Top 10 Misunderstandings About Cycle Helmets

Ⅰ. Misunderstandings in the use of bicycle helmets

More and more riders are concerned about the use of helmets. After all, this is related to life safety, but in normal use, many people still have misunderstandings in using them. So what should we pay attention to when using helmets? Pay attention to the following misunderstandings and try to avoid them during use!


Ⅱ. The top 10 misunderstandings of bicycle helmets


1. The lighter the helmet, the better


Relatively speaking, the lighter the helmet, the better. But the lighter the bike riding helmet, the smaller the chance that it will pass the national safety certification test standards, and the higher the relative price. Therefore, the prerequisite for choosing a helmet is to pass the national safety certification test standard. Most helmets can reach about 260g. This weight will not make you tired even for a long distance, so don't care too much about the weight index of the helmet. Unless you are for a bicycle race. Try to reduce your own weight, otherwise, it is not worth the extra money to buy an ultra-lightweight helmet.


2. The bigger or more holes in the helmet, the more windy the helmet


Breathability is the key to the helmet, which can keep your head dry during long-distance riding. The more or larger the ventilation holes on the helmet, the greater the airflow around your head, and the cooler you will feel. However, please keep in mind that the more or larger the ventilation holes on the helmet, the more exposed your head will be, so the degree of protection will be reduced accordingly. Compared with mountain bike helmets, the best road bike helmets have more or larger ventilation holes. Similarly, road bikers must consider the weight of their helmets more than mountain bikers. 


3. The buckle and drawstring cannot bear a certain force


You may only know that riding helmets need to be subjected to some impact tests, but the buckles and straps also need to be subjected to corresponding tensile tests. If they fail the corresponding tensile tests, they cannot be used on the helmet. Therefore, a qualified riding helmet, small buckle and pull strap must pass the corresponding tests, and then it can be regarded as a helmet that meets the national safety certification test standards in a true sense.


4. The helmet is broken or used for an extended period of time


If it breaks, don't use it. Wearing it is just a comfort for the heart. It is not of much practical use. If you make a small bump, it doesn't matter, but once the car crashes and the strength is strong, it may not be able to play a protective role. Don't underestimate a crack, it has changed the helmet's force and component effects in the physical structure.


Regardless of whether they have fallen or collided, riders should change their riding helmets every three years. Because, although the helmet has not undergone a collision, sun exposure and sweat erosion will also cause the helmet and some accessories to age, thereby weakening the safety factor and damaging the helmet's protective performance.


5. Wear a helmet without straps


It may feel more comfortable to untie the chin strap of the helmet, but if the head is hit, it will easily bounce out, and naturally it will not be able to protect it. Therefore, in order to play the protective role of the helmet, please wear the helmet chin strap at all times.


6. Wear a helmet that is too wide or narrow


If the helmet is not the correct size, it will not protect your head from the impact. Don't make the mistake of buying a helmet of an inappropriate size. To determine the correct size of the helmet, measure around the largest part of the head, (usually 1 cm above the eyebrows), and then buy the helmet according to this measurement. Since helmets are often divided into small, medium, and large sizes, you may only buy a relatively suitable size, and then use the size adjuster rotary button to adjust to achieve the most suitable size. After putting on the helmet, turn the helmet from one side to the other, from the front to the back, and feel whether it is comfortable to wear. If it is too loose or too tight, you need to continue to adjust or replace it.


7. Use inferior helmets


The manufacture of helmets has strict technical standards. Inferior helmets often fail to meet safe collision avoidance standards and cause danger. Many riders may not know how to know whether the helmet they bought is safe. In fact, it is impossible to determine whether the helmet is safe simply from whether the helmet is affixed with the CE certification mark. A corresponding test report and certification certificate must be provided.


8. Wrong wearing position


The most effective helmet position requires keeping the helmet and head level, and the edge of the helmet should be about 1 cm above the eyebrows. If it is not in this position, check whether the size of the helmet is appropriate, and then adjust the adjuster knob and chin strap to ensure that the helmet is worn in the correct position.


9, the system bandwidth is loose


The loose straps make the helmet possible to jump and move at any time, and when the head is hit by a secondary collision, the protective effect is reduced. Therefore, it is necessary to adjust the length of the pull strap so that the distance between the pull strap and the chin is adjusted to a space between the fingers, which can maximize the effective safety protection performance of the helmet.


10. Put the riding helmet casually after use


After every use of the riding helmet, please put it in a cool and ventilated place, avoid high temperature or long time exposure to sunlight.


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