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Used earplugs for solo ride, worked well, anybody else?(11 posts)

Used earplugs for solo ride, worked well, anybody else?OutWest
Sep 16, 2002 12:46 PM
When I rode dirtbikes my brother-in-law told me about related hearing loss so I started wearing earplugs. I've been doing alot of solo rides lately and noticed how much wind noise there is. My last ride of 70kms, in moderate traffic, I tried using earplugs, the 3m type. I found that once I got used to them I could hear vehicles as well as before when facing the wind. Obviously, when I turned my head for a better listen they reduced my hearing. Other that that I was very pleased and surprised with the difference in wind noise. I would never use them other that on a solo ride or in heavier traffic. Any comments?
re: Used earplugs for solo ride, worked well, anybody else?U
Sep 16, 2002 1:56 PM
I use the orange foam type during windy rides. If you only partially insert them, you can still hear traffic. It helps cut down on the roar. There's something mentally discouraging about hearing that roar and knowing that there's a unrelenting wind behind it.
I do not recommend wearing used earplugs. [nm]Ahimsa
Sep 16, 2002 4:03 PM
Twist your helmet strapsKerry
Sep 16, 2002 4:10 PM
Much of the wind noise you hear is from your helmet straps. If you give them a twist on each side (the strap that is in front of your ear) it will cut down on noise quite a bit. The twist disrupts air flow and eliminates some of the whistle on both the straps and your ear canal. No hearing loss from ear plugs, and no strange looks when you wander into the Quicki-Mart without remembering to take the plugs out.
<b>HEY! YOU GOT ANY FIG NEWTONS!</b> -nmSnowBlind
Sep 16, 2002 7:54 PM
WHAT? -nmOutWest
Sep 17, 2002 10:40 PM
I kinda enjoy the sound of roaring wind...DINOSAUR
Sep 16, 2002 7:59 PM
Reminds me of my mother-in-law........
I've tried them...Breakfast
Sep 16, 2002 10:24 PM
...and found they help me stay concentrated on my pedaling when facing noisy, and fatiguing headwinds. Without them, sometimes the roar just reminds you how tough it is.

I don't believe there's a safety issue with regard to being able to hear what's going on around you like with headphones and music. The reduced noise still allows other sounds to reach your hearing sense, it's only slightly muted like it was filtered a bit.

I do get into a kind of zone where I really can focus and stay within myself and do some good roadwork with earplugs.
I've tried them...Jon Billheimer
Sep 17, 2002 7:38 AM
Ditto. I use them for time trialling and they really enhance one's focus. Wind noise is really psychologically unravelling.
re: Used earplugs for solo ride, worked well, anybody else?PBWatson
Sep 17, 2002 8:32 AM
I hear (no pun intended) a lot of tri-atheletes leave their swim plugs in for the bike, they say it helps with the internal focus?? Haven't tried it yet. I've got a few from construction projects, maybe I'll give it a try someday.
Interesting comments, I think I will try Kerry's idea and...OutWest
Sep 17, 2002 10:44 PM
...then twist straps when with others and use earplugs when solo. That way when my children quietly ask me "Is Dinosaur reallt that old?" I will be able to hear them, thanks all!