Guide to purchasing a bicycle helmet

One of our friends from the UK, Stewart Jones submitted an article that we thought would be useful to our readers.


With the worst of wintery weather hopefully behind us in the UK, cyclists everywhere will be looking forward to donning their cycling gear once more in anticipation of more pleasant riding conditions.

Before heading out though it’s crucial to make sure you have all the required equipment, the most important of those being a helmet, offering the rider maximum protection in the event of an unfortunate accident.

How to choose a helmet

The first step to choosing the right helmet is to determine what style of cycle helmet you need and what fits within your budget.

Cycling helmets come in 3 styles – sport, road and mountain bike helmets. Road cycling helmets for example can range anywhere between £40 – £150 ($50-$200) with the design and materials used determining how expensive the helmet is.

All cycling helmets offer protection if you crash however features including visors, special retention systems, adjustable padding, extra ventilation will cost more. The more expensive helmets also tend to have a more adjustable fit for increased comfort.

Once you have decided what helmet you need, the next thing you need to do is to pick out a selection of helmets that take into account your budget and features you’re looking for.

Road cycling helmets for example often boast maximum air flow for good ventilation and impressive aerodynamic designs – but for those features you will be paying more.

Size is crucial

Finally it’s time for the most critical step of the entire process – to find your size. A good fit is vital. If a helmet isn’t fitted correctly it won’t offer the same protection that a helmet fitted well would do.

Look for a helmet that matches your exact head measurement. Sports helmets will often only come in only standard ‘Adult’ size however more expensive helmets will typically come in a selection of sizes depending on the circumference of your head.

Choose wisely – Even if purchasing online, try on helmets from several brands and different sizes in store beforehand to find the right one.

Lastly, be sure to choose your helmet with someone else present and if you have any queries, ask staff in-store.  They will know how helmets are supposed to fit and can help you with both the sizing and fit.

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As one of the original founders of He has helped build this site into one of the leading and oldest bicycle commuting blog sites. Filled with passion for everything two wheels, RL Policar covers a multitude of subjects from product reviews, news, articles and technical how to's.