The ACL and its partner clubs around Europe have tested 18 of the most popular helmets on the market. The good news is that you can pick up a good children’s bike helmet from as little as €12! Five of the helmets we tested notably received a ‘good’ rating.
It is somewhat concerning to note that only two of the helmets provided good protection in the event of an accident. Manufacturers still have a lot of work to do to ensure that our little ones are kept safe on their bikes. Despite the findings of our research, it is still better to wear some sort of helmet than not to wear a helmet at all.
Coming back to the test, the Youn-I 2.0 from Abus achieved the highest score of all of those we put to the test, offering the best level of protection in the event of an accident and excellent ease of use, as well as scoring highest in the heat and harmful substance tests. Priced at €50, it also falls within the average price bracket in relation to the other brands we tested.
In terms of price, the real surprise came courtesy of the cheapest helmet in the group, the one manufactured and sold by Lidl. Along with the Alpina and Casco models, this was found to be the second most reliable helmet. Priced at just €12, it offers a comfortable and adjustable fit and comes complete with reflectors and LED lighting. The Bell, meanwhile, which was more expensive than the others, is also an excellent choice for helping to keep your child safe while they ride.
Left to right : Lidl, Bell, Casco, Abus et Alpina
In our latest edition of the Autotouring magazine, read our full report on soft mobility and the various bikes and equipment recommended by ACL for the comfort and safety of children... and other tips for adults too!
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