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At Critical Cycles, we believe that being cool starts with being street-smart, and being street-smart means wearing a helmet. Hat hair is a silly excuse for being careless with your own well-being.

The numbers speak for themselves: in 2010, 616 bicyclists were killed in the United States. Of those victims, 79% were not wearing a helmet. In 2009, a staggering 91% of bicycle fatalities involved riders without a helmet.

So how do we encourage riders to reconsider the helmet?

At Critical Cycles, we’re always on the lookout for hot new fixed gear bicycle accessories, and we’re very excited about the latest gadget about to hit the market: the invisible bicycle helmet.

Breaking Down the Invisible Bike Helmet
The idea for the invisible bike helmet was conceived by two design students, Anna and Terese, who came up with the idea as part of an exam project. According to one of these forward-thinking inventors, “An invisible bicycle helmet is a symbol of 'the impossible.'” The women contacted a head trauma specialist and looked at decades of reports on bicycle collisions, in order to determine movement patterns and assess how common head injuries occur. They spent a total of seven years on the project, and the results are nothing short of extraordinary.

Rather than strapping onto the head, the invisible helmet looks more like a thin flotation device that wraps around the neck. Inside the device is an airbag that deploys in an emergency situation. The device contains sensors that determine unusual activity (such as a collision or free fall) and respond accordingly. Though this marvel of innovation has yet to hit the marketplace, the inventors have already received $10 million in venture capital funding, so you may just see the invisible helmet in your local bike shop in the not-too-distant future.


Fixed Gear Bicycle Accessories of the Future
In recent months, we’ve seen a number of incredible startup innovations designed to make life easier for bicyclists. From a motorized, self-propelling bike wheel (the Copenhagen Wheel) to bike theft GPS, the industry is experiencing a technological boom like never before. Is this proof that bicycling is sneaking its way into mainstream culture? We’d like to think so, and we hope to see even more of these ingenious inventions in the marketplace.

Unfortunately, we don’t have a selection of invisible helmets to offer at this time, but at Critical Cycles, we do carry a wide array of fixed gear bikes, city bikes and fixed gear bicycle accessories. We pride ourselves on carrying the most high-quality bikes at the most reasonable prices, and we even offer free shipping within the continental United States. Browse the full inventory for yourself, and become a part of this new biking revolution with Critical.


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