Bell Citi Bike Helmet

Bell Citi Bike Helmet (Matte Pewter, Universal Fit)

Bell Citi Bike Helmet (Matte Pewter, Universal Fit) (Sports)
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Customer Rating: 4.0

Online Cycling Store Your no 1 Customer Review Site – Built with urban sensibilities in mind, the Bell Citi Life and Style Bike Helmet delivers mid range features at a base-model price.

This life and style-bike helmet is constructed with a fusion in-mold microshell, which utilizes the process of bonding the helmet’s microshell to its EPS foam layer, rather than forming the two separately and taping them together later, to provide a sturdier, more solid helmet. This helmet features Bell’s ErgoDial fit system to deliver an easy one-hand adjustment with the press of a button and slide of the dial for a firm, snug and comfortable stability.

The Citi also features a removable blade visor, and cam-lock levers that make it easy to adjust the straps around your ears. For your comfort, this bicycle helmet includes 16 channeled vents that are specially designed to force cool, fresh air in through the front and around your head, while flushing warm air out of the rear ports. The Citi helmet comes in Bell’s Universal Adult size (54-61cm), weighs 290 grams, and complies with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s safety standards for bicycle helmets.

Helmet Tips–You Should Always…

  • Wear a helmet when you ride
  • Wear your helmet low in the front to protect the forehead
  • Fasten your buckle and tighten your chin strap
  • Check your adjustments every time you wear your helmet
  • Inspect your helmet regularly for signs of wear or damage
  • Wear a helmet designed for your activity

About Bell

More world champions have worn Bell Helmets than all other helmet brands combined. From Grand Prix racing through the Indy 500 to Olympic cycling, Bell helmets have played a vital role in protecting sportsmen and women for nearly 50 years. Bell began as a small auto parts store in a suburb of Los Angeles. Growing under the leadership of Roy Richter, Bell became a leader in safety equipment for auto racing, motorcycling, and then bicycling. His commitment to creating great product through a close connection with the sport, along with his trust of and care for the people who worked for him, turned Bell from a one-man operation into a multi-million dollar enterprise. His legacy lives on today in Bell’s commitment to racing, quality and innovation.

 

Bell Citi Bike Helmet Product Description

Built with all the urban sensibilities of the Metropolis but with a few less frills, the new Citi delivers mid range features at a base-model price. From the Ergo Dial fit system for easy sizing adjustments to the durability of Fusion In-Mold construction, the Citi delivers like a bike messenger in traffic. Includes Blade visor, easy-adjust Cam-lock levers, air-moving Channeled Ventilation and the option of adding a Flip Mirror.

Customer Reviews – Bell Citi Bike Helmet (Black, Universal Fit)

Hey! It’s a helmetOkay, I could go into how I think the areo-dynamic helmet is NOT going to help the average-joe (even though he may think so), nor will I go into how stupid I think those things look on average-joes (even though he may think he looks cool). I will go into what I think about my Bell Citi helmet.

It does exactly what I want it to do – give my spouse a sense of security while I’m on my commute to work. It was rather inexpensive. It’s adjustable, so that it can fit on my head they way it’s supposed to. Plus, it comes with some reflective stickers (great for my early morning commute), and the air vent help keep my head cooler during the summer (a very good thing here in Phoenix).

I know the visor is really a nose guard for when you fall (and yes, eventually you will fall!), but I wish it was also a sun visor (oh well, that’s what sunglasses are for).

Thousands of miles with it, only helmet I’d buy now.Update: I’ve had it for 3.5 yrs now — the helmet is faded & shows the many bangs of hard travel + at least 1 crash – but is still rock solid. At this point I want a new one, so almost wish it’d fall apart but it just won’t.

I’m a bicycle commuter, but much of my commuting begins with a plane flight. Been over a year I’ve had this girl and let me tell ya why it’s the only helmet I’d buy now:

1. It’s lived without a mark though plane flights, banging around on pack, stuffed in suitcase with my folding bike, accidental drops, etc. So A for durability. Yes, the plastic is fused to the styrofoam, plus the styrofoam doesn’t crack off as many have done with one drop. Plastic covers it pretty low.

2. Just today I noticed the rear head size adjust mechanism is so easy I can even do it with gloves mid ride (had it larger to go over my hood until I warmed up and took hood off).

3. It’s so comfortable just this morning I found myself searching for it, when duh, it was on my head.

4. The built in hi-viz and reflector tape are a must have for me, long before it helps protect my noggin in a crash, I’d prefer it help me *avoid* one. (get it in orange!)(also like the rear light strap)

5. Not too hot in summer, and as I said, easily adjusts to go over hood/hat in winter.

Folks have said it ain’t too cool to look at. If you say so. Is that like how the weekend riders in full spandex are really cooler than the riders who are out every day? Whatever.

Other than that – This is a practical safety device! And unless you’re Lance Armstrong (or equivalent person), go for the practical.

Great helmet. Period. – My first helmet – purchased about a year ago – was a Bell Faction, which is a BMX-style helmet. I’ve always hated racer-type helmets that make you look like an alien, so I went that route when I suddenly became a newbie bicycle commuter.

That helmet was fine – it was simple, fit well, and gave me the look I wanted.

After a while, I began to realize that it was pretty heavy and hot – basically no ventilation – also the weird-ish padding inside was starting to fall off. I still don’t like the racer helmets, so I did a little research and found this little gem for the sweet spot between road racers and mountain bikers/BMX-ers. Definitely lighter, more aerodynamic, better cooling vents, and it does look great, I think.

The comment about it looking like a baseball helmet is way off – this person clearly has never worn a helmet before. The Bell Faction – now that’s a baseball helmet. (Since this is now my 2nd helmet, clearly I’m an expert now 🙂 ) This helmet is WAY less bulky than the Faction, although, yes, I’m sure it is probably a little larger than a racer helmet.

Also, contrary to some comments, the bill on the front is ***NOT*** for forehead protection — that’s just silly. Its function is to block sun and rain – and it works pretty well, too. Just slip it a tad more forward than you would normally wear it when riding into the sun or rain, and it’ll keep you from being blinded, and keeps rain off your glasses, too. GREAT feature. With my old Faction helmet I used to wear a baseball cap beneath my helmet for the same reason – no need for that any more.

On hot days, the vents are great. Yeah, a racing helmet has more vents. They’re also a little silly looking and generally way more expensive. Now that it’s November, it’s getting a little colder, but I just wear a skull cap or knit cap underneath, and it keeps my head warm.

I was a little worried about the one-size-fits-all thing, but the helmet is attached to your head by a suspension of plastic webbing that expands and contracts by adjusting a dial (like most hardhats, if you know what that’s like), so it fits great (I do have a medium sized head, though), and if I wear a knit cap underneath, I just open it up a little, and it fits great then, too.

The matte gray is really attractive. I don’t know if it’s reflective (since it’s on my head I can’t see it), but it does have a great slot on the back for your blinky light – great safety feature – I just keep my light there 100% of the time now.

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