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How to choose a bicycle helmet?


Bicycle helmet is an essential cycling gear that each cyclist must have. It comes in various designs and shapes though its primary function is to protect our head. Popular brands in the market are OGK Kabuto, Kask, Rudy Project, Bell, Specialized etc. 

For each brand of helmet, they usually come in:

  • Two types of fitting – Asian fit and Standard fit 
  • Several sizes such as small, medium and large
  • Various models to cater for different types of cycling

Choosing a bicycle helmet is an important decision as it can help protect you in the event of a crash or fall. Here are some factors to consider when selecting a bicycle helmet:

  • Safety certification: Look for a helmet that meets safety standards set by organizations like the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Snell Memorial Foundation, or European Union Safety Standards. A certified helmet will have a label indicating it meets these standards.
  • Fit: Make sure the helmet fits snugly on your head without being too tight or too loose. Look for a helmet that offers adjustable straps and/or a dial adjuster to customize the fit.
  • Comfort: Choose a helmet with adequate ventilation to keep your head cool during long rides. The helmet should also be lightweight and comfortable to wear.
  • Style: Bicycle helmets come in a variety of styles and colors. Choose a helmet that fits your personal style and preferences.
  • Purpose: Consider the type of riding you will be doing when choosing a helmet. For example, if you’re a road cyclist, look for a helmet that is aerodynamic and lightweight. If you’re a mountain biker, look for a helmet with more coverage and protection.
  • Budget: Bicycle helmets come in a range of prices. Consider how much you are willing to spend and look for a helmet that meets your needs and fits within your budget.

I encountered friends who bought impulsively from online stores and local bicycle shops because the design and colour of the helmet was attractive to them. It is vital to first choose a helmet which fits you well, before considering the design and colour of the helmet. Therefore, you need to be present at the shop to try the bicycle helmet before buying.

The fit of the helmet for your head is the most important. Remember, a helmet is a crucial piece of safety equipment and should be replaced after any impact or every few years, even if it hasn’t been damaged. Safe riding is the number one priority.

Each cyclist wears a properly fitted bicycle helmet

For starters, you can check out Decathlon’s range of bicycle helmets. They have helmets for road cycling, city cycling, mountain biking and also kid’s sizes for children. Do go down to the store to try the helmet for fit first before you make your purchase. If you do intend to purchase anything from Decathlon, I hope you can support Bike Guru by making your purchase via my affiliate link.

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