A long time ago, I saw this fascinating product online, but it was too odd to order speculatively, and I mentally filed it away as just another interesting idea. It’s a sun (or rain) brim for a bike helmet.
We saw the tan one, above, and the blue one, below, along with several others, at the BNC events in Washington, DC, this summer. In person reviews from the owners were overwhelmingly positive, so I ordered one. Dr. Diarist’s helmet doesn’t have a visor, and we thought this might work for him.
He hasn’t been riding much lately, so I gave it a whirl. He’ll never get his hands on it again! I love this thing: I worried that it would act like a sail, but it stays in place perfectly, and, apart from allowing me to minimize my use of suncreen — sunscreen that, ironically, was destroying the skin on my face — it shades so well that I actually feel a bit cooler when riding.
Ours is high vis, of course, so it’s not nearly as unobtrusive as the more stylish models we saw in DC. (The tan one looked, in person, a lot like a pith helmet!) The brim/helmet combination is pretty big — between the screaming color and the size of it all, I expected to get a lot of flack for what I assumed would look like nerdiness taken to an absurd degree.
That’s not what’s happened: People are stopping me to tell me how fantastic my brimmed helmet is. The brimmed helmet that’s almost bigger than my bicycle.
Anybody who rides a Brompton will tell you that it’s important to figure that, on any given trip, you’ll spend at least a few minutes discussing your brilliant small bicycle with interested passersby. It happens all the time. Basil’s used to this; we even have a demo routine for the very curious.
Nobody — I repeat, not a soul — has asked Question One about Basil since I started wearing this brim. He’s surprised, I think, but fortunately he’s quite secure enough that the interest of others is not a sustaining pillar of his existence.
(But really, a hat?!?)
It’s a Da Brim Sporty Cycling Helmet Visor. (If you want more coverage, the Classic is even larger!) Pricey, but very well-thought-out, engineered so that it really works, and the company (in California, products made in USA) shipped very quickly, too. This one’s for use with cycling helmets; equestrian versions are available, as well as several other styles, some of which offer just a visor in front.