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post #1 of 81 (permalink) Old 11-06-2001, 06:01 AM Thread Starter
 
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11/06/01 - Do you wear earplugs?

Do you wear earplugs when you ride?

This question was suggested by Pete. Thanks for the great suggestion!

Nope. I know I should, but they bother the insides of my ears and I've tried many different kinds and I can't stand being miserable with something like that when I ride.
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post #2 of 81 (permalink) Old 11-06-2001, 06:08 AM
 
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I have before. This past summer I was commuting from Phx to Flagstaff every week on my bike. Sometimes on that long boring ride, they were nice.

I wear a shoei, though. So its pretty quiet already. The ear plugs brought it down to silence level.
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post #3 of 81 (permalink) Old 11-06-2001, 06:10 AM
 
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question:
why should one wear earplugs while riding??
id much rather hear whats going on around me....

i think a helmet alone blocks out most of the sound anyway..

so Pete, im curious as to why this would be recommended...
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post #4 of 81 (permalink) Old 11-06-2001, 06:10 AM
 
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On rides, yes. Around town, no.
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On the track yes.

On the street no.

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post #6 of 81 (permalink) Old 11-06-2001, 06:20 AM
 
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i could see why you would wear them on the track, but on the street, i rely on all my senses to keep me alive...i couldnt see hindering that...
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post #7 of 81 (permalink) Old 11-06-2001, 06:26 AM
 
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Yup. THANKS HONDANUT!!
Not in town though.

I tried them a few weeks ago for the first time. I thought that a helmet did an okay job, but with earplugs, it's so much quieter. When you're screaming 8,000+ RPMs all the time, they're a godsend.
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post #8 of 81 (permalink) Old 11-06-2001, 06:33 AM
 
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On long rides yes, around town no. They don't block out 100% of the noise, but they do knock down the drone of the wind and engine.
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post #9 of 81 (permalink) Old 11-06-2001, 07:18 AM
 
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As anyone who was at the smackdown can tell you my bike is loud. Earplugs are pretty much a necessity for rides of any distance. Plus the wind noise in my Arai is significant. So yes almost always.
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post #10 of 81 (permalink) Old 11-06-2001, 07:36 AM
 
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What did you say, sonny ?

I've worn earplugs for at least 12 years. As for devils comment, in my experiance once you get used to them you find that they actually highten your awareness of whats going on as they block out the insignificant background noises. Therefore you concentrate on what's important.
However, the most important reason for earplugs is the protection they give to your hearing. Wearing a helmet and travelling at any sort of high speed gives your hearing about a 100 db. blasting. I know that someone will say,"I wear a ----- and it's very quiet", but a study in England has proved that long term exposure to the type of noise you get while wearing a helmet WILL dull your hearing. It's only a matter of time. Then you won't need earplugs 'cause you'll be deaf as a post.
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