A cycling helmet
protects your head from injury if you fall off your bike. Among all the cycling protective gear, a good cycling helmet will provide a balance of coverage, ventilation and comfort. Great strides have been made by designers to improve the comfort level offered by helmets. Cycling helmets come in three basic types: recreational (also called multi-use and casual), road and mountain.
Recreational cycling helmets are an economical choice for recreational, commuter, road and mountain bikers; they’re also popular among skateboarders and inline skaters. Recreational cycling helmets often include visors to shield your eyes from the sun.
Road cycling helmets are preferred by roadie enthusiasts for their low weight, generous ventilation and aerodynamic design. Road cycling helmets typically forgo visors to keep the weight low and provide an unobstructed view when you’re crouched in an aggressive riding position.
Mountain cycling helmets (often used by cyclocross riders, too) are designed to ventilate well at low speeds. Mountain cycling helmets are distinguished by their visors, enhanced rear-head coverage and a firm, secure fit for when you’re tackling rough terrain. Some feature full-face protection that's preferred by downhill mountain bikers and park riders.
Although there are several types of cycling helmet sold in the stores or online (DHport), all types are designed to protect your head from impact while being lightweight and comfortable. If you've been crash-free, it is generally recommended to replace your cycling helmet after 5 years.