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Riding in a headwind, try this...(9 posts)

Riding in a headwind, try this...Breakfast
Mar 13, 2002 10:31 AM
I've found it helps to carry those foam ear plugs commonly used in industrial applications for noise reduction/hearing protection and stop to put them in when headwind conditions require extra effort and focus. It seems to help get me into a better "zone" to deal with the headwinds.
Funny you should mention thisAhimsa
Mar 13, 2002 10:43 AM
I tried it for awhile for that very reason. Drove me batty. Felt like I was Helen Keller. Very disconcerting to have no aural feedback.

It did help me tune out the wind noise, but it broke my focus as I kept thinking of the damned plugs in my ears and how they seemed to amplify my internal breathing and blood flow "noise".

Rushing wind or rushing blood. Your choice.

Do not use in traffic of any kind.


Funny you should mention thisWoof the dog
Mar 13, 2002 12:04 PM
only weaklings are afraid of the noise your own body makes. Do you faint when you see an uncooked steak?

Just kidding

Woof, the rushing dog.
"Do you faint when you see an uncooked steak? "Ahimsa
Mar 13, 2002 12:48 PM
"only weaklings are afraid of the noise your own body makes. Do you faint when you see an uncooked steak?"

This from someone who hides under the bed during storms.

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disagree with 'do not use in traffic'SteveO
Mar 13, 2002 12:08 PM
ive been using earplugs on my motorcycle for years...ear-plugs do a great job of stopping high-pitch noise (wind noise) without sacricing low-end noise (traffic, horns, sirons, etc).

When many people start wearing earplugs, they THINK theyre blocking more noise than they actually are, because they suddenly cant hear themselves talk.
Right on, SteveOBreakfast
Mar 13, 2002 1:07 PM
I agree that using these will not disrupt ordinary traffic noise that would otherwise normally alert you anyway.

I've used these extensively in work environments and at the pistol/rifle ranges I frequent and they merely take the dangerous edge off loud or repetitive noise.

My suggestion for on the bike use simply reduces the level of wind noise and should not interfere with safety issues, unlike the personal headphones and CD players used by some.
Loud repetitive noiseAhimsa
Mar 13, 2002 2:39 PM
Hey, I understand your viewpoint, and it isn't that I don't think they may work for some in certain situations, but in traffic I still believe any impairment to hearing (even a balaclava though I use one in winter) can be a bad decision. Newer model cars are quieter than ever, and sometimes a subtle sound (like hissing air from a front tire) can save you from a bad wreck in traffic.

I'm not saying that your trick is bogus, but rather that I question the wisdom of purposely limiting senses around autos. Big loud buses and drivers leaning on the horn are not the only dangers out there.

Still, to each their own. Some ride without helmets too.


my point being,SteveO
Mar 14, 2002 8:01 AM
you will hear that hiss youre afraid you'll miss.
swedish ear bagszeke
Mar 15, 2002 3:51 AM
has anyone ever tried swedish ear bags?
perfect for keeping warm and drastically reducing wind noise, and.... one can easily hear traffic, birds etc etc. plan to ride with them until summer!