Cheap road cycling helmets: our pick of 5 of the best deals

Protect your noggin for less with these bargain lids

Helmets have an awfully tough life. Even if you don't take a spill in one, the rough and tumble of throwing your lid in the boot of your car after a ride only to have it bashed about among stray shopping and chewed by inquisitive dogs inevitably takes its toll. 

That's certainly one justification for buying yourself a shiny new helmet, but sometimes treating yourself to some new go-fast kit is all that it takes to refresh your riding experience.

For this week's edition of BikeRadar Bargains — herein to be known as BikeRadar Enablers — we've pulled together the five best cheap cycling helmet deals from our roundup of our fourteen favourite road helmets.

Giro Synthe MIPS — £249.99 £124.74 / £174.98

If you don't want to compromise on weight, airflow or aero properties, the Synthe MIPS might be the helmet for you
If you don't want to compromise on weight, airflow or aero properties, the Synthe MIPS might be the helmet for you

We think that the Giro Synth MIPS is one of the best helmets out there, striking little compromise between aero capabilities, good ventilation and low weight. 

The helmet is a little lighter on the wallet too just now, with a saving of up to 50 percent currently on some sizes and colours at Wiggle. 

Bontrager Velocis CE helmet — £159.99 £119.99

The Velocis is a slightly older design, but still perfectly capable
The Velocis is a slightly older design, but still perfectly capable

The Bontrager Velocis CE is a slightly older design (recently superseded by the Velocis) but is still a great helmet, coming high up in our roundup.

Sizes and colours are limited, but there's a 25 percent discount currently on at Sigma Sport. 

Giro Foray MIPS helmet — £74.99 £45.49

The Foray MIPS is Giro's cheaper aero helmet
The Foray MIPS is Giro's cheaper aero helmet

The Foray is Giro's more affordable, MIPS equipped helmet and is a firm favourite at BikeRadar

Available in a range of cool colours there's bound to be a choice to suit even the most lairy of tastes. 

Kask Protone helmet —  £189 £151.19 / £178.62

The Protone is designed to maintain its aerodynamic qualities in any position
The Protone is designed to maintain its aerodynamic qualities in any position

Unlike most aero helmets, the Protone is designed to maintain its aerodynamic qualities and high airflow in any common riding position.

Coupled with its highly adjustable Otto Fit retention system, we've found it to be a great option for many riders.

MET Rivale road helmet —  £120 £54.88 / £109.99

Rather uniquely, the MET Rivale meets Australian, US and CE safety standards
Rather uniquely, the MET Rivale meets Australian, US and CE safety standards

We're quite fond of the Rivale, finding it to be among the most airy of the aero helmets out there. 

Rather uniquely, the helmet also passes the more stringent Australian AS and American USPC safety standards (of course alongside the slightly more lax CE standard), so you can be sure it'll keep your head safe as well as, er, fast.

Jack Luke

Staff Writer, UK
Jack has been riding and fettling with bikes for his whole life. Always in search of the hippest new niche in cycling, Jack is a self-confessed gravel dork and thinks nothing of bivouacking on a beach after work. Also fond of cup and cone bearings, skids and tan wall tyres.
  • Discipline: Long days in the saddle by either road or mountain bike
  • Preferred Terrain: Happiest when on a rural road by the coast or crossing a remote mountain pass. Also partial to a cheeky gravel adventure or an arduous hike-a-bike.
  • Current Bikes: Custom Genesis Croix de Fer all road adventure wagon, Niner EMD 9.
  • Dream Bike: A rigid 44 Bikes Marauder, all black please.
  • Beer of Choice: Caesar Augustus
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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