How To Choose A Bike Helmet
How to choose a bike helmet (and why some cost more than others) Whether you’re enjoying a leisurely cycle along part of Route 66 between Walsden to Brighouse or challenging yourself to tackle the renowned Mary Towneley Loop, a good helmet is a safety essential.
When it comes to choosing a bike helmet, everyone’s priorities are different but the most important thing to remember is that staying safe doesn’t have to cost a fortune. A well-fitting helmet at the lower end of the price range will usually protect you just as well as an expensive helmet but the top of the range models tend to offer more comfort and can be cooler to wear.
Finding The Perfect Fit
Your cycle helmet should cover about half of your forehead, most of the back of your head and shouldn’t slip around. Straps are designed to fit snugly under the chin and they attach to the helmet in a v-shape which should sit either side of each ear.
If you’re popping into the Happy Days bike shop in Sowerby Bridge we can try on a few different styles and help you find the right fit.
Looking And Feeling Cool
Cycling has become hugely popular, especially since lockdown, and there are loads of great helmets on the market aimed at recreational leisure cyclists as well as serious road cyclists. The choice is growing all the time and there are styles and colours to suit most people’s tastes and budgets.
It goes without saying that safety is the most important factor when it comes to wearing a bike helmet but it’s OK to want to look good too. As well as shape and colour, look for air vents too which will make sure you feel as cool as you look.
A lot of cycle helmets come in bright colours because cyclists need to do everything they can to make sure they’re noticed when out and about. Some have reflective panels and even lights built-in. Neon and lighter colours have been proven to stand out most clearly to other road users.
It’s easy to be blinded by science when it comes to helmet technology and some of the manufacturer descriptions can be hard for new cyclists to navigate. Don’t worry too much about the jargon but it’s worth being aware that a huge amount of research goes into designing bicycle headgear to make sure it gives maximum impact protection.
These innovations are designed to reduce the risk of head injury in the event of a crash. One to look out for in particular is MIPS (Multi-Direction Impact Protection System), a plastic liner which helps to disperse force on impact to improve protection.
How Often To Replace A Helmet?
A bike helmet should last at least two to three years unless it has been involved in a crash then it should be replaced immediately. Over time, ultraviolet light, weather and moisture can weaken the structure so it is a good idea to buy a new helmet every few years if yours has been well used.
If you’re looking for a new bike helmet, pop into our shop at 18 Town Hall St, Sowerby Bridge and we’ll show you our range. Or browse our online bike helmet collection.