Cycling Helmets - Safety First
Any cycling helmet is better than no cycling helmet at all! Even though in Germany unfortunately helmets are not required by law from our point of view a cycling helmet is an absolute necessity for all cycling sports disciplines. It provides safety in traffic and quite a number of cyclists have been spared severe head injuries due to their helmets. Whether on the trail, in a race or on your commute to work – a cycling helmet simply is part of cycling! In our online shop you will find a large selection of attractive and safe mountainbike, road bike and allrounder helmets for women, men and kids.
What characteristics do good Cycling Helmets have?
Size and fit are crucial in a cycling helmet because the perfect fit is essential for the helmet to fully protect you. First you should measure your head circumference to determine the right helmet size. This way you can be sure your helmet doesn’t wobble around or fit too tight. Many high-grade modern cycling helmets feature an adaptable adjustment system so the helmet can be individually adapted to the shape of your head by adjusting height and width.
Low weight is always an asset in Cycling Helmets for Women as well as for Men because if it weighs too much you will perceive it as a burden and your neck will soon be exhausted. At the same time a good cycling helmet has to be absolutely robust and offer effective protection. In Germany helmets have to fulfil fundamental safety requirements and bear a test seal such as the test seal for the European standard DIN EN 1078 (CE) and a certification by the TÜV (German Technical Service).
Apart from that it is essential for a good cycling helmet to offer sufficient ventilation. This way your head will remain pleasantly cool. Numerous ventilation eyelets and internal air channels provide air flow and prevent you from perspiring or overheating underneath your helmet.
The following important features qualify a perfect cycling helmet:
- An In-Mold construction where the helmet shell is bonded to the rigid foam shell guaranteeing best helmet stability & shock absorption. In-Mold helmets, in addition, are very lightweight and durable.
- A simple and quick system for adjusting height and width which is easy to handle. The width is often adjusted with a small dial at the back of the head.
- Reflective elements which serve safety and visibility in low light situations.
- Strategically placed pads inside the helmet which prevent pressure points and absorb perspiration and wick it away.
Helmet manufacturers are heavily working on impact protection. MIPS Protection (Multi-Directional Impact Protection System) is one example, a special insert which is only slightly fixed to the inner shell and which will absorb and distribute energy peaks in case of an impact at a slanted angle so that the risk of a traumatic brain injury is reduced significantly. There are many cycling helmets, with or without additional protective systems.
Ideal for mountainbike, tour or city – a Cycling Helmet with Visor!
It highly depends on your cycling discipline which is the appropriate helmet for you because it was specifically designed for that discipline. Each cycling sports discipline bears its individual risks of injury and there are corresponding safety regulations involved. To say it bluntly the higher the risk of a fall the more a suitably designed helmet has to cover your head.
For cycling in everyday life, for trekking tours or mountainbike tours Cycling Helmets with Visor are appropriate, featuring good safety characteristics and great comfort. Dirtbikers and BMX cyclists rather appreciate full face helmets with chin protection or compact closed dirt helmets.
Mountainbike Helmets and Enduro Helmets offer more comprehensive protection for the back of your head than road bike helmets. Another characteristic is the visor which serves as protection from the sun but also protects your face from branches, rain or dirt particles. These helmet visors are often removable or adjustable. Cycling helmets with visors are very well compatible with goggles featuring a tight fit.
Allrounder Cycling Helmets with visor are suitable for both offroad and road cycling. The lean structure is similar to the one of road bike helmets and the visor is often removable. Uvex Cycling Helmets offer a large variety of helmets at a fair value for money ratio.
Road Bike Helmets – aerodynamic, lightweight, light and safe!
When cycling long distances it is convenient to reduce drag as much as possible, to reduce weight to a minimum and to increase ventilation as much as possible. Road bike helmets therefore usually forego a visor, feature a streamlined design and a skeletal structure. Often impact protection is improved by a roll-cage, a reinforcement integrated into the helmet shell without adding weight to the helmet. The more lean road bike helmets feature so called “eyewear garages“, a possibility of introducing the temple ends of cycling glasses into a special system.
Among road bike helmets time trial helmets with their futuristic design feature the best aerodynamic properties, e.g. Time Trial Helmets by Giro. They are suitable especially for all time trials (on the track or road) and are of interest mainly to triathletes. Here the need for ventilation is not priority because time trials usually do not last that long. Time trial helmets often feature an integrated visor which replaces cycling glasses and of course has an aerodynamic effect.
Even though many cyclists especially on the road are still cycling without a cycling helmet the effect and importance of such a helmet is undisputed. For this reason many cycling helmet manufacturers have tried to come up with helmet optics that make the helmet a fashionable eye-catcher. At Bobshop you will find cycling helmets in cool colours, with stylish patterns and exceptional prints or with trendy Retro design. Flashy neon colours are not only sought after by our customers for their fashionable exterior but also for their contribution to visibility in traffic. With our cycling helmets you are not only well protected but you look great as well!
Important note: Have you ever had an accident wearing your cycling helmet then you should definitely replace that helmet! After a fall your helmet does no longer guarantee the same level of safety. With the slightest of impacts your helmet can suffer damage which is not visible from the outside. It is in any case advisable to replace your cycling helmet after about 5 years as a precautionary measure.