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Bell Citi Helmet

by RL Policar

Overview:

Citi

Model: Citi-Commuter Helmet

Built with all the urban sensibilities of the Metro but with a few less frills, the new Citi delivers midrange features at a base-model price. From the new ErgoDial fit system for easy sizing adjustments to the durability of Fusion In-Mold construction, the Citi delivers like a bike messenger in traffic. Includes Blade visor, easy-adjust Cam-lock levers, air-moving Channeled Ventilation and the option of adding a Flip Mirror.

Sizes: Universal Adult
Colors: Blue, Gloss Black, Yellow, Silver, Periwinkle
Weight: 11oz./312g
Certification: CPSC Bicycle Safety Standard Certified

Disclaimer:
As a product reviewer for the Crooked Cog Network, I am providing my unbiased opinion of any products provided to us by any company. I do not posses any type of relationship with the product’s company or parent companies. I am not compensated in any way by companies that send in their goods to be reviewed.
My background:
I am 5?7?, 180 lbs. I ride a Giant Warp DS 2 for trail riding and a Giant Cypress LE for my daily commute. I also own a 7 speed Gary Fisher Tarpon. I am mainly a XC rider that will occasionally have too much fun on my Warp. I am also a bike commuter traveling 10-20 miles each way.

Testing Grounds:
My current options for testing any products are at the following trails and streets of Southern California: Fullerton Loop, Panorama, Turnbull Canyon, Aliso Woods which consists of: Woods Canyon, Rockit, Cholla, Meadows, Lynx and Top of the World. When testing products for commuting, my route usually will take me through the following streets: Bastanchury, St. College, Chapman Ave, Main St. and Jamboree Rd.
In the past year I’ve participated in riding events such as the LA Bike Tour, 04 and 05, Southridge Spring Fling and the Mt. Sac Fat Tire Classic. I am planning on participating in more events when the opportunity comes.

Product Tested:
Bell Citi Commuter Helmet

First Impressions and Comments:
Funny looking helmet. Not as sporty as I would have hoped. Great adjustability. Plenty of vents to keep your head cool
Options:
Colors: Yellow, Silver, Black and Blue

Strengths:
-Light Weight
-ErgoDial Fit for Adjustability
-Easy to Wear
-Visor Adds to the Style
-Flip Mirror Option
-Reflective Material

Weaknesses:
-Vents not big enough
-Not enough padding
-Makes my Face Look Fat

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Summary:
I actually got this helmet as part of the Bike to Work Contest that I won back in May.

The Citi isn’t such a bad helmet. However, I did find it uncomfortable for my head. I felt pressure from the helmet around the top part of my skull. If the vents would have been bigger, I wouldn’t sweat too much. I did like the fact it has reflective tape on the helmet. I like the option to install a flip mirror.

The helmet retails for about $50. I thought it was a bit over priced when you pick up another Bell Helmet that would be more comfortable and had a bit more style.

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  2. Mike says:

    The helmet is great!!!!!!!!!!
    2008 model fits and looks good. Slightly hot for summer in Fl

  3. Allie says:

    Looks like a hat..

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