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As part of the Barclays Cycle Hire (BCH) extension to the East, we are lucky enough to now have a stand right outside our flat. In London, the bikes are affectionately known as Boris bikes after our London Mayor. The scheme has been running for a couple of years now with loads of bikes throughout the City and the West End, but I was never brave enough to have a go having seen the crazy London drivers in action. Now they are on my doorstep it seemed silly not to try it, but before I did I went to purchase myself a cycle helmet.
I went to Evans bike shop to go and choose one. I didn't want to spend too much money as I wasn't sure I would actually enjoy cycling in London so may only do it once or twice! After standing in front of a wall full of various shaped helmets ranging from £25 to over £200, I picked up the Specialized Sierra helmet. At £30, it was reasonably priced, and complied with a list of safety standards in the US, Europe and Australasia.
I tried on the helmet which has a dial at the back to adjust the size which makes the helmet a nice tight, secure and comfortable fit. The aim of the helmet is to cover as much of your head as possible in order to provide maximum protection. This helmet sits just above my ears, cover almost all of my forehead to my eyebrows, and at the back covers to about an inch above my hair line. Its has a strap which clips under your chin to keep the helmet in place. The clip is a forked clip like you have on rucksacks. It is easy to fasten and the prongs on the right hand strap just need pressing in to their counterpart on the left hand side to secure. To unclip you need to press the prongs together.
It has a nice curved shape to it. I think this is probably to streamline it, but I do not intend to go too fast on the bike anyway! It has plenty of spaces for ventilation without leaving your head exposed. The helmet is comfortable and not too heavy - apparently weighing 278 grams. The helmet feels sturdy, apparently due to the 'In-moulded shell construction for improved strength'.
There were three different colours, blue, black and white. I went for the white version as I thought it would help me to be more visible on the bike.
I have been brave enough to venture out several times now and I am becoming more confident on the bike, but I am amazed by how many people choose not to wear a helmet. In countries like New Zealand it is the law and I am sure it will only be a matter of time before it becomes one here too. It does make me feel safer knowing I have extra protection when on the roads.
Overall I would recommend the Specialized Sierra Women's cycle helmet for general usage. I have found it comfortable, easy to use, and good value for money.
Thanks for reading. Rachy