Luxury In A Bicycling Helmet?

By Maggie LaCoste

I would have never used the words “luxury” and “bike helmet” in the same sentence until I made my latest purchase for my bicycling trip to France. I was in our local triathalon store with my daughter several weeks ago and I tried on a Rudy Project bike helmet.  As I snapped the chin strap, I could not believe how terrific the helmet fit!  After all, bike helmets are supposed to be tolerated, not comfortable, and certainly not luxurious. But this one was so comfortable, like the perfect new running shoes that feel like you’ve worn them forever.  I was sold.

My new Rudy Project helmet!

My new Rudy Project helmet!

There was of course the issue of the cost.  These helmets which are made in Italy are definitely not budget-priced helmets. But quite honestly, the last thing that any bicyclist should scrimp on is their bike helmet, possibly the only thing between your head and the pavement.  I left the tri shop that day, planning on pondering the purchase for my upcoming trip.  You can imagine my disbelief when the very next day I received a 30% off coupon from that very same triathalon store with the Rudy Project helmet!  I viewed this as a sign that I was truly meant to have this helmet. So I bought it…it very hot pink, believing that not only will it protect my head, but it will also make me visible for at least a quarter of a mile!

With very warm temperatures predicted  along the Canal du Midi and in Provence, I already know that this helmet will not only bring great comfort during my three week trip, but that it will help me stay cool, be safe and look good too!  Watch for upcoming photos in my new helmet!

Coming next from France, a rundown on my hotel choices for my trip.

 

 

Posted by Maggie LACoste

I love the adventure and unpredictability of experiencing France by bike. Cycling in France is the ultimate slow travel adventure, an opportunity to see it through the back door in a way few tourists experience. One week on a bike in France and life takes on a different meaning! I created Experience France By Bike to inspire recreational cyclists to visit France the slow way....by bike, and to be the best source of information for planning the perfect bicycling adventure. I encourage readers to embrace the uncertainty of the road ahead and to take the path less traveled, exploring roads, towns and villages that you would never experience traveling by car.