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Helmet help!

01 May 2018 10:02

This question may be a bit unusual but anyways..

I need a helmet that reduces the wind sound as much as possible due to my ear problems... Can anyone recommend me any helmet or suggest me anything.

This one i have in my mind but im not sure if its the best solution. It's a time trial helmet that covers ears. People say it does reduce the winds, but i was wondering if you guys can recommend me anything else

https://www.bing.com/images/search?view=detailV2&ccid=s%2f7l2jx1&id=446241D02E9FB67B9CB853D6042321421E514B45&thid=OIP.s_7l2jx1Az-9mH0aDCmB8gHaGA&mediaurl=https%3a%2f%2fwww.virtual-selling.de%2fSonnenbrillen%2fVerschiedenes%2fPodium.jpg&exph=768&expw=947&q=smith+time+trial+helmet&simid=608043732157597324&selectedIndex=0&ajaxhist=0
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01 May 2018 10:29

A TT helmet is unlikely to be comfortable for road riding. I would have a look into these:

https://www.bikeradar.com/road/news/article/cat-ears-wind-noise-reduction-first-look-35984/
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Re:

01 May 2018 11:38

King Boonen wrote:A TT helmet is unlikely to be comfortable for road riding. I would have a look into these:

https://www.bikeradar.com/road/news/article/cat-ears-wind-noise-reduction-first-look-35984/


I can't they dont help at high speeds.
Triathletes do 180km in TT helmet tho. And people say its comfortable enough, and light. Anyone who tried this helmet maybe?
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Re: Re:

02 May 2018 09:38

dobravca wrote:
King Boonen wrote:A TT helmet is unlikely to be comfortable for road riding. I would have a look into these:

https://www.bikeradar.com/road/news/article/cat-ears-wind-noise-reduction-first-look-35984/


I can't they dont help at high speeds.
Triathletes do 180km in TT helmet tho. And people say its comfortable enough, and light. Anyone who tried this helmet maybe?


Did you read the review?

We rode several Cat-Ears models and, despite some initial skepticism, the concept seems valid and the effect on wind noise is undeniable. It isn't completely suppressed – especially at downhill speeds in excess of 50kmh (31mph) – but the more generously proportioned models decreased the din by a surprising amount.


There are examples at 26 and 35 kph here:

https://www.cat-ears.com/how-they-work

They do work at high speed, maybe not as well but the reduction is significant.

You're talking about Iron Man. These races are generally held on closed or traffic controlled/marked circuits with people riding alone on TT bikes. Riders will accept a bit of discomfort for added speed and maybe loss of awareness, this generally includes wearing aerodynamic helmets, although not always, maybe just use aero road helmets. Comfortable and light clearly depends on the reference point. The idea of covering your ears completely while out on open roads (and in a group?) seems crazy to me. I certainly wouldn't allow someone to ride in one of my groups with their ears covered completely, they need to be able to communicate.

If it's that much of a problem then why not look at ear plugs? I'd still recommend against it but there are brands designed to allow sound in that many musicians/concert goers use:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Vibes-Acoustic-Filter-Ear-Plugs/dp/B018WPOQSG/ref=sr_1_1?m=AQU6T72YFHVAW&s=merchant-items&ie=UTF8&qid=1525253734&sr=1-1

Much cheaper and none of the drawbacks you get with a TT helmet.
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05 May 2018 17:36

Have you tried a "headband" under your helmet? That's actually what I have to wear otherwise I my ears will be hurting very quickly from the wind. Here's a link to the one that Specialized has, I'm sure there are plenty of other options out there. I just know they have them because that's the brand I happen to have.
https://www.specialized.com/us/en/shasta-headband/p/151456?color=243275-151456
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