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What to Look for When Purchasing a Bicycle Helmet

What to Look for When Purchasing a Bicycle Helmet

All bicycle helmets sold in the U.S. must meet standards set by the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC). However, there are still certain types of bike helmets that may meet your needs better than others and characteristics that you may want to be aware of when you are purchasing a bicycle helmet.

One major factor that you should consider in purchasing a bicycle helmet is the nature of the activities in which you intend to participate when wearing the helmet. For example, a mountain bike helmet may have enhanced rear-head coverage and a visor, or even full-face coverage, in order to better protect mountain bike riders. A road bike helmet, by contrast, often will not have a visor in order to keep its weight lower for the purposes of aerodynamics and to provide unobstructed view when riding in a more aggressive position.

A good fit is also vital for a bike helmet and its ability to prove your head with the protection that it needs. You should measure your head with a flexible tape measure wrapped around the largest portion of your head, which is about one inch above your eyebrows. You then should look for a helmet size based on that measurement. Most helmets come in a range of sizes, including small, medium, large, extra-large, and extended sizes. A good helmet should sit level on your head with the front edge falling one inch or less above your eyebrows in order to protect your forehead. Chin straps should be snug, but not uncomfortably tight. If the helmet shifts more than one inch when pushed side to side or back to front, then you probably need a tighter fit.

Other characteristics of bike helmets may be dependent upon the rider’s preferences. Some riders prefer a visor to block sunlight, but a visor does add weight and may create some wind resistance, which some riders want to avoid. For riders with longer hair, some helmets come specifically with strap designs to accommodate ponytails. Ventilation is often a factor for many riders; more ventilation ports can make a helmet lighter and provide more cool air and comfort for the rider.

Bonnici Law Group has the experience, knowledge and reputation that you want and need when you are injured in a bike accident. We are here to help you build the strongest claim possible for compensation and obtain a positive outcome in your case. Do not hesitate to contact Bonnici Law Group at 619-259-5199 or help@bonnicilawgroup.com.

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