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Old 04-11-2008, 02:50 AM   #1
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Better options to headphones?

When I ride, I get zoned out really fast with the sound of the wind in the helmet. Something about it is really hypnotic. I tired listening to music from my iPod to see if that helped me at all and it seemed to do the trick. It somehow helped me become more aware of my surroundings, kept me more awake, I even use the tank as a drum pad at Red Lights now . The only issue I have is when I take my helmet off, the headphone that is in my hear tries to "rip" off my ear. It's very painful. I feel like there is some sort of special speakers already out that can be mounted inside a helmet, but I don't know exactly what to search to find it. Any help?
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Old 04-11-2008, 04:46 AM   #2
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dont know how u can ride like that . earbuds distracted me .
search for the ipod mini dock ? clip 2 a bar and projected sound. kinda like what cruisers have with those built in speakers
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i use the jellys they work fine, and no matter what kind of earbud you use they will do that cut out a piece in the cushion and place some bigger ones in there
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Old 04-11-2008, 05:50 AM   #4
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also the trick is to use your fingers or thumbs to stretch out the foams around your ear before and when pulling your helmet off to ease the friction
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Old 04-11-2008, 06:19 AM   #5
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They do hurt the h3ll out of my ear. I still hear the wind and it also keep me alert. Sometime when I don't have my ipod, I worry a lot about traffic. The music relax me but best belive I still stay alert to all my surroundings.
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Old 04-11-2008, 08:44 AM   #6
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i used Macks ear plugs (silcone moldable) for like $1.88 at the grocery store.... I've done research, earplugs should be a part of full gear. You ride enough and you WILL get hearing damage, a full face helmet doesn't do much if anything to remove the noise levels.

http://www.webbikeworld.com/Earplugs/earplugs.htm


I tried, and after a week of adjusting , i love them. I won't ride without them unless its less than 5-10 minutes. Otherwise i feel the difference and its painful. As a musician, i want hearing when i'm 50 yrs old!

It reduces in half the wind noise..... i've tried sticking ipod headphones into them and you hear a bit, enough for some background.. just use some cheap don't mind getting messy headphones... But pretty much its the best. Otherwise you need a earplug/headset combo at over $60, which are earplug ipod headphones.
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wear earplugs and concentrate on riding.
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get some of the "in ear" earphones......I've got a set from Sennheiser and they are awesome but there are plenty of other less expensive sets.


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Here is a set i was mentioning. Way pricier than the macks $1.88 ones, if i had money to blow i guess i'd try them: http://www.aerostich.com/catalog/US/...s-p-16307.html


I know the silocone molds, so its not uncomfortable with helmet, i personally had issues with normal earplugs (i suck at putting them in anyway).

Hope this helps...

just make sure whatever you do, its NR is 22+. I know i'm fine with Macks which is at that level, but better to keep it above 30NR
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wear earplugs and concentrate on riding.
I think great minds think a like... We should ride together sometime so i can learn from an experinced rider. I'm always on the lookout for serious riders that take safety and enjoying riding in the same hand. I know i need to learn from someone with more experince!

PM sometime, if you ever have some time i'd love to join a group/small group ride with you.
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Old 04-11-2008, 09:05 AM   #11
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I have some Sony MDR-EX71SL Ear Bud Headphones that I tried wearing while riding. They seem to block outside noise well enough, but the cords would cause the buds to pull down on my ear painfully and limit my head movement so I stopped riding with them.

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That's a good site where they've reviewed a good amout of plugs. If the wind noise is distracting you, get the highest rated plugs that are comfortable for you to wear.

This site clicky has a good selection of plugs and you can even buy a grab bag of plugs so that you can try a whole bunch to help you decide what works best for you.

I used to wear some orange silencios that I had left over from going to the range shooting, but I got tired of not being able to hold a conversation with them in and my helmet on. I picked up some Hocks Noise Brakers and have been happy with how they perform for me.

After a while your brain will learn to tune out wind noise as background noise anyway, mine already does that with the wife and kids.
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http://www.target.com/Sony-S2-Sports...dphones&page=1
i have these and they work really good
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the same happens to me, what I do, I only pull the earphones cord before pulling my helmet off. They come off really easy and without pain
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get some of the "in ear" earphones......I've got a set from Sennheiser and they are awesome but there are plenty of other less expensive sets.


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i got mine at target and they look like these but they dong have the stem hanging down, its just a bud and they push in your ear like a ear plugs, they are realy nice and they come with diff jelly tips so you can find the one that fits the best !

yea this is what i got they are 14+- at target! love them http://www.target.com/Skullcandy-Smo...e=1&rh=&page=1
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I normally use earphones, but the last few days I've tried some decent ear plugs and I've been enjoying it a little more. No distractions and I do feel a little more aware than when I use my earphones or go with out.
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there is a company out there that makes headphones for helmets.. you wire it in and when you need to use it just plug it in and your ready to go. google it..
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i use $15 over ear headphones mounted in my helmet
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expound. I wear earplugs, but over the ear would cut through for nice weekend ride background music. Let me know!
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i have a shoei rf1000 helmet... i also did this on a KBC vr2, and a shoei rf800.

there is a place in the middle of the earpads where there is no foam or padding, right behind that is styrofoam. i cut the styrofoam out in the exact shape and depth that the headphones are and epoxied them in place. I found the panasonic behind the neck headphones to fit perfectly. you must take the headphones apart and get to just the earpieces. make sure you don't break the wire when you take the neck part off.
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I am the same as sbfuller. I have a set of normal "over the ear" in my Shoei RF-1000 helmet. I broke the "band" part off that connects the two ear pieces to each other. I placed each piece inside my helmet and routed the cord out. When I put the helmet on, I then reach in from my visor area to adjust them over my ears (they end up a little in front of my ears when I put the helmet on initially). I plug in and go. They are squished between my padding and my ears, so even when I don't have the music on, they act as a partial ear plug. They aren't as quiet as when i ride with real earplugs, but it's better than riding with nothing. If I remember, i'll try to take pics and post them later if you wish.
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