As the old adage goes, there are three things in life that are certain: death, taxes and cycling safety products crowdfunding on Kickstarter and Indiegogo. The latest contender entering the ring to ensure point three is kept alive and well is London-based Cyclo Technology, who have launched a folding helmet made out of recycled ocean plastic.
Cyclo say their innovation is "a helmet made with recycled ocean plastic that fits in your bag and won’t cost the earth". They also claim it's the first genuinely packable helmet (Lid and Overade might have something to say about that), thanks to their unique 'flipclip' system that allows you to collapse the middle of the helmet and reattach when you need to use it. It should fit in any rucksack or work bag, and surpasses both the EU and US safety standards.
Cyclo claim it's also the first helmet of any kind to be made from recycled ocean plastic, and they've built partnerships with the Plastic Oceans UK charity and a leading supplier of ocean plastic.
The idea for the helmet started when Cyclo founder Josh Cohen used a London hire bike, and 'despite sticking to the cycle lanes', felt unsafe without head protection. Co-founder Dom Cotton says: “Josh’s experience of riding in London highlighted a clear gap in the market. Helmets are really important but can be inconvenient, especially for urban riders. We’ve created something that will help more people to ride more often and protect themselves and our planet in the process.”
Cyclo's Indiegogo campaign has already topped their initial crowdfunding target, and Super Earlybird prices for the helmet start from £25. Check out Cyclo on Indiegogo here.
Arriving at road.cc in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of road.cc in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.