Anyone who regularly carries a bicycle helmet would like it to be more portable. And as we saw in Six Design Approaches to the Folding Bike Helmet, a multitude of designers have been working on the problem. Now there's a seventh approach, the partially-folding Fend Helmet, which retails for $99:
It's got several dozen five-star reviews…on its own website. Have any of you actually tried the Fend, and if so, does it live up to the hype?
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I got one from the Cooper Hewitt store last month. I keep my helmet in my bag, don't like it swinging around. Definitely lives up to the hype...
I bike daily, year round and usually lock my helmet to my bike, because I cannot F***ing abide strapping it to my bag and have it slapping into every door frame I go through. Leaving it locked to the bike is fine except when it rains or snows, it then gets a lot wetter than my own sweat would make it. Lately I've been riding Toronto's Bike Share a lot as the stations are very convenient and it saves my bike from winter wear. Yet taking a helmet with me seems more cumbersome because I'd have to carry it with me all the time. A collapsible or compact helmet is exactly what I need so I'm about to order one. All that said, I'd like to think designers commenting here might have taken a hot second to consider all the use cases before poo-pooing the need for a compact helmet.
Just make it inflatable :-D
Saw one of these this weekendat a store in NYC where they sell folding bikes for $1400. Not sure of the name. Seemed neat, took me a couple tries to fold it as the 'teeth' where running into each other. Felt solid.
Folding function aside, it's a cool looking helmet!
I kinda agree with David. I just strap my sweaty helmet to the outside of my bag or if it's for a short time, I'll lock it too my bike. I still think the elusive problem is to make a bike helmet less dorky to wear. Is making it less dorky, making it more compact? Maybe.
Rain wrote > Anyone who regularly carries a bicycle helmet would like it to be more portable.
True, if you commute regularly by bike, then you probably have your own workable set-up (expecially if you are a fan of head to toe lycra and changing in the office, then wet towels and and keeping your shirts from getting crumpled may be a bigger concern then neatly folding your helmet... ).
But as bike sharing schemes become more popular and you can pick up and drop off a bike anywhere, I see more and more people cycling without a helmet and I would welcome anything that would make them more likely to carry one with them. This could also be very useful to anyone with a mixed mode commute (cycling+train or subway).
Also, as someone who uses a bike to pop accross town for a meeting, I've always felt a little self concious about my helmet dangling off my bag and potentially knocking something over or hitting someone in the face. And I have often found myself in a cinema, theatre or restaurant, deperatly trying to shove my helmet inside my bag to minimise diruption and trip hasard.
I looked into folding bike helmets before and was put off by the price, so this new offering could be worth examining !
Oh and you may ask why I dont simply tie my helmet to my bike? Well having seen a dog releive itself in someone's helmet, I prefer not to !