I highly recommend Sony earbuds, they are built tough. I've fallen on those cycling on them a few times and step on it a few times, they still work. I can't say the same about JVC, or Phillips. At the beginning, my ears would be sore wearing earbuds, but after an adjustment by my body, I don't get any ear discomforts anymore. If your earbuds drops easily from the ears, try putting the cable of the earbuds under the shirt. I've ridden pretty fast on it and they don't drop unless it is gail force wind.