Protect your head with a new bike helmet
It's true – most people who had to put on a bike helmet when they were kids hated it. However, today it's rare to see a bike rider without a helmet, and no matter how serious you take your cycling, it's an absolutely necessary investment. Bike helmets are now life savers that can look cool, too.
Buying a Bike Helmet
For years, only serious cyclists – the ones zipping across country roads and highways at 70 miles per hour – wore bike helmets. Most helmets were constructed in the "hairnet" style, like a racing or triathlon bike helmet. These helmets became more popular in the 1970s, but because they didn't look like much and didn't offer much protection, few "hairnet" helmets ever made their way beyond the competitive cycling world. In fact, it wasn't until the early 1990s, with the popularization of the modern in-mold microshell helmet, that bike helmets saw mainstream use. Now, most people who ride a bike recognize that bike helmets are as important as football helmets!
There are several critical things you need to keep in mind when buying a bike helmet. Make sure the helmet, no matter its style, fits your head properly. A helmet should stay level on the rider's head. The strap should rest comfortably under the chin – tight enough to maintain an even level, but not so tight as to cause choking or chafing. Furthermore, check that the straps are adjustable and aren't overly flimsy and unreliable – if they're difficult to adjust, it's less likely the helmet will continue to sit comfortably and properly on the head.
You really want to ensure comfort when buying child bike helmets or toddler bike helmets – if your child doesn't feel comfortable wearing the helmet, there's a good chance that they'll just take it off once they're out of your sight.
Bike Helmet Replacement
Here's a fact that may surprise you: bike helmets don't last forever. In fact, a helmet should be replaced immediately following a substantial fall or any sort of impact. These events can weaken the helmet and make it less likely that it will perform satisfactorily again in a similar situation. Also, most manufacturers recommend helmets be replaced every five to seven years, since the materials used to build them usually deteriorate over time.