With all of the colorful and thematic helmets available now, it’s not hard to stand out from the crowd. But if you’re more interested in a subtle, go-to helmet that won’t detract from your cycle chic, here are 7 great options.
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The name Classic says it all. This initial design from the newer Canadian company offers clean lines with a slightly equestrian look.
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The Atmos is one of the less flashy of the race style helmets. It’s harder to find this type of helmet without all of the logos and graphics that manufacturers think make you look faster. We’re fast enough. Save the flash for your kit.
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Sometimes a “basic black” turns out to be denim. With their interchangeable helmet covers, Yakkay offers options for any taste. This dark blue denim is a great everyday choice.
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It doesn’t get much more basic than the Covert. True to its name, this helmet certainly wouldn’t draw attention away from what you’re wearing. Covert is the most basic of the basics.
Belle Helmets Solar System
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If you want something a little more out there, Belle’s gorgeous hand-painted helmets will blow you away. Each helmet is truly a work of art.
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Bern makes an array of helmets for skaters, snowboarders, skiers, bikers and wakeboarders. Because of the snow sports, they also have many options for cold-weather biking. The Lenox has clean lines with a touch of understated style.
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The subtlest helmet is one that isn’t even worn on your head. Originally developed in Sweden as a thesis project by the founders, the Hövding has won numerous design and innovation awards since its 2005 launch. Unlike other options, this revolutionary “helmet” is worn as a collar around your neck. The collar contains an airbag that will inflate and protect the head in the event of an accident.
Special note: just in time to go with your new black helmet, black skirt garters are once again available.