Choosing a Helmet

I found this information on the Consumer’s Guide to Bicycle Helmets:  http://www.bhsi.org

I can’t tell you how important wearing a helmet while bike riding is to you and others riding with you.  About 3 months ago, my boyfriends son David had fallen behind and went racing ahead to catch my son Justin and went just about head first into a tree.  My heart just about stopped as I flew off my bike to see how he was doing.  When I got to him he was complaining that his arm hurt, got right back on his bike about a minute later and kept riding.  I don’t even want to think how different this day would have been if he did not have his helmet on.  I hope you follow all the safety precautions including wearing a helmet.  Even at a slow speed if you fall you could get seriously hurt on the trail.

  • Make sure your helmet fits to get all the protection you are paying for.
  • Make sure it’s level on your head, touching all around, comfortable snug but not tight.
  • It should not move more than about an inch in any direction and must not pull off no matter how hard you try.
  • Check the inside for a CPSC sticker, which means that it has met the US safety standards.
  • Pick white or a bright color for visibility to be certain that motorist or other cyclist can see you.
  • Avoid picking a helmet with snag points sticking out, a squared-off shell, inadequate vents, excessive vents, an extreme “aero” shape, dark colors, thin straps, complicated adjustments or a rigid visor that could snag in a fall.

Ride, live, have fun.  See you on the trails.

Cindy 🙂

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