Why do we have to wear a helmet for bike rides? Besides the fact that you look really cool in a helmet, wearing a helmet reduces the odds of head injury by 50 percent, and the odds of head, face, or neck injury by 33 percent, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
There are a load of options for choosing bike helmets in the marketplace. Make sure to select the helmet that suits you well. If you don’t, you may feel uncomfortable every time you ride or (really, really bad!) it may not protect your head during an impact. Here are some tips to help you select the right helmet.
Measure your head, try it on a few times, and take the largest measurements. Find your helmet size from the Sizing Guides of each manufacturer. Most helmets come in sizes small, medium, and large. It should be comfortable and a snug (tight) fit. The front part of helmet lays about an inch above the eyebrows. The V straps on the side fall right below each ear. Most helmets have a retention system on the back for an adjustment.
Sizing Guide (by helmets.org):
Small: 20 7/8” approx. head size
Medium: 21 1/4” approx. head size
Large: 2 3/4” approx. head size
Types of Cycling Require Different Helmets
Road cycling helmets are lightweight and have sufficient air vents for comfort. No visor or detachable visors are common for road cycling helmets.
Mountain bike helmets have fewer vents and cover more of the back and sides of the head. Built-in visors are common for MTB helmets. Full-face cycling helmets are available for downhill riding.
Multi-directional Impact Protection System is a low friction layer inside the helmet providing more protection from rotational forces during a bike crash. Many helmets in the market now are equipped with MIPS.
Less money spent on a helmet does not mean less safety, because all helmets should meet the minimum safety standards. Expensive helmets usually get you a lighter weight and more air vents, and some additional features.
Safe Cycling To Our Happy Cycling Partners!