How to fit a bicycle helmet plus competition

The lovely people over at Madison recently got in touch and wanted to offer London Cyclist readers 12 of their beautifully designed Bell Helmets. I jumped on the offer and after the useful video on how to fit a bicycle helmet I have details on how you can enter!

Introducing the Bell Faction Helmet 2011

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These skate inspired helmets should convince even the most image conscious to don a helmet for head protection on the bike. The design is stylish, comfortable and fits well.

Each Bell Faction helmet features 12 vents for ventilation, high impact protection and excellent resilience to knocks and scrapes. They come in three sizes (small 51cm to 56cm, medium 54cm to 59cm, large 58cm to 63cm) and have adjustable straps to get the perfect fit.

They are worth £31.99 at Wiggle but we have 12 to give away by Friday.

Competition now closed! Thanks to all who have entered! Winners contacted shortly..

A very special thank you to Madison for offering these helmets to London Cyclist readers.

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56 Responses to How to fit a bicycle helmet plus competition

  1. Ann Fenech 02/05/2011 at 9:42 am #

    Hmm – considering I have a cheap Argos helmet (*blushes in shame*) I think one of these would go far in helping my friends and family not feel as scared every time I go out cycling!

  2. Nicola Clare 02/05/2011 at 9:47 am #

    How fab are these! Totally agree – the design is so stylish and cyclist would love to wear – thanks to you and Madison for the chance to win one!! The white is my favourite 🙂

  3. Brian Haines 02/05/2011 at 10:19 am #

    Hmm, the matt black cyan blue would probably go best with my bike. Thanks for the chance.

  4. Aran 02/05/2011 at 10:28 am #

    Jimbo Phillips wallpaper! thanks for an awesome blog

  5. Harry 02/05/2011 at 10:28 am #

    I am strangely attracted to the ‘black gold pin lines’! Would be good as my old helmet is on its last legs.

    Likewise, thanks,

  6. Roger Marshall 02/05/2011 at 10:34 am #

    Like Ann, I am rather ashamed of my cheapo helmet, which also doesn’t fit well (I like the adjustment straps in the video). Never found out how effective it is though, thank goodness!

  7. Lindsay 02/05/2011 at 10:34 am #

    Ooh, lovely! I got a new bike, which is actually road worthy and won’t fall to bits in a month. I tried out one of your cycle routes on it yesterday, the tow paths one. 😀 A lovely ride for a sunny Sunday.

    A new helmet to go with it would be fantastic. I love the bright pink one, or the skull and crossbone ones. They are all pretty cool.

  8. John 02/05/2011 at 10:38 am #

    I like the matt black, matt primer, & the bronze one. Great site.

  9. Ashleigh 02/05/2011 at 10:40 am #

    The bright pink one is wicked. I have a very boring black Sirrus helmet at the mo and would love something a bit more spunky. It’s all about the colour blocking this season, people!
    I’m waiting to see how quickly this thread turns into a helmet debate…

  10. Adam Harris 02/05/2011 at 10:40 am #

    I never used to be convinced by these skate style helmets, but must say since trying one on they are a nice fit. Being a man of simple tastes, I like the plain black version, would match my Specialized Sirrus too 🙂

  11. Alex 02/05/2011 at 10:42 am #

    Seeing more and more of these helmets around London!

  12. Lisa G 02/05/2011 at 11:13 am #

    i like the blue one 🙂

  13. David S 02/05/2011 at 11:19 am #

    Matt black or skull and crossbones are my favourites. I am also a bit partial to the matt black and cyan one. Have been considering for a long time getting a skate style helmet but am always worried about ventilation in the hot summer months.

  14. Vicki 02/05/2011 at 11:24 am #

    I also like the matt black or crossbones one.

  15. Stacey 02/05/2011 at 11:36 am #

    My current helmet makes me look like I’m metamorphosing into a Klingon so it’d be great to have something more stylish. If I’m fortunate to win one I’d like a medium in the Sparkle Magenta please as it will clash nicely with my hi vis wear.

    Thanks to you and Madison for organising this – great site 🙂

  16. EmmeG 02/05/2011 at 12:11 pm #

    No so easy to decide! I like the matte black, but also the paulfrightlightblue one, and the jimbophillips one looks interesting too! or the mattblackcyanblue. (See, I can’t decide!)

  17. konus 02/05/2011 at 12:17 pm #

    Great blog. Currently I don’t wear a helmet but these do look nice.

    • konus 03/05/2011 at 9:35 am #

      p.s. if I win I would like the mattblackcyanblue one

  18. Jugdish 02/05/2011 at 12:28 pm #

    I like the matt black!

  19. joe spicer 02/05/2011 at 12:33 pm #

    The matte grey would look awesome with some sharpie doodles on!

  20. james mackeddie 02/05/2011 at 12:36 pm #

    Would be stoked to have the white or any of the plain matt colours! What a great selection. (ps my head is massive!) Definitely going to keep the head intact, they look extremely solid, simple and stylish

  21. Henz 02/05/2011 at 12:40 pm #

    I am keen on the White and the Matt Primer helmets. I don’t think I could carry off the more exuberant styles.

  22. Anne Thompson 02/05/2011 at 12:41 pm #

    They look really good and we should encourage everyone to wear one.

  23. Heather 02/05/2011 at 12:42 pm #

    I rather like the blackgoldpinlines or the plain matte black ones.

  24. Pritpal Manku 02/05/2011 at 1:06 pm #

    Gota love that Matt Black one!

  25. Annie 02/05/2011 at 1:13 pm #

    Matt black and matt primer are my favourites but they are all very nice.

  26. Mike Smith 02/05/2011 at 2:04 pm #

    My current helmet is three years old and due for a change – very useful info, Andreas, thanks.
    Being in Cornwall, I couldn’t really wear anything but the pirate one!

  27. Erica 02/05/2011 at 2:50 pm #

    …I do need a new helmet…I like the matt black one best I think

  28. K 02/05/2011 at 3:30 pm #

    I’m in! I live and work on different sides of the channel and carrying my helmet back and forth is a pain. Faction brown/gold pinlines is the one for me.

  29. James 02/05/2011 at 5:02 pm #

    Oh, the monkey one (paulfranklightblue), please!

  30. Fabio 02/05/2011 at 6:32 pm #

    Hiya, I don’t wear a helmet but was considering to buy one and that’s how I bumped into your website! Well my favourite is the greysh one in the murales like style… Fingers crossed then and thank you!

  31. Michael 02/05/2011 at 7:05 pm #

    If I won I would opt for the one with the skull and bone – arrrr maaaty!

  32. Bethan 02/05/2011 at 7:36 pm #

    nice helmets. I don’t like those uber-sporty ones for my city cycling, so I’d definitely like a stylish helmet (esp. since I haven’t been wearing one).

  33. mary-go-round 02/05/2011 at 9:56 pm #

    Oooh yes please – mattblackcyanblue!

  34. Katie 03/05/2011 at 4:49 am #

    Well, I need to replace my helmet really as I headbutted a wall wearing it a while ago and have been eyeing up these very helmets!

    I think I like jimbophillipswallpaper and yellowflowers best – thanks for the chance!

  35. Steve 03/05/2011 at 9:11 am #

    Do like the look of the blackgoldpinlines one!

  36. James 03/05/2011 at 10:35 am #

    It’s all about the white one surely?

  37. Adam Bowie 03/05/2011 at 11:42 am #

    Matt Black or Matt Primer are probably the nicest!

  38. ian 03/05/2011 at 12:04 pm #

    Some great designs. Not too keen on the pink one.

  39. Luke Vivian 03/05/2011 at 12:41 pm #

    Hard choice. Favourite the brown jigsaw.

  40. Simon Wilcox 03/05/2011 at 1:04 pm #

    My wife has one of these, in pink, and I’ve been envious of the shape (if not the colour!) for ages. A matte black one would be a stylish alternative to the ugly, if functional, lid that I use at the moment.

  41. Jon Marshall 03/05/2011 at 3:07 pm #

    Black or grey for sure.

  42. Jerome 03/05/2011 at 9:03 pm #

    Yellowflowers for sure!!

  43. cokiespar 03/05/2011 at 9:18 pm #

    Matt black to go with my matt lack Bianchi, about time I got one!!!

  44. jim green 04/05/2011 at 7:55 am #

    I am digging the matt black the most, matt grey nice too!

  45. Justin 04/05/2011 at 9:51 am #

    Yellow flowers, would brighten up my ride.

  46. Clive Friend 04/05/2011 at 12:12 pm #

    Has to be the white one for visibility – couldn’t do the pink!

  47. Andrea M 04/05/2011 at 3:05 pm #

    The yellow flowers one is very stylish!

  48. el-gordo 04/05/2011 at 3:08 pm #

    I love the camouflage looking one, but will drivers be able to see me in it?

  49. Roxy 04/05/2011 at 5:19 pm #

    I like the matt primer. The others designs are too bright and there’s too much going on.

  50. Alex 04/05/2011 at 6:40 pm #

    Monkey skull for me!

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