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post #1 of 8 Old 01-28-2017, 12:12 PM Thread Starter
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Custom molded earplugs/earbuds

Some of you guys have used the Radians two part silicone putty in order to make custom molded earbuds so you can listen to music while you ride. The Radian product costs about 20 bucks on Amazon, and there isn't too much there if you make a mistake while making the earplugs. I found an alternative product called EasyMold; it's a two part food grade silicone molding putty, and you get a half pound of it for $26.00. Arts and crafts people use it to make molds for things like chocolate.

There's enough in the kit to make plenty of mistakes when you're trying to get the earbud right, plus a lot more for other projects (like earplugs for the range).

The picture shows my set of earbuds. There are a ton of videos on Youtube on how to make them, so I won't go into detail on it. I love them; they stay put in my ears (unlike the standard earbuds), and they block out external road noise even if you don't have any music playing.
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post #2 of 8 Old 01-28-2017, 06:54 PM
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Is that cool or what? i paid good money for two different brands of custom ear plugs. Both work a bit differently but for less than 1/3 the cost either of what I got I could make then for the rest of my riding career.
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I swear by them, Notacop. I can never get earbuds to stay in my ears under a helmet, but these are really secure. If the earbuds themselves go bad, I can just buy another set (as long as they are the same kind) and reuse the silicone earplugs, since the earbuds "plug into" the silicone earplugs.

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Here's a suggestion for material you might be able to get for free.

Ask your dentist if they have any expired impression material that they might part with. The materials used for impression taking of crowns is highly accurate and pretty damned durable. Depending on their level of legal paranoia they might part with some, and trust me, there's ALWAYS some expired materials laying around the office. From then follow said youtube videos for instructions.

Depending on the delivery system they use, cartridges or putty, you might have to get creative to dispense the material, but it will work.

Preferably get a heavy body material that won't flow too much. Medium would work, light viscosity is too runny.

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I can never get earbuds to stay in my ears under a helmet
Earbuds as opposed to earphones are not meant to seat in your ears.

Earphones are and a thin balaclava does an excellent job keeping them in place, easy on and off plus keeps your helmet fresher.


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Well, Macdoc, whatever you call those things with the soft rubber cups that you stick in your ears to listen to music, those were the things that wouldn't stay in place under my helmet. The photo I posted shows what I'm talking about.

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The purple blob ?? can't tell....

Earbuds sit just inside the shell of your ear



Earphones



are meant to be inserted and for a proper fit you get different sizes and shape of tips...like these from Westone so they fit deep into your ear canal and attentuate sound just as earplugs do



Headphones go over the top of your head or behind your neck.

The fit of the tip on earphones is critical to both the sound quality, the sound attentuation and staying in tho I use a thin Oxford balaclava as it keeps them in place well and much easier to get helmet on and off.

The Shures and others go into your ear canal and tuck into the shell of your ear.



The fit in your ear canal depends on the tip - riders should be using acoustic foam tips the correct size from Westone or Comply. Unfortunately even the Westone wear out so need to be replaced from time to time but getting the correct fit is vital.

Etymotic really sort of started the sealed ear canal design
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I've not liked them compared to others like UltimateEars.....

Some of these earphones are north of a thousand dollars even up to $4k+ designed for musicians or off the deep end audiophiles.
I like the sound of the UEs but not as durable as the Shure.

Unfortunately the language of earbuds, earphones, in ear monitors, in ear headphones keeps everyone confused.
Bottom line for good sound you need a good seal.

Riders need an earphone that stays in and attentuates the external sounds and is durable. Shure 215s hits all the buttons when you use the acoustic foam tips.


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Wow, lots of info there. Thanks.

Anyway, fellow forum members, if you're looking for a quick cheap way to make a set of molded earphones that'll stay in your ear, mine's one way of doing it. If you can afford the really good expensive ones, by all means, have at it.

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