How To Choose The Right Mountain Bike Helmet

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On average, most manufacturers recommend that mountain bike helmets must be replaced at least every five years. But, if you happen to get hit in the head while riding the helmet in an accident, there may be visible wear or even visible damage on the shell or the EPS foam, or perhaps has cracked in the EPS foam, then it would be wise to replace the helmet immediately.

Consider The Safety

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When you’re buying a helmet, you need to consider the helmet’s safety when choosing a helmet from a range of brands available to you in the market. Most manufacturers are known to use different materials in manufacturing a helmet. These materials are typically carbon-ceramic composites and polystyrene, but some helmets are made using other materials. It is not a good idea to use one of these helmets when you want to ride your mountain bike.

Consider The Material Of The Helmet’s Shell

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The helmet’s shell is also important in this regard. If you choose a helmet that is made from a composite material like carbon-ceramic, then there will be more wear and tear on the shell when compared to a helmet made from polystyrene. The shell is also important because it absorbs the impact when the rider is riding.

A helmet that is too loose and has sharp edges may not do much good, whereas a helmet that is too tight and smooth will also not do much good. The size of the helmet should also be taken into account.

If you are an experienced rider and are not sure how much weight you can comfortably lift while riding your mountain bike, you should get an appropriate helmet for your weight. Some of the helmets available today are made with straps so that you can easily strap on it to your helmet.

There are some helmets available that are removable. This means that you can remove it whenever you want to use it. And for added safety, you can also purchase the optional cheek pads. The cheek pads are meant to reduce abrasive material on the rider’s cheeks when the helmet is in use.

Type Of Helmet You Can Select

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As mentioned earlier, the type of helmet you select will depend on whether you ride your mountain bike for pleasure or fitness. {Riding your mountain bike for fitness purposes requires a helmet that provides more protection than riding your mountain bike for pleasure. You may also prefer to go for a helmet with airbags and other features like rain guards and a chin strap. Some of these helmets have a memory layer to give you additional protection if the wind or the rain catches you while riding.

Most motorcycle riders prefer to wear their helmets when riding their bikes because it is comfortable and allows them to concentrate on the road. But if you are riding your motorcycle for pleasure and want to enjoy the road, you would not want to wear a helmet because you are concerned about your safety.

Full-Face And Half-Face Helmets

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For people who wear helmets to protect themselves when they are riding their motorcycles, there are two types of helmets: the full-face helmet and the half-face helmet. A full-face helmet protects the entire head, while a half-face helmet does the same thing but leaves out the face’s top.

A full-face helmet is generally a rigid shell that is padded and has a visor attached to the shell. It is usually made of plastic or hard plastic.

A full-face motorcycle helmet is usually stronger than a half-face helmet because it can protect more area than a half-face helmet, which can protect the entire skull.

Final Words

The half-face helmet is essentially a thinner shell with only a visor and a strap attached to the shell, thus leaving the area of the face exposed. This is the type of helmet which is often worn by people who ride motorcycles to look cool.

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