Now here something a bit different for those cyclists who like a bit of leather in their life – the Giro section, a leather cycling helmet. Okay, it's not all cow, it's your conventional polystyrene inner shell with an in-moulded leather outer done in a skate/BMX-style pisspot styleee.
It looks heavy but believe us it's not - ours grazed the scales at 333g. That in-moulded construction slices a fair chunk off weight of it - it also looks smart too. Ours is heading out on test right now, but in the meantime we thought you'd like to take a look. The Section is available in one size only, Medium, which should fit heads of between 55-59cm - you do get some extra pads for fine-tuning the fit. There is no rear retention system – the back coming down much further than on standard cycle helmets, adjustment is via the chin straps.
Giro and their UK distributors Madison are aiming the Section at Brompton riding city commuters who want to look smart, and style conscious urban types in general. It certainly looks smart - venting is minimal (if large) so you won't want to be ripping it up on the way to the office or fashionable night spot - not unless sweat is your thing… well, it is leather.
When it comes to doing what a helmet is for - protecting your noggin, the Section should be plenty strong enough, pisspots generally are and this one meets the US CPSC standard, the downside being that if you do have a fall it's likely to scuff in the line of duty. Granted that may be an incidental detail at the time.
The Section will be available in the UK from March on limited release, and it'll cost £39.99. It's not on there yet, but if you want one we'd advise checking the Section section on the Madison website.
Plucked from the obscurity of his London commute back in the mid-Nineties to live in Bath and edit bike mags our man made the jump to the interweb back in 2006 as launch editor of a large cycling website somewhat confusingly named after a piece of navigational equipment. He came up with the idea for road.cc mainly to avoid being told what to do… Oh dear, issues there then. Tony tries to ride his bike every day and if he doesn't he gets grumpy, he likes carbon, but owns steel, and wants titanium. When not on his bike or eating cake Tony spends his time looking for new ways to annoy the road.cc team. He's remarkably good at it.