Earbuds and wind noise

Pulsar

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USA
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DFW
Have a set molded to your ears. When I rode Harleys I had an ear phone set molded to my ears so I could listen to my IPod on the highway while cruising. I think I paid about $250 for them. I could wear them all day without my ears hurting. They did an excellent job blocking wind noise as well. I’ve seen DIY sets available where the manufacturer sends you an ear impression kit to get your impression with, you send that to them and they mold up your headset and sent back to you. If you go to an audiologist to get an impression it will cost ya. May be pricy for some folks, but when riding cross country on a Harley, music helps pass the highway time. Have not used mine with my bike yet for wind noise has not been an issue and when on a park trail I want to be able to hear things.
 

Alaskan

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Have a set molded to your ears. When I rode Harleys I had an ear phone set molded to my ears so I could listen to my IPod on the highway while cruising. I think I paid about $250 for them. I could wear them all day without my ears hurting. They did an excellent job blocking wind noise as well. I’ve seen DIY sets available where the manufacturer sends you an ear impression kit to get your impression with, you send that to them and they mold up your headset and sent back to you. If you go to an audiologist to get an impression it will cost ya. May be pricy for some folks, but when riding cross country on a Harley, music helps pass the highway time. Have not used mine with my bike yet for wind noise has not been an issue and when on a park trail I want to be able to hear things.
Motorcycles are way different than bicycles. On a Harley all you can hear is that lovely, deep rumble of the motor, that plus wind & tire noise. All three are so loud that nothing else can be heard and with no noise damping you are likely to damage your hearing. Custom molded ear plugs are a smart choice on a Harley.

On a bicycle with no motor or one that is barely audible, minimal tire noise and just moderate wind noise, you still can hear other vehicles approaching and the various noises of your surroundings.

You are also significantly more vulnerable on a bicycle versus a motorcycle. As such, it is more important to be able to hear your surroundings, interpret them and respond to them appropriately. There are times your physical survival may depend on your ability to hear oncoming vehicles that my threaten your safety. Choices that dampen or eliminate your ability to hear what is going on around you can therefor be dangerous.

Cycling has its risks. Anything that increases those risks should be carefully assessed for risk/benefit analysis. Anything that helps limit those risks is usually a prudent choice.
 

ChezCheese:)

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Kitsap Co, WA
We got our cat ears and gave them a good test run - - 46 miles worth on Victoria BC's many bike lanes and trails. In stead of being deafened by wind noise in my ears, I had basically none, such that I forgot about the wind and the cat ears. Thus: they work just fine!
 
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Deacon Blues

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I received my Cat ears a couple of days ago and used them on a ride. They definitely cut down the noise and it was easier to hear the music from my bone conductor headphones.
They do look kinda dumb, though. :D
 

RandallS

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Canada
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Calgary
Mine are, according to USPS tracking, are in a "Facility in Canada" ... whatever that means. Since they came from a facility in Los Angeles, I presume they didn't route to southern Ontario or some such nonsense, so I hope to have them soon. I am looking forward to trying them with my Shokz like yourself @Deacon Blues . I am really liking the Bone Conduction headphones. As I listen to audiobooks while riding, rather than music, it's important to be able to hear all the audio. Right now that's been a succession of "Hard Boiled Detective" stories from the 20's and 30's. Enjoying some Dashiell Hammet right now... specifically The Glass Key.
 

Deacon Blues

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I've tried cycling and listening to podcasts, but I've found it very hard to hear what's being said, once my speed increases or there's more traffic.
 

ChezCheese:)

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USA
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Kitsap Co, WA
I received my Cat ears a couple of days ago and used them on a ride. They definitely cut down the noise and it was easier to hear the music from my bone conductor headphones.
They do look kinda dumb, though. :D
If someone can see them, you're riding too slow. Pedal faster 😉
 

bjorsa

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Europe
Modled custom earphones sound great, no pun intended! Did anybody of you try them on a bicycle and how's the prospect of making them aero to avoid turbulence? Going to look into that idea- thanks Pulsar!
 

Pulsar

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DFW
Modled custom earphones sound great, no pun intended! Did anybody of you try them on a bicycle and how's the prospect of making them aero to avoid turbulence? Going to look into that idea- thanks Pulsar!
They fit flush with your ears. Shooters use custom molded ear plugs with no drivers which are reasonably priced. When on my Harley I would run the wires down my shirt so they would not flap at 70mph. No problem getting my cycle helmet on or off over the buds so don’t see a turbulence issue. Have never tried them on my bike for cruising at 15-18mph and 70+mph is way different for outside air noise. Try google on Challenger molded ear buds to see if anyone still carries what I have? Some places charge a pretty penny for molded ear buds and offer duel drivers which runs the price up and unless your a professional musician is probably an overkill. Enjoy.
 
These help cut the wind noise, but are usually used to keep your ears warm during cold weather.


I have some of the Ear Grips and some of the 180s, and feel the Ear Grips are just a little bit more comfortable. They fit a little looser than the 180s.
 

kev123

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USA
Hi all,
I've been on a tiresome hunt for earbuds or headphones that helps with wind noise. Wind noise is what it is all about. I've read tons of reviews and they all suck badly, not even paying attention to wind, mostly repeating the facts on the box and never actually trying them on the road. I also risked buying some products and they all failed miserably: I can't hear a word unless going up a hill or something.

Meant for podcats, not music. For cycling to work, not on trail and sometimes at high speeds.

Please don't preach about safety, because at 45 kmph I can't hear anything but wind anyways so any reduction of wind noise is a safety bonus. Also a safety bonus not becoming deaf from excessive noise? I wear a rear mirror on my glasses, now that's a safety boost.

I realise Cat-Ears / Wind-blox stuff can help and I sometimes use a home-made equivalent but they're all a bit messy, warm and make me look Steve Urkel level dorky with the rear mirror, funny gear on my handle bar and then weird-ass ear thingies on top of all that. Not recommended if you're single and looking for opportunities on that front. Of course, if you know of a good combo, please, I'm all ears!

Any recommendations would be very, very appreciated!
I usually earplugs because of the noise on the street from the cars especially ones with loud mufflers