I love my bikes. But unlike many cyclists what I don’t love is a house full of cycling accessories!
Cycling without the option of listening to your favourite tracks or answering a – potentially important – call can become a battle of wills. However if music or conversation compromise safety then I’ll simply go without. But what if they don’t?
The BH51M is a cycle helmet with many innovative features including indicators, Bluetooth, speakers, handsfree phone calling, GPS and an SOS alarm. I was quite concerned that with all the technical aspects the rider may look reminiscent of a Martian, however upon opening the package I was pleased to see otherwise, instead this helmet looks very similar to many other cycle helmets and doesn’t stand out like a sore thumb.
The SPEEDairo cycle helmet is available in either black with white details or white with red detail, it comes in sizes medium (54-58cm) or large (59-63cm), it has been created for fast-paced training and races. The SPEEDairo is packed full of features however one of the stand-out qualities is the optional usable SPEEDmask with VAUTRON automatic visor, included in delivery; not only does this protect you from the wind and sun, it offers a wide field of view and excellent visibility without distortions whilst the VAUTRON automatic lens adjusts automatically
POC is a Swedish company with a mission to do the best they can to possibly save lives and to reduce the consequences of accidents for gravity sports athletes and cyclists. Founded in 2005 it first appeared on the market with products designed for the ski racing market, with new solutions to improve ski racing safety, by reducing the force transmitted to the brain and body in case of a crash. These days POC make safety gear for mountain and road cycling as well as snow sports and sunglasses to help keep you safe whilst you get your adventure sport on.
There are different types of motorbike helmets such as full-face, open-face and modular. A modular helmet is a combination of the first two and allows the front chin bar to flip up exposing your face and therefore making it easier to chat to your mates or pay for petrol from jobsworth garage attendants.
If you are a motorcyclist, you will have heard of the Held brand; they have been manufacturing Motorbike gear since 1946 and are renowned for quality products. Their catalogue is a whopping 300 pager, stacked full of clothing, helmets, protection, luggage, covers - in fact, just about everything you could ever need.
We were sent three Held helmets to review, all of them at a price point of well under £200.