Differences Between Bike Helmets

Differences Between Bike Helmets
What kind of bicycle helmet you choose is dependent upon your budget, your style preferences, whether you mountain bike or road bike, and the helmet's fit. There are some considerations to take into account when purchasing a helmet.

Mountain Helmets vs. Road Helmets

Mountain biking helmets come with visors while road helmets do not. Road biking helmets are crafted with aerodynamics in mind because road riding is more speed-oriented.

One other helmet, the downhill mountain biking helmet, features full facial protection.

Ventilation

Cheaper helmets don't feature much ventilation, while more expensive models are extremely vented. The Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute (BHSI) recommends helmets with as few vents as possible because fewer vents mean less dense foam.

Fit

Helmets come in various sizes and have an adjustable chin strap. Some helmets also have adjustments toward the back of the helmet.

A helmet should sit level on your head and one or two finger widths above the eyebrow, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. You should also be able to fit no more than one or two fingers under a tightened chin strap, the NHTSA says.

Shape

Some helmet shapes are better looking and more aerodynamic. However, shape might also influence safety. The BHSI recommends helmets with a smoother, rounder shape because they have less chance of snagging on the ground.

Cost

Bicycle helmets run from less than $20 to hundreds of dollars. However, the amount of protection helmets provide appears to be the same, according to a test conducted at the behest of the BHSI. Your helmet should at least meet Consumer Product Safety Commission standards.

Article Written By Shane Farver

Shane Farver is a former newspaper reporter looking to immerse himself in freelance writing. Farver's interests lie particularly in writing about the outdoors and recreation, but he has a solid background of writing about politics, crime, and military issues. Being a former college instructor, he also enjoy writing pedagogical articles.

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