So Many Helmets, Where to Begin...

Once you’ve given into the fact that YES, helmets are a really good idea, you are asked the dreaded question… “So what kind of helmet are you looking for?!”

A seemingly innocent question, but for those new to cycling it can seem a bit overwhelming. Especially when a lot of shops will either have an entire wall dedicated to helmets OR stacks upon stacks of them filling up any free space you can find. So where to begin….

First off, as far as safety goes, all helmets must meet the same general requirements. Which means technically speaking, a $40 helmet will meet the same safety requirements as that $200 helmet. So why would you even consider forking out the extra cash?

Great question! While all helmets must meet the same basic safety standards, not all helmets are indeed created equally. A few main differences you will notice are the weight, fit, and ventilation of a helmet. The more money you are willing to spend, the lighter the helmet will (typically) be, the better it will fit/the more comfortable it will be, and the more ventilation you will get.

QUICK TEST! A great way to visualize the difference in ventilation between helmet models is to make a fist and place the helmet on top. The more space you see between the top of your hand and the helmet, the more ventilation you get. ALSO, a lot of base models will cut the plastic on top to make it appear as though the ventilation is better than it actually is. 

My general feeling with trying helmets on is that the more comfortable it is, the more likely I will be to wear it. I feel like the #1 reason people avoid them is because they are hot and uncomfortable.



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Recreational Helmets

Recreation helmets are just that. They are your basic, all around, helmet that will come in an assortment of colors, usually have a removable visor, and typically begin around $40 or so and go up from there. 

Mountain Helmets 

Mountain helmets tend to be a little boxier, have much better ventilation than the recreational helmets, and come down farther on the sides and in the back. While designed with the mountain biker in mind, these are still a great option for the everyday cyclist and a favorite among a lot of commuters.

Road Helmets 

There a few key factors you can almost always expect from road helmets. They are light, sleek (arrow dynamic), and usually won’t have a visor. If an incredibly light and breezy feeling helmet is top of your list for important features, a road helmet is the way to go.

Commuter Helmets

Commuter helmets tend to be a little more rounded, have less ventilation, and focus more on style. A lot of people reference them as looking more like “skater” helmets.You will also find that a lot of these helmets will come ready to swap out the interior as the the seasons change (i.e. a “winter kit” that will protect your ears when the temperature drops). 

While there are other styles out there (full face, aero, etc.) these are what you are most likely to find in your local bike shop. Hopefully this makes that initial question a little less daunting!

What’s you’r preferred helmet style? Comment below!

'New Stuff Thursdays!' Make Kittens Growl :: Opening Day Edition NO. 20 Something

Well folks, the baseball season has begun and how better to celebrate then by showing off some of our sweet new product. 

First up to bat - some sweet ladies gear. The Cannondale Synapse is a must ride for anyone searching for a new endurance road bike. With a vibration killing design, these bikes will keep you comfortable and efficient in the saddle for hours on end. In this week, the Synapse Tiagra, Synapse 105 Disc and Synapse Carbon 105. 
Don't worry gents, we didn't forget you. We received the Synapse Tiagra Disc and Synapse 105 Disc - both beautiful bikes. 

And finally, we've received our 2015 Bern Unlimited order and did they hit one out of the park with this years product line-up. The first exciting change is the ladies Melrose, a direct response to the Allston (which was one of our top sellers last year). With more ventilation, we anticipate these bad girls will fly out the door. That and the new Berkeley colors make this years ladies selection choice.
Coming off a great year for mens product, Bern added some really great color ways we think will spice up our normal selection. We've added a few colors in the Allston and Brentwood we think will turn some heads. 

Enjoy opening day. 

Last Minute Gift Ideas

If you're anything like me you'll be spending the next 8 days frantically riding around Northeast Ohio, looking for some great gift ideas for the loved ones in your life. Well, we've come up with some pretty great gift ideas that don't cost much and will definitely bring on a smile.