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Old 06-02-2017, 01:45 AM   #21
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Post Re: Earbuds While Riding?

i can not say for all places.
but in ca,
ear buds are a pull over ticket.
ear plugs are good to go.

ear buds cause a "distraction"
ear plugs only softer the sounds.

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Old 08-23-2017, 11:04 AM   #22
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I think it's silly that anyone would call it dangerous; wearing earbuds and listening to music whilst riding is no different than doing the same thing in the car......I think this "distracted driving" thing is getting out of hand to be honest, pretty soon you wont be able to take your hands off the wheel to adjust the AC! I was listening to the radio on my way to work yesterday and now they've added drinking coffee and changing the radio station as "distracted driving"

Clearly you shouldn't listen to music (on a bike OR in a car) at a level that causes you to miss important sounds (sirens, horns, mechanical issues, etc.) but to label it all as dangerious or distracted seems pretty silly to me.

For the record I don't actually listen to music whether I'm skiing, cycling, biking.....and it's rare even in my car.


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Old 08-23-2017, 01:08 PM   #23
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I agree with everything DPelletier just said but I'll add that it might depend on what you're listening to. I had an aerobatic practice list that I had to stop listening to when I practiced because I'd get more amped up and end up with an extra G or two on the meter during my practices Also, ski resorts learned a long time ago to mellow out the play list in the terrain park to reduce the number of injuries. Take this notion for whatever it's worth to you.

I generally wear foamy ear plugs around town on shorter errands. These plugs attenuate the sound entering my ears as good as my $750 Sensaphonics custom molded in-ear-monitors:




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When I'm on a real ride I wear the Sensaphonics and have them paired with my iPhone and on intercom with my ride group through a Sena BT in my hat. The ability to be on an open intercom channel with my other 3 riding buds creates a safety level that we enjoy having and I've never felt distracted by listening to their intercom antics or my music or phone calls. I don't talk on the phone in traffic - only on the open trail or road - but I listen to music all day long.

I'm a fanatic about protecting what hearing I have left. I even wear those foamies to concerts or anyplace that is excessively loud and never throw my leg over a bike without some hearing protection.
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Old 08-23-2017, 09:38 PM   #24
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Sena 20, usually paired to my phone and connected to a buddy along food the ride. If riding alone I'll often listen to a podcast. I have a set of self molded Fuze ear buds that work well, also have the Sena speakers installed in my helmet. I alternate between the Fuze ear buds and a set of custom molded earplugs. The Sena works well either way.
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Old 12-18-2017, 11:02 PM   #25
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Wind noise bothers me so earplugs, and speakers in helmet to still listen to gps.
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Old 12-19-2017, 03:19 PM   #26
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I too don't have any issue with earbuds. Given most of us wear ear protection it is much ado about nothing.

One of my comms is the uClear AMP that I use with their earbuds. I much prefer them in that they provide sound protection and make both communication and music a lot easier to hear at lower decibels. The only negative is that they are not as comfy as custom molded, or even good foam ear plugs.
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