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Motorcycles: The Best Bike Helmets for Commuting, Casual Cycling and More

16 Bike Helmets for Women That Cyclists Love and Recommend

  16 Bike Helmets for Women That Cyclists Love and Recommend For commuting, racing, and mountain bikingIn general, urban bikers and commuters (people who use bikes for recreational purposes, to run errands, or to commute to work) will need the most basic form of a helmet, one that fits well and offers the right support. Comfort is key to road biking—which typically involves riding for extended periods of time on streets—so road cyclists need something that’s lightweight and more ventilated. Mountain biking, on the other hand, involves more open-air riding in craggy terrain, so head coverage (sometimes full-face protection) and visors are key features.

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If you’re getting on a bike, you’ll need a helmet. But we all know that helmets keep you safe, and yet its often too easy to forego their protection while taking a leisurely ride or commuting. The best bike helmets are here to help, offering elevated comfort, style and — most importantly — safety on your next ride.

Whether you just bought a bike or you’re in need of a replacement helmet, you’re in luck. Bike helmets have come a long way in recent years with new technology for safety and comfort. Some even boast smart features, such as turn signals and brake lights on the Lumos bike helmet, below.

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Whatever your preferences and riding style, there’s a great helmet to keep you safe.

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Bike Helmet Buying Guide

Although bike helmets have a straightforward job of keeping your head safe, finding the best bike helmet for you needs and preferences takes some research. Below are some specs to consider when shopping the best bike helmets.

Safety: All bike helmets must meet safety standards of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, so there’s not too much discrepancy in terms of safety, but some are still safer than others. For example, helmets with Multi-Directional Impact Protection (MIPS) technology feature a lining that redirects energy in the event of a crash. Look out for similar safety upgrades, especially if your rides are often remote and away from other people.

Weight: No one wants to be a bobblehead, which is what it can feel like with a heavy helmet. Plus, when you’re not riding, you don’t want to carry around a bulky helmet. For these reasons, we’ve chosen top-of-the-line helmets that boast a light weight. Typically anything from half a pound to one pound (or about 280 to 500 grams) will feel light and comfortable.

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Comfort: A comfortable helmet will be lightweight but also properly fitted to your head. Some high-end models also have added technology (such as improved ventilation) to ensure a comfortable feel on long rides.

Style: One of the main reasons some of us “forget” to wear a helmet is because they can look dorky. This is easily remedied with a stylish bike helmet (they do exist), so we’ve done our best to find some helmets that you won’t mind being seen in.

What Are the Best Bike Helmets?

1. Thousand Heritage Bike Helmet

For commuters and leisurely riders, this Heritage helmet from Thousand is a great choice. On the surface, Thousand’s bike helmets are a stylish homage to retro cycling gear. But underneath the style is modern technology for safety and serious comfort. The helmet boasts seven vents, which help maintain airflow for a more comfortable (and less sweaty) ride. At just over a pound, its also lightweight considering the full-coverage look.

How to choose the best helmet for your bike, according to experts

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Thousand Heritage Bike Helmet, $89, available at REI

2. Giro Cinder MIPS Road Cycling Helmet

The Giro Cinder is a straightforward, high-quality helmet that works for performance road biking or commuting. One of Cinder’s best features is comfort, as the helmet comes with 26 vents and weighs about 300 grams. You’re getting top-notch safety as well, thanks to MIPS technology, a polycarbonate shell and a durable In-Mold construction. On the style front, the Cinder is on the sporty side, but we like its minimal, no-frills design.

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Giro Cinder MIPS Road Cycling Helmet, from $127.96, available at Backcountry

3. Specialized S-Works Evade II

For serious road cyclists (or commuters with a taste for quality gear), we suggest the Specialized S-Works Evade II. The helmet is about as high-quality as they come, featuring an aerodynamic design and the latest safety features. Along with MIPS SL (a lighter version of regular MIPS), the Evade II has an ANGi sensor, which automatically senses a crash and sends an alert to emergency contacts. Built-in ventilation provides ample cooling and a special gutter brow pad helps to keep sweat out of your eyes during a ride. Plus, it looks just as high-quality as it is.

Big Riders Deserve Good Bikes Too

  Big Riders Deserve Good Bikes Too Finding a bike for a 6'5", 285-pound, rider is harder than it should be.In a previous newsletter, I said the bike industry has a weight problem. It does a good job building equipment for riders of average-ish size but gets lower marks at making equipment for riders on the margins of the bell curve.

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Specialized S-Works Evade II, from $192.49, available at Backcountry

4. Smith Trace MIPS Helmet

The Smith Trace is another premium helmet for serious riders. The Trace is one of the lightest bike helmets you’ll find. This is mostly due to an 18-vent, polycarbonate construction that keeps weight down without sacrificing comfort. These features — plus MIPS technology and advanced airflow — make the helmet a no-brainer for road cyclists and an upgraded option for commuters.

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Smith Trace MIPS Helmet, from $214.99, available at Backcountry

5. LUMOS Smart Helmet

If you’re commuting or riding in the dark, check out this smart helmet from Lumos. It’s designed for city use with smart features including front and rear lights, turn indicators (yes, really) and braking lights. The turn indicators can be activated with either the handlebar remote or — and this is even cooler — by using gesture recognition with an Apple Watch (so, you make a turn motion and the turn signal goes on automatically). Brake lights turn on automatically as you slow down, alerting cars to your motion. The helmet’s LED lights can all be controlled from your smartphone as well to check the battery or change brightness. Despite all this tech, the helmet weighs in at a light 380 grams and features 22 vents for airflow.

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Lumos Smart Helmet, $179.95, available on Amazon

Tour de France 2021 gear used by the pro peloton that you can buy today .
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