10 Shockingly Chic Bicycle Helmets

UPDATE - Check out our Runway-inspired list!

Good judgment is always sexy. And there are a lot of protective lids that actually look decent. Attractive even. In no particular order, I present to you my favorite helmet styles.

10 Shockingly Chic Bicycle Helmets

Straw Hat Bike Helmet

This hat-helmet hybrid combines lightweight helmet tech with the classic appeal of a wide-brimmed sun hat. The resulting style is vintage millinery that is secretly strong. Wear this helmet with your best sun dress and sweet sandals for head-to-toe cycle chic. This particular style tends to sell out!

  Yakkay Paris Oilskin Bike Helmet

Yakkay - Paris Oilskin

The Yakkay helmet system is all about options. A simple helmet base provides protection. It fits any of the 15 cute covers. The Paris style in Black Oilskin is my pick for everyday wear. But a fluffy fur cover is very Dr. Zhivago.


Lazer - Gold Chrome

The first time I saw this golden beauty, I fell so hard. In love. This is the one that could turn me into one of those nerds that walks around the grocery store with her helmet on. Also sold in silver.



Sawako Furuno in Crocodile Brown

You really can't go wrong with a Sawako Furuno. This London-by-way-of-Tokyo designer just gets cycle chic. The beautifully tactile faux crocodile leather is hand finished with elegant stitches. Produced in limited quantities. You can still get your hands on one, although they tend to sell out!


Lazer Cityzen Helmet (or this similar checkered helmet)

Another one from the spelling-challenged Lazer label: a fabric covered hardshell helmet. The plaid can give Sherlock-Holmesian flair to your look or be punk-ed up, depending on your steez.



Bern Lenox Summer EPS Helmet in Satin Black

After noticing how many women were shopping their men's-only line of multi-sport helmets, Bern finally came up with a version for the ladies. I have to give them credit for keeping the styling simple and providing a range of colors that Pantone would approve of. And nary a drop of pink.


Giro Surface Multi-Sport in Black

For the ultimate in cycle chic, nothing is better than basic black. Giro is my go-to brand for affordable, adorable lids that are vaguely equestrian inspired. This model has a dial in the back so you can adjust the fit. A great feature if you like to switch up your hairstyle.


Coyle Holz - Tree Piece

Coyle's wooden helmets are beautiful, tasteful, and totally unique. High-end furniture for your head. Each one is individually handcrafted in Oregon. But if you'd like the look for a little less paper, try the Lazer Street Deluxe Helmet in Wood Grain.


Triple Eight Gotham Rubber Helmet

For all you minimalist-design monks, I present the ultra-clean lines of the matte grey Gotham helmet. Pure elegance for your commute.


Casqu'En Ville - Carrambar (or this similar helmet)

Another base + swappable cover system, Casque'En Ville is brimming with French savoire-faire (or is it je ne sais quoi?). There's even an ultra-light carbon fiber base helmet. Casqu'En Ville will ship to the US, but these helmets are approved to EU standards only. They haven't yet been certified for the US market.


Bonus: Outlaw Brown Wood Grain Helmet, out of stock

The most tantalizing helmet I've seen. This baby is actually a motorcycle helmet. Known as a half-helmet for its light styling. It's without ventilation holes. And heavier than a bicycle helmet. But it's got that Sawako Furuno look for a fraction of the price. Unfortunately it's out of stock. Belle Helmets has a hand-painted bicycle helmet that is similar. How badass is this chrome version?


The typical bike helmet is designed for safety and comfort, not style.

If only that were true. I wouldn't mind wearing a plain-colored noggin-cover that was purely functional. After all, I'm never like, "I wish this seatbelt matched my shoes" while riding in a car. (Just kidding. I don't ride in cars.)

Yet sport helmet "designers" insist on covering the protective plastic surface with abstract floral designs and pink racing stripes. You know what? You can't polish a turd. You might be able to roll it in glitter. But it still stinks.

Learn more about proper helmet fit with Cyclechic's illustrated Helmet Guide.

And did you know that some cycling advocates--especially the founder of Copenhagen Cycle Chic, Mikael Colville-Andersen--are against wearing bicycle helmets? Read Elly Blue's thorough write-up on the helmet debate here.

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These are great designs, but I just felt I had to point out that these fabric helmets may not be such a good idea as a smooth helmet, because they would not slide over asphalt, at least that’s what I’ve read around the internet. Perhaps it could be mentioned here on your blog page too.

May 23, 2018

Phyllis Hastings:

I have muscular dystrophy for about 2 years left side weak I have been fell hit my back skull three time same one and I told my mother I am going buy bike helmet and I look on ESTY found one was so cool with hat and I love it so my mother came help me measure my head and so I order for safe my skull I am afraid will hit again , I am wear for everyday. I told my mother and my husband if people look at me wear helmet I have I have MD for safe my back skull. !!!!! That my third time hit on black top and went to ER staple on back head !

Mar 11, 2018

Bike Pretty:

Hi Gavin,
Thanks so much for reaching out!

You can make your purchase through our Shop: https://bikepretty.com/collections/shop

Shipping to Australia is $50. International Shipping will be automatically selected after you enter your shipping address. Keep in mind all pricing is in USD.

Please let me know if you have any other questions!


Feb 21, 2018

Gavin Parker:

Hello, we love in Sydney Australia and would like to buy two helmets. Can you please let me know how we can order ?

Many thanks

Dec 29, 2017

Bike Pretty:

Hi Michael,
Our entire catalog is available at this link: https://bikepretty.com/collections/shop

Nov 26, 2017

Michael Sumner:

Do you have a catalog you could mail to me?

Nov 26, 2017

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