It’s no coincidence that Bell is both the first name in speed and the first name in helmets. Born in the 1950’s California hot rod and racing scene, Bell founder Roy Richter built an entire industry anticipating the unmet needs of those with a speed-hungry disposition. People wanted to drive fast … he corralled all the go-fast parts he could find into the world’s first speed shop. They wanted to race … he built them race cars. And when the need-for-speed started to reveal some grim realities, Roy did something about that too and Bell Helmets was born.
Roy Richter spent his life removing the limits of what was possible — and his unlimited spirit has been Bell’s guiding light for nearly 60 years, earning the admiration, trust and loyalty of generations of champions. Throughout those years nearly every advance on the list of helmet “firsts” were built under Bell’s auspices. That drive to anticipate and create continues, as much a part of Bell’s ethos today as it was back in Roy’s day.
Whether for auto racing, motorcycling or bicycling, Bell is synonymous with instilling confidence and enabling awesomeness. Established 1954, proven ever since.
Bell is committed to supporting the sports we were born from and the organizations that preserve, enhance and elevate these activities. Here is a sampling of organizations and causes we hold near-and-dear:
The International Mountain Bicycling Association’s (IMBA) mission is to create, enhance and preserve great trail experiences for mountain bikers worldwide. Bell has long been a supporter of IMBA’s goal of creating compatible mountain bike opportunities worldwide.
Bell is a member company of Bikes Belong, a coalition of industry and advocates whose mission is to “get more people on bikes more often.”
Safe Kids Worldwide is a Bell partner who provides parents and caregivers with practical and proven resources to help protect kids from unintentional injuries.