Pearl Izumi wants you to ditch the earbuds

Cycling clothing company seeks to promote safety and awareness

Pearl Izumi wants you to not just think about your experience

Pearl Izumi has released a video asking riders to ditch the earbuds in an effort to promote safer, more responsible cycling.

“This film is really about interactions between people; riders with other riders, trail users and drivers. A lot of us have had frustrating interactions or close calls on the bike because we couldn’t communicate with another person. We want people to think about the broader effects of what is a personal decision, to wear earphones while riding, and encourage riders to be good to each other out there,” said Andrew Hammond, Pearl Izumi’s global brand manager.

Listening to music while riding is an issue our staff has tackled in opinion columns over the years as well.

What do you think?

Are earbuds a hindrance to safety on the roads and trails? Have you encountered issues with other cyclists using earbuds?

Sound off in the comments section below.

Josh has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1998. Being stubborn, endurance racing was a natural fit. Josh bankrolled his two-wheeled addiction by wrenching at various bike shops across the US for 10 years and even tried his hand at frame building. These days Josh spends most of his time riding the trails around his home in Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • Discipline: Mountain, cyclocross, road
  • Preferred Terrain: Anywhere with rock- and root-infested technical singletrack. He also enjoys unnecessarily long gravel races.
  • Current Bikes: Trek Remedy 29 9.9, Yeti ASRc, Specialized CruX, Spot singlespeed, Trek District 9
  • Dream Bike: Evil The Following, a custom Moots 27.5+ for bikepacking adventures
  • Beer of Choice: PBR
  • Location: Fort Collins, CO, USA

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