Cycling Apparel, Safety, Gear & Repair : Bike Helmets & Safety Tips for Bicyclists

Cycling Apparel, Safety, Gear & Repair : Bike Helmets & Safety Tips for Bicyclists


This is Jim Toledano for Expert Village and
we’re going to talk about helmets. Aside from the bicycle, this is the only other absolutely
indispensable part of riding a bike. The helmet’s designed to protect your head. If you hit
the ground, the likelihood if you head hits the ground is that you’ll get a concussion,
serious injury, or perhaps get killed. A helmet is designed to put something between you and
whatever it is you hit. It’s designed of hard plastic; inside it has padding. You put
it on flat like this. You don’t tip it forward; you don’t tip it back. When you buy a helmet,
you make sure it’s one that’s snug but not too tight on your head. Helmet straps;
the purpose of the strap is to keep your helmet on you when you’re falling or otherwise
off the bike and on your way to the ground. It should be tightened. The straps should
tightened so you can get no more than two fingers between your chin and the strap. Helmets
are adjustable. This little piece slides up and down. You loosen it and it slides up and
down, so you fit, and make sure it fits, so that when you’re wearing it doesn’t jump
around and it doesn’t fall off. Helmets also have holes in them. The purpose of the
holes is to get air in. The more holes, obviously, the better it is for really hot weather. Make
sure you get a new helmet every two years to keep your head safe. If the helmet’s
on right, it should be comfortable; you shouldn’t feel it. Other than the fact you know you’re
wearing something and it shouldn’t get in your way. Some helmets have a visor, some
don’t. They call the helmets with visors mountain bike helmets for some reason, but
there’s no law that says you can’t wear it for rode biking, and I wear mine for rode
biking. Helmets last about two years. If you’re in an accident, your helmet does hit the ground,
get rid of it, get a new one because any impact with the ground on a helmet is going to do
damage and it’s not as safe as it’s supposed to be. After two years, the affect of sunlight
and air on the helmet will cause the plastic to deteriorate. Make sure you get a new helmet
every two years to keep your head safe.