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Verdict: 
A quirky yet functional and practical little device that keeps your helmet safe and secure
Weight: 
21g

The Helmetor is a nice idea that's functional and useful enough to just about justify the cost. While few cyclists would consider it an essential purchase, it will keep your lid, plus any bits you want to keep inside it, safe and secure.

  • Pros: A nice gift idea, simple to set up and use
  • Cons: No wall plugs supplied, doesn't work with helmets that don't have vents

Described as "the only helmet holder" on its website (a bit strange because it definitely isn't, here's another example), the Helmetor comes in four different colourways and has two screws supplied.

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The instructions are on the back, which I quickly realised needed consulting after getting the Helmetor screwed in, because it's not immediately obvious how it works. We attached ours to the end of a bookcase in the office, careful to put it on the right way up as per the instructions. At first I just stuck my helmet on it with the shell facing up, then after looking at the diagram, saw the light...

You actually attach it with the shell facing the wall/bookcase, by putting the bottom hook through a vent and then bending it upwards until the top section pops through the same vent.

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It doesn't look as good perhaps, but is more practical for a couple of reasons: first, it means no contact between your (potentially sweaty) helmet and your wall, and secondly you can also stick bits like gloves and skull caps inside it. Job's a good 'un! You can always pick a vent further towards the end of your helmet if you want it shell-up, you just won't be able to put anything in it, of course.

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My colleague Tass also put one up in her utility room and similarly took a few moments working out how to use it, but was happy with it when all became clear.

A sticking point is that it obviously doesn't work with skate-style commuter, TT or aero road lids with little/few vents (the vents need to be between 30-65mm to fit), but for almost any regular road, leisure or mountain bike helmet it will work fine.

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If you have an irrational fear of your helmet being nicked you can also lock it through the hole at the end, which will also help secure it from being knocked off, if it's on a door, for example. You don't get wall plugs supplied, so these need to be bought separately if it's going into masonry.

Helmetor isn't a must-have item, but for someone who wants to make their bike cave a bit neater it's a nice addition, and you might even want more than one if you have multiple helmets to hang. It would also make a decent quirky gift for the cyclist who has everything. Yes, you can buy simple hooks much cheaper from a DIY store, but to my mind this is a really neat idea.

Verdict

A quirky yet functional and practical little device that keeps your helmet safe and secure

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road.cc test report

Make and model: Helmetor helmet holder

Size tested: n/a

Tell us what the product is for

It's a wall-mounted helmet holder, that holds your helmet using a single air vent.

Helmetor says, "Due to its intuitive patented design, its lower arm acts like a leaf spring allowing Helmetor to hold the helmet using a single air vent between (this may vary depending on helmet type) 30mm to 65mm long. It is easy to use, attaching a helmet securely in one, swift, single-handed movement."

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Patented design

Holds the helmet using a single air vent between 30mm to 65mm long

Attaches helmet securely in one, swift, single-handed movement

Lockable

Secured with two screws

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
7/10

Well designed, it works.

Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
7/10

Seems sturdy enough for what it needs to do.

Rate the product for weight (if applicable)
 
9/10

21g is pretty light.

Rate the product for value:
 
6/10

Considering the work that's gone into it, a tenner ain't bad. Compared with simple hooks from a DIY store it's a bit expensive, but it does a bit more for your money.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Does what it says, fine.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Works with most vented helmets, it's easy to affix and use.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

No plugs supplied, you can't see the shell of the helmet, doesn't fit TT/non-vented lids.

Did you enjoy using the product? Wouldn't say enjoy, it is what it is!

Would you consider buying the product? Possibly

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Use this box to explain your overall score

It's nice and easy to use; okay, it's not exactly a must-have item but it's good nonetheless.

Overall rating: 7/10

About the tester

Age: 27  Height: 179cm  Weight: 75kg

I usually ride: Road bike (currently Specialized Tarmac)  My best bike is: Ridley Chronus TT bike

I've been riding for: Under 5 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, triathlon races

After cobbling together a few hundred quid during his student days off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story), Jack bought his first road bike at the age of 20 and has been hooked ever since.  He joined road.cc in 2017, having previously worked for 220 Triathlon magazine. Jack's preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking (the latter being another long story), and on Sunday afternoons he can often be found on an M5 service station indulging in his favourite post-race meal of 20 chicken nuggets, a sausage roll, caramel shortbread and a large strawberry milkshake. 

12 comments

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ridein [210 posts] 7 months ago
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The only feature this has over a standard hook is there is a locking hole. Do you need to lock your helmet at home or workplace? Ask yourself, does this enhance my life somehow? 

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Tass Whitby [65 posts] 7 months ago
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ridein wrote:

The only feature this has over a standard hook is there is a locking hole. Do you need to lock your helmet at home or workplace? Ask yourself, does this enhance my life somehow? 

It does hold the helmet quite rigidly too - you can't knock it off when passing. (Which also means it holds glasses, gloves, etc quite securely too.) Yes it's probably too much money for what it is, really, but it's also a neat idea. 

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don simon fbpe [2702 posts] 7 months ago
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I find that one of these is essential.

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 or at a push, some of these...
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... to prevent unnecessary and unwanted trouser downage.

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davel [2710 posts] 7 months ago
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One of these saved my helmet's life.

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BehindTheBikesheds [2603 posts] 7 months ago
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Is this a late April Fool's joke, it's utterly fucking ridiculous, doesn't have a locking mechanism, you have to affix it to something solid so need a drill and buy your own fixings, lock and those gloves/skull cap you tossed into your helmet can still get stolen easily. Most workplaces are not going to allow you to drill holes in the walls for a start off.

I'll sell any prospective buyer somethng that does the same and I'll include a screw and rawl plug plus and do it for a fiver posted.

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ClubSmed [751 posts] 7 months ago
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I think that this is the start of a pretty good idea, doesn't quite live up to it though and the cost is far far too much

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Jack Sexty [99 posts] 7 months ago
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I tried to steer clear from analogies in the review because there are lots of them to explain why you'd chuck ten quid at this... but considering I pay the best part of a fiver for a pint in Bristol and that lasts about ten minutes, a month of storing my helmet on something that's infinitely better than an old screw means Helmetor has already paid for itself. Yes it's not essential and yes there are solutions that are a fraction of the cost, but not many things are essential nowadays!   

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STATO [558 posts] 7 months ago
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Finding somewhere to store a single helmet is not difficult, but most keen cyclists will have multiple and thats where something like this comes in handy. Sadly at £10 each it is then too expensive, they really need to do a multi-buy offer one their own website before id buy one.

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rix [242 posts] 7 months ago
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Helmetor - because you're gullible enough!

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zanf [1001 posts] 7 months ago
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Tass Whitby wrote:

It does hold the helmet quite rigidly too - you can't knock it off when passing. (Which also means it holds glasses, gloves, etc quite securely too.)

It locks into an angle where you cannot store your gloves and glasses in it.

There is this contraption that actually does what the helmetor doesn't and can't

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hirsute [525 posts] 7 months ago
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zanf wrote:

It locks into an angle where you cannot store your gloves and glasses in it.

You store your glasses using the vents - cycling rules surely?

Gloves can be held in place by a complex basket weave of the helmet straps.

"Here have some more of my money".

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hirsute [525 posts] 7 months ago
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BehindTheBikesheds wrote:

Is this a late April Fool's joke, it's utterly fucking ridiculous, doesn't have a locking mechanism, you have to affix it to something solid so need a drill and buy your own fixings, lock and those gloves/skull cap you tossed into your helmet can still get stolen easily. Most workplaces are not going to allow you to drill holes in the walls for a start off.

I'll sell any prospective buyer somethng that does the same and I'll include a screw and rawl plug plus and do it for a fiver posted.

What happened to the warning and swearing only added at the end?

Won't someone think of the children?

I did laugh out loud at your first sentence though !