Optimized for performance, road bike helmets are generally made with lighter weight materials, have extra ventilation to keep you cooler, and are more aerodynamic in design.
Road helmets typically don’t feature a sun visor as it impedes vision when in a low riding position.
For the off road enthusiast, a mountain bike helmet will provide added comfort and support with added protection for the rear and sides of the head. A visor is also a common feature, and will reduce the impact of sun, low branches, rain and other debris.
Ensuring your child is equipped with the best helmet available is extremely important for their safety. Perhaps the biggest factor to consider for this market is style – if your child likes the look or color of a helmet, they’ll be more inclined to wear it!
With a more traditional dome shape, BMX helmets provide a cheaper urban style helmet without compromising any of the necessary safety regulations. The safety regulation is the key difference between a BMX helmet and a similar-looking skate helmet.
These provide the perfect compromise between style and performance, perfectly suited for the everyday commuter. Maximizing both comfort and breathability, commuter helmets are generally also more conspicuous in design, perfect for everyday.
Similar in design to your standard MTB Helmet, a full-face helmet is perfect for the most daring of downhill and off road riders. With an extension to protect the teeth and jaw, while still ensuring adequate comfort and ventilation, these helmets will guarantee you against the heaviest of knocks. They’re commonly a required piece of clothing for downhill or BMX racing.
Specifically designed with aerodynamics in mind, a time trial helmet is one of the most cost effective additions for any serious racers time trial setup. With a smoother surface, less ventilation and a longer ‘tail’, time trial helmets are scientifically tested and wind tunnel approved to enhance performance.
Fit & Price
To get the right helmet for your head, it’s best to try a number of different brands. Each brand has different moulds and dimensions for their helmets, so some will naturally fit better than others. A helmet should be firm-fitting but still comfortable. Whilst the helmet is on your head and the straps are undone you should be able to lightly shake your head around without the helmet falling off. If the skin on your forehead slightly moves with the helmet and it is not uncomfortably tight, then this is a sign of a good fit.
Why Pay More?
Cycling helmets vary widely in price and with everything from a $40 to a $400 helmet meeting the same safety standards, it can be confusing to know how much to spend.
Generally, more expensive helmets offer; greater comfort; better adjusting mechanisms; improved ventilation; lower weight; wider range of size choices; improved durability; and will look and feel a lot better than cheaper helmets.
Bicycle Helmets for Sale
With this knowledge on board, check out the BikeExchange selection of bicycle helmets for sale, with leading brands like Giro, Lazer, Bell, MET, Bontrager, Specialized and Kask all available!