Types of Cycling Helmets

No matter how often you ride a bicycle, you should always wear a cycling helmet when you do. Most people who cycle competitively wear a helmet automatically. But even a casual bicyclist should wear one any time they get on those two wheels. A simple bump in the pavement can throw you over the handlebars and cause a potentially devastating injury. Some cyclists wear knee and elbow pads, particularly if they are going over rugged train, but the most important piece of protective gear you could wear is the cycle helmet.

There are four basic types of cycling helmets that you can choose from. Mountain biking helmets are for people who mountain bike and enjoy extreme cycling on rugged and off-road train. These offer the maximum amount of protection that you can buy, but are usually too much for the casual cyclist. A BMX helmet is designed for mild off-road conditions and is sturdier and stronger than the other two types. If you’re extra concerned about head protection, this is a good choice even if you don’t ride off-road.

Road cycling helmets are the type of cycle helmets that many cyclists wear. These are designed to offer good protection and stay lightweight and cool for those who spend hours on their bikes. They often have moisture-wicking linings and many air holes to keep your head as dry as possible. Sport helmets are basic head protection. These cost less than other styles and are perfectly fine for the casual cyclist.

Find the Best Cycling Helmets

Since mountain biking helmets are obviously the strongest and sturdiest, you might wonder why anyone would wear something that offers less protection. But the best cycling helmets are those that work for you in the way that you need to. Racers don’t want a heavy helmet to bog them down and make them feel top-heavy. They want something lightweight and well ventilated to help keep them cool while still offering protection.

You’ll need to measure your head to give you a general idea of what size you need. Don’t go just by this measurement alone, however. It’s absolutely necessary to try several helmets on to find the best cycling helmets for you. A cycle helmet that fits securely and not loosely that can sit squarely on the head without tipping forward or back and feels comfortable is the best protection from injury if you should have an accident and crash on your bike.


Neil (nickname Ironman) is an avid runner and sports fan, who writes about all things triathlon-related, especially running and cycling. He also writes about sports injuries and regaining fitness – mainly from personal experience rather than academic knowledge – although he does study that too!

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