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Published on April 28th, 2014 | by Greg


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.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Appleā€™s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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