Are bicycle helmets effective? Can they save your life? Yes!
"Bicycle Helmets are lifesavers."
You can find all sorts of bicycle helmets in our cycling store. Great prices an a large selection.
General Helmet Information
When worn properly, a helmet can be the difference between life and a seriously debilitating brain injury or possibly death.
Gone are the days of the stuffy, dorky looking lid when you were younger. Today an incredible amount of engineering goes into them. Airflow, ergonomic fit and protection are all combined in the modern helmet worn today.
Here is a photo of my Spiuk
Helmet. I saw this in Lourdes,
France while on a cycling trip. The Spiuk offers a mesh liner over the ventilation holes that keeps the bees and
wasps out. Yes that can be a problem, really!
But the pros take their helmets off when they ride.
It used to be that the pros would take their helmets off on a long climb because it was hot or because the moon was full or because they thought they slowed them down. I have to believe someone said they were projecting the wrong image by doing this because I remember during a trip I took to Europe in 2004 that we followed the Tour de France around we saw pros climbing without helmets. But watching the tour last year, they were wearing them on the climbs. After the death of Pro Cyclist Andrei Kivilev in 2003, the UCI ruled that helmets were mandatory in all races sanctioned by that body.Let's look at helmet basics:
The short version of helmet construction is this:
Made by expanding beads of white foam inside a mold the shape of the
helmet with an expanding agent, the beads solidify into a shape and a
shell and straps are attached to that shape. This foam then absorbs the
impact of a fall and deforms rather than the head deforming.
Buy a new helmet that has been tested and meets the uniform safety standard issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Don't use an old helmet unless it has a seal from one or more of the voluntary bicycle helmet standards, such as ASTM, Snell, or ANSI. Look for the certification seal labeled on the helmet. This is the same certification you will see on motorcycle helmets.link to helmet laws.
Remember that laws vary from state to state but a bicycle crash can happen at any time. A properly fitted bicycle helmet reduces the risk of head injury by as much as 85 percent and the risk of brain injury by as much as 88 percent.
Proper Helmet Fit
Free Safety Flier on Helmets from the NHTSAClick here to download your free flier on the importance and fitting of bicycle helmets. Your tax dollars at work!
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