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Jan 31, 2012

This Folding Bike Helmet Is an Urban Cyclist’s Dream Come True

Cycling in cities is a great idea: it's quick, cheap, and you even get some exercise. But the number of people that don't wear a helmet is frankly terrifying. Maybe this folding helmet will help change that.

Designed by French studio Agency 360 in 2010, but going into production this year, this folding helmet is called Overade. According to Patrick Jouffret, the designer, who worked alongside engineer Philippe Arrouart, it offers as much protection as a standard helmet but folds up when not in use. 

OK, it doesn't fold up to be tiny, but it's small enough to not get in the way. It'll definitely fit in a bag easily. I normally clip the chin strap of my helmet around the strap of my bag when I'm off my bike, but that's a real pain in the ass, and this could be a solution.

But where this helmet really comes into its own is in cities with bike sharing schemes. When you're not certain you'll be able to get a bike, and when there's zero possibility of being able to lock your helmet to a bike when you leave it, there's currently little motivation for people to take a helmet with them. That's dangerous, and hopefully something like this will help solve the problem. More here.

9 comments:

YeamieWaffles said...

That's certainly a very awesome and innovative idea, thanks for sharing this.

Gryt said...

Too bad i don't wear a helmet unless I'm on a motorbike

SomebodyThatYouUsedToKnow said...

love this it looks good and reliable

Tonkow said...

That's so cool!

SUCEN said...

Great,thank

Ningen said...

I don't think to have ever used a helmet on a byciycle nor can I remember when I last saw someone wearing one

Mr Kraut said...

Nice Idea but the helmet looks strange... and i don´t wear helmets on a byciycle :)

Carm said...

I'd wear it.

Atley said...

Finally , It is small enough to shove inside my backpack !