Bike helmet: what you need to know

Monday 09 Aug 2021

Among the accessories dedicated to cyclists, the bicycle helmet is sometimes considered as an exempt equipment during “simple rides” … And yet, many arguments prove the contrary. As such, the choice of a helmet may seem complex in the face of a wide variety on the market. How can you make the right choice to combine safety, aesthetics and comfort? Let’s find out during this comprehensive guide.

Yes, wearing a bicycle helmet is essential

You might think that wearing a bike helmet is only recommended for racers… Yet, no matter what kind of cyclist you are, this accessory could very well save your life in case of an accident. Indeed, the 220 fatal road accidents recorded in Switzerland during the year 2020 refer to many cyclists where the wearing of a helmet was unfortunately neglected. In short, no matter where you normally ride your bike, wearing a helmet should be a priority.

And that’s not all. Your helmet will also be useful to limit the inconveniences related to capricious weather. Of course, this protection will only concern your hair… But it is still a great asset. What’s more, wearing a bicycle helmet allows you to “set an example” for the younger ones.

What model should you choose?

Choosing a bike helmet starts with defining your usual practice. Are you a mountain biker? Do you only want to use your bike as a means of transportation? Are you looking for performance? Your answer will then lead you to 2 main choices: helmets for rides or hikes and models for racers.

Hiking helmets

Hiking helmets are generally heavier. Glare visor, mosquito nets… Depending on the model you choose, you can enjoy additional accessories.

Road bike helmets

These helmets are lighter and sport a shape that can promote aerodynamics… In short, if you want to maximize your performance, this type of helmet will meet your expectations while ensuring optimal safety.

What other features should you consider?

In addition to the model of your bike helmet, there are other features to consider, including its color. Often overlooked, the color of your helmet can nonetheless maximize your visibility to motorists and motorcyclists. Indeed, a light color will be much more visible than a dark shade. In the same way, light colors are ideal during summer periods (heat absorption via the sun’s rays).

Another feature worth mentioning in this guide is the presence of lighting systems. In practice, several LED strips will maximize your visibility in all circumstances. In addition, a bicycle helmet with lighting will sometimes have turn signals. These will be able to be activated via mechanisms on your handlebars or via a simple remote control… What to optimize your safety even more during your next rides!

Check your head size before getting equipped

Of course, wearing a bike helmet with dimensions adapted to your head is essential. A simple measurement will suffice to determine an ideal size. To do this, get a tape measure, then measure the conference of your head from the middle of the forehead to the occipital hump. If in doubt, don’t hesitate to ask the salesperson at your favorite store in Geneva any questions.

Adjusting your helmet properly in a few steps

To finish this article, let’s take a look at the steps you need to take to quickly and effectively adjust your bike helmet:

1. Loosen the adjustment knob as much as possible, then install your helmet on your head. At this point, your accessory should fit perfectly without any effort.
2. Position the front of your helmet horizontally with 2 fingers above your eyebrows as a guide.
3. Tighten your straps with the adjustment wheel, then lock them with the buckles (clips).
4. Shake your head from left to right, then from bottom to top. If your bicycle helmet moves, check the adjustment of your straps. Also, if you feel any discomfort, don’t hesitate to loosen your straps slightly.