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What's in your ears when you ride?

  • ear plugs

    Votes: 52 35.1%
  • music device (earphones etc)

    Votes: 39 26.4%
  • just wax

    Votes: 50 33.8%
  • other (explain)

    Votes: 7 4.7%
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ear plugs, music, or just plain old wax? As a general rule, i ride with plugs.
 

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If I'm riding in town with the Moto X helmut I wear nothing ....but If I'm on the freeway I wear ear plugs.
 

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just the lovely sound of my engine and the wind rushing by. I personally don't use plugs on the bike, I know, I know, but i've never experience any discomfort even when riding on the highway for days at a time. and according to the yearly hearing test at work there's no damage... work is way louder than any bike anyways, that's where i use plugs.
 

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I like to be as alert as possible just in case. I won't ride with anything in my ears
 

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Plugs on the highway, nothing in town or on short rides. Rode for a long time without plugs (highway, at speed), and now I'm deaf in one ear and I can't hear out the other one.
 

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Plugs all the time. I just started using them this season and now I won't ride without them.

I can still hear the engine etc fine and without most of the windnoise, I find riding a lot easier and I am a lot more relaxed.

Plus, as has been said on this site, windnoise is very bad for your hearing.
 

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I got a set of rubber plugs from Can Tire for about 2.50 - they just reduce all frequencies and don't block anything out. Can still hear cars, sirens etc, but they take away a lot of the wind noise. Think they have a 25dB rating ... For the people who don't use anything, check these out. You've only got a couple of bucks to lose and lot to gain ...
 

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80% of the time I just wear earplugs, on longer rides I'll bring my iPod.
 

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Music. When I started riding with it, I'll admit my shifts where off because I'm accustomed to shifting via engine note and acceleration feel, glancing at the tach occasionally. Now I've included vibration into the shift equation (it's nice that you have all those senses to use, not just sight and hearing..), and it's as natural as before.

It took a bit of getting used to but it calms me when things get exciting, like while riding the bike at elevated speeds. Think of a surgeon playing music in the O.R.
 

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Plugs all the time. I just started using them this season and now I won't ride without them.

I can still hear the engine etc fine and without most of the windnoise, I find riding a lot easier and I am a lot more relaxed.
Ditto. I used to listen to music all the time but after switching to earplugs on a long trip I discovered that my fatigue level dropped off dramatically and I could ride all day without getting burned out.

Now I only wear earplugs. Long or short ride, it doesn't matter. Plugs all the way.
 

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none,,dont wear anything,,,i tried wearing plugs but i wasn't too comfy with it so i don't plug my ears as i like to hear the engine and also i shift better when i can hear...
 

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I think this must be the third poll I've seen here on earplugs over the years. But since we seem to have a new crop of riders carry on... :D

THose of you that don't wear ear plugs on longer higher speed rides really should try them. It reduces the noise level and you actually end up with MORE attention available to the road and traffic. Yeah they take a ride or two to get used to but that's about it. Not to mention that they'll prolong your hearing as you get older. If you ever find yourself getting off the bike and there's a noticable ringing or whistle sound in your ears when there's nothing happening then you just did a little bit of PERMANENT damage to your ear. This damage adds up a bit at a time and never heals. Eventually you'll notice hearing loss at various frequencies and find yourself saying "WHAT?" a lot more and that it's harder to make out one sound from others. It's all from those times when you noticed that you had that ringing.

You may well be young, but you're NOT invincible. Protect yourselves. The world has too much great music and other sounds to let hte annoying ones ruin it for you.
 

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Ah, my ears fair no better at a concert, so I just ride without anything. I can't ride with the sound of music either, makes me crazy. And the cords tugging at the buds in my ears, ugh. Just the wind and bike noise for me (Y)
 

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whoaa... i better try using plugs! never heard about hearing problem when i was in Riding School.
You don't appriciate how loud it is until you wear plugs for a while, then go for a ride without them ...
 

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i like the roar of the engine.... the whirls of the wind.... something u can't pay to hear, but only experience urself

but i'll try ear plugs ::p

weitaro will get one for me :p
 

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Question. Although I do ride locally with music, long trips I will ride with plugs (as recent as a September trip to the the S.F. Bay Area..) But did you notice initially when riding with them, your cruising speed crept up a notch? I had to keep an eye on the speedo because the wind and engine noise was muted. Again, something you get used to, but the first few times I noticed I was traveling faster than my normal cruise speed.

Also take into account the quietness of helmets. I have an Arai Signet and an HJC Symax flip-up full face. The Arai is way quieter than the HJC, or the CL-14 I had before that.
 
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