Your cycle helmet questions
Our loyal customers keep sending us questions, and we feel privileged to answer them. Some are regarding technical operations, some are fashionable queries, but I think the most important are regarding your cycle helmet. This is an essential piece of equipment, which not only keeps you warm and looking cool, but can save your life. If you have any other questions, or want to add to the existing, please feel free to leave comments below.
What are the safest cycle helmets?
This is a crucial question which a lot of cyclists old and new ask us. The answer can be quite extensive in regards to the brand and quality of helmet, but the general tests show that MIPS helmets are best. It stands for Multi-directional impact protection system. This means that the inside of the helmet has a slip plane which moves when impacted. Its design is based on the system our own body uses in our brain. This type of helmet may be the most advanced, but even a simple helmet will help. A regular helmet will still take a lot of the energy away from your head upon impact. The safest of this kind, will be one which fits well, and has secure strapping.
Do you have to wear a helmet on a cycle?
At the moment in the UK, there is no law which means you have to wear a helmet whilst riding a bicycle. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t wear one. I personally wear one every single time I ride, and ensure my children do too. It will only protect you, so it is down to your opinion, but I feel it is definitely something to get in the habit of wearing. It could save your life or prevent a serious injury.
What size helmet do I need?
In my opinion the best place to measure for a helmet is to use two finger widths just above the eyebrows, directly above the ears and around the back of your head at the widest part. It’s easiest to use a soft measuring tape for this, and get somebody to help make sure it’s in the correct position. Once you have the correct size, then you can be sure to order the correct size online.
Are cheap cycle helmets safe?
From my experience you do not have to spend a fortune to get a safe helmet. The important things to consider when purchasing a helmet is not based around the price but the design and quality. If the helmet has a hard outer and a soft inner, is the correct size, and straps up firmly, then it will be safer than a bare head. It is much better to have a cheaper helmet than nothing at all.
What are the disadvantages of wearing a helmet?
Although the advantages of wearing a helmet are huge, there can be some minor problems when cycling. These are however very small and uncommon. Some people who sweat a lot and have very sensitive skin, can get soreness or a rash on the helmets contact points. I personally feel this isn’t an issue with most helmets nowadays as they’re so well ventilated. The most important way to prevent this though is to make sure the helmet fits properly, which will stop it moving and rubbing. When deciding on helmets please take an honest look at the risks of not wearing one first.