I avoided riding with headphones for a long time. I simply wasn’t that comfortable with my ears covered – especially in busy San Francisco traffic. I had experimented a couple of times with riding with one earbud in. But this invariably lead to me either hearing only half of the music, or switching back and forth between stereo and mono settings on my iPhone. Neither of these options were particularly appealing.
However, after a little shopping on Amazon I came across the Far End Gear XDU stereo earbud. It plays both the left and right stereo channels it a single earbud.
Until I lay my hands on a super-awesome smart helmet with magical bone-conducting wireless audio, a single earbud is the only legal option in the state of California and many other jurisdictions. I’m aware of the performance gains of music from hours on the indoor trainer with headphones on or stereo blasting. But in traffic safety and legal concerns have to come first.
All that puts the single earbud situation in a weird place. I want to be able to block out enough noise to hear the music …read more