How Does a Bicycle Helmet Work?
A helmet reduces the peak energy in a sharp impact. This requires a layer of stiff foam to cushion the blow by crushing. Most do this with expanded Polystyrene (EPS), the white picnic cooler film.
Does My Child Really Need a Helmet?
You bet! 85% of cyclists' head injuries can be prevented by a properly fitting bicycle helmet. More than 8000 bicycle riders are killed in the United States each year, almost all collisions with cars, and 75% of them die from head injuries. Your child can suffer permanent personality changes and learning disabilities from a brain injury, along with long term concentration difficulties, aggressiveness, headaches and balance problems.
Does My Toddler Need A Helmet?
A child of any age needs head protection when riding, but a toddler's neck muscles may not support the weight of a helmet. For this and other reasons, nobody in the injury prevention community recommends riding with a child under the age of one year old.
What Is The Best Helmet To Buy?
In June of 1999 Consumer Reports listed the Bell Half Pint Pro. as the best youth helmet to purchase.
Can I Wear A Bicycle Helmet For Other Sports?
The ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) standards for biking and inline skating are identical, so a bike helmet can easily double as a skating helmet for NORMAL inline skating. Aggressive skating and skateboard helmets have their own ASTM standard, and are designed for multiple hits.
When Should I Replace My Helmet?
Replace any helmet if you crash. Impact crushes some of the foam, although the damage may not be visible.
Many manufactures recommend replacement after five years