Gloria Hwang started Thousand Helmets after losing a close friend of hers in a bike collision. Her friend was not wearing a helmet in the crash, which was something that Gloria herself had been guilty of during her time commuting in college. Her friend’s death had a great impact on Gloria, prompting her to pursue an alternative, but rewarding career move. Her goal: to make helmets that were too stylish not to wear, her part in encouraging cyclists to protect themselves.
After learning the intricacies and development costs associated with selling helmets, Gloria took to Kickstarter for funding support. When consumers saw the photos of the proposed helmet, the Thousand Helmets campaign resulted in almost a quarter of a million dollars in contributions, an astounding and humbling number for Gloria. It was clear that bicyclists were looking for a fashion-forward solution to the clunky (and sometimes tacky) design of helmet history.
With the additional funding the helmets made on Kickstarter, Gloria was able to dedicate a year to research, development, and design for the helmet. Every element of the helmet was considered, starting with meeting the CPSC and EN1078 standards, to finishing with the inclusion of the “Secret PopLock”, a tethered piece of helmet that pops out so you can run a lock through it when securing and parking your bike. The helmet is backed by the Bike Thief Guarantee that if your helmet gets stolen while locked to your bike, they’ll replace it. While many commuter helmets end up being too stuffy and causing you to overheat, the thousand helmet is well-ventilated with sleek and discreet horizontal slats for air flow. You wouldn’t want to use this helmet for endurance rides, as it is heavier than most performance helmets.
There’s no reason why you shouldn’t look your best while riding, and makers like Thousand helmets are proving that you don’t have to sacrifice style for safety. This helmet should be stored near your front door or near your bike for easy access.