No, not Cycle Chick. Cycle Chic. Depending on how far outside France you live, you can pronounce it “Sheek” or “Shick”, the latter being the more proper (albeit pretentious) pronunciation, the former the more “anglo” version. If you pronounce it “CHICK”, the rest of this post will be of no interest to you and you should stop reading immediately and go watch Nascar.
You don’t need a $300 helmet to do the job (although that will give you enormous street cred). In fact you can get a $20 from Canadian Tire that will do the bare minimum of protecting your melon and let’s face it, maybe that cash is better spent on a massage or two. More important than the kind of helmet you have is how you wear it. You should have space for 2 fingers between the chin and the strap, and most importantly, you should wear the helmet down close to your eyebrows, not tilted back to your hairline. The latter position offers little protection and looks a bit silly to boot. Also, take the extra second to make sure it is sitting straight on your head. A hat may look fancy with a jaunty tilt, but nothing gives the impression of dimwittedness like a crooked helmet. And for god’s sake, do not wear one of those single piece skateboard helmets. They are for skateboarding. You may as well wear a hockey helmet when you play golf.