What to Know before Buying a Motorcycle Helmet

There are some steps to take before buying a new helmet. Leaving aside subjective and irrelevant aspects such as aesthetics, brand or popularity, you must carefully observe these details:

Label: must bear the CE marking and the reference standard EN 1078. This legislation ensures that the helmet has been designed and tested to protection in the event of a collision. Warning: do not buy helmets bike that are not CE marked or do not meet the regulations, as they may not work! This can take place in the stores that sell imported material from eastern factories;

Cost: a more expensive helmet does not mean it’s better than economic. If both can satisfy the requirements, then they will protect the skull in the same way. To deepen the discussion you can read this Atroconsumo investigation, which has been testing helmets for bikes of all age and price;

Outer shell: observe well the paint, which must be intact and shiny, it must not be scratched or cracked;

Inner shell: carefully look inside the helmet and see if there are bulges, deformation, removal of material, scratches or cuts. If the inside is ruined, tell your dealer to take it off the sale because it is a flawed helmet (or even used!);

Straps: grasp with both hands the straps and pull down. Must be resistant, should not bend or deform and must not have cuts or fraying;

Closing: open and close several times in the catch for critical review;

fit: don the helmet, adjust the rear fastening and fasten the straps. Try to shake his head. If the helmet dances, then it is too large. If you feel it pressing on the neck, on the forehead or on the temples, then it is too narrow for you. If you experience compression on the skull, do not buy it, could decrease cerebral oxygenation. If you notice that remains too high compared to the forehead or temples, it means that it is small and you have to choose a larger size. Finally lowered her head with the helmet and lift abruptly: the helmet should not move or move. If, however, slips backward, try again. If happens again, change the product, because the resistance to slipping off is minimal.

When You Understand That a Helmet Is to Be Changed

According to the article (http://www.bicyclebazzar.com/index.php/how-to-choose-a-helmet/), a bicycle helmet is not eternal, and for promotion of safety should be changed as soon as you have doubts about its reliability. The first step to long-lasting a helmet is to keep it clean, efficient and do not drop it. When I was a kid my bike had the easel “dancer”, so to make it more stable leaned his helmet to the ground with the inside up and there I would Pierce tripod, so it was well supported and I cared little about the fact that the inner shell presented more holes than a Swiss cheese. Now, after a bad fall resulting in head injury and three weeks of injury, I shudder just thinking about what I was idiot. The inner shell of a helmet, in fact, is designed to deform irreversibly to absorb shock of a certain entity, also not connected to an accident or a fall. So avoid dropping the helmet from considerable heights, throwing it to the ground violently, to throw him against walls or other objects, to paint the outer shell with products containing aggressive solvents that might damage the protective coating.

If you happen that the helmet falling to the ground and are not sure of his estate, although not visually presents damage, change it. The asphalt is hard, it tells one that has tasted.

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