Ahhh…bike helmets. One of those products that’s so necessary (safety first, Friends), but that we’d also like to be stylish. But — let’s get real — when it comes to splurging on something because it’s cute or gorgeous or impulse-shopping-inducing, that often doesn’t include safety gear. I mean, my parents gave me a hand-me-down helmet when I first got back to the States in 2014, and I just got an update this summer (ahem, five years later) when I decided my affordable healthcare plan wasn’t so affordable (and as a single mother who bikes in the city daily, the least I could do was wear an up-to-date bike helmet).
BUT — what I really want is number four down there — the $300-$500 Swedish collar (read: airbag-style helmet) you wear around your neck that doesn’t actually become a helmet unless or until you have an accident. It was on my Something You Want, Something You Need, Something To Wear, Something To Read wishlist last holiday season, but I haven’t bitten the bullet yet. I did however, go for the Nutcase in the image above — and I get compliments on it all the time. The first time I wore it, S said “that’s such a cute helmet, — dare I say — it’s even sexy.” Though Nutcase is no Swedish necklace, it does meet multiple safety standards, as I always try to ensure our bike helmets meet not only U.S. safety standards, but also one or more European, Australian or New Zealand standards. Cycling is a way of life for me, and that’s how Nutcase (CRIB! for the Portlanders) designed their helmets. BUT — there are so many cute, sleek and/or sexy outdoor helmets out there, we rounded up our top 10.
Top 10 Cute Bike Helmets To Buy Right Now
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The TME Why: This is foldable, people!
Why We Care: Instead of whacking people along the road as you’re walking b/c your helmet is attached to your bag, put it inside the bag. Apparently it’s also WASHABLE. Done.
The TME Why: Cute and unintrusive.
Fun Brand Fact: Giro produces a Renew Series of cycling apparel made with recycled nylon, polyester and elastane, including Econyl® Lycra® made from reclaimed fishing nets and other ocean debris.
The TME Why: The design — vintage-inspired, vegan leather strap & a poplock to secure the helmet to your bike.
Fun Brand Fact: Founded by Gloria (gasp, a woman), Thousand strives to make high-quality products w/out causing unnecessary harm to the planet.
The TME Why: An inflatable Swedish helmet that doesn’t mess with your hair unless you have an accident. Wear it like a collar, and it inflates on impact like an airbag.
If You Care: According to a Stanford University study, it’s eight times more effective than a conventional helmet (Ages 15+).
The TME Why: Sleek and versatile.
Perfect For: The four-season athlete, since you can add a cold-weather liner and wear it for winter sports.
The TME Why: Similar to number 3 above, Thousand has a number of colors, you’re bound to find one for you.
I’d Buy It For: MY PEOPLE who have all the heart eyes for the perfect combination of function and style.
The TME Why: Cute, safe and fun. The Street is CPSC-, CFR- and ASTM-certified (cycling, scooting & skating).
Fun Brand Fact: They’re art-focused. Nutcase works with 3 international artists each year (an open design competition) to bring awesome new designs to market.
The TME Why: Cool, sleek design certified for bike, skate and ski.
Make It You: With a streamlined design and cool textures to choose from, this bike helmet will almost always never clash with your outfit or interfere with your style.
The TME Why: Ummmm…their motto is “Safety is Stylish” — need we say more?
I’d Buy This For: Shana
The TME Why: Cute, safe and fun. Their motto is “I love my brain”.
Who Wears This Best: Commuter cyclists — think biking in your workwear, and maintaining that stylish look head-to-toe.
Happy shopping & cycling!