what do you do on top?
I am pretty sure that you are riding the bike for both, health and environment, but do you ride safely? I agree, there are tons of hidious helmets out there which you are embarrassed to be seen with so you take the risk and wear nothing on top. Now you can have both, style and safety:
Take a look at the following and note one of my favoureds: Yakkay from Denmark, who just launched in the US. These fabric covered helmets have a mod quality to them and patterns are perfect for fall.
London based Sawako Furuno rocks my little bike world… I am immediately thrown into a clean pool of japanese design brilliance and now look at this: a daring leopard helmet. As a gentleman you might prefer the crocodile one!
Perhaps you would like to work a TOP GUN look this Fall? Then try Diesel Mowie helmet, a collaboration of Diesel Design Team and AVG? Maybe a bit much for Madison Avenue ($215) ?
In terms of coolness I love the Hardnutz Chrome helmet. The chrome finish will increase your visibility in traffic and double up as mirror to fix your face or cruise backwards. Let’s keep shining: At Bobbin Bicycles you can find a gold helmet that is too sexy for words (also available in silver).
The ultimate stunner at Bobbin clearly is Mr. Ben’ Bowler, made by Moody & Farrell! In case you are channeling charismatic delinquent Alex DeLarge. Surely you’ll have the streets all to yourself, ha ha…
Check out this futuristic design, a foldable helmet named beetle Cycle designed by Paul Loury.
Another french design Wunder is Jerome Coste with his Les Ateliers Ruby helmet out of carbon fiber shell, genuine Nappa Lambskin and burgundy patted interior. They come with three visors of different tints. Colette in Paris used to carry those in limited editions.
Kevin Goulip designed a cork helmet which has a clean WW2 look, whereas
Julien Bergignat took inspiration from the Amadillo to create the lightweight recyclable Tattoo helmet.
I am sure you all know nutcase, an American helmet manufacturer. Superstar, Daisy Stripe and Stars and Stripes rock. In summer I would totally wear the Watermelon from the gen2 collection and if you want your kids to match go check out the little nutty line…you can have a mini.me watermelon.
Then there is Bell, another well known company. They teamed up with Paul Frank to jazz up kids helmets. Well done!
The poc receptor+ is the only helmet worldwide that incorporates three different norms and can therefore be used for cycling, skiing, skating and wake boarding.
By the way, a great site for style is the UK shop cyclechic. They carry some of the cool brands like Sawako Furuno and Yakkay.
I leave you with my all time favored from Sweden (to take our minds off from the brothel visiting King)…the Airbag from Hövding! It totally reminds me of my mother in the 70ies when she ran around the house with curlers blow drying her hair with exactly this helmet on!
I am off riding with scissors….