helmets. Recreational bicycle helmets are great commuting and general bicycle riding and are typically
the most affordable of three types. Road bicycle helmets are lightweight with good ventilation and an
aerodynamic design. Mountain bicycle helmets include a visor and greater coverage for the back of the
head. They are designed to fit snugly when riding over tough terrain.
Bicycle Helmet Construction
Typically, bike helmets use in-mold construction where an outer shell and inner lining are fused without
the need for glue to create a lightweight, yet strong, design. The outer shell is plastic and designed to
absorb impacts for safety, while the inner liner is made of expanded polystyrene foam to a cushion and
blows to your head.
Technology advancements have led to the creation of multi-directional impact protection systems, or
MIPS. These bike helmets incorporate a low-friction layer that allows the liner to rotate slightly around
your head during an impact to help prevent neck injuries and concussions. MIPS-equipped bicycle
helmets are pretty much the new safety standard in helmet technology and available on most models.
In addition to their safety features, cycling helmets are also available with ventilation, visors, full-face
protection, straps and hair ports. Ideally, you should look to replace your helmet every three to five
years. If you’ve been involved in an accident, it’s best to replace the helmet immediately even if it looks
fine. Make sure any bike helmet you purchase comes with a sticker indicating it has passed the CPSC
safety standards. Without that sticker, it’s best to walk away.
Bike Helmet Fitting
There are plenty of good bicycle helmet manufacturers including Bontrager, Fox, Bell, and Giro I. We
carry a huge selection at our Mt. Kisco bike shop in all the popular styles and colors. As a courtesy, we
adjust each bike helmet we sell to make sure it fits properly. The right fit is crucial to protecting the most
important part of your body. If you have questions about the fit of your current helmet, just stop by and
we’ll be happy to help. You can get a notion of size in advance, however, by just using a measuring tape.
Wrap it around the largest part of your head, roughly one-inch above your eyebrows. Bike helmet sizes
range from extra small to extra-large and even one size fits all. If, after trying one on, you can’t get quite
the right fit, go with the smaller sized helmet. Your other option is to select a larger bicycle helmet and
just wear a cycling cap to improve the overall fit.
Obey Helmet Laws
Keep in mind that when selecting a bicycle helmet, there are no universal helmet laws. Only 21 states
and the District of Columbia have statewide bicycle helmet laws, and they only apply to young riders.
You can check your state bicycle helmet laws HERE to make sure you are properly covered.
We’ve been chosen as one of America’s Best Bike Shops five years in a row now. So you can depend on
our staff to make sure we’ll get you hooked up with a bicycle helmet that fits properly and keeps you
safe on the road or trail.