Bicycle helmets as we know them today may soon become a thing of the past. Deep inside the brain of design student and all-round genius Anirudha Surabhi is an idea that is set to soon revolutionise bike helmets near you. His design is four times stronger than convention helmets whilst at the same same time pulling off the trick of being lighter. The strangeness continues, when you realise the main material used, is corrugated cardboard.
He first presented his new design in London, back in October 2010. On a recent visit to Bike Republic I was shown the helmets. The design, called Kranium, has already been licenced to many of the major manufacturers and should be available to buy soon.
My first response was: What happens when it rains?
Of course, I wasn’t expecting a “oh, we didn’t think of that” response. Although, that would have been highly comical. Instead, they told me the cardboard is combined with a waterproof acrylic compound. Which makes it rain and sweat proof.
The magic doesn’t stop there. The plan with the helmets is to size your head to be able to get the perfect fit. The helmet is then assembled and you pick an outer shell depending on the look you want.
Bike Republic were also kind enough to send me a video of the helmet in a crash test. The video shows how well it absorbs impact compared to a conventional helmet.