Choosing the best headphones for cycling can mean the difference between being a good ride and a great ride! The best headphones allow you to enjoy your jams while still being able to hear road noises around you.
Cycling headphones may not be a necessary part of your gear, but for many cyclists, they are almost essential. Many love to listen to their favorite tunes as they push to reach new cycling goals. But it is critical to be able to hear the road noises around you as you are on your bike. You must be able to hear the sound of traffic approaching, the distant sound of a siren, or the noises made by children playing or a dog coming at you from ahead. Your typical headphones, therefore, are probably not the best headphones for cycling. In this blog we review some of the top cycling headphones and discuss why they are our favorites. One important note: please be sure to check the laws of your locality before you use headphones when cycling. Some areas restrict the use of certain types of headphones.
EarHero: Designed by an audiologist with the needs of cyclists in mind, EarHero headphones allow ambient noises to enter the ear canal along with your favorite music. They are nearly undetectable and ultra-lightweight. You can even talk on the phone without removing the EarHero headphones. They are a little expensive at $149, but you get a lot of bang for your buck. The designer of EarHero says you can even hear a whisper from yards away!
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AfterShokz Sportz 3: These bone conduction headphones offer quality performance while not inhibiting your ability to hear road noises around you. Vibrations send audio waves to the cochlea, bypassing the inner ear. This leaves your ears free to hear ambient sounds, as usual. They are lightweight and comfortable and priced at a reasonable $40.
Elesound Bone Conduction Wired Sports Headphones: For the more budget conscious, the Elesound Bone Conduction headphones come in at a mere $20. They function by sending vibrations through the inner ears and cheekbones, with an open-ear design. This allows you to still use your cell phone as well as hear the noises surrounding you. These headphones are sweat-proof, which is an important feature for cyclists.
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Bose SoundSport Free: At the opposite end of the price spectrum, the Bose SoundSport Free Headphones offer superior performance at a cost of $249. These wireless headphones make music completely portable for the cyclist on the go. The earbuds are weather resistant and come with several sizes of tips to allow you to customize your fit. Use can even use the Bose Connect app to track lost earbuds – definitely an essential feature after spending so much on them! The only downside about these headphones is that they block out road sounds around you. One option is to use a single earbud and leave the other ear free to detect any ambient noises around you. As always, be sure to check with the laws of your jurisdiction regarding the use of headphones when cycling.
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Mpow Single Wireless Earbud: At just $18, this single earbud offers a barebones audio experience at a bargain price. It weighs just 3 grams and is barely noticeable in the ear. And since it’s just a single earbud, you will still be able to hear the other sounds around you. The earbud uses Bluetooth technology and you can move as far as 33 feet away from your paired device. Pairing with Bluetooth is simple, and the earbud charges wirelessly with up to 6 hours playing time and 150 hours standby time.
No matter which earbuds you choose, your selection criteria should revolve around the ability to hear the noises of other vehicles and people around you. Serious crashes can occur when cyclists fail to hear oncoming cars or even the sounds of dogs and pedestrians around them. Fortunately, the cycling headphones on the market do a great job of allowing you to experience quality audio without interfering with the sounds that will help you to remain safe.
As always, if you have been involved in a bicycle crash, even if you believe it may have been your fault, you should call an experienced bicycle crash attorney at Kass & Moses. Their team of attorneys are trained cyclists and know just how much you want to get back on your bike again. They work hard to help you recover financially so that you can focus on recovering physically. With the team at Kass & Moses on your side, you can rest assured knowing they are available and easy to reach any time you may have a question. For a free consultation, contact the team at Kass & Moses today.