Ear buds. I don’t understand why cyclists use them. I can understand them in the gym. Maybe. But on a bike?
For one thing, they are dangerous. You need to hear the traffic around you. Vehicles approaching from behind, cars pulling out of driveways, and children playing by the roadside. But more importantly, they take you out of the moment. You want to be in the moment, fully aware of your surroundings. Not only the sounds, but the smells, wind, warmth, and views. If you are listening to music while riding, you diminish the experience. You need to hear, and feel, your breathing. You need to feel the burn in your legs. You need to feel the wind in your face, and the warmth on your back. You need to smell the sweet corn fields as you pass.
You need to stay in the moment not only to stay safe, but to fully experience and enjoy the ride.