How to Choose a Cyclist Helmet?
A helmet must be properly selected and adjusted to perform its function and ensure your safety. Everyone understands that a helmet is necessary if you are a responsible person and want to ride your bike alive. If you are still riding without it, you must give up this bad habit and start taking care of your life now. Here are some good tips how to choose a helmet, how to wear it correctly, and what you need to know about the types and quality of helmets.
Types of Helmets
Bicycle helmets are divided into three main types: leisure, street, and mountain. Different types of helmets differ in their design and features. Leisure helmets are best suited for city rides, leisure trips, and excursions when the speed is not a goal. They are usually modeled to protect the eyes from the sun. Street-type helmets are designed for road enthusiasts and have lower weight, better ventilation, and aerodynamic properties. With such a helmet, you will see better when driving in an aggressive position, i.e., leaning forward strongly. Mountain type helmets are designed to allow the head to breathe at low speeds. In this type of helmet, ventilation works on the chimney principle, i.e., hot air escapes vertically. This helmet pattern also protects if you are falling on your back.
Helmet sizes are divided into categories according to the same system as the sizes of clothes: XS (49-51 cm); S (51-55 cm); M (55-59 cm); L (59-63 cm); XL (62+). The number refers to the circumference of the head in centimeters, so measure your head before choosing a helmet. Most helmets are adjustable, so XS, M, L and other sizes are indicative, and you will need to try on at least a few different helmets to find the one that could fit a shape of your head the best. By the way, if you ride with glasses or sunglasses, then do not forget to have them with you when measuring your helmet. You should choose a helmet with which you will not feel any discomfort when wearing glasses.
Quality and Price
The quality of a helmet can be assessed by a few aspects. You can assess the aesthetic quality during a visual inspection. While some cycling enthusiasts do not like to admit it, we all care what the helmet looks like on a head. It is also possible to analyze the research and tests that have been carried out to increase the safety of the helmet and to analyze the technologies applied to the production of the helmet.
The price of a cyclist helmet depends on its weight and the complexity of the design. The more expensive helmets are very light, has better ventilation, and has increased aerodynamic properties. More expensive helmets have silicone pads with antibacterial properties, they do not absorb sweat, and they are easy to clean. Modern helmets use a variety of technologies to help reduce the risk of brain concussion, such as MIPS technology.