Bike helmets are an essential piece of safety gear for anyone who rides a bike. But there's more to them than just keeping your head safe in a fall.
Here are five things you might not know about bike helmets.
1. Bike helmets are not only for cyclists
Bike helmets can also be used for skateboarding, rollerblading, and other activities. They are designed to protect your head from serious injury in a fall or collision.
Bike helmets are required by law in all Australian States and and police enforce these laws in many cities. Using a bike helmet has been shown to reduce the risk of head injuries by up to 85%. They have also been associated with reducing the severity of head injuries.
Wearing a bike helmet use is recommended for all cyclists, regardless of age or ability level. Brain injuries do not discriminate whether the cyclist is a child or an older person and are therefore an essential accessory for any rider. As such, at Ride Bellerive, we make no apologies for recommending quality bike helmets to all of our customers and we have an extensive range to suit all styles of riding.
2. A bike helmet should fit snugly on your head
A bike helmet should fit snugly on your head and not move around when you shake your head.
The bike helmet straps should also be tight enough that you can only fit two fingers between the strap and your chin. You may need to adjust the bike helmet straps as you ride because the straps can loosen.
You can test if the bike helmet is too loose by shaking your head from side to side and front to back. If the bike helmet moves, it is too loose and needs to be adjusted. The bike helmet should also have a sticker that says it meets the safety standards set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
Bike helmets for adults need to be replaced every five years because they can deteriorate over time. Purchasing a bike helmet from a reputable store is also important because some bike helmets sold online do not meet safety standards.
3. A bike helmet should be replaced every five years
Australian standards dictate that bike helmets should be replaced every five years, even if the helmet has never been in a crash. The helmet's outer shell and inner lining degrade over time, which can reduce the helmet's ability to protect your head in a collision.
In addition, the straps and adjusters on the helmet can become stretched or frayed, making it more difficult to get a secure fit. Even if your bike helmet still looks good after five years, it's important to replace it to ensure you get the best protection.
We see far too many old and ineffective helmets in the community, and we take the issue of helmet safety very seriously. We have heard all the stories about the
helmet that saved the brain, so please don’t be offended if we tell you your helmet needs to retire to the wheelie bin next time you are in the shop!
4. You don't have to spend a lot of money on a bike helmet
Bike helmets are an essential piece of safety gear for anyone who rides a bike, but they don't have to be expensive.
When choosing a bike helmet, it's important to look for one that fits snugly and is comfortable to wear. It should also have a strap system that keeps the helmet in place in the event of a fall. In fact, plenty of affordable bike helmets on the market provide just as much protection as more expensive models.
And of course, it's important to make sure that the helmet meets all safety standards. With so many affordable bike helmets on the market, there's no excuse not to wear one.
So if you're looking for a bike helmet that won't break the bank, be sure to shop
around and compare prices. You may be surprised at how much protection you can get for your money.
You may have heard about MIPS technology and wonder what all the fuss is about? We liken it to the helmet’s equivalent of the advent of airbags for your car, and who wouldn’t want to give themselves the best protection where it counts!
MIPS comes with a price increase when you are helmet shopping, but we think it is worth every cent. We have had many customers who have suffered a head impact giving feedback that their MIPS helmets saved their brain from brain trauma.
MIPS stands for multi impact protection system, and is a patented technology that is featured in the helmet range we carry. For some very convincing images, and more information, go to the source at https://mipsprotection.com/
Get a helmet on your head today!
A bike helmet is an essential piece of safety gear for anyone who rides a bike, yet many people still don’t.
If you’re one of those people, we hope this blog post has given you some food for thought and that you’ll reconsider your position on bike helmets.
And if you’re in the market for a new bike helmet, visit Ride Bellerive online or
in-store today and view our range of quality bike helmets for adults and children.