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helmets and wind noise(6 posts)

helmets and wind noisechaduardo
Jan 9, 2003 7:12 AM
I am currently using a low-end Bell helmet. When riding into the wind (10+ mph) even at low speeds, the wind noise is very loud. My wife and I have to delay our conversations until we change directions.

Are there helmets designed to reduce wind noise?
re: helmets and wind noisemorency
Jan 9, 2003 8:15 AM
I use a selev Alien, same problem during windy weather
Helmet cover? Duct tape?cory
Jan 9, 2003 8:21 AM
I don't particularly notice the noise, but I haven't ridden without a helmet for at least 12 or 15 years--I may just be used to it.
You used to be able to get fabric or mesh covers that slipped over the helmet for one reason or another (decoration? Rainproofing? I never did get it). I assume they're still around, because I got one in the schwag bag at the Tour de Peninsula last year. If that fails, how about just duct taping vents selectively until you find a combination that works?
Yes, some helmets seems to be better about noise...PdxMark
Jan 9, 2003 10:46 AM
My old helmet, a Bell Nemesis something (a mtb helmet) had this nice noise feature that sounded like a car over my left shoulder at certain speeds. A newer, fancier Bell helmet, a Ghisallo, doesn't have that problem. You can (or could) get one of those cheaply from one of the sponsers of this site.
ear wind shieldsshawndoggy
Jan 9, 2003 11:30 AM
OK, so I asked this question over the summer because I was concerned that while doing fast mountain decents (45 mph+) that I couldn't hear a vehicle on my wheel and I certainly wasn't peeking over my shoulder at those speeds.

I worked at a bike shop in the early 90s and there was this product that got rave reviews in Bicycling then that attached to your helmet strap near the ear and acted as a fairing to direct wind around your ear. The shop geeks and I considered them quite "Fredish."

Anyhow, this time I did a quick Google search and turned up this modern equivalent:

Haven't tried 'em but I'd love to hear (no pun intended) from someone who has.
Twist the strapsKerry
Jan 9, 2003 5:14 PM
I find that most of the noise is coming from the straps, which are after all right at your ears. If you re-thread the helmet straps so that each of the "front" straps has one twist, it reduces wind noise considerably. A little bit of extra fussing to get the helment on with the straps flat against your head, but worth it.