How to Choose a Bicycle Helmet
If you read my blog from last week, you were likely waiting in suspense to find out how to select a bicycle helmet that best suits your needs. Read on below to find out how to ensure you purchase the correct helmet for your needs!
1. Determine which style of biking you are planning on doing. Road cycling and commuting typically require a different style of helmet than mountain biking.
2. Look for a helmet that can be custom fit to your head with a sizing adjustment wheel that is typically located at the back of the helmet. This ensures a perfect fit for your head!
3. Look for a helmet with ventilation holes. This allows you to regulate your heat better, and stay more comfortable during longer rides or hotter days.
4. Look for a helmet with a visor. This is helpful for both sunny or rainy days to help maintain vision.
5. How to determine if the Helmet fits properly:
-It should not wobble side to side, or tilt front to back
-It should not move if you shake your head side to side
-The helmet should be level just above your eyebrows
-The chin strap is snug when you open your jaw.
6. The Helmet should be Safety Certified by organizations that set impact standards (or, in other words set standards on how well they must protect your head against impact). CSA, EN, ASTM, CPSC or Snell are some certifications to look for on your helmet.
7. When to switch your Helmet?
-If the helmet has been in any collision or impact, retire it, even if it doesn't show any signs of impact. It is difficult to tell just how well a helmet will be able to protect your head after it has already suffered an impact. Better be safe and get another.
-If you helmet is older than 6 years, it is reasonable to assume its ability to protect your head has also diminished due to environmental factors like sweat, heat, etc.
Check out this video to see how exactly to fit your bike helmet!