I’ve had the Bell Citi helmet for almost a full year now, so perhaps some comments are in order. I picked this helmet up during a Nashbar sale last summer for about $40. I still see them on sale now and then, but usually they’re an unusual color scheme or an odd size. I think they still go for around $50.
I have another Bell helmet that I used before this, but only sparingly. It sat too high on my noggin and it doesn’t have many vents. It just seemed easier to grab a ball cap or a bandana than mess with it.
The Citi, on the other hand, has changed that. I seem to be wearing it all of the time, unless I’m just goofing off in the street, riding a rail trail, or if it’s really hot and I’m having an issue with sweat running into my eyes.
I’m also not crazy about the flat black/reflective pattern, but that’s probably why I got the helmet for only $40. There is no winter kit, but if its that cold, I opt for one of my balaclavas anyway.
On the plus side: it’s comfortable and it sits down on my head the way a proper helmet should. It’s readily and easily adjustable. It has a fair amount of vents. I like the fact that the back is round and not some aero/fin shape, and while the brim is quite functional, it also adds just the right amount of geek factor.
So I don’t have a lot of other helmets to compare the Bell Citi to; but I guess the tale of the tape is that I wear it more, so it’s good.