It’s one of the most essential pieces of cycle gear you own, but when did you last take a good, hard look at your helmet?
Most manufacturers recommend that helmets are replaced between three to five years. Lots of different parts of your helmet – like the chin straps and the retention system – can wear out after time. Regardless of wear, if you’ve crashed while wearing your helmet, replace it immediately. And any physical damage also means that your helmet won’t be able to do its job, so inspect it closely for cracks or dents.
The fit of your helmet plays a big part in its effectiveness. As a general rule the helmet should rest flat on the top of your head and sit level. Make sure the strap splitters rest just under each ear and the chin strap isn’t too loose.
If you notice any damage, or your helmet is no longer fitting you comfortably, it’s time for a replacement. One thing to look out for when scoping out your options are helmets containing MIPS technology. MIPS stands for Multi-directional Impact Protection System and it’s designed to reduce rotational forces on the brain that can result from certain impacts. The technology has been developed by leading brain surgeons and scientists and could, in the event of a crash, reduce the risk and severity of brain injury.
It’s compulsory to wear a helmet when riding in New Zealand. If you’re hiring a bike from us, we can hook you up with helmet hire or discounted purchase ($50). In both cases, we’ll make sure the helmet is fitting you correctly before you ride out the door.
Have a good week,