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Helmets! How to Pick the Right One?
The variety of styles, sizes, purposes, and features can be overwhelming for those seeking to buy a bicycle helmet, so we’ve got a few pointers.
Types of Helmets
There are 5 types of bicycle helmets out there:
Urban helmets are generally favoured by freestyle, BMX riders, skaters and commuter. They offer less venting but still comply with safety standards and will offer good protection should you fall off your bike.
Road helmets look sleeker, racier and more compact. They tend to have more air vents to improve airflow when cycling and don't come with a visor as road cyclist usually wear sunglasses.
Also known as Mountain Bike Helmets, trail helmets look similar to road helmets in design. However, there are a few differences, including head coverage, fewer vents and a visor.
This type of helmet offers full-face protection for more extreme off-road cycling, such as when doing downhill riding. These helmets are similar to motorbike helmets, except they are a lot lighter.
Helmets for junior cyclists are, generally smaller and lighter. They are designed to fit smaller heads and also to appeal to children who like bright colours, designs and patterns.
The Right Fit
A good-fitting helmet should be snug but not annoyingly tight. It should sit level on your head (not tilted back) with the front edge one inch or less (2 fingers) above your eyebrows so that your forehead is protected. The straps should for a V-shape below your ears. And you should be able to fit no more than one finger between your chin and the chin strap.