Basic Guide To Bike Helmets
Outside of an actual bike (and even that’s debatable) a helmet is the most important piece of cycling gear you need to own. Wearing one is the law in some states, and a good idea no matter where you’re riding. On average more than 700 cyclists die in traffic accidents each year in the U.S, and head injuries are the primary cause. Don’t become a statistic.
KEY COMPONENTS OF A HELMET
Style: Find a helmet that looks good on you and you’re more likely to wear it.
Color: Brighter colors are easier for drivers to see, and reflect sunlight, meaning you’ll be cooler on hot days.
Vents: Improve cooling by letting air flow through the helmet.
Retention System: Keeps helmet snug and in place via a slide adjustment or tension dial.
Removable Pads: Absorb sweat and provide cushion for a more comfortable fit. Periodically remove these pads and wash to prevent odor.
Visor: Optional accessory in some helmets that shades the eyes and offers protection from debris kicked up by other riders.
SIZING AND FIT
Most helmets are equipped with an adjustable sizing mechanism that allows for quick and easy tension adjustment of the helmet’s headband.
To Properly Fit a Helmet:
- Fully open the adjustable sizing band
- Place helmet level on head, then slowly tighten headband until helmet is comfortably snug
- Adjust straps so they meet just below your ears
- Once side straps are adjusted properly, tighten chin strap until comfortably snug, then engage latch
- Once strapped on, helmet should move no more than one inch in any direction, and be impossible to remove from your head without unbuckling strap