Published on April 28th, 2014 | by Greg0
Cannondale Cypher: No Mystery About This Breathable Helmet
One of the best parts about the new, New York City, is the excellent CitiBike system. A low-cost yearly membership allows you access to hundreds of bike stations, allowing you to pick up and drop off your bicycle almost anywhere in lower Manhattan- and without paying a penny extra as long as your trips are fairly short. The bikes are pretty decent, and the stations and bikes themselves plentiful enough that it’s hard to complain. There are tons of bike lanes as well, and easy routes almost anywhere. But there is a serious issue with CitiBike- most riders are missing helmets.
Taxi cabs and other traffic in Manhattan and Brooklyn aren’t always ready for cyclists either, which makes it all the more important. We’v been testing out the Cannondale Cypher helmet primarily while commuting as the weather improves, dodging potholes and tourists and navigating the crowded, complex urban environment without yet needing the protection (thankfully). But it’s absolutely critical to protect your noggin, and we prefer to do so in a way that doesn’t leave our head sweaty or weigh us down the rest of the day.
The Cypher offers some serious ventilation- 30 vents in total- which meant we felt the rain on our scalp and win in our hair, but never got overheated. Plus, it’s quite light, weighing in at only 238 grams. Built for all-around use, a serious cyclist might opt for something a little more aerodynamic, but for your basic rider, this one offers great protection and decent looks without compromising on quality and still easily packable. As with most recent helmets, the fit system is quite good, allowing the Cypher to adjust to a wide range of head sizes, but you’ll want to choose either small/medium or large as needed. Soft touch webbing is comfortable, and once tightened, the helmet didn’t move around nor become too constricting.
Available in a variety of colors, including matte white/green, blue/green, and black/green combinations, as well as glossy white or black options. Ours was the last of those, and folks seemed to like it- though we liked it most for the cozy comfort and airy design. Note that there is no visor for this one, a bit of an oddity, but we often remove them anyway. Expect to spend around $200, online and in stores, and jump into Spring with a great cycling helmet.