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A protective headgear worn by cyclists

Example usage: It's important to always wear a cycle-helmet when cycling.

Most used in: Countries with an active cycling culture.

Most used by: All cyclists, from casual riders to competitive athletes.

Popularity: 10/10

Comedy Value: 4/10

Also see: Helmet, Cycle Helmet, Bicycle Helmet, Cycling Helmet,


What is a Cycle-Helmet?

A cycle-helmet is a piece of protective headgear used by cyclists while cycling. It is designed to reduce the risk of head injuries in the event of a crash. Cycle-helmets are typically made of a hard outer shell with a soft inner lining of foam and straps for a secure fit. The straps help to keep the helmet securely in place even in the event of an impact.

Wearing a cycle-helmet can reduce your risk of a head injury by up to 88% and reduce the severity of any head injuries that do occur. It is estimated that in the US, bike helmets prevent up to 85% of head injuries and up to 88% of brain injuries.

In many countries, it is a legal requirement for cyclists to wear a cycle-helmet. Even if it is not a legal requirement, it is important to wear a helmet when cycling to ensure your safety. The helmet should be comfortable and secure, and should fit snugly on your head.


The History of the Cycle Helmet

The first use of the term “cycle helmet” dates back to the 1930s in North America. The term was used to describe a padded cap which was worn by cyclists to protect their heads from injury. The design of the cycle helmet was based upon the military helmets worn by soldiers during World War I.

In the 1950s, the design of the cycle helmet began to evolve. Manufacturers developed helmets which were made of hard plastic and had chin straps. These helmets were designed to protect cyclists from head injuries in the event of a crash. The popularity of these helmets increased over the next few decades.

By the 1980s, cycle helmets had become a common sight on the roads. In the 1990s, several countries passed laws which required cyclists to wear helmets when riding. Today, cycle helmets are an essential part of cycling safety and have helped to reduce the number of head injuries suffered by cyclists.

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