I also do not prefer buds in the ears when riding as it blocks too much of the ambient noise and noises of other people and riders around you. I do however love music and love to listen to it when I ride so I stole this idea from a friend of mine.
Step 1) Buy iPod Shuffle ($50)
Step 2) Buy cheap set of over the ear headphones like these:
Step 3) Remove speaker portions of headphones being careful not to damage the wires.
Step 4) Insert speakers into full face helmet (super glue, velcro, etc) and tuck extra wires under padding. Clip Shuffle to chin strap and connect to speakers.
Step 5) Rock out and ride.
This allows me to hear music while I ride without having my ears plugged up with buds and completely shutting out the surrounding noises. I can easily hit the pause/play button, volume, etc without having to reach into a pocket or backpack and a shuffle holds more than enough music for a day (or month) at the park depending on how often you want to switch up your tunes. I usually make a playlist at the beginning of the season and only mix it up once or twice during the year.
I know some of you might not agree with gluing things to helmets because of the potential to compromise the helmets effectiveness (Like stickers on helmets…) To you I say piss off.
If you typically rock an enduro or XC lid and want something like this I saw these guys at Sea Otter and thought it was a sweet idea but you could probably make something similar yourself:
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