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Best Bike Helmets for Casual Riders


Article by Kate Baxendale

Photography by Stock Images + Provided

A helmet is an essential piece of protective gear, even if you aren't a competitive cyclist. Running over a stick, losing your balance, pot holes and slippery surfaces can all cause you to crash or fall—so you'll want to be sure that your head is protected. If you're new to bike riding or could use an upgrade, here are a few great helmet options to keep you safe while you ride.

Specialized Echelon II

"With a sleek and fast look, the Echelon helmet presents a compact profile on a rider's head. And with increased ventilation and an ergonomic design, you're guaranteed an exceptional fit, tremendous comfort, and ample ventilation. Accordingly, it's the ideal helmet for road cycling enthusiasts."

Smith Portal

"For the everyday rider that is ready for a stylish helmet with a tailor-made fit, Smith is introducing the new Portal helmet. The adjustable VaporFit™ system provides a customized fit, while the optional MIPS liner adds an increased level of protection. The Portal features 18 optimally placed vents that work with internal air channels to keep you cool and comfortable."

Schwinn Thrasher

  • "Schwinn 360° comfort pairs a dial adjustable fit system with full range padding for the perfect customized, comfortable fit
  • Lightweight, three piece microshell enhances durability without weighing you down
  • 20 top air vents provide crucial ventilation on hot summer rides
  • Adjustable side straps allow you to fine tune fit and comfort and detachable visor helps reduce glare
  • Dial fit adjustable system adds ease
  • 21 flow vents to keep you cool
  • Visor offers increased shade while riding"

JBM Adult Cycling Bike Helmet

"This adult cycling helmet goes with a standard size, equipped with the easy-use dial system and side straps make this nutcase helmet adjustable to different head size and suitable for both men and women. This nutcase bike helmet is specially designed for adult rider. Material use the tough and durable PVC & PC, EPS foam which help absorb the impact and protect the head during crash. The adoption of specialized aerodynamic and ventilation design allow air go through the biking helmet which help increase the speed and keep stay cool. This biking helmet made of lightweight material, the inner pad use of breathable material to wear comfortably."