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    Question I need to block wind noise, what is the quietest helmet setup?

    I have tinnitus and want to keep it from getting worse when cycling in high winds. I wear triple-flanged ear buds to isolate the wind noise, but it still gets too loud. I have tried "cat ears" but they work poorly, even at a walking pace.

    Do I need to get a TT or Aero helmet without any vents which fully covers my ear?

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    I’ve heard from users that the Evade is great at reducing wind noise.


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    use a torque wrench

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    I have them. Pretty much worthless. Would not recommend.

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    Have you tried simple plain ol' cotton wool? Yes I know you use ear buds. I mean instead of the buds.
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    What about regular foam ear plugs? I've had to wear them before while driving to help combat road noise which was driving me crazy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dittoalex View Post
    I have them. Pretty much worthless. Would not recommend.

    Funny I and lots of people I know locally love them. And before you ask, I have tinnitus too (the breaks of being a musician).


    If your ears are shaped such that 'Ears don't work (I'd believe it could happen)...you're probably sunk, short of using ear muffs or fashioning something yourself. Most helmets are shaped the same way...the problem you run into is keeping you hearing such that you maintain situtational awareness of cars and passing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc View Post
    the problem you run into is keeping you hearing such that you maintain situtational awareness of cars and passing.
    ^ This. Too much sound reduction can backfire.

    Since it's getting cold out, I would suggest headband covering the ears. It does reduce the wind noise quite a bit. If the appearance don't bother you, there are triangle shape ear covers made for bicycle helmet straps.

    I've seen foam earmuffs with a hole cut out in the middle so that it acts as a wind spoiler which would work better than Cat-ears since it's closer to the ear and wraps around 360 d. They may have been discontinued because I can't find it online.

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    If you want to get a new helmet, TT helmets typically have full ear coverage.
    I need to block wind noise, what is the quietest helmet setup?-specialized-s-works-tt-helmet-2017.jpg

    Also, snowboard helmets have built-in ear covers.

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    I'm sensitive to wind noise, too. I really like to be able to hear while I'm riding. Most especially, I like to be able to discern the type of beast behind me. A clumsy SUV that chances are is being piloted by a distracted driver? A happy little subcompact that would be able to pass me without impinging either on my space or the wrong side of the road? A peloton happily buzzing and clicking along? A city bus? Unfortunately, I just can't seem to make any sort of rear view mirror work for me.

    Anyway, to the subject at hand. I found the Specialized road helmets in my past to be reasonably free of wind noise. My current Mavic road helmet, by contrast, is a roaring nuisance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dittoalex View Post
    I have them. Pretty much worthless. Would not recommend.
    Seriously? I find Cat Ears pretty effective at cutting wind noise. Did you put yours on right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by velodog View Post
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    Probably not the greatest idea for riding in traffic.
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    I use half a sheet of toilet paper in each ear. Keeps the cold and wind out but allows me to hear traffic fairly well.

    Cheap too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter P. View Post
    The "Slip" looks like it might be almost as effective as the aero helmet, but at a fraction of the cost. They will also work with headphones, etc. Plus, you won't get the questions about wearing a TT helmet all of the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rashadabd View Post
    The "Slip" looks like it might be almost as effective as the aero helmet, but at a fraction of the cost. They will also work with headphones, etc.
    But you shouldn't be riding with headphones anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lombard View Post
    But you shouldn't be riding with headphones anyway.
    I never have, not once, too risk averse, but I see people doing it every ride. I also see people with full stereos on their bikes. It’s a crazy world out there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeepV View Post
    I use half a sheet of toilet paper in each ear. Keeps the cold and wind out but allows me to hear traffic fairly well.

    Cheap too!
    And perfect for those emergency dumps behind a tree :P

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    But on a more serious note, there are quite a few sets of headphones coming out with active noise cancelling that allow you to configure the amount of background noise (people talking, vehicles, etc etc) to pass through via the microphone. These will cut out wind noise, while still permitting you to hear people around you, and potentially vehicles.

    I have not tried them yet, they are kinda pricey, and they would not really last for long rides before the battery dies.

    Side note, while I do use headphones, I only use them in one ear so I can hear whats going on around me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rashadabd View Post
    I never have, not once, too risk averse, but I see people doing it every ride. I also see people with full stereos on their bikes. It’s a crazy world out there.

    Yep. I've even seen people texting while riding a bike - turning left at a red light!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ljvb View Post
    And perfect for those emergency dumps behind a tree :P
    I really doubt half a sheet would be much use here. Even sliding against the grass would be more effective.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lombard View Post
    Yep. I've even seen people texting while riding a bike - turning left at a red light!!
    I am convinced some people have a death wish and/or just don’t believe something bad/painful can happen to them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rashadabd View Post
    I am convinced some people have a death wish and/or just don’t believe something bad/painful can happen to them.
    Yep on this too. Every time I see someone riding their bike at night, no lights, no reflectors, no helmet, donned in black from head to toe, I am thinking their mission is chlorinating the gene pool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dittoalex View Post
    I have them. Pretty much worthless. Would not recommend.
    I have a set. Works well for me. They are the larger, fuzzy type.

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