad of an investment.

Installing them was a cinch but all the fine tuning adjustment of your helmet straps can take a while if you want to get it "perfect".
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Originally Posted by Derby
I've had a pair of them (slipstreamz) for about 2 months now and honestly they sound pretty good.
After taking my pair on a ride today (macfriends received their shipment and mine arrived in the mail on Friday), I have to agree with Derby. They reduce wind noise (although not completely), you can still hear what's going on around you (maybe better because the wind noise reduction), and the sound via a pair of ipod earbuds on low volume is pretty good (some loss of bass, but not bad). Another benefit was the fact that I could twist and turn my head and never felt the "tug" of the earphone cord. I can't attest to keep my ears warm, however, as it was nearly 70 degrees today!

And before anyone has a heart attack....no, I did not use them on the road...it was a paved trail.
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Originally Posted by munkyv22
You would lose all of the bass response in your music. I call ghey invention!
+1... ear buds only sound good when they're IN your ear, not outside in the least. Ever had an earbud slip just slightly out of your ear? the sound sucks... period. Just get a set of Bose quiet comfort headphones and ride oblivious to all surroundings instead

plus, these things look like elephant ears to me ... not that there's anything wrong with that
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Anyone know where to get these in Canada? I've tried through MacFriends and apparently they only ship to the US.
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Great, keeps the noise out, including anyone calling "ON YOUR LEFT" on the bike path. They really should make those for one ear only. Ah well, I'll get some knee pads for the MUP.
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Anyone know where to get these in Canada? I've tried through MacFriends and apparently they only ship to the US.
I seen them on the wall at Caps cycles in surrey.
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+1... ear buds only sound good when they're IN your ear, not outside in the least.
Try them before you rate them. I would have agreed with you but after using the Slipstreams I have changed my mind. Yes, you lose some Bass response but nearly as much as you would expect. Besides, who cares.....you are on a bicycle. It should be background music only anyway. Something to sing with and keep your mind off of the miles.
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Originally Posted by urbanknight
Great, keeps the noise out, including anyone calling "ON YOUR LEFT" on the bike path. They really should make those for one ear only. Ah well, I'll get some knee pads for the MUP.
Do you think before you blurt out bs ?

Its made of thin fabric, like real thin. How is that going to prevent anyone from hearing "on your left". Look at the photo, you can see thru it.
And if you actually read any of the above post, you would of read that people using them can hear voices better since a lot of the wind is blocked.

Ever seen anyone wearing a earband, toque, beleclava, or any other form of winter gear that covers the ears. Maybe they should make those only cover one ear too.
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