Finally, on your bike shopping adventure, you must not forget to accessorize.
This is the 7th tip in our series: “7 Road Bike Shopping Basics” which is also available as a FREE eBook at www.GearedUp.biz/ebooks/7-road-bike-shopping-basics.
When you begin exploring accessories for your bike, you’ll see there are a sea of items that enhance your riding experience.
You can spend as much or as little time and money as you want on items such as racks, bottle cages, locks, computers, bags & trailers, gloves, shoes & clothing, lights, and tire pumps. However, you absolutely CAN NOT skimp on…
…a helmet! Did you know that nearly 80% of cycle-related deaths result from head injuries? Considering these statistics, riding without a helmet is not an option. You absolutely MUST wear a bike helmet!
Keep the following points in mind when purchasing a helmet!
- Statistics show that you can expect to crash in your next 4,500 miles of riding, or maybe sooner than that, so ALWAYS wear a helmet!
- Even a low-speed fall on a bicycle path can cause brain damage.
- Laws in 22 states and at least 192 localities require bike helmets.
- Make sure your helmet fits! You want to ensure you’re getting all the protection you are paying for with your accessories.
A good fitting helmet means it’s level on your head, touching all around, and comfortably snug but not tight. The helmet should not move more than about an inch in any direction, and must not pull off no matter how hard you try. Pick a bright color (like white) for visibility for your helmet and other bike accessories. This ensures that motorists and other cyclists can see you.
Obviously, you should avoid a helmet with snag points sticking out or a squared-off shell.
- Inadequate or excessive vents
- An extreme “aero” shape
- Dark colors
- Thin straps
- Complicated adjustments
- A rigid visor that could snag in a fall