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New Lid Plico foldable urban helmet seeks crowdfunding

British design is intended to save space while being hassle-free

British startup company Lid is seeking crowdfunding for its Plico foldable urban helmet. The helmet is a multi-section design, the side pieces pushing into the centre to save space when you’re not wearing it and want to carry it in a bag, say.

Each segment is made from recycled EPS (expanded polystyrene) with an in-mould polycarbonate shell. Lid says that this design not only allows the Plico to be compacted for stowage and portability, it also means the  helmet can shape to your head in use, making for a snug and comfortable fit, with the channels between the various sections allowing good airflow to avoid overheating. There’s also four-position size adjustment to the fit system and you get padding to stop the chinstrap irritating your neck.  

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The Plico features an anchor for attaching a clip-on rear LED, comes in various colour options and weighs a claimed 410g. The planned retail price is US$130 although you’ll be in line to get one for considerably less than that if you pledge via Indiegogo when the project goes live, particularly if you get an early bird offer (all of the usual Indigogo rules apply, of course).

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The idea of a folding bike helmet isn’t new – we reviewed the Overade Plixi folding helmet here on last month, for example, and we featured a Carrera foldable helmet back in 2013 – but Lid believes that it is offering something different.

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“The fit is comfortable, it’s a very good price point for a commuter and, unlike a lot of others, it looks great with an urban profile,” said Lid founder Sam Terry. “The sides cascade down; you just pull them out and the helmet fits. We don’t need any clips or locks so there’s nothing to break and render the helmet useless, and it’s hassle-free.”

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The Lid Plico will go live on Indiegogo on Friday 10 November. You can pre-register at and get alerts on early bird discounts. It will eventually be available from Lid's website and via selected independent bike shops in major cities. 

Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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