Big big taste in a big big bite…

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So, here at the Hugger, we love good design, and generally agree that form follows function.

So I was a little surprised when my first reaction to this admittedly innovative helmet design, which won a reddot design award, was, They expect me to put my head in that? and my second was, Honeycomb’s big … big, big, big…

I think it’s an awesome idea to incorporate lights in a helmet: The higher they are, the sooner they’ll be seen. I’ve ridden with riders who clip small flashing LEDs at the back of their helmet, and it definitely helps.

But as for the new aesthetic in bike helmets … moving away from the typical aerodynamic and aggressive shapes toward a more friendly approach suitable for urban riders, which this helmet, the Cascuz, promises? I’m (literally) not buying.

What do you think? Like the Cascuz? Is the current crop of helmets too aggressive looking?

Seen at Bicycle Design.



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Yes, Helmets, like most things on bikes these days, are made to make the wearer/rider feel like they’re in a race. For transportation cycling you don’t need aerodynamics. If you’re below 20mph you don’t need aerodynamics and if you’ve got panniers on your rack then no helmet aerodynamics in the world is going to help you. :)

simpler, less silly-looking is a good helmet design. Look at the the bell metropolis for a good example.

It’s hard to believe that helmets don’t already come with LEDs built into them and strips of reflective material on them or snap on rain covers (one does) or a clip on visor for rainy weather. Doesn’t anyone who designs helmets actually ride a bike? There just doesn’t seem to be any new ideas for helmet design beyond the shape.

Agree that the lighted helmet concept is good. The execution, however is poor for the simple reason that the Cascuz isn’t clued into its audience…folks that may very well enjoy urban cruising or commuting, but also ride roads/trails and aren’t going to buy two helmets for different functions, especially when one can do the trick. I’m also curious about the wind transfer on this helmet….

While you may want to buy that helmet, for design alone, it’d be tough to ride that on a ride without facing some serious peer pressure. It’s like those spaceman wrap-over your head Oakley glasses from a while back.

Practicality wise, those big honeycombs could let rocks right in.

For those of us where heat is the enemy most of the year, ventilation is the big selling point for me.  This looks like it wouldn’t have any since each honeycomb would be cutting off the air flow. As for looks, who ever said a bike helmet made you look cool?  :-)

Helmets should really come in as large a range of styles as the public will support.

Integrating lights into helmets is a good idea to be sure, but because helmets are such a personal thing, I would much rather there be a robust aftermarket for lights that could easily attach to conventional helmets.

I have seen people attach camping headlamps to their helmets with zip ties.  It would be pretty easy to come up with something smallish and relatively flush (compared to the chunkiness of headlamps) that could attach simply and reliably to 90% of helmets on the market with provided hardware.

I’ll have to post a pic of my “commute” helmet.  A dremel bit meant for wood goes through foam in a hurry, so I made a nice little home for a rear blinkie in there.  It almost looks like it belongs in the aero back-section of the lid.

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Thanks for sending that—appreciate the tip. and sorry if people don’t like what we’re doing, but when we find interesting stuff, we post it. People can call me names, that’s part of the blogosphere, but I def care about Surly and Xtracycle.

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