I have posted a number of articles about bicycle helmets. Having taken a spill more than twice while riding, I have stated before and will repeat now, am a true believer in their utility. You may not like how they feel, or how they fit, or their shape, or…(gasp) the fact that they may mess up your hair….but even after all that – they are truly useful.
Now, if your helmet does not feel good on your head, chances are you need a different, better fitting one. Here are some key items to check out about your helmet and additional resources to use while selecting one:
- Start with checking the box in the store. Why? It needs to clearly state that the helmet meets the requirements of the Consumer Products Safety Commision – the link here will bring you to the specific page with their guidance; Another valid certification is the Snell’s B-95
- Size assessment – ask your local bike store or another sports or outdoors store with a good biking department for help on that. They can measure you…The helmet needs to fit snugly or you have the danger of actually hurting yourself.
- Personal preferences – here you can go wild; there are many bike helmet options…in terms of ventilation, shades, style and colors. Up to you on this one.
The Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute has tons of additional information on the topic – check them out. In the meantime, please remember – you need a bike helmet!