Bike Helmets

Choosing the right helmet is as important as choosing the right bike. You want something that fits the way you ride, your style, and your budget. There are three main types, and you can find excellent examples of each: Road helmets are sleek and prioritize venting and low weight. Mountain bike helmets provide more coverage because crashes are more likely and usually have a visor. Commuter and everyday helmets offer a bit more casual style and less venting, since you’ll typically be sweating less in them.
All helmets sold in the US meet the same basic safety standards. Beyond that you’re paying for features: Better ventilation, lower weight, enhanced fit systems, and nicer designs. Some helmets do offer added safety features to protect against brain injuries, but know that any helmet you buy will protect your skull the same way against an impact. So you don’t necessarily need to spend a lot to get a good helmet.


Should you wear a bike helmet?

The Guardian’s Peter Walker explains this does not help save lives. Despite a series of helmet promotion campaigns, a growing amount of evidence suggests forcing people to wear protective headgear leads to greater risk-taking and can even put people off cycling altogether, exacerbating the crises in obesity and inactive living

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Bicycle Helmet Infographic

Perhaps we’ll never all agree on the helmet debate, but certain facts are irrefutable.


Make Sure Your Bike Helmet Fits

Assure a snug fit, it shouldn’t tilt side to side or front to back. The side straps should form a Y with the buckles just below the ears. The helmet should rest evenly on the head, just one or two finger widths above the eyebrows.



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