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.
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.