There’s no doubt that blinking bike lights draw attention to cyclists making it less likely you’ll hear the phrase “Sorry mate, I didn’t see you”. With that in mind, there’s no harm in an extra bike light. Increasingly these days, I’m seeing them on bike helmets. One such helmet is the reasonably priced Design Headwear LED Cycle Helmet.
The company behind the Design Headwear LED Cycle Helmet recently got in touch with me, to see if I wanted to review the product. I said yes, and they sent it over.
Well, actually, I said yes, and they said what is your head size.
To find that out, I used a piece of string and measured just above my eyebrows and ears. I marked that point on the string and used a tape measure to get the number of centimetres.
The helmet comes in two sizes 58-62cm and 54-58cm. As I measure around 56cm I fall in the small/medium category.
Adjusting the helmet
The helmet can be adjusted from a dial on the rear. This makes for a tighter fit. Generally, you don’t want you helmet to be wobbling around, so it’s good to keep it fairly tight. I also adjusted the strap that comes beneath your chin.
Thanks to the comfortable Coolmax lining on the inside of the helmet, it feels very comfortable and your head should stay reasonably cool.
Additionally, this can be removed and washed, so your helmet will stay fresh even after many rides.
The bike light
The Design Headwear helmet has a bike light on the rear and a light that runs along the top of the helmet. This provides both side and front visibility.
Both the lights have to be on at the same time, but you can choose between a blinking mode and a constant light.
The light is bright enough to be seen and even during the daytime, there’s enough light to make it worthwhile leaving your light on.
A small button located on the rear bike light of the helmet allows you to turn the light on and off. It’s easy enough to reach around while the helmet is on and find this button.
As with most bike helmets, it features a roll cage design with full in mould construction which provides optimum strength, while remaining really light.
The helmet uses two AAA Alkaline batteries, which to replace you need to unscrew the cover of the light on the rear and place the new batteries in. This part is a bit of a pain and it would have been nice to see some kind of USB charging functionality, as is so common in bike lights these days. However, this would undoubtedly have bumped the price up. None the less, battery replacements will be infrequent.
For £29.95 the Design Headwear LED Cycle Helmet provides plenty of value. Aside from being a sleek looking, light and comfortable bike helmet, the LED light is a great addition for extra visibility. The only downside I could find is having to replace batteries.
It is available from Gatehouse for £29.95
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