Let’s face it – One of the things that make mountain biking so thrilling, so invigorating is the amount of risk that is inherently involved in the sport. But taking unnecessary risks, such as not wearing the proper helmet, is not thrilling. It is plain foolish. Your bike helmet stands between you and injury or possibly even death. That is why the process of picking out the proper helmet for guided mountain biking in Colorado must be well thought out. Here are the most important factors to consider when choosing the right helmet.
When it comes to types of mountain biking helmets there are two choices – open-face and full-face mountain bike helmets. In the category of open-face mountain bikes, there are two kinds: cross-country and skate style. Here it is important to know what kind of mountain biking you will be doing. Both types provide good protection for cross country, single track, and recreational mountain, but they are different in appearance. Cross country style helmets have a more streamlined, technical and classic bike helmet look. They are designed to provide ventilation for bikers who will be riding great distances. They also commonly have removable or rotating visors to provide protection for the eyes. Skate style helmets, on the other hand, generally have a bucket-shaped look to them and are usually heavier than cross country style helmets. They are not designed to be worn great distances. Finally, full-face helmets provide the maximum amount of head protection but are not as well ventilated as open-face helmets.
Of course, the best designed and most expensive mountain biking helmet in the world is useless if it does not fit properly. A bike helmet should fit snugly but not be too tight. The front of the helmet should rest just above your eyebrows and allow enough room for eyeglasses or goggles. Also, you should be able to fit two fingers side by side between your chin and the strap. When it comes to sizing, remember to measure, then measure again. Riders may wish to use one of the several helpful sizing guides that are online. In short, your helmet should give good head coverage.
Mountain Bike Helmet Prices
Helmet prices can vary between $25 to upwards of $500. The price difference is based on the weight and complexity of design as well as the material used in the helmet. Riders should buy the best helmet they can afford. After all, they have a lot riding on their helmet. (Pun intended.) Choose wisely and we look forward to seeing you for rock climbing in Denver, CO.