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.
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.