Aero road helmets: can they make you faster?

The latest wind-cheating lids are a common sight in the pro peloton - but does the everyday rider need one?

Photo: Rupert Fowler

Until Mark Cavendish swept to victory in the 2011 World Championship road race wearing a skinsuit and adapted Specialized aero road helmet that had its vents covered with transparent plastic, aerodynamics had been something talked about in hushed tones by nerdy time triallists.

Several years on, aero road helmets have now been adopted by the peloton and trickled down to the masses - but do they make enough difference to be worth the investment and loss of breathability?

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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan the Editor of Cycling Weekly website. An NCTJ qualified traditional journalist by trade, Michelle began her career working for local newspapers. She's worked within the cycling industry since 2012, and joined the Cycling Weekly team in 2017, having previously been Editor at Total Women's Cycling. Prior to welcoming her daughter in 2022, Michelle raced on the road, track, and in time trials, and still rides as much as she can - albeit a fair proportion indoors, for now.