A bicycle helmet is perhaps the only way to protect a cyclist's head from injury in a fall or collision. Modern bike helmets are made from lightweight foam-like materials that are covered with bright plastic. The foam absorbs most of the energy on impact, while the slippery plastic contributes to the helmet slipping, thereby significantly softening the impact. Many holes are usually made in the helmet so that even when traveling in extreme heat, the head does not overheat. In addition, this design of the helmet reduces its weight.
Both adults and kids' helmets are tested before entering the range of bike accessories stores. Proven models provide increased helmet and mount reliability - although of course no helmet can provide full protection in a collision with a car at full speed or in a fall at high speed.
Types of helmets
There are several types of bicycle helmets. The lightest are road helmets with an oblong shape, aerodynamic and excellent ventilation. At high speeds - what you need. In addition, most children's bicycle helmets are created using this technology. Mountain helmets - somewhat similar to road helmets in design, but a visor is added in front to protect against rain and sun. BMX helmets - more like helmets, have a wide visor. Closed helmets are not much different from motorcycle analogs. Helmets with two visors - "downhill", provide face protection when falling.
How to choose a bike helmet?
The choice of a bicycle helmet must be approached with the utmost responsibility. The bicycle helmet should be matched to the head size, no more and no less, to fit snugly against it, providing a good free view while riding. It is better to take your time with the choice and try on several different models in order to understand which one suits best. For this reason, it is best to order several.
A helmet worn on the head should have no gaps between the inner surface and the head and sit on the forehead much higher than the eyebrows so as not to obstruct the view. If you open your mouth in a buttoned helmet, then you should feel a slight pressure on the forehead, otherwise the chosen model is large.
The holes on the helmet should run from front to back to allow air to circulate freely. The color of the helmet must be bright and visible from afar. It's also a good idea to have reflectors on your helmet.
It makes no sense to choose very expensive helmets. Even a cheap model is able to protect the head in case of a fall, since it will be made of the same materials as an expensive analogue.