Three Things to Look for in a Bike Helmet for Adults

Pick the head protection that’s right for you.

Man wearing helmet
Protect your head—wear a helmet.Unsplash

There’s an overwhelming body of evidence that suggests that, from a safety point of view, you need to wear a helmet if you’re heading out cycling. But there’s also an overwhelming number of helmet designs and styles out there, so how do you know which one is right for you? Here are a few ways to narrow down what you’re looking for.

Retrospec CM-1 Classic Commuter Bike/Skate/Multi-Sport Helmet with 10 Vents

Versatile Protection

Chic ABS protection with interchangeable pads for custom fit, available in a range of matte colors.Retrospec

When it comes to safety gear, nobody’s ever going to suggest you opt for form over function. But if you believe that a certified and approved bike helmet should do a good job of protecting your head (they should!), then you have a bit of leeway for what you want your helmet to look like. Some of that will be dictated by the type of cyclist you are. If you’re commuting on your bike, and not worried about breaking any speed records, then a simple helmet will do the job.

Schwinn Thrasher Bike Helmet, Lightweight Microshell Design, Sizes for Adults, Youth and Children

360° Adjustability

Full shell coverage with 20 air vents plus multiple adjustment points make for comfortable protection that won’t weigh you down.Schwinn

In order to do its job properly, your cycling helmet has to fit well—make sure to look at the different aspects of adjustability for the helmet you’re buying. Most designs will come sized according to the circumference of your head. While you can usually adjust the padding inside (and even buy more pads if needed), for the ultimate fit, look for helmets that come with an adjustable fit dial knob to ensure it’s snug against your head.

VICTGOAL Bike Helmet with USB Rechargeable Rear Light Detachable Magnetic Goggles Removable Sun Visor Mountain & Road Bicycle Helmets for Men Women Adult Cycling Helmets

Multiple Accessories Included

Comes with integrated eye protection and detachable rear illumination.VICTGOAL

Many helmets these days come with additional benefits. If you tend to cycle at night, a helmet with a built-in light is a bonus. Similarly, if you find it difficult to comfortably wear sunglasses with your cycle helmet, it’s worth seeking out one that comes with a sun visor that can either be slid out of the way when not needed, or detached entirely.