Most people wear bicycle helmets when they ride a bike because they know that it’s the only way to save their noggins from some serious damage if they’re ever in an accident. However, they don’t particularly relish the idea of wearing a bicycle helmet due to the fact that these things are not exactly the most attractive accessory that someone could own. Let’s face it – most bicycle helmets just look really goofy. They aren’t designed to be eye-catching in any positive kind of way. But you know what? There are actually some really cool bicycle helmets out there that do catch your eye with a sort of fashion statement.
Don’t get me wrong – these are still bike helmets and they still serve the primary purpose of safety rather than fashion – but they’re so neat that you might be inclined to get them for their looks as much as for their function. They’re a little bit more stylish than the other ones that are out there or else they have such an unusual design that they’re kind of fun to think about owning even if they are a little bit weird. The options for stylish bike helmets aren’t extensive but they do exist and a few of them are interesting enough to really merit some attention (and maybe some copycat designs from other bike helmet makers in the years to come!)
Take, for example, the Yakkay line of bicycle helmets. These are helmets that are normal helmets which have been safely fitted with a hat on the exterior of the helmet. When you look at someone wearing one of these Yakkay helmets, all that it really looks like they’re wearing is a hat with a bicycle helmet strap to attach it. In reality, these helmets are as safe as normal helmets because the real helmet is hidden underneath. This brand has several different styles so you can choose the hat look that you like best. The designs aren’t necessarily the hottest hat designs that exist out in the world but they’re certainly more stylish than your standard bike hat. To get one of these bicycle helmets, which costs about $120, you have to order it from a bike shop in Denmark or some other online storefront that’s selling them.
Another overseas producer of some cute bike helmets is CycleChic which is based in the UK. What I really like out of their products is the set of bicycle helmets with graphic designs that appear to be designed for girls. The designs are somewhat flowery and feminine but not over-the-top. Many bike helmet designers in the U.S. have tried to do the same thing and it’s just resulted in normal bike helmets that look like they were made for little girls which isn’t quite a look that most adult female bicyclists are going for. These ones are more grown-up and chic and stylish. The unfortunate thing is that they basically still have the ugly shape of all bicycle helmets but at least their designs are cute.
For a different shape than the standard bicycle helmet shape, the best thing that’s out there is probably the Spiuk Kronos Helmet. It’s got a really wacky design that is kind of cool even though it’s a little bit weird. At least it’s different right? The design is reported to be aerodynamic and the helmet is really intended for people who ride bicycles professionally so the price of over $200 is out of the league of most people who are looking for bike helmets. Nevertheless, it’s definitely one worth considering if you’re trying to find a bike helmet that is safe but shaped differently than the standard styles that are out there.
As far as standard helmets go, there are some brands that are better than others with incorporating cool designs into the basic bike helmet. Evans Cycles in the UK has a cool selection of helmets particularly those designed just for women. They’re open-air designs that have some interesting striping and coloring that make them more attractive than the average helmet. Vigor helmets are another brand of helmets that have some really cool designs although these are more for the masculine extreme sports bike rider in terms of their style.
So the truth is that there aren’t a lot of bicycle helmet designs out there that are truly fashionable or that will really wow you with their impressive looks. However, there are definitely some brands that offer a more stylish option than others when it comes to the basic design of the helmet. And there are a few cutting edge designers like Yakkay that are doing cool things with bike helmets that bring them more into the realm of fashion and less about purely sport. So there are a few options out there and it’s likely that the future will find more options being made available.
In the meantime, it’s cliché to say it but it’s really true, the function of a bicycle helmet really does matter more than the style of the helmet. If money is tight and you don’t have the bucks to spend on a cool helmet design, wear whatever safe helmet you can get your hands on. It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to bicycling. And you won’t be complaining that you look silly if you’re in a bicycle accident and that silly-looking traditional bike helmet saves your head!
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Jessica on July 18, 2011:
great post! I think its important to get a colourful helmet not only so your easier to identify but they just look better so children will be more willing to wear them! i got my brother one for his 7th birthday at www.cyclexpress.co.uk its a great website with loads of colourful kids bike helmets!
Obscure_Treasures from USA on July 07, 2011:
these helmets seems to be hot....nice hub...voted U Up..
BrainUmbrella on June 22, 2011:
Kids want a "cool looking helmet". They could care less about functionality. Parents definitely have a difficult job trying to get them to wear it. If you can find one that's cool and functional that's great. If not, do something cool with stickers or dish out some cash for an airbrush artist.
Liam Hallam from Nottingham UK on June 06, 2011:
My slight disappointment has led to the production of
Concentrating on more high end and performance related helmets
Liam Hallam from Nottingham UK on April 30, 2011:
For someone that rides a bike competitively we have to have a helmet and there are designs on the market we would choose based on their style. I'm slightly disappointed that you didn't show some more high end designs in the hub.
Emma from Houston TX on March 05, 2011:
Such a nice article you have here.
David99999 on February 21, 2011:
Hey, katie! Great hub, as always!
jerrycorinadam from United State on February 21, 2011:
these helmets seem to be very durable and tough.
Turpin on February 09, 2011:
Always wear a helmet.
craigmissuea from USA on January 17, 2011:
Bicycle helmets are very necessary while driving a bicycle. They come in various styles and patterns. I particularly like Yakkay helmets.
Cycling Guy on January 12, 2011:
Original article. I don't think everyone can look good in that half bowling ball style helmet. But you've got your own style if you can. :-)
funmontrealgirl from Montreal on December 11, 2010:
nice helpful hub! thanks!
jeremysharon on November 12, 2010:
Superlike Helmets for Bicycle!
Great Information about helmets!I like Spiuk Kronos Helmet the most thanx for this information and the view bout safety is also good as far as your hub specifies the helmets,they really awesome and assures safety!
thanx for the HUb!
RoseGardenAdvice from San Francisco on August 12, 2010:
Nice helmets ... always wondered about the 'goofy' looking helmets you usually see everywhere. You've put together a really nice selection. Thanks for sharing!
snagerries from Singapore on July 31, 2010:
Great suggestions.Personally I feel that looks are important but safety is even more important.
ScientificGear on July 30, 2010:
Still the most important feature of a helmet is for safety, we care less for the design. You're right Kathryn.:)
kellydove on July 29, 2010:
nice hub keep it up
rt-cal from Australia on July 27, 2010:
I have an old MET but are looking to update. there is some cool gear out there now!!!!
jeanie.stecher from Seattle on July 27, 2010:
You are right there Kathryn. What is important is that you have a safety helmet always with you when you are riding your bike. This might just be a life saving tool that could save your life.
Junie on July 16, 2010:
Yeah, I love that Schwinn Thrasher. Looks cool. Thanks for posting the price.
jg156301 on July 14, 2010:
powerskinsey on July 06, 2010:
seems very important that these helments are being displayed for the safety of ourselves and our loved ones.
adorababy from Syracuse, NY on June 01, 2010:
They are not only protection ready but fashion wise as well.
ss sneh from the Incredible India! on May 23, 2010:
Hi! Life saving hub! Keep up the good work! -- Thanks
CallTodayInstallTomorrow on May 20, 2010:
Wear a bike helmet!!!! IT WILL SAVE YOUR LIVES DUMB NUTS!!!
borge_009 from Philippines on April 19, 2010:
Cool. Safe plus good looking helmets. Thanks
ampmxmfm on April 07, 2010:
I like the bike helmets that look more like skate helmets. A couple of brands that I like include bern and tripple 8. You can see them at http://zoobom.com
Eddy2106 from Chicago Suburb, IL on April 01, 2010:
i use a yakkay helmet and it looks good and it protects me, so 2 in 1 deal, but it does a little wired since it makes you look like you have a big head.
sunforged from Sunforged.com on March 07, 2010:
I like the yakkay helmet line pics..but I wonder in person, wouldn't it look like a really big clown hat?
FarmTipsnTricks from http://farmvilletipsntricks.webs.com/ on February 12, 2010:
Yeah if you make them cool it will want to make the kids wear them
bengriston on January 21, 2010:
It is important to get cool helmets so that your kids will wear them when they ride.
martycraigs on January 19, 2010:
Wow, can't say I've ever seen a helmet disguised as a hat. Pretty clever, I must say. Nice way to keep helmets fun and perhaps give young people another incentive to wear them.
Thanks for sharing!
OpinionDuck on January 07, 2010:
ToadRun on January 07, 2010:
Nice hub, I plugged it for you on http://www.plugrun.com :)
Lyns on January 06, 2010:
Well who would have thought that bike helmets could be cool??? Such an important piece of kit needs to be practical and trendy - not an easy task!
Coach Albert from San Francisco on November 25, 2009:
Rockin! I need a new helmet and I've been wanting to find one that protects my bald head from sunburn! The thrasher look like the one! Thanks!
tonyhubb on October 31, 2009:
Good suggestions ! thanks!
Jason on September 24, 2009:
@p morgan, ye me too. Very cool though
P Morgan on September 15, 2009:
Into motorcycle helmets here, but these are cool, too!
aditya on September 02, 2009:
Very nice suggestions .....
foxility on August 25, 2009:
Looks are important. I laugh at goofy looking bikers and the majority of the public does as well. So, if i have to buy a cool looking helmet. then so be it. Nice article.
Paul Profitt from England on August 25, 2009:
Speaking as someone who used to love cycling in my younger days. I hate the modern day cyclist who always seem to ride their bikes on the "PAVEMENT"
I always thought that the pavement was meant for PEDESTRIANS.
I have been almost run over on more than one occasion by these lame duck cyclist.
"Ride your bike on the road, or don't ride it at all"
jim10 from ma on August 24, 2009:
I went with the Schwinn Thrasher because it was cheap at Walmart, seemed to have good ventilation and did not look horrible. To be honest I only ride around my neighborhood and on bike paths with the kids. I never would even get a helmet. But, my wife says I need to set good example for the kids. I never wore one as a kid and went off jumps, down rocky hills and all kinds of crazy stuff really fast. I rarely fell and when I did I would catch myself with my hands. Apparently all my friends and I were just lucky. Today's statistics say otherwise. I guess if I get hit by a car I will be glad I have my helmet. the Yakkay seam cool but, way too expensive.
Judith van der Roos on August 24, 2009:
Bike helmets ! Here in Holland the bike is the most used form of transport and yet the only people who wear helmets on a bike are american tourists and the mentally afflicted.
shyam devasia on August 24, 2009:
hai its cool dude
MikeNV from Henderson, NV on August 21, 2009:
What is important is weight, heat dissipation, sun visor. Looks are not that important. If you are choosing your helmet because the way it looks then you might want to reconsider and choose for a better reason.
stuart747 from Colchester, Essex, UK on July 21, 2009:
I need to invest in one, thanks for the advice
Marie Dwivkidz from UK on May 13, 2009:
Nice hats! I agree function has to come first - you figure that out when you hit the deck... but it's good to see some interesting options.
kea on April 24, 2009:
Hola. Cool hub. As a triathlete and recent convert...I have a Giro Aero helmet. It may all be in my head, but the rirst race I used it I averaged a 21.6 for a half-ironman distance...in the rain. I think it was probably a matter of - "If I'm wearing this thing, I'm making a statement and have to deliver!"
Camping Dan on April 22, 2009:
For years we lived in a ski town so our kids were always on a bike, a snowboard, or a skateboard. It is absolutely essential to make sure they wear a helmet at all times and the best way to do that is to get them a helmet they want to wear. If it is not cool they will not wear it.
Ricardo Nunes from Portugal on March 19, 2009:
Hey Kathryn, thanks for showing me some of those good looking bicycle helmets.
I specially like the Yakkay ones - great style for riding to the café or any other place ;)
Enjoy your rides safely.