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Do you want to know more about cycling helmets?

Cycling helmets just as glasses and gloves provide safety on the bike. Although their use is not mandatory everywhere, it is highly advisable and necessary to prevent head injuries in case an accident occurs.

Bicycle helmets must be lightweight, providing maximum ventilation and safety.

Bicycle helmets have a maximum lifespan of 5 years. After this time, the materials that they are made od deteriorate, losing or reducing shock absorbation and compromising, in this way, the safety of the user. That is why it is recommended to replace them after this time. It is also convenient to change it after a fall or a blow, because, although it may not appear to be damaged nor has exhausted its recommended use time, it may no longer protect adequately since its shock absorbation could have been affected.

How to choose a bicycle helmet?

Choosing a helmet is not easy, since the range models with different prices is endless. Helmets for children can be purchased from 14 euros. For adults, you can find a good helmet from about 20 euros, although some cost more than 85 euros. A higher price is not a guarantee of higher quality, so when choosing your helmet you should bear in mind the following features:

- Safety: the price of a helmet is determined, especially, depending on the material, weight and comfort, but in no case, for the level of security, since all helmets on the market must be approved according to with the European standard EN1078 .

- The shell: high-end bicycle helmets are manufactured using an In-mold process in which the outer part and the polystyrene of the inner part are joined together in a single piece, increasing the resistance against impacts and improving the the transfer of impact energy. If, on the other hand, the shell is stuck to the interior material, there is a greater risk of it coming off. One-piece helmets are generally more expensive, since their average price exceeds 50 euros, while in the attached models the average price is around 35 euros.

- The outward appearance: striking colours or reflective stripes contribute to better visibility.

- The retention system: the clip type, with two pieces of plastic that fit inside each other to close and open by pressing the sides, is the most practical system. Also check its strength, by giving a strong pull to see if it opens easily. Whatever the type, it must have a padded piece under it to protect the chin from rubbing with the strap and prevent the skin from being pinched when it is clipped together.

- The ventilation holes: at first glance it is difficult to check their effectiveness, since this does not depend on the number of holes, but on their design and position. Some contain mesh to keep out insects.

- The inner padding: the helmets usually have washable and comfortable padding which is sometimes, microperforated, for better breathability.

- The visor: can be put on and easily removed for the sun and the branches of trees. It is very common in mid-range MTB helmets.

How to adjust a bicycle helmet?

The effectiveness of a helmet depends in large part on its being well adjusted at the moment of impact. Therefore, you must use the contour adjustment system. Some models have simple cushions or an elastic band. However, the most precise adjustment is achieved with a plastic ring (rock-lock) that surrounds the entire helmet and fits the size of the head by means of a wheel on the back. This adjustment piece must be attached to the helmet by means of flexible plastic elements.

It is also necessary to adjust the length of the straps so that the helmet cannot move, without making it uncomfortable (check that you can open your mouth). Make sure that the regulation system is easy to use and that you do not need to repeat the operation each time you fasten your helmet. Try stretching the straps to see if they give excessively.

The helmet should be placed in a horizontal position, neither tilted towards the nape of the neck nor thrown over the eyes. When moving your head quickly, the helmet should not move from its position, nor compress your head.

The straps should go around your ears, never cover them. You have to make sure that the helmet does not interfere with your hearing or vision. Always wear it fastened, for your own safety and that of the people behind you.

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Opinions featured in Cycling Helmets

Uvex City 9 Helmet Matte Black
great in every respect
Very well designed and comfortable.
Anonomous user, the 12 February 2019
Cratoni C-Maniac Helmet Matte Black
Super light..
It seems to be decent quality.. it’s very light, so maybe that makes it appear a lesser quality ..I guess when I crach I can truly make an informed decision . The chin guard was a bit of a struggle to remove on one side.. I’m hoping it will get easier as it’s used..
Anonomous user, the 31 January 2019
Endura helmet FS260-Pro green
Ticks all the boxes
Good quality, fit is a personal thing but it fits me well, straps a comfortable and helmet is very light and well ventilated. Well priced as well.
Anonomous user, the 28 January 2019
Catlike Whisper Helmet White
Saved my head!
My first Catlike sacrificed itself when I hit a deer going 30mph. I walked away banged and bruised, but my head was fine. This helmet is light and super comfortable. Very well ventilated.
Anonomous user, the 24 January 2019
Uvex City E black matte helmet
old helmet but OK
This was a discontinued helmet but Uvex helmets are good.
Anonomous user, the 1 January 2019
Abus Hyban+ Casual Helmet White Clear Visor
Fantastic quality!
Very comfortable, plenty of air ventilation, nice helmet.
Christian , the 20 December 2018
Uvex Quatro Helmet Matte Black
German made for nice price
2nd one from vex for me
Anonomous user, the 19 December 2018
Rudy Project Boost 01 Shield Helmet Black Matte White (Removable Shield)
Unbelievable quality
Awesome product
Anonomous user, the 7 December 2018
Abus Hyban+ Casual Helmet White Clear Visor
perfect. excellent
yes ,very good.
Anonomous user, the 5 December 2018
Helmet Bell Sidetrack green lime junior
Safety first and stylish!
Good quality, good fit, good value and stylish too!
Anonomous user, the 4 December 2018
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