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You Must Protect This Head!

March 2, 2009

As cyclists, we’re ever-fearful of numerous “worst-case scenarios.” The possibilities are endless, but if we take precautionary measures in order to combat them, we are making ourselves (and the roads) that much safer. Stephen McCarthy, of Gear & Training, keyed us in to the finer points of purchasing the best investment for a cyclist: the proper helmet.

Getting a New Helmet for 2009

The purchase of a bike helmet has three main parts, each compounding on one another to make this new addition protect your noggin to the nth degree.

Consider the following:

The type of materials used to make the helmet and number of vents:

Remember, the lighter the helmet, the more expensive. A general rule of thumb is the more vents, the more air flowing through the helmet, the cooler it will be.

The manufacturer of the helmet:

While you might ask why that makes a difference, the reason is each manufacturer fits a different type of head. Some are round, some are deep, some are oval, some are for racing, mountain biking, or recreational.

Look for proper certification:

I know…we’re picking out a helmet, not a personal trainer. Still, helmets should adhere to specific certifications, so that when you really need it, it will accomplish the mission: protect your head.

Didn’t find everything you were looking for? More information can be found at the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute.

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