Best headphones for cycling 2024 - Choices for staying entertained while riding indoors and out

Best headphones for cycling

Best headphones for cycling group of wireless headphones

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1. Quick list
Best all-around
3. Bone conduction
4. Best budget
5. Best for Android
6. Best for iPhone
7. Long battery life
8. Hear-through tech
9. Over-the-ear
10. Best sound quality
11. How to choose  

The best headphones for cycling are one of the few pieces of gear that see use both on the bike and off. That means there are a lot of demands on the designs and sometimes those demands are competing. You want to find the best option for long, solitary, outdoor rides but they also have to work when it's time to jump on one of the best smart trainers. You might want outstanding noise cancellation for some situations and exceptional situational awareness for others. Sometimes you need good sound quality and sometimes you just need something you can hear. No matter what, you need something comfortable.

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Josh Ross

Josh hails from the Pacific Northwest of the United States but would prefer riding through the desert than the rain. He will happily talk for hours about the minutiae of cycling tech but also has an understanding that most people just want things to work. He is a road cyclist at heart and doesn't care much if those roads are paved, dirt, or digital. Although he rarely races, if you ask him to ride from sunrise to sunset the answer will be yes. Height: 5'9" Weight: 140 lb. Rides: Salsa Warbird, Cannondale CAAD9, Enve Melee, Look 795 Blade RS, Priority Continuum Onyx