Bike Helmet Buying Guide: You have decided to wear a bike helmet, either after an extended reflection or fear you have had on a bike. However, how to choose his helmet? What are the essential criteria to be taken into account? Which brand favors? This guide is intended to answer all your questions so that you can choose the right bike helmet that will protect you at best.
How to choose a bike helmet?
The essential elements to take into account are:
- The size of the helmet: adjusted but not too tight
- The level of comfort
- The ease of adjustment
- The certification: to ensure that the helmet is approved by the European standards for cycling (EN1078)
- The use: city, leisure, etc.
- The design (color, shape, etc.)
- It is also often necessary to try several helmets to be able to decide: all these parameters are critical when one is chosen to wear a helmet on a daily basis.
Which size of bike helmet choose?
Before selecting a helmet, it is essential to measure its cranial perimeter beforehand. To do this, we recommend using a soft meter and take the measurement above the eyebrows. Most Cyclable stores are equipped to do this measurement.
Most helmets are adjustable using a wheel located at the back of the helmet, which is why the helmets indicate a minimum size and a maximum size.
Moreover, when you are between two sizes, it is essential to do a test before you decide! Ideally, the helmet should be adjusted but not tightened both at the internal adjustment level and at the degree of the straps under the chin.
Finally, beyond the question of size, there is a usual problem: people with small or large cranial perimeters.
For younger children , we offer the Casco Mini-Generation range of helmets , which start at a height of 44 cm, allowing you to ride safely with a child on a baby seat from the age of 9 -10 months (it is also imperative to check that the back design of the helmet allows the child to be installed in the baby seat without being hindered when it presses its head on the backrest.
For adults with small cranial perimeters, we recommend helmets designed for teenagers, which often come in two versions: 52-56 cm and 57-60 cm.
Finally, for adults with a large cranial perimeter, or an asymmetrical skull shape, we recommend some models of the German brand Abus that extend up to 65 cm (most large helmet sizes stopping at 62- 63 cm).
Moreover, for those who have difficulty finding a helmet their size, the possibility of the bike airbag is an excellent solution since it comes in the form of a neck strap, and that it will marry the head Of the cyclist only in the event of a fall trigger.
Choose a comfortable helmet:
To ensure the comfort of a helmet, the idea is to try in store. Depending on models and brands, the level and type of support are different. The lining may be fixed or removable, and may optionally be changed or completed to fit perfectly with the cyclist’s skull.
We advise you first to put the helmet on the head and then adjust it to the level of the adjustment wheel on the back and the sub-chin strap.
Choose an easily adjustable bike helmet:
The setting must be easy; It must be able to be realized by the cyclist on himself and without a mirror. Thus, the manufacturer facilitates daily use. Some tips:
- The adjustment knob on the back of the helmet is very pleasant because it allows a very precise fit
- The helmet is fastened either under the chin or at the temple
- If the fastening is done by clip under the chin, it must be ensured that a fabric protection avoids pinching
- Some manufacturers, such as Casco, have added zippers to fit the sub-chinstrap in a single gesture and with one hand, which is very convenient to use.
What approval for a bike helmet?
It is important to make sure that the helmet has the European standard for cycling. However, a helmet can have several approvals, which is a significant advantage for athletes who want to use a single helmet in their many activities. Here are the details of the sports homologations:
- Bike approved helmet: standard EN1078
- Ski helmet: standard EN1077
- Helmet approved climbing: standard EN12492
- Water-sport approved helmet: EN1385
- Helmet recommended electric bicycle speed: standard EN 22-05
The Bern helmets offer a double bike approval/skiing for some ranges (Lenox, Berkeley, Watts, etc.).
What uses for my bike helmet?
Above all, the question of use must be asked: do I need a helmet that is very covering or very ventilated? Is a visor at eye level necessary or not? Do I have a constraint related to my electric bike speed, which forces me to wear an approved helmet?
Depending on your use, you will choose an urban bike helmet or sports bike helmet:
- A very ventilated helmet (for sporty use or committed bio tag): the ventilations make it possible to limit the perspiration
- A well-covered helmet (for use on an electrically assisted bicycle): the effort is limited
- A bicycle airbag for cyclists who drive only in urban areas
- A helmet approved speed: the helmet bike speed Awax demi-jet fashion makes sure to ride safely with a light helmet and a protective visor
What design for my bike helmet?
Today, all brands compete with originality to adapt helmets to all cyclists: sober, colorful, phosphorescent, imitation hat or cap, the choice is limitless!