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Helmets

Some helmet facts –

Wearing a helmet is NOT compulsory in the UK. 

Wearing a helmet will not stop you being injured if you are hit by a car/truck/bus -

  • Cycle helmets are only designed and tested to protect your brain from an impact equivalent to an average weight rider travelling at a speed of 12 mph falling onto a stationary kerb shaped object from a height of 1 metre – ie you falling off your bike unaided.

Commuter cyclists in Belgium and Holland never wear helmets –

  • That’s because vehicle drivers are held to be responsible for any collision with a cyclist unless they can prove otherwise!

Wearing a helmet is still a VERY GOOD IDEA -

  • Helmets are designed to prevent or reduce the severity of injuries to your brain if your head comes into contact with the ground (or anything else). Without a helmet the standard impact at 12mph into a kerb edge can kill you – you don’t need the help of a car for that. If you are involved in a faster impact, the helmet will still provide some protection, reducing cuts, abrasions and potential brain damage. Watch the Tour cyclists’ crashes!

No matter what style of riding you do whether it’s Commuter, Touring, MTB, BMX, Dirt Jump, Road or Time Trial then we will have a helmet to keep you protected.

Choosing a helmet can be as confusing a choosing a bike. The variables are –

Fit – most important. Your head needs to fit the shell so that it won’t rattle around on impact and is comfortable to wear. WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU TRY THE FIT OF A HELMET BEFORE YOU BUY. Not all heads are round. 

Shape and protection – Provided the helmet fits, the shape and level of protection are secondary to safety but important to use. Some MTB helmets have more protection around the side of the head and some have chin bars that provide full face protection. Some just look big and you might want a more svelte look. BMX helmets are more like a motorbike helmet, providing protection around the back of the head and with far fewer vents.

MIPS – Multi Directional Impact Protection System. Available on some of our stock helmets and probably the biggest change in helmet design in recent years, MIPS mounts the inner harness and straps in the helmet shell using flexible straps. On impact, this allows the shell to rotate around your head, slowing the rotational deceleration of your brain which reduces the chance of injury.

Weight – important for comfort and if you are trying to get your bike and equipment weight down. However, be prepared to pay to lose the ounces.

Venting – The ideal helmet isn’t there when you are riding but appears when you crash. As a compromise, vents are used to keep your head cool. More, bigger vents keep your head cool but the design needs to be smart to still provide the protection and meet the impact standards. The design of the airflow through the helmet is also important. Again, more vents, clever design, more expense.

Comfort and adjustability of straps - A basic helmet will have straps that hold your helmet on just as well as an expensive one. However, more expensive helmets tend to have easier adjustment and lighter, more comfortable webbing and buckles. The inner harness and pad mounting also affects comfort.

Colour - Entirely cosmetic but so important…….

To peak or not to peak, that is the question – MTB helmets tend to have peaks, roadies don’t. A prize for anyone with a convincing answer why..

Bug mesh in the vents – this prevents wasps getting into your hair. Some may say they are essential and they are the ones who have had a wasp in their hair before.

Aerodynamic performance – critical for speed conscious riders. Top end road helmets are now getting to be almost as aerodynamic as full on time trial pointy hats. Some have adjustable vent covers so that you can open them to cool down and then close them for the power sections of your ride.

Cost– A basic helmet offers the same crash protection as an expensive one. You pay more for lighter weight, more comfortable fit options, more vents and better aerodynamics.

All helmets sold in the UK must be certified and labelled with a European CE EN1078 standard.