Are you ready to get on the road and ride your bike? Before you do, make sure you get the right bicycle helmet. Bicycle helmets are designed to help prevent injuries in crashes. They absorb energy from an impact and prevent jerking movements that might injure your skull or neck.
Helmets have excellent benefits, but only if you have the right one. Here is how you should choose your next helmet.
- Look for a good fit
The first thing you need to do is look at the helmet’s size. You will want to select a helmet that is around the same circumference as your head. Measure the widest part of your head, and then select a helmet that fits snuggly and that is similar to that size.
- Look for the right shape
Helmets come in different sizes and shapes based on what you want them for. Mountain bike helmets, for example, have additional coverage compared to street helmets. There is additional coverage over the occipital and temporal regions of the brain, and there is often additional coverage across the face.
On the other hand, road helmets have more protection in the front and sides, because it’s more likely that you’ll crash in a forward motion. Visors are less common so that you can see more easily.
- Select a good retention system
Finally, remember to select a helmet with a good retention system. This means that you want to find a helmet that straps under your chin comfortably but that is also adjustable. You should only be able to fit two fingers between your chin and helmet trap. The straps should also make a “V” around the ears, so that they stay in place securely.
These are a few things you should look for in a good helmet. There are many choices available, so take some time to get to know what those helmets are for and if the helmet you’re looking at is right for your activities. Getting the right helmet could help prevent a serious injury, like a brain injury, if you’re involved in a collision with another vehicle.