Choosing the Right Helmet

With so many different makes and models to choose from purchasing a Cycling Helmet can prove to be a very difficult task, as a consequence Velodrome Shop guides you through the Helmets and Models that we have for sale in order to make your decision that little bit easier.

When it comes to choosing a new helmet the choice is outstanding however with so many helmets to choose you need to narrow things down to size/fit, purpose, looks and first and foremost safety. 

Helmet Safety

All modern helmets are require to meet the EN 1078 Satefy Standard, entitled Helmets for pedal cyclists and for users of skateboards and roller skates, is a European standard published in 1997. It is the basis of the identical British Standard BS EN 1078:1997.

EN 1078 specifies requirements and test methods for bicycle helmets, skateboard and roller skate helmets. It covers helmet construction including field of vision, shock absorbing properties, retention system properties including chin strap and fastening devices, as well as marking and information.

The argument that helmets do not save lives or protect your head on impact over 15mph is long gone, with modern helmets now clinically proven to reduce the amount of injury to a riders head in the event of a crash, so there is no excuse for not wearing one!

If you plan to race then helmets are now compulsory whatever the discipline, the same goes for any type of Track Cycling you plan to do, be it training or racing, helmets are compulsory at all tracks

With regards to commuters and riders who do not compete, although in the majority of countries no law exists that makes helmet use compulsory, most insurance companies will take this into consideration if you have been involved in a crash, so it is advised that whatever type of cyclist you are, you wear a helmet!

Helmet Sizing

Let's move on to discussing Helmet sizes and how to measure your head to ascertain your required size.

Even if you own a helmet already we advise you to re-measure your head in order to ensure your new helmet is the correct size, all manufacturers follow different guidelines so rather than go for a medium because your existing helmet is a medium it is best to re-measure and check the size guidelines for your chosen helmet.

First take a tape measure and wrap it around your head, just above your eyebrows, like the below diagram

Head Measurement

Take this measurement in centimetres and then refer to the size guidelines for your chosen helmet

If, for example, you have a 56cm measurement and a Medium helmet's size guidelines are 54cm-58cm you will require a Medium helmet. If you are at either end of the scale, i.e. a 54cm or 58cm measurement you will still require the Medium helmet as these guidelines allow plenty room for adjustment.

Types of Helmet

Helmets exist for all kinds of riding, however in terms of Track Cycling they fall into three categories - Aero Helmet - Sprint, Aero Helmet - Time Trial and Endurance Helmet

A full listing of our helmets can be found Here