Are you in the market for the best cycling headphones in the UK? Well, you’re in the right place.
While there are so many variations of headphones specialising for sports use - not all will be beneficial for cyclists. This is regularly a debate that divides the cycling community, with many arguing that all senses should be alert - something many believe is negatively impacted through the use of any earphone devices.
On the other hand, there is the argument that the use of earphones will help keep cyclists motivated, can benefit the health of their ears and further their achievements.
In our opinion, we believe that as long as you, as a cyclist, are taking all the necessary precautions to maintain your road awareness and minimise the risk of any accidents, we’re on the ‘for’ side of the debate!
And with that, here at OriGym, we have compiled a list of 15 products we believe to be the best cycling headphones on the UK market right now, with options to appease all needs and preferences.
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A brand certified for all the audiophiles out there, Bose are known for their expert sound quality and have been transferring their technology to small factor headphones for some time now, and the SoundSport Wireless are one of Bose’s best foray into specifically sports headphones.
Bose’s SoundSport headphones have an optimised EQ specifically for the types of conditions that these headphones will be worn in, meaning that you will always get high fidelity audio even in loud or busy environments.
These cycling earphones (UK) are protected from water from all directions with an IPX4 rating, but a unique selling point for Bose products are their earbuds. ‘StayHear+ Sport Tips’ are Bose’s way of ensuring that, during exercise, sweat doesn’t impact the comfort or integrity of the headphones, so rest assured that your wireless cycling headphones will stay in place.
With these Bose headphones you also get access to an app to manage your connections with the device. As well as this, the SoundSport wireless headphones are not only Bluetooth enabled but also support an NFC connection.
As a nice addition for the price tag, you get a secure case for the bluetooth earphones for cycling, fitted with a carabiner clip for added transport and storage options.
Especially for indoor cycling in places such as the gym, these headphones by Bose are among the best Bluetooth earphones for cycling.
These headphones by 1MORE are a fantastic set of mid-range in ear headphones, perfectly suitable for use as a pair of wireless cycling headphones
One of the features that make these headphones great for both sports and everyday use is the ergonomic neckband. Rather than just having the thin cable connecting the earbuds, a soft silicone covered neckband sits the neckband comfortable on the back of your neck. You can mould the shape of this neckband as inside is a steel wire that holds its shape.
As these are the ‘pro’ variant of the 1MORE Stylish Bluetooth headphone range, they come with a selection of upgrades on the standard model that make for a set of superior quality headphones.
To start, the cycling wireless headphones have a Bluetooth 5.0 chip which is stronger and can connect further than Bluetooth, as well as using less battery when transmitting between devices.
On top of this, they are IPX5 rated, which makes them great headphones for sports and also means that you don’t have to worry if you get caught wearing them in the rain, fantastic news for frequent wearers of headphones for cycling!
The battery is where a large improvement is made on the standard set of headphones. The 1MORE Pro cycling bluetooth headphones come fitted with a Type-C charging port rather than a micro USB. When charging, a ten-minute spell plugged in will be enough to power the headphones for up to five hours of use!
Not only this, but on a full charge the headphones can last up to twelve hours - so, with all this in mind, you can see how we rank the 1MORE among the best headphones for road cycling in the UK.
Next up in our cycling headphones review is this Z.N.E 01 pair from Adidas.
Combining ergonomics and superior sound with Adidas’ signature sleek design, these are good headphones for cycling as they allow users to switch between Active Noise Cancelling and Awareness mode.
This allows you to remain alert when needed, but also gives you the chance to switch off and focus on the path ahead at other times, free of distraction.
You can use the Adidas Headphones app to control and customise these features on your cycling headphones, ensuring that you are fully focused on your ride.
Whether you are out in the sunshine or the pouring rain, these earphones are great as they are both sweat proof and water-resistant. These are features that all of the best cycling earphones in the UK should have!
They also have 4.5 hours of playtime in the buds per charge, and 15.5 hours of on-the-go charging in the portable case, so there’s no need to worry about having to ride in silence.
With 3 different sized ear tips and two-colour choices for a personalised fit and style, the Adidas Z.N.E 01s are definitely some of the best Bluetooth headphones for cycling.
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These Motif ANC wireless headphones for cycling deliver the same high-quality level of sound from audio specialists Marshall, but in a compact and slim, yet sturdy and stylish design.
A great feature of these cycling headphones is their touch-sensitive ear buds, which allow you to effortlessly control music and calls with the tap of your finger. No need to keep reaching for your phone whilst on the move!
The IPX5-rated earbuds are also water resistant, so should survive even through the sweatiest or rainiest or rides.
They also provide a personalised listening experience, allowing you to balance between active noise cancelling (ANC) and Transparency modes. Transparency allows more of the outside world in, which is useful for hearing traffic and crucial for safety when cycling with headphones.
The best headphones for cycling hold plenty of charge, and these ones from Marshall are no exception, with 4.5 hours of wireless playtime.
The IPX4-rated portable charging case also provides 20 hours per charge, and fits conveniently into your pocket for easy transportation.
Like the Adidas Bluetooth cycling headphones we listed previously, they come with 2 ear-tip sizes to help you find the perfect fit and sound.
We would say that these are therefore a great investment if you’re looking for the best wireless headphones for cycling in the UK!
If you are looking for a super high-quality pair of Bluetooth headphones that work well for the cheapest price possible, then the JBuds Air ANC earbuds could be just what you’re looking for.
They offer 40+ hours of Bluetooth listening time, which is impressive to say the least considering their price. They also come with the functionality to select from 3 different EQ sound settings which isn’t a feature that you see too often.
What makes them one of the best pairs of cycling headphones, you ask? Well, they are IP55 water and sweat resistant, meaning that they are ideal for using during long cycle rides. They are also 100% wireless, meaning that you no longer have to worry about getting tangled up when listening to music during your rides.
The charging case is incredibly sleek and compact, meaning that it is easily transported wherever you wish to listen to music. The case fully charges within 2.5 hours, and the earbuds themselves charge within 2 hours, so you will never be held back by slow charging times.
Not only are their features great, but the earbuds look impressive considering the fact that they are incredibly cheap compared to many other products on the market. They are lightweight yet durable, and feel as though they should cost a lot more than they do! They also come in navy, white, and black, so you also have three different colour options to choose from.
They have fantastic reviews on their Amazon platform, and many users praise their features as being incredible for the price.
Sony are another brand with true pedigree behind their audio production technology.
As these headphones are built for sports, the EXTRA BASS feature will surely be a welcome one. This is designed to keep you motivated and driven to power through your workout while still providing top quality audio.
On top of this, the cycling bluetooth headphones are fitted with an arc support device that keeps the headphones locked in place while you move.
After an intense and sweaty workout, feel free to rinse your headphones to clean them as they are rated at IPX5, so they will be fine with some interaction with water whether it be sweat, rain, or to clean them post-workout.
Sony provides a plush carrying pouch with plenty of room to keep your headphones and accessories all in one place. And these headphones also come in four attractive colour options of black, blue, green, and red.
The only potential downside to these cycling wireless headphones is that they are wired with a 3.5mm jack connection.
Although wired headphones usually come with a higher quality audio standard compared to their Bluetooth counterparts, they can be an issue when cycling due to freedom of movement. Be sure to only invest in these headphones if you know that the 1.2m cable will not be an issue, or if you have a phone mount that positions your phone within a suitable distance to your ears.
A final point about these Sony headphones, they will fit the Slipstreamz Slip cycling accessory. What this device does is store your earphone outside of your ear canal so that you can still hear ambient noise around you. By being a compatible pair of Slipstreamz cycling headphones, the Sony MDR-XB510AS becomes a quality pair of cycling headphones for the masses.
#7 – Apple AirPods Pro
In any list of the best wireless headphones for cycling (UK) these days you are going to find Apple’s AirPods featured somewhere, and here they are. This isn’t just because they are a modern-day fashion statement (although they do look beautiful), but because they are of an exceptional standard.
Out of Apple’s AirPods range, we had to go for the Pro as they are sweat and water-resistant with an IPX4 rating that makes them perfect for exercise.
Another difference between the Pro and the rest of the range is the H1 chip used in the Pro. This chip ensures a stronger connection between your phone and the AirPods, so that you are less likely to experience interference on your Bluetooth connection when your phone is in your bag or pocket.
A feature of the Pro AirPods specifically suitable for cycling is the transparent noise feature. Even the best in ear headphones for cycling are often criticised because they block sound from around you which, while it may be good for sound quality, can be dangerous when you need to be aware of your surroundings. However, by activating the transparency feature on the AirPod then the microphone on the outside of the earbud lets sound in which helps you hear ambient noise around you better, encouraging a safer cycle.
Another way to ensure a safe cycle is by investing in safety-specific equipment and accessories; we would strongly advice checking out our guide of the best running lights that will also provide the same benefits for cyclists.
Considering their great audio quality, comfort, and features that make them a great choice for sports and specifically cycling, it is safe to say that the Pro AirPods may well be the best earphones for cycling you can buy – but with a title like that comes an exorbitant price tag.
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Another top brand competing to make the best Bluetooth earphones for cycling, Beats by Dr. Dre have been a big name in the audio sphere for quite some time now.
Another personal favourite for us when selecting the best in ear headphones for cycling; in the past few years their target audience has been athletes. What makes Beats good headphones for cycling is they are built for use during intense exercises and as such come in at a very high standard, definitely suitable for use as cycling earphones if used safely.
Sweat and water-resistant? Check. Secure fit and range of changeable earbud sizes for optimal comfort? Check. Plenty of battery life, as well as a portable carry case that acts as a secondary charger to charge on the go? Check. All these factors combine to make a practical product that makes cycling with headphones easier than ever before.
All of this combines to make Powerbeats some of the best cycling bluetooth headphones in their own right, but the appeal of this leisure centre extends much further.
Some of the technology found in these cycling headphones (UK) is truly unique, such as their accelerometers that detect when the headphones are being used and when they aren’t in order to conserve battery life with the help of a sleep mode.
If your preference is for single ear headphones for cycling, then the Powerbeats Pro earphones may be the best choice for you. The reason for this is that both earphones are fitted with volume controls and microphones, meaning that you are not limited to which ear you have to use when you only want to use one. Left, right, or both, the choice is yours with no loss of functionality.
You can get all of the above in a range of eight different colours, all with the stylish and iconic Beats logo.
If what you are looking for in a pair of cycling headphones is true wireless and the ability to adapt your EQ mix, then look no further than the Jabra Elite Active 75t earbuds.
These bluetooth cycling headphones come with access to the Jabra Sound+ app which allows you to tailor the mix of your music to suit your own hearing tastes. On top of this, you can adjust balance for left ear/right ear channels and adjust voice assistant settings.
If you often take phone calls through your headphones then these Jabra Elites will be beneficial for you with their four-microphone technology, ensuring background noise is blocked and your voice is accurately picked up.
Like we previously mentioned, cycling makes up for a third of a triathlon. Depending on the type of race will see the distance of the ride vary from just 20KM, up to 180KM in the Ironman Triathlon. Combine the Jabra Elite cycling headphones with a suit from our best triathlon suits for men in the UK guide and we guarentee you a new PB!
Naturally, these in-ear cycling wireless headphones are good isolators of noise as they block the ear canal, yet they too offer ambient sound awareness with their HearThrough feature – perfect for cycling when you need to be able to take in as much information around you as possible.
These may be the best wireless earphones for cycling if you want to save a little bit of money compared to buying the AirPod Pro, and especially if you are cycling at the gym or cycling indoors using a device like a Turbo Trainer.
As Amazon’s choice for the best cycling earphones in the UK, this pair from Shokz certainly deserves a place on our list!
Designed by the world’s leading bone conduction technology manufacturer and innovator, the Shokz OpenRun headphones sit in front of your ears, leaving them open.
Unlike traditional wireless earphones, this means that there is no need to worry about discomfort on hot days. It is also the safest way to listen to your favourite music or podcast, without blocking out your surroundings whilst out on a ride.
At 26g, these IP67 waterproof wireless headphones for cycling are lightweight and hardly noticeable. It’s no wonder over 7 million units have been sold already!
As an upgrade to Shokz’s previous flagship Aeropex cycling headphones, which are now discontinued, the new quick charge function gives 1.5 hours of listening time from just a 10-minute charge.
Coming in a choice of black, blue, grey, or red, Shokz are the only sports headphone brand recommended by England Athletics, which is just one of the reasons that they’ve made it onto our list of the best cycling earphones in the UK.
The Soundcore Anker Spirit X2 wireless earbuds are a great, and relatively cheap, addition to the true wireless headphone market.
For sports headphones, an IP68 rating is really good and separates this product from others on the market. What this means in layman’s terms is that these earbuds will withstand full immersion in water, so sweat or rain should have no impact on the integrity of these earphones whatsoever.
Soundcore have boosted the bass in these Bluetooth earphones for cycling by adding an audio chamber behind their BassTurbo driver. This should enable you to make the most of your music choice and motivate you to push further and harder during your exercise.
These cycling headphones with Bluetooth have a battery life of up to nine hours. Yet, by utilising their portable charging case, this can be quadrupled and they can last for up to thirty-six hours.
On the market for just £79.99, these cycling in-ear headphones are a great option if you're looking to buy a gift for a cyclist in your life.
A feature of the Soundcore Spirit X2 earbuds is that you can listen to stereo or mono channel audio whenever you choose to.
Simply activate just one of your earbuds and you have a single ear headphone for cycling that will remain secure in your ear and provide great quality audio while enabling you to remain aware of your surroundings.
This is something that should always be on the forefront of your mind when selecting cycling headphones.
These Jaybird Vista 2 headphones come highly recommended as some of the best cycling Bluetooth headphones in the UK.
Similarly to our previous recommendation, the Soundcore Anker Spirit X2, this model also has an IP68 rating, meaning that they are:
- Highly durable
All good headphones for road cycling have an active noise cancellation feature, and the Vista 2 model is no exception. The wind guarded microphone monitors ambient noises, mixing them into the audio signal and filtering them out for improved focus.
Designed to perform and survive any impact resistance, these cycling in-ear headphones have 8 hours of battery life, which is an extra 2 hours compared to the Vista 1 model.
Jaybird have also provided 2 sizes of interchangeable ear gels, which allow users to find the most secure and comfortable fit possible.
Whether you prefer the blue, black, or grey version, there’s no denying that these Jaybird Vista 2s are some of the best wireless headphones for cycling in the UK.
#13 – LC-Dolida Sport Headband
Although drastically different from all other headphones we have listed so far, these headphones by LC-dolida could be the answer to your problems regarding the best options for wireless cycling headphones.
This product is a headband that features speakers in the sides positioned over your ears.
Now, we know that this may not be as stylish as the other headphones listed but trust us when we say it works.
The sweatband acts as a normal headband, keeping your hair out of your face and sweat out of your eyes. However, by covering your ears instead of just your head, this product deals with an issue that cyclists face and becomes one of the best headphones for cycling wind noise. If you're an avid cyclist, then we know no season will stop you getting out on your rides - for maximum safety, make sure to give our ultimate winter cycling guide a read.
On top of this, as your ear canal isn’t blocked, you can still hear ambient noise such as cars and traffic around you when wearing headphones for road cycling.
Albeit, there will be audio bleed as you essentially have two external speakers inside your sweatband, but if you are just looking for a cheap way to listen to music while you cycle safely, then the LC-dolida Sport Headband could be a good option for you.
Bone Conduction Headphones for Cycling
Something that should have become clear when reading this far is that there is a dilemma among cyclists as to whether wearing headphones when cycling is a good decision. Of course, there are pros and cons for either side. Some people think that listening to music can help motivate you to ride harder and put more effort in, whereas others say that it makes you less safe and can put you in danger if you are unaware of your surroundings.
A way around this quandary is going with bone conduction headphones. These headphones do not cover the ear at all, so your hearing remains unobstructed and therefore you can safely ride on the road or anywhere else.
As is made clear by the name, bone conduction headphones transmit the sound via vibrations to the skull or cheekbone around the ear, bypassing the eardrum altogether.
Though this comes with several positives, there are a few issues with this design to consider.
Firstly, sound bleeds. Although not as loud as normal open ear headphones would be, there is still some audio bleed from bone conduction headphones that may make them unsuitable for use in certain environments.
Secondly, discomfort at high volumes. Because these headphones have to remain in contact with your skin to precisely vibrate where they are supposed to, there is often a build-up of pressure which is then accentuated by vibrating. This is less of an issue for some headphones, and also depends on you as an individual as some people are less bothered about it than others.
Other than this, they offer great opportunities for cyclists to safely listen to music or have access to a GPS system while they ride, and they should seriously be considered for your purchase.
No best headphones for cycling in the UK list is complete without a mention of an AfterShokz product.
If you want the best of the best and will spare no expense to get it, then these open ear headphones by AfterShokz will be the best bone conduction headphones for cycling in the UK for you.
Compared to other bone conduction headphones, these cycling bone headphones have been tuned with AfterShokz Premium Pitch 2+. This is to enhance the audio in the device (specifically the dynamic bass range) and at the same time reduce the vibration effects without compromising audio quality. This is also worked on by angling the transducer by 30°. Another benefit of this angled transducer is that the vibration creates more accurate and lifelike sound, especially in the frequency range where the human voice operates.
By doing this, AfterShokz have made the headphones more comfortable for users after long listening sessions and at high volumes, where a common complaint was often aimed towards bone conduction headphones.
Another feature of these cycling bone headphones is their reduced sound bleed, with up to a 50% reduction in bleed over traditional headphones.
Whereas some cheaper headphones may come with some sort of protection rating, the AfterShokz Aeropex are rated at IP67. What this means is that as well as being protected against sweat, rain, and immersion in water for thirty minutes, they are also protected from solid objects and dust proof which will extend their lifetime.
The full titanium body of the Aeropex means that they weigh in at only 26g, a very unobtrusive weight for while you’re exercising.
Without a doubt, bone conduction headphones are the safest option for cyclists who need to be connected while they ride. Because of this, the AfterShokz Aeropex are our personal top choice for those looking for the best bone conduction headphones for cycling.
Rounding up our best cycling Bluetooth headphones (UK) list is the XR500 Bluetooth Headphones from TREBLAB.
These cycling headphones use Bluetooth 4.1 CSR technology with cutting edge components, for true HD sound in a CD-like quality.
With an IPX7 waterproof and sweatproof rating, TREBLAB have designed these to be extra comfortable. They also have secure fit soft rubber ear-hooks, which ensure that they won’t fall out whilst you push yourself to the limit.
The expandable foam ear tips are also noise cancelling, allowing you to focus without becoming distracted.
What makes these some of the best Bluetooth headphones for cycling is their enhanced connectivity and pairing, with a signal range of up to 33ft. This connection conveniently only takes a few seconds!
The XR500 Bluetooth cycling headphones have a battery life of 8 hours, which take just 2 hours to charge in their stylish carry case.
At just £47.66, these TREBLAB headphones are great value for money, and are a great option for wireless cycling headphones.
Can you wear headphones while cycling in the UK?
Like we previously mentioned, wearing headphones when cycling is a debatable topic; with more people being opposed to it rather than for. However, as it stands, it is completely legal to use headphones and in-ear headphones while cycling, and we would personally encourage it when done correctly.
We’re strong believers in it being possible to cycle safely with headphones, so long as the cyclist is taking the correct procedures to ensure they’re still aware of their surroundings at all times.
So to answer your question of “Is cycling with headphones illegal?”, we can safely assure you it is completely acceptable under British laws.
How to stay safe when cycling with headphones on?
Though we encourage the use of headphones when cycling, we cannot stress the importance of staying vigilant at all times enough. We’ve put together a short list of the key elements to consider when choosing to utilise headphones while cycling.
- Lower the volume - In order to remain aware and prevent any potential distractions, we recommend keeping the volume of your music to a minimum. Play around with the sound levels until you can find a happy medium that enables you to enjoy your favourite playlists, whilst still being vigilant to all surrounding noises,
- Only use one earphone - this is a popular recommendation over the water in the USA, with many suggesting to leave the ear closest to traffic free to listen for potential danger.
- It is always a yes to a helmet - It should never be a toss up between wearing your headphones and a helmet, if the question ever arises - which it shouldn’t if you choose one of the products from our list - then always, always choose a helmet,
- Avoid noise cancelling headphones - For obvious reasons, we can not emphasise enough how you should be able to hear what is going on around you at all times.
What are the benefits of wearing cycling headphones?
With cycling headphones comes a list of benefits that will profit your ride, whether you’re a long distance cyclist or simply a cycling commuter.
- To protect your ears from the wind - Within our list, we’ve included multiple options for the best headphones for cycling with wind noise reduction. For many cyclists, the wind can often act as a big inconvenience, particularly when you’re up against a strong gale. If this is consistent, it can lead to the formation of a pain in your inner ear; through the use of earphones when cycling, they can act as a protector of the inner part of your ear, therefore reducing the risk of any internal pains.
- Increase the energy of your ride, aiding its success - Just like running, the right soundtrack will keep you engaged and motivated for long periods of time, a benefit especially for those who like to participate in longer rides. If music isn’t your stimulator, then cycling headphones also enable you to listen to insightful podcasts whilst you’re on the go - but we’d just like to reiterate that if you’re easily distracted, it would be sensible to avoid anything that will avert your attention away from the road.
Before You Go!
We hope our list of the best cycling headphones in the UK has been of help to you, and you’re now simply awaiting your delivery in the post.
We believe that with our list of 15 products, we have provided you with enough options to find a pair that is suitable for you; whether that be in the form of a headband, over-head earphones, or wireless pods, you’re sure to find your perfect match.
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