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After your bike, getting a helmet is the most important thing you need for cycling. That's not just our opinion - even the Highway Code says you should wear one whenever you go for a ride. Once you've got the right helmet, you can cycle around safe in the knowledge that your head is protected.
Cycle helmets are now the norm in the UK. There is no legal requirement to wear a helmet when cycling but the majority of cyclists do. All of the cycle helmets that we sell have passed the same safety tests and standards. The differences between them is the style, weight, aerodynamics and ventilation. As helmets get more expensive they tend to be lighter, better ventilated and have a more sophisticated fitting system. So if you are going to be riding your bike a lot it is worth spending a bit of extra money to get a helmet which fits really well and will be comfortable to wear. If this is your first time buying a helmet have a read of our guide to choosing the right helmet.
All Cycles UK shops stock a selection of our most popular helmets. Although all helmets have to pass the same basic safety tests they are normally broken down into a few different categories.
There are two main differences between men’s and women’s cycling helmets. These are the colours and the fit. Women’s helmets tend to come in more pastel colours but there are also a lot of neutral coloured ones on the market. They also tend to be smaller than the men’s helmets and to have space at the back to allow for a pony tail. See all women’s cycling helmets
Road cycling helmets tend to focus more on weight, ventilation and aerodynamics. Aero road helmets are a category that has really exploded in recent years and they are now a regular sight on club runs around the country. If you are less interested in saving seconds and more in comfort then look for a road helmet with plenty of ventilation. See all road cycling helmets
Mountain biking helmets will cover more of your head than a road cycling helmet. They tend to come much lower at the back of your head to cover more of your skull and to generally be chunkier in their construction. Full face helmets are useful for downhill and endurance riding while trail helmets are more for normal cross country riding. See all mountain biking helmets.
Commuting cycle helmets are a relatively new genre. They tend to be a mix between road and mountain biking styles and either focus heavily on hi-viz or on trying to look as stylish as possible.