Choosing the Correct Helmet for You
The one thing that you should always have with you when riding a bike is a helmet. Wearing a bicycle helmet has become much more mainstream and given what we know about brain injuries, it seems like a good idea. There are a few things to consider when trying on a new helmet.
Fit - Certainly one of the more important elements that you should think about. The helmet should sit low enough on your head and not be tight on the sides. You want to make sure that it can be adjusted to be snug and not wiggle around. Any slight discomfort while trying on the helmet will be amplified over time so make sure you avoid this.
To MIPS or not to MIPS - This technology is finding its way into some more affordable helmets these days. It is designed to help prevent you from getting a concussion when taking a fall. It allows your head to shift slightly inside the helmet. Stops the jarring impact that can cause a concussion. If you can find MIPS in an offering that meets your budget it is certainly worth getting.
In the end buying a helmet is a personal buying choice. One thing to consider is that even the most expensive helmet is far cheaper than the costs involved with a head injury. Also, the more comfortable and good looking the helmet is, the more likely it is that you will use it.
As you go up in price helmets generally will have more features like MIPS. They also tend to be more stylish and light weight with more ventilation. Basically more design time has gone into them. You should also replace your helmet every 5-10 years. You should also replace any helmet that has been involved in an accident. Even if it looks good visually you do not want to take a chance.
We do suggest trying a helmet on to make sure the fit is correct. If you have any questions give us a call or stop by.