Best budget cycling helmets 2024 ridden and rated

The best budget cycling helmets are safe and often include many similar features to pricier versions

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The best budget cycling helmets often give you features trickled down from more expensive lids, but at a much lower price. 

While a premium lid might be lighter, more aero, slightly better finished and include more complex shaping, often features like straps and the adjustable rear cradle will be exactly the same in a budget cycling helmet. All helmets will have passed the applicable safety standards in the country where they're sold too, so even a budget cycling helmet will add protection if you do have a crash.

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Paul Norman

Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.

He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.