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Old 02-28-08, 01:08 PM
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Headphones

Yes, I get it. I'm a terrible person. I listen to music when I ride.

Now that that's out of the way, I searched the forums for suggestions for headphones while riding. My findings told me I spent too much on my bike and can't afford to buy those fancy headphones to match it. I don't really need super high quality, the wind knocks it down anyway and I have nice over the ear ones for when I'm not on the bike. so what is comes down to is, I'm really looking for are some decent in-ear or ear buds for under $40. Does anyone know of a set that will last even through my deluge of sweat in the summer and even stay in my ear?

Thanks!

And yes, I still understand that I'm a bad person for wearing them...
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I actually saw this almost exactly same thread yesterday, just remembered...

I am a total audiophile, but if you want headphones that "breath" sound through them so that you can still hear cars coming, Best Buy sells a set of "gummy" headphones that are nigh indestructible. They come in an assortment of colors and are about $10, I wish I could remember the brand. They are buds, pretty much like the IPod buds except more durable and higher quality despite the fact that sounds breaths through.

Mine have outlasted 3 or 4 more expensive sets of headphones.. I have noticed that the inner-ear kind are no good for cycling as any time you clench your jaw or smile, they will pop out.

That being said, I would also like to add in that I don't feel like being able to hear your surroundings is some huge advantage. Do you guys ride in the middle of the street until you hear a car coming, or what? I just always ride as though there is a car coming, so I never have to adjust depending on what I hear... I would think that using your "sonar" would completely fail you if the person coming up on you was speeding fast enough.

I understand no headphones on group rides, of course.
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I got a pair of in-ear from Academy Sports....$8....have a in line volume knob and sound pretty damn good IMO...and for $8, they can be replaced if need be.
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Originally Posted by scotch
I wouldn't want to ruin that nice leather with my sweat!
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Old 02-28-08, 01:36 PM
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I use a set of Ultimate Ears super.fi 3s that I found on sale for about $50. I set the mp3 player to mono and wear just the right one when I ride, leaving the left ear open for traffic. Since these are the true "in-ear" kind, they block all wind noise on the right. Getting just one side without wind noise is better than both sides with IME. In terms of durability, they appear to be built like a tank, and the cords (the most common failure point) are replaceable.
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You must have a death wish.
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Originally Posted by mkauffman
Yes, I get it. I'm a terrible person. I listen to music when I ride.

Now that that's out of the way, I searched the forums for suggestions for headphones while riding. My findings told me I spent too much on my bike and can't afford to buy those fancy headphones to match it. I don't really need super high quality, the wind knocks it down anyway and I have nice over the ear ones for when I'm not on the bike. so what is comes down to is, I'm really looking for are some decent in-ear or ear buds for under $40. Does anyone know of a set that will last even through my deluge of sweat in the summer and even stay in my ear?

Thanks!


And yes, I still understand that I'm a bad person for wearing them...
incorrect.

you're a bad person for not searching harder.
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I very cheap and temporary fix was the use of the fuzzy cover thingys that Aplle provides that go over the buds. Without them the buds just pop out. these at least keep them in place for a littel while longer. But I still need to occassionally push them back in.

I saw a product last year in the back of a Bicycling mag(?) where you attach the buds to this cover looking thing that attaches to the strap on your bike helmet. It keeps the buds just off your ear enough to hear the music but still hear the traffic around you. I also think it quiets the airflow around the ear so it doens't wash over the sound of the music so much.

Has anyone heard of or tried these? Link?
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Old 02-28-08, 01:58 PM
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worst thread ever, again.
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I use simple Sony ear clip type and have for many, many years for active sports like running, skiing, cycling. They are comfortable, simple and work great for listening when you also want to hear other things, and they don't fall off. This one happens to be #MDRJ10, and are available broadly. YOu can find similar other brands too.
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hmm, so which was worse?
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Originally Posted by humboldt'sroads
worst thread ever, again.
Don't make me prove you wrong by starting a bikesdirect rant.

Thanks to everyone who actually suggested something though!
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Originally Posted by umd
hmm, so which was worse?
Hard to say; closer race than Hillary/Obama...let Texas decide.

Originally Posted by mkauffman
Don't make me prove you wrong by starting a bikesdirect rant.
...NOW you're talkin!
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Originally Posted by humboldt'sroads
Hard to say; closer race than Hillary/Obama...let Texas decide.
This one could be worse because it was right after yesterday's... but on the other hand this one didn't turn into a full on music-or-not debate...
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Originally Posted by Camilo
I use simple Sony ear clip type and have for many, many years for active sports like running, skiing, cycling. They are comfortable, simple and work great for listening when you also want to hear other things, and they don't fall off. This one happens to be #MDRJ10, and are available broadly. YOu can find similar other brands too.
these are the way to go. Ear buds fall out.
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Sennheiser cx300--look around, and you can find them cheap.
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What? What did you say? Huh? Were you talking to me?
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a pair of creatives in ear phones work great... and thier under 40 bucks...
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Originally Posted by Camilo
I use simple Sony ear clip type and have for many, many years for active sports like running, skiing, cycling. They are comfortable, simple and work great for listening when you also want to hear other things, and they don't fall off. This one happens to be #MDRJ10, and are available broadly. YOu can find similar other brands too.
+1

Sound nice (and this is coming from a self professed headphone snob), don't block too much ambient sounds, cheap, durable. What more do you need.
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I got a set of around the back of the head over ear headphones and leave them basically on my temples. This way, I hear plenty of music (or books on tape) and can still hear other noise. I also only ride with music when in prospect park, in brooklyn, i think i would get killed on the streets if I didnt have my whits about me.
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Sennheiser PMX70 is what I use on the bike trails -




OMX70 if you prefer the clip-on over the neckband -

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The pro riders seem to use regular ear buds with a strip of medical tape to hold them in.
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Has anyone tried the Slipstreamz? The ear buds connect to the product and not in the ears and it cuts down the wnd noise so you can hear your music and still stay alert of the traffic around you:

Here's a review of them: Slipstreamz, The Slip



Maybe worth a try for $13...
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I wear a pair of Shure in ear (only in my right ear, the left hangs free). I think these are more than you want to spend though, I used a pair of the black Sonys with the soft rubber in ear before I got my Shures. The Sonys were great and I'd still be using them if I hadn't cut the wire!
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