How to choose the correct cycling helmet for you.
There are so many styles, sizes and features it can be confusing for cyclists needing to buy a bicycle helmet, so here is set out a full guide to help you make that perfect choice.
First of all you will need to establish your size required, which can be done using the list below. Also explained is
the many features and safety elements of todays cycling helmets. We have also outlined which helmets are best suited to the style of cycling you’re going to be doing.
All you need to do is work out your budget and buy to suit.
How to find what helmet size you need.
Finding the right size of helmet for you is simple and you can do it alone in one minute.
Just use a soft tape measure, starting around 2.5cm above your eyebrows. Then measure the complete circumference of your head, keeping the tape measure level and above your ears – use a mirror to help.
This is the widest part of the head and the measurement on which helmet sizes are based.
Make sure the tape measure is a close fit and do the measurement a few times to get an
accurate result. Buying a perfectly fitting helmet is so important for the helmet’s effectiveness
during an impact and also for general comfort.
Use this guide.
Metric X Small Small Medium Large Extra Large
Head Circumference 47 – 51cm 51 – 55cm 55 – 59cm 59 – 63cm 61 – 65cm
Imperial X Small Small Medium Large Extra Large
Head Circumference 18 1/2″ – 20 1/8″ 20 1/8″ – 21 2/3″ 21 2/3″ – 23 1/4″ 23 1/4″ – 24 4/5″ 24″ – 25 3/5″