Tips When Buying Helmets
Wearing a helmet is an absolute necessity. Experience shows that almost all of our members wear helmets during club and touring and they also often wear a helmet when they are alone on the road. Yet there is a small proportion of members who do not design the helmet when he / she cycles individually.
How does a helmet? A helmet captures the worst hit in case of a crash. The intention is that the forces that arise are absorbed by the helmet instead of your head. It is scientifically proven that in this way major traumas in the brains can be prevented.
Some use- and buying tips for a helmet:
- The helmet should sit like a second skin on the head.
- Or, a bicycle helmet is comfortable or not is determined by three factors: fit, weight and ventilation.
- A helmet should be well ventilated. Overheating of the head can delay the response.
- Go to a store with a large assortment of helmets that can fit.
- Take the time to adjust. Adjust the size of the helmet and the length of the straps in. Shake head: the helmet must remain in the same position. He should not be too loose nor too tight.
- The right size can be measured by measuring the head circumference with a centimeter approximately 2 cm above the eyebrows.
- Check whether the adjustment straps stay in place on the set position (even if your helmet does on and off a few times).
- Put the helmet horizontally on the head (not far forward or backwards). The straps should be adjusted so that they leave the ears completely free.
- The bed should be well covered (for children is very important)
- Do you wear glasses or goggles race, keep it on during the match.
- The closure (under the chin) you should open easily with one hand and close.
- The closure should not open fire when you pull both straps.
- If you buy a helmet in the EU, it must be that he complies with the EN 1078. Caution! Sometimes used incorrectly Norm EN 1077 (Helmets) or EN 1080 (helmets Play). These helmets are not suitable for use on the bike. EN 1078 covers both children's bike helmets on bicycle helmets for adults.
- For skate and inline helmets applies the same standard EN 1078. So you can confidently go inline with your helmet. For other activities, the helmet NOT suitable.
- Helmets with the coating cast in the outer shell ( 'in-mold') are preferred separately produced in excess of helmets with the inside and outside, and glued to each other.
- There are specific helmets for women, but do not be fooled by. The biggest difference is usually the size and a different color combination.
- A helmet with a bright color and reflective strips is great in traffic. While, using a bluetooth motorcycle helmet will be a better, smart and safer option for all ages.
- After a fall or accident, the helmet unusable. The blow was collected makes the final piece helmet, even if there is no visible damage to the outside. You should of course replace the helmet even if he has become too small or too old. A good helmet is about 3 to 5 years. Then you can replace him the best with a new one.
- You can helmet is best maintained by cleaning it with a damp cloth. Never immerse him underwater. Bicycle helmets can be seriously damaged by certain cleaning chemicals. Use only cleaning products recommended by the manufacturer (usually soap and water). Try the helmet to fall and confirm no additional attributes.
- Keep your helmet in a bag or box. You perspiration can not evaporate properly. The best is a dry, cool place. Put your helmet not behind a window in the sun. The temperature may then rise quickly, and can deform the outer shell.
- Also bicycle helmets grow old and lose their protection. Even if you did not fall, your helmet still replace every three to five years.