Cycling Helmets: Most Effective Cycling Protective Gear

Posted by daviddon on July 25th, 2015

Cycling helmets are devices that must be worn all the times during bike riding. Although in the past couple of years helmets are worn increasingly by a number of riders, people may not be getting the most out of wearing these helmets because of the wrong ways they are being fitted.
Cycling helmets are designed to provide protection to the skull which is one of the most sensitive areas in our body. The skull when meeting on strong impact with a hard surface could have devastating results. Therefore, the proper use of cycling helmets is very necessary during bike riding.
As proven by statistics of one research, proper fit and care of the cycling helmet is being disregarded by a lot of people. In children and adolescents, as much as a whopping 96% don't wear their helmets properly. These children have twice the risk of getting detrimental effects from potential accidents that can and will arise without proper supervision from an adult.
A lot of companies who design and produce cycling helmets offer a wide range of helmet sizes. These sizes are categorized according to who will wear it. These sizes are further divided in to small, medium and large. Either the wearer is a child or adult, there will be a helmet size that will fit them properly. In case the helmet still doesn't fit a particular individual, the fit can be altered using pads of different thickness.
A good and quality cycling helmet must have a strong nylon support strap that goes around the head of the wearer. These straps can be adjusted accordingly and tight enough but still provide the most comfort. There are also modified helmet straps that have several adjustable points that can also help in proper fitting and tightness.
To make sure that cycling helmets remain intact and fitted, make sure that the front most edge of the helmet only rests two fingerbreadths above the eyebrows. Make sure that the strap is behind the lower jaw and touches the throat but has adequate space for not more than one finger to pass through it.
Snell Memorial Foundation, recommends immediate disposal if the helmet has endured a crash that created a strong magnitude of blow. If the helmet already has cracks then it would be safe to replace it with a new one.
Helmets that also reached more than five years should already be disposed of unless the manufacturer recommends earlier disposal. Cycling helmets tend to weaken or degrade as they get older. These steps must be strictly followed for a safe and fun riding experience.
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