At present there is no obligation in Germany to wear a helmet while cycling. Time and again, however, there is public debate as to whether wearing helmets in adults and children makes sense in order to reduce possible damage in the event of an accident or ultimately to save lives. More than 70, 000 cyclists in Germany crash each year. According to experts, up to 80 percent of all serious injuries to the head could be avoided by wearing a helmet.
A helmet protects against injuries
A helmet can significantly reduce the risk of injury as the helmet can minimize forces in an accident and act as a crumple zone. If a cyclist collides with an accident on the ground or on a vehicle or tree, the chance that he will suffer serious head injuries is considerably smaller than without a helmet.
Nevertheless, many cyclists shy away from volunteering to wear a helmet. The reason is often referred to that a helmet is not fashionable and could destroy the hairstyle. But in recent years, but manufacturers have proven that a bicycle helmet can look quite chic and trendy.
In professional cycling, on the other hand, there is virtually no cycling race without a helmet. This is because many organizers determine the wearing of a helmet as a requirement and requirement for participation in the cycling race. On the other hand, children with helmets can be seen much more often than adults. And that's a good thing, according to experts, because beginners are exposed to twice as many dangers on the road as adults.
Optimal fit of the helmet is crucial
By the way, most children do not have a problem with wearing a helmet. No wonder, after all, every second child regularly wears a helmet while riding a bicycle, so that driving without a helmet is rather unusual than the other way round. From the children's point of view driving with a helmet is quite normal.
The range of helmets is huge for both children and adults. Different shapes, designs and colors can be selected. It is very important, however, that the helmet not only looks nice, but also has a perfect fit. Because only if a helmet sits properly, he can protect the head of the small or large cyclist in an emergency.
For small children helmets are suitable, which firmly enclose the head and thereby also cover the area of the temples on the head and the back of the head. In the case of older children and adolescents, a protruding brim should also be integrated into the bicycle helmet, which can be particularly effective in frontal accidents.
It is also important that children, as soon as they get off the bike to play and remove the helmet. Because the chin strap could otherwise get stuck on a climbing frame. Parents should also take their children with them when they buy a cycling helmet. In the shop, on the one hand, the optimal fit of the helmet can be checked, on the other hand, it is beneficial if the child likes the look of his new helmet, so that not a few days later, it lands unused in the corner.
Tips for buying a bicycle helmet
What should I consider when buying a helmet? The decisive factor is not necessarily the price. It depends mainly on the fit and of course on the quality of the material. In addition, then your own taste and your own needs play a role in the purchase. However, a helmet should always contain the GS mark and the seal of approval with the current test standard DIN EN 1078 CE.
Consider the following tips for buying a bicycle helmet:
- Whether a helmet sits well, can be seen by whether it does not fall down directly when head bowed down, although the lock on the chin is not closed.
- Furthermore, the chinstrap should be strapped so tight that only one finger fits between the strap and the chin.
- The chin strap should have a width of 1.5 cm.
- In order to experience the highest possible wearing comfort with the helmet, a helmet should be equipped with ventilation holes. It is best if the ventilation is additionally protected by insect screens, so that no insect can get under the helmet while cycling.
Cycling with a helmet can not only protect but at the same time provide good music during the sport. So-called audio helmets are namely equipped on one side with a headphone and matching cable for MP3 players.
When is a new helmet needed?
Since the material can become porous from sunlight, a helmet should be replaced after about 6 years at the latest. After each fall, a helmet must be checked carefully, as even small hairline cracks in another fall can lead to the helmet no longer being able to ensure its protective function. For this reason, it is not recommended to buy used helmets.