When riding a bike, do not forget to wear your helmet. A good helmet is an essential safety element for both adults and children: it protects the head in the event of an accident and prevents serious injuries. Choosing a helmet suited to your physical characteristics and using it can be vital.
Helmet Prevents Injuries
The risk of injury in the event of a bicycle fall is reduced by up to 85% if the cyclist is wearing the helmet.The General Circulation Regulations require cyclists to use approved protective helmets when traveling on long-distance routes, except on ascending ramps, extreme heat or medical reasons.
From BICYCLEBAZZAR, we get more information about types of helmets. When buying a helmet, it is imperative to go to the store to try it, as you have to check two key points:
It has a size that fits perfectly to your head.Most helmets
It is comfortable to carry, otherwise it will make you lazy to use it.
Look also at the following features:
The EN1078 marking indicating that it complies with the European standard of approval.
The way in which the outer shell is attached to the inner material that absorbs the blows: in many cases, it is glued, which means there is a risk of detaching.The helmets having the casing are molded directly on the inner material.
The exterior appearance: the striking colors or the reflective strips contribute to a better visibility.
The closing system: the click type, with two pieces of plastic that fit one inside the other and open by pressing the sides, are the most practical system.Also check its strength, giving a strong pull to see if it opens easily.Be that as it may, you should wear a padded piece underneath to protect the chin from rubbing with the clasp and prevent pinching of the skin by buckling.
Ventilation holes: it is difficult to see how effective they are by their naked eye, since it depends not on the number of holes, but on their design and position, but at least ensure that they are fitted with a mesh that prevents insects from entering.
The visor, which can be put on and easily removed.
A Perfect Fit
The effectiveness of a helmet depends to a large extent on how well it is adjusted at the moment of impact.To do this, you must use the contour adjustment system.Some models carry simple pads or a rubber band.However, the most accurate adjustment is achieved by a plastic ring that surrounds the entire hull and adjusts to the measurement of the head by means of a thumbwheel on the back.This fitting must be attached to the hull by means of flexible plastic elements.
It is also necessary to adjust the length of the straps so that the helmet can not move, but without becoming uncomfortable (check that you can open your mouth).Make sure that the regulation system is easy to use and that you do not need to repeat the operation every time the hull is buckled.Try to stretch the straps to see if they sag excessively.
The helmet should be placed in a horizontal position, neither inclined towards the nape nor thrown over the eyes.When moving the head with energy, the helmet must not move from its position, but neither must compress the head.
The straps should surround the ears, never cover them.Make sure the helmet does not interfere with hearing or vision.Always wear it fastened, for your own safety and that of the people that circulate behind you.
After a fall or a blow, you must change the helmet, although it does not appear to be damaged.Your ability to absorb shock may have been affected and will no longer be able to adequately protect you.
And remember that it is always better to wear a bad helmet than carry nothing.
The helmets for children can be purchased from 14,00 euros. For adults, you can find a good helmet from about 20 euros, although some cost more than 85 euros. A higher price is not a guarantee of higher quality.The one-piece helmets are generally more expensive, their average price exceeds 52 euros while in the glued models the average price is around 35 euros.
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