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Noisy helmet

Old 11-03-10, 06:04 AM
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Noisy helmet

This may be goofy, but just replaced a 5-year old Bell road helmet (don't remember model) with a new Bell Sweep-R. I liked my old Bell, good weight, ventilation, etc., but cracked it up in a crash earlier this summer. I've been using the old helmet...just replacing it this week. Yeah, I know. Not a good thing to do, but, it's the way it played out in this case. Rode 1st time yesterday wearing the Sweep and was amazed by how much more wind noise is apparent on the new Bell. Makes it difficult to hear car-backs...otherwise said: cars approaching from behind. Anyone else notice wind noise differences between helmets? Is wind noise even evaluated when reviewing helmets?
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Old 11-03-10, 07:31 AM
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when i buy a helmet, fit and aesthetics are the only factors. mine is a rudy project.
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Old 11-03-10, 09:47 AM
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Probably a result of more ventilation holes.
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My Gyro whistles real bad for some reason
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One of mine is noisy, one not so much. Both Bells, but I don't remember the models. How about using a nylon helmet cover? You'll lose some ventilation, but probably cut the noise. Or if you're really bothered, try putting duct tape over holes until you reduce it to a tolerable level. Won't work if you want to look really cool, but I'm about 20 years past that.
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Old 11-03-10, 12:29 PM
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You are so much more faster with the new helmet, extra wind noise is to be expected.
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Did you try taping your ears to your head with racer tape? More aero, less noise.
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Originally Posted by Velo Dog View Post
One of mine is noisy, one not so much. Both Bells, but I don't remember the models. How about using a nylon helmet cover? You'll lose some ventilation, but probably cut the noise. Or if you're really bothered, try putting duct tape over holes until you reduce it to a tolerable level.
Won't work if you want to look really cool, but I'm about 20 years past that.
Put tape on the inside
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I wonder what this thread would look like if you switched from the Bell Sweep back to your old helmet.
You'd probably be sad that you could no longer hear the sound of wind rustling through your helmet.
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If a helmet is deployed for road riding purposes [in the woods] and no rider is there to hear it, does it make any noise?
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If a helmet is deployed for road riding purposes [in the woods] and no rider is there to hear it, does it make any noise?
but what does the helmet do to create the noise/no noise?
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I found my new Bell Volt to be much noisier than the Catlike Whisper that it replaced.
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MET Estro. stylish. noisy.
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Yeah that's the first thing I noticed about my Sweep, too. I keep wondering if a Giro or a new Volt would be quieter.

Of course, the flow-thru ventilation of the Sweep is pretty outstanding. I'll let y'all know when I replace it.
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The noise lets you know you're doing it right.
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I upgraded from a $25 cheapy Bell to a Giro Ionos and notice more wind noise myself. They are designed to channel air to cool the head. Noticeable but it doesnt bother me.
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Originally Posted by Johnny Law View Post
but what does the helmet do to create the noise/no noise?
Turbulence in front of the ear? If you hold your finger against your face vertically and directly in front of your ear, wind noise decreases. I once saw a thing to put on helmet straps that was supposed to do the same thing your finger placed against your skin vertically in front of your ear does, I have no idea if it worked. I am skeptical, because if it did work, manufacturers would incorporate it into helmet straps.

http://www.slipstreamz.com/content.asp?subID=9

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