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.
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.