Helmets are known for cramping our cycle style, but they’re a necessary safety precaution when you’re headed out on two wheels. A New York Times article about the German cyclist Jens Voigt (pictured at right), Crashes Can Make Even The Best Cyclists Uneasy, is a sobering reminder that it’s better to risk your hairdo than risk your life: In last year’s Tour de France, Voigt suffered multiple facial injuries, broken bones, and a concussion – all with a helmet on.
The good news is that not all helmets are a complete downer: Thanks to some cool new brands and new womens’ models, the phrase “pretty helmet” is no longer a total oxymoron. Check out these flattering finds, below:
Nutcase – Dots ($50 at nutcasestore.com)
Nutcase – Star Bright ($50 at nutcasestore.com)
Nutcase – Daisy Stripes ($50 at nutcasestore.com)
Giro – Skyla Women’s Helmet ($40 at giro.com)
Sawaka – Furuno Helmet ($110 at cyclechic.com)
Bern – Nina ($44.99 at adelineadeline.com)