Who Should Wear Downhill Cycling Helmets?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Bicycle safetyOne of the most enjoyable aspects of cycling is to feel the wind in your face and through your hair. Many cyclists accordingly prefer to ride without helmets. There are occasions where helmets are essential, however, regardless of cyclists' preferences.

1. Without exception, all kids should wear downhill full-face cycling helmets when they tackle the rough terrain of natural cycling routes and mountain trails. All pre-teenage children should also wear these helmets when they ride on even urban terrain and when they participate in freestyle, downhill, or BMX racing. These helmets usually cover their heads and faces. As such, their skulls, teeth, and bones in their faces should survive most falls. Kids are inexperienced cyclists who lack the instincts of older riders, so they are more likely to lose control in event of an unexpected incident. Moreover, young kids still lack the bone density of adults, which means that even small accidents can cause grave injuries. Since these helmets cover so much of the head, they tend to be heavy and it is inevitable that your kids will complain. Nonetheless, make it a non-negotiable of cycling. You will be grateful when they have an accident. Spend some extra money on a camera that they can mount on the helmet if that will persuade them. 

2. Competitive mountain bikers prefer to wear helmets because the protection makes them feel more confident about taking risks during races. The speed at which they fly across some seriously uneven ground absolutely requires it. Sometimes they are even airborne! In fact, most of them wear body armour to protect their joints too, and most clubs stipulate full face helmets as mandatory for races.

3. Cyclists who ride varied terrain or those first trying mountain biking or downhill mountain biking should wear downhill helmets. These helmets cover the lower halves of their faces, the backs of their heads and their eyes behind adjustable visors. They do have breathing vents too, so cyclists should not worry that they will be too hot or struggle to breathe.

Cycling is no longer enjoyable if it becomes a serious liability.