Last updated 4/27/23
Cycling is a great way to exercise and explore your surroundings, but it’s important to remember that safety should always come first. Wearing a helmet is one of the most important safety measures you can take when riding a bike. In this blog post, we’ll explore why you should wear a helmet, when to know it's time for a new helmet, and how to pick the right helmet.
Why You Should Wear a Helmet
The most obvious reason to wear a helmet is to protect your head in case of an accident. When you fall off your bike, your head is the most vulnerable part of your body, and a helmet can significantly reduce the risk of serious injury. Studies have shown that wearing a helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by up to 85%.
It’s also important to remember that accidents can happen even to the most experienced cyclists. A collision with a car, a pothole or a slippery road can cause you to lose control of your bike and fall. In such situations, a helmet can save your life.
When is it Time for a New Helmet
Helmets are not designed to last forever, and it’s important to replace your helmet if it has been damaged or has worn out over time. Here are some signs that it's time for a new helmet:
- If you have been in an accident, even if the helmet looks fine, you should replace it. The impact can cause unseen damage that can affect the helmet's ability to protect your head in the future.
- If you can see any cracks or dents in the helmet, it’s time to replace it.
- If the helmet doesn't fit well anymore, it's time to replace it. Over time, the padding inside the helmet can compress, which can cause the helmet to fit too loosely.
- Or if the helmet is passed five years of it’s manufacturer date, you can find this date on the inside of the helmet. some manufacturers claim their helmets are safe up to ten years but five years has been the industry standard for a long time and it is better to be safe than sorry.
How to Pick the right Helmet
When it comes to choosing the right helmet, there are a few things to keep in mind:
- Look for a helmet that meets safety standards. In the United States, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) sets safety standards for helmets. Look for a helmet that has a CPSC sticker or label inside.
- Choose a helmet that fits well. The helmet should fit snugly on your head without feeling too tight. It should also be level on your head and cover the top of your forehead. The chin strap should be snug but not too tight.
- Consider the type of cycling you'll be doing. If you're going to be doing a lot of mountain biking, you may want to choose a helmet that provides more coverage for the back of your head. If you're going to be cycling in hot weather, you may want to choose a helmet with more ventilation.
If you are having any doubts about whether you are using the correct type or size helmet, consult your local bike shop to be sure the helmet in question will be able to keep you safe.
Wearing a helmet is one of the most important safety measures you can take when riding a bike. It can significantly reduce the risk of serious injury in the event of an accident. Remember to replace your helmet if it has been damaged or has worn out over time, and choose a helmet that fits well and meets safety standards. By taking these precautions, you can enjoy the benefits of cycling while staying safe on the road.