If you’re looking for some great bike helmets in the Westchester County area, stop by our bike shop in Mount Kisco. Our selection is broad … we have recreational helmets, road helmets, kids bike helmets, and mountain bike helmets.
Recreational bike helmets: They’re great for commuting and general bicycle riding and are typically the most affordable of three types. They’ll usually come in 2 sizes per style with adjustable retention to secure the fit. Even the most basic helmets have a fair amount of ventilation these days. Some will even come with removable visors for added sun protection.
Kids bike helmets: It’s basically a mini adult helmet. The biggest thing to be aware of is not buying a helmet that your child can grow into. To properly protect your child, you’ll need to make sure it fits properly right now. A kids helmet will usually include a visor, lots of vents, and buckle system that allows for adjustments to make sure the fit is correct. Getting small children comfortable wearing bicycle helmets helps ensure that they’ll wear them as teenagers and adults too!
Road bike helmets: Road bicycle helmets are lightweight with improved ventilation and an aerodynamic design for riding at high speeds. Premium helmets use carbon fiber composites to reduce weight but provide strong protection. They’ll also incorporate channels through the helmet to improve airflow and keep you cooler. These bike helmets will not have visors. Most of the nicer road helmets will be offered in 3-4 sizes per model to make sure that you’re getting a very specific, tight fit.
Mountain bike helmets: These helmets include a visor and greater coverage for the back of the head. They are designed to fit snugly when riding over tough terrain. Unlike road bike crashes that happen with the rider moving forward, mountain bike crashes can occur in any direction. The greater coverage is designed to provide greater protection. With downhill mountain biking, full face protection is included. Convertible bike helmets are available as well, allowing for the removal of a protective chin guard. If you like using a GoPro to film your ride, there are mountain bike helmets that come with camera integration.
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 bicycle 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 bicycle helmet technology and available on most models. Bontrager’s Wavecel is another safety feature to consider. Like MIPS, it provides additional safety and can even be safer than MIPS in certain types of crashes.
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 bike 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.
There are plenty of good bicycle helmet manufacturers including Bontrager, Fox, Bell, and Giro. We carry a huge selection at our Mt. Kisco bike shop in all the popular styles and colors. As a courtesy, we adjust each bicycle helmet we sell to make sure it fits properly.
A helmet should stay in place without the aid of a retention system under the chin. The retention system is there to prevent it from coming off in the event of a jolting force. With the retention system in place, you should be able to fit two fingers between the strap and your chin. The right fit is crucial to protecting the most important part of your body. If you have questions about the fit of your current bike helmet, just stop by and we’ll be happy to help.
Sizes are typically available in small, medium, and large sizes. That said, sizing may vary by brand … a medium in one brand may be the equivalent of a small in another brand. So it’s important to measure the size of your head prior to purchasing a helmet.
You can get a notion of size in advance by just using a measuring tape. Wrap it around the largest part of your head, roughly one-inch above your eyebrows. You’ll also want to consider pressure points and whether your bike helmet will allow cycling glasses to fit properly.
As long as you purchase a helmet with a safety sticker in place, you’ll be ensured of its safety regardless of cost. Cost differences are associated with quality, weight, comfort, aerodynamics, and ventilation. Most helmets that include MIPS range in price from $50-$350 or even more.
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 help you wade through our collection of bike helmets at our bike shop in Mt. Kisco to make sure we’ll get you hooked up with just the right bike helmet for your rides … one that fits properly and keeps you safe on the road or trail.
“I tried your shop when riding nearby and was so impressed with the service provided and the positive attitude that I promised myself that my next bike or next repair would be at Bicycle World. I wish it was a new bike, not a horrendous crash that caused my return, but even my drop off was reassuring.”- Ed McNenney