Bicycle Helmet Buying Guide
In over %70 of biker deaths; the bikers did not wear a helmet while bicycling. Most bicyclists play down this statistic by saying , “avoiding accidents is more important that preparing for them”. Regardless, It’s the law in most states and choosing a safe and comfortable helmet is important.
Bicycle Helmets are available in 4 different styles: Sport Helmets, Road Cycling Helmets, Mountain Bike Helmets, Full Face Helmets, and Multi Sport Helmets. Wearing the proper helmet is just as important as choosing to wear one at all.
Sport Helmets are reasonably priced and offer good everyday protection, although a little heavier than cycling helmets.
Road Cycling Helmets are designed for smooth cycling and racing. With larger openings or vents to reduce weight and allow more air circulation.
Mountain Bike Helmets offer the best protection from falling on rugged trails , since they’re build heavier and with a fit for a bumpy ride.
Full Face Helmets are larger and stronger than cycling helmets offering more head and face protection. These helmets are similar to motorcycle helmets are designed for BMX riding, or intense trails.
Multi Sport Helmets are designed to be used for many sports like skating, skiing, snowboarding, and biking. These helmets are typically heavier with a skate style design.
Make sure any helmet you buy has a CPSC safety standard label ensuring it’s been tested and offers the proper protection. An ASTM label shows additional certification for quality and protection. Choosing the proper size so that the helmet is as comfortable as possible and offering the protection that it’s designed for, is the upmost importance. Make sure the helmet is snug and fits your head straight. Don’t buy helmets that are too big for kids thinking they’ll just grow into them. A big helmet could cause an accident if it shifted during operation and your kid lost control of their bike trying to fix it.
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