Lazer Urbanize: Dorky Helmet

Readers have seen the Lazer Urbanize in various photos and a movie for the past few weeks. I’ve been getting lots of questions about it so let’s just get this out of the way: it’s a dorkenheimer helmet, dorkiest we’ve seen, but works and I dig it.

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Reactions to the helmet so far include

  • Cool! Is it?
  • Storm Trooper
  • Tron!
  • Space Duck
  • Twiki from Buck Rogers (not Twiggy from Battlestar Galactica)
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I dig it because we live bikes here. It takes the same amount of chutzpah to walk into a grocery store fully kitted up in Lycra as it does to wear bright pocket pants and carry a folded bike around. Same thing when transporting the kids around on the Bettie.

We’re bike dorks and this helmet was made for us.

The Urbanize moves a surprising amount of air with a venturi effect, but not when you’re standing still. The built-in lights are functional, not very bright, but do add visibility. The best function is you can just put the helmet on your head, spin the Rollsys dial and it’s snug.

A flaw is when it’s raining hard, water accumulates on the visor and eventually dumps into your face. As skater-style helmets become more fashionable, the Lazer is distinctive and a helmet choice we wear because we can.

Also see David’s review of the Lazer 02 RD Helmet.