URBAN HELMETS – the new crocs?

I can’t recommend these helmets. I haven’t tried one on. I have no idea about their comfort, safety or magpie-repelling qualities.

All I can be sure about is that I’d look very silly wearing one. But they may serve a very useful purpose…

Bike helmet discussion has been by far the hottest thing I’ve posted on this site for a while (I’ve been enjoying the hits, thank you – we all need to be loved). So I’ll stick with one more helmet post, though I’ll give it a rest next week – promise.

There are cyclists who won’t wear a racing helmet because their friends say it makes them look like a try-hard Lance Armstrong wannabe, so how about the models above? I can’t imagine what ‘P8 V2’ means, but these helmets say to me, ‘I’m only getting from A to B. I won’t be going fast and I’m scared of those cars, so please excuse me for riding on your footpath. And FYI, I don’t care how stupid I look.’ Crocs had great success with a similar idea.

Light, cheap, made of plastic and full of holes

If you want to know more about these urban helmets you can check them out at Cell Bikes in Sydney. I’m not recommending them either. They don’t sponsor me, though they’re welcome to do so any time.

POST SCRIPT: I had no idea this post would prove so enormously popular. Hits and comments galore. My correspondent Dr Paul Martin tells me that it costs $20,000 to get a cycling helmet tested here to make sure it will protect our delicate Aussie brains. This is necessary even if a model has met rigorous standards overseas. So we miss out on stylish models like the Danish Yakkay helmet. This is a pity, because the lady wearing one seems very satisfied and happy, even though the Danes have no mandatory helmet laws.
By the way, like other classy Danish designer items, those Yakkay helmets don’t come cheap; GBP79.95, according to a British supplier, and if you’d like some alternative covers to match your wardrobe, they’ll be GBP35-58 each. Maybe the Danish lady looks happy because she didn’t have to pay for hers.


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10 responses to “URBAN HELMETS – the new crocs?

  1. Crime to fashion, methinks, but then I never understood the Crocs either.

    Having said that, anything that puts more cyclists on the road can only be a good thing. I think the pro-racing look are putting many a budding cyclist off, so all alternatives are welcome, as far as I’m concerned.

  2. Amazing what one can do with plastics…
    I would feel like the village idiot wearing a helmet like that while cycling, but then I’m Dutch and I’d probably feel like the village idiot wearing a bike helmet tout court. For some reason (just like crocs ‘n Crocs) these seem perfect for the more watery activities, like rafting and kayaking. Don’t they?

  3. Ian

    Yeah, Right.

    Some of us use bicycles for pleasure, not pain (someone ought to write a song about that).

    Legislators seem to think that it’s necessary to protect pedestrians (count them, there aren’t many) on footpaths, so we must share the road with cars and trucks.

    Legislators seem to think that it’s necessary to protect yourself from yourself, so we’ve GOT to wear a helmet. Just in case we fall off, drop into a pothole, or get attacked by a truck-driver throwing his cigarette but out the window.

    SO, we (like those Tour-De-Fronce geeks) HAVE to share the road with cars and trucks, and we HAVE to wear something on our head (with an Australian-approval-sticker, of course, so the government gets money).

    – I don’t want to look like a Cadel-wanna-be
    – I don’t want to keep the government afloat through fines
    – I don’t want to get from A-to-B in the shortest-time
    – I do want to enjoy my riding.

    SO: I get a charcoal version.

    Just remember. Your flashy lycra suits, slim wheels, lightning-blue hats… They all make you easier targets for my bull-bar when I AM trying to get from A-to-B in the shortest time.

    • Thanks for the thoughts, Ian.

      Anything that goes between the brain and the bitumen seems like a good idea to me, and the fashion statement is of secondary importance.

      But my current helmet seems to be a magpie magnet (it’s red – I was younger when I got it and I thought that would be faster). What’s a charcoal helmet like with the maggies?

  4. Crunchy Steve

    Look, Australia is almost alone in the world with compulsory helmets and the reason is simple – helmets only save lives in a crash and the key to bicycle safety is to reduce crashes.

    The argument for helmets ignores the fact that every day, thousands of people cycle without crashing, every day, the vast majority of bicycle crashes occur because of motorists not looking where they are going and in other parts of the world they’ve preferred to spend money on making roads safer for cycling instead of making cyclists wear helmets.

    I doubt these will do any better job of encouraging helmet use than any other type. Compulsory or otherwise, people with sense will wear a helmet in traffic (as I do) but, on a quiet country lane, where the cars can be heard from miles away, why should we be denied the wind in our hair?

  5. What a croc

    I use a hard shell skater helmet cause It is hard .. just like me (cough) and they don’t mind a bit of abuse (also just like me).

    I would never ever own a pair of those foot accessories .

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