Although at first glance it may seem that all cycling helmets are more or less safe, it ultimately depends on the particular user - more precisely his head. A prerequisite for a safe helmet is the fact that it has to sit down for the user. The helmet only sits when it still holds on the head even when the lock is open.
Take your time shopping, go with the helmet for the store, and see if anything goes wrong or stifles anywhere. Pay attention to how easy it is to set the helmet, whether it is wearing a reflective print or it comes with an insect screen. Although these details are seemingly irrelevant, everyday use of the helmet makes it easy to handle one of the most important features.
The helmet, of course, is not eternal. The reflective material ages and becomes less durable in time. The rate of aging is proportional to the method and frequency of use of the helmet. A passionate cyclist, who drives a ride, should change his helmet no later than five years. Replacement is also required if the helmet has undergone a load test - that is, after a crash that has protected the cyclist's head. It is not recommended to purchase a used helmet from a bazaar where it is impossible to find out its history. For proper use of the helmet, you should read the instructions for use: helmets without clear instructions do not give confidence and the customer should avoid them.
How to be seen
Safety reflectors are also important for road safety. "If a driver sees a cyclist at a greater distance, he can react, but when the cyclist flashes in the dark before the car is illuminated, the driver cannot prevent the collision," said Karat. Stylish, colorful, or even retro reflective clothing is a suitable addition to bicycle equipment. Reflective ribbons or reflective skirts for cyclists appear more and more often in preventive programs in a number of cities and towns.
Bicycle equipment includes a front white and rear red reflector. On the pedals and wheel spokes, the reflectors must be orange. Under reduced visibility, the bicycle must be equipped with a floodlight with a bright white light in front and a red backlight. "It is also important to have functional brakes," concluded Karat. However, the technical state of the bicycle remains the basis for the prevention.