Cycle Helmets (Adult's & Children's) £3.99 & £2.99 in-store at Home Bargains - HotUKDeals
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I noticed cycle helmets in-store priced at £2.99 for children and £3.99 for adults. I did not notice any make on them (I'll have a closer look next time I'm in and will try to get a photo too). UPDATE - The make on the helmets is Star Sport.

They will not be top quality at this price, I suppose, but they must have passed safety checks.

I reckon you can't go wrong at those prices. What do you think?
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#1
I thought this site covered the basics about helmets well:-

http://www.whycycle.co.uk/safety_and_security/cycling_helmets/

Their thoughts on price echo mine. As they have to pass a set safety standard you pay more for less weight, more ventilation, a specific fit and comfort.
#2
These will have passed basic safety checks, but only because the UK/EU standards are a disgrace. In the USA they have a range of levels of helmet safety, and most of the ones sold over here wouldn't pass their entry-level test.

Given you'll only ever need this if you fall onto hard ground head-first, I think it's worth spending a few extra quid.
#3
verybigchris
These will have passed basic safety checks, but only because the UK/EU standards are a disgrace. In the USA they have a range of levels of helmet safety, and most of the ones sold over here wouldn't pass their entry-level test.

Given you'll only ever need this if you fall onto hard ground head-first, I think it's worth spending a few extra quid.


being new to cycling this tends to annoy me as all i see is a good priced helmet. i understand what you are saying (i'd be saying the same about gadgets as i'm a tech head! LOL) but could you please point us in the right direction of a decent helmet for a few quid more? it would really help! :thumbsup:
#4
quidditys_shore
being new to cycling this tends to annoy me as all i see is a good priced helmet. i understand what you are saying (i'd be saying the same about gadgets as i'm a tech head! LOL) but could you please point us in the right direction of a decent helmet for a few quid more? it would really help! :thumbsup:


I originally had an Argos one that cost under a tenner. I hated it because it was uncomfortable, looked ridiculous and got insanely hot, but I stuck with it because I was skint and didn't want to spend extra money. Then I dropped it out of my hand onto my driveway (so maybe 3 feet at the most) and a huge crack opened up - my blood ran cold thinking what would have happened if I'd been in an accident with it.

My current helmet is a Giro Stylus. It's so light I forget I'm wearing it, has loads of ventilation and has really good reviews for safety, including many from people who swear it's saved their lives (although thankfully I'm yet to test that out!). The RRP is £50, but if you reserve and collect via the Halfords website it's only £20, which is an absolute steal. You have to reserve it online to get it at that price though, because in-store it's still priced up at £50! The link is here
#5
verybigchris
I originally had an Argos one that cost under a tenner. I hated it because it was uncomfortable, looked ridiculous and got insanely hot, but I stuck with it because I was skint and didn't want to spend extra money. Then I dropped it out of my hand onto my driveway (so maybe 3 feet at the most) and a huge crack opened up - my blood ran cold thinking what would have happened if I'd been in an accident with it.


Chris, that's exactly how the helmet will protect your head - it will absorb the energy and reduce the deceleration your head experiences by crushing and cracking itself. If the helmet does not crush, crack or otherwise absorb the impact energy, that energy is transferred to your noggin.

While it's true that some lids which meet EN1078 do not pass CPSC in the US, it all becomes irrelevant when they're not worn correctly, as far too many are.
Too many times I've had to advise people, especially parents, that a helmet perched on the back of the head is more likely to slip off the back and choke the wearer than protect their head.

I'd recommend that anyone thinking of purchasing a helmet takes their head along to a bike shop (Halfords is a car accessory shop) and try a few on under the guidance of the staff who can help ensure that it fits correctly.
If you know what you're doing though, these may be a good deal.
#6
Duggie_22
Chris, that's exactly how the helmet will protect your head - it will absorb the energy and reduce the deceleration your head experiences by crushing and cracking itself. If the helmet does not crush, crack or otherwise absorb the impact energy, that energy is transferred to your noggin.


Very true, but it shouldn't suffer such major damage after a small impact. It's similar to car crumple zones - they are designed to crumple up to absorb energy, but if the front of a car was destroyed after a minor dent at low speeds then you'd know it was never able of saving you in a real crash.

You're also spot on about making sure the helmet is a good fit. When I got mine I went to Halfords on the way to work (hoping no cyclists I know saw me going in ;-)), tried on the display model, ordered it online in work and then picked it up on the way home. A bit of a faff but worth it to save £30.
#7
I have updated the description, but in case you have missed it, the make of these helmets is StarSPORT. It'd be interesting to know if anyone has heard of them, or indeed any experience of the quality of their goods.

Still plenty of helmets in my local HB today. I now have a photo, but need to find out how to upload. Watch this space (or the one at the top!).
#8
verybigchris

My current helmet is a Giro Stylus. It's so light I forget I'm wearing it, has loads of ventilation and has really good reviews for safety, including many from people who swear it's saved their lives (although thankfully I'm yet to test that out!). The RRP is £50, but if you reserve and collect via the Halfords website it's only £20, which is an absolute steal. You have to reserve it online to get it at that price though, because in-store it's still priced up at £50! The link is here


That's what I have too and would highly recommend (obtained on the same deal via this site).

These ones at HB may be more suitable to the less serious riders, or maybe families with a few kids who just ride slowly in safer environments and who can't (or won't) shell out £20 per helmet. Surely they're better than wearing no head protection.
#9
verybigchris
I originally had an Argos one that cost under a tenner. I hated it because it was uncomfortable, looked ridiculous and got insanely hot, but I stuck with it because I was skint and didn't want to spend extra money. Then I dropped it out of my hand onto my driveway (so maybe 3 feet at the most) and a huge crack opened up - my blood ran cold thinking what would have happened if I'd been in an accident with it.

My current helmet is a Giro Stylus. It's so light I forget I'm wearing it, has loads of ventilation and has really good reviews for safety, including many from people who swear it's saved their lives (although thankfully I'm yet to test that out!). The RRP is £50, but if you reserve and collect via the Halfords website it's only £20, which is an absolute steal. You have to reserve it online to get it at that price though, because in-store it's still priced up at £50! The link is here


thanks chris. will look into it if i get more serious with cycling!

i've gone & bought the HB one though! :? i'm going to be trying the 5.5mile commute to work ITS 99% cyclepath all the way! :) so wouldnt expect a great need for it anyways. if all goes well & i really get into it then i'll be upgrading the helmet as i'll be saving £16 a week in bus fares!
#10
quidditys_shore
thanks chris. will look into it if i get more serious with cycling!

i've gone & bought the HB one though! :? i'm going to be trying the 5.5mile commute to work ITS 99% cyclepath all the way! :) so wouldnt expect a great need for it anyways. if all goes well & i really get into it then i'll be upgrading the helmet as i'll be saving £16 a week in bus fares!


Don't forget it's not just the big 'offs' where a lid will help you out - overhanging branches etc. on that cyclepath will hurt you a lot less if they ping off the helmet rather than your scalp!
#11
Duggie_22
Don't forget it's not just the big 'offs' where a lid will help you out - overhanging branches etc. on that cyclepath will hurt you a lot less if they ping off the helmet rather than your scalp!


there isnt anything along the route to get me! LOL in fact it'll be even quieter now as it runs the full lengt of the dying corus steel plant in redcar :(

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