There are different types of bicycle helmets, that’s why when choosing one it’s important to match it with your activity. Protect yourself from any accidents or falls by wearing a helmet while biking at all times. Find out more about its types by clicking here!

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8 Different Types of Bicycle Helmets

A bicycle helmet is a specific type of helmet that is only used for in-road wheeled sports such as cycling, roller skating, and in-line skating. It does not provide the coverage needed for all other sports or activities such as skateboarding, casual motorcycling, and even for BMX. It is lightweight and offers more ventilation - features which are necessary for casual or sports related biking. Bicycle helmets also have different types. However, compared to motorcycle helmets, its types are mostly determined according to their users, not the type of road cycling activity. The type of bicycle helmet that you should use will mostly vary according to your age and to some extent your activity.

Road Helmet

This helmet has an elongated shape with 2-4 vents, made with an EPS foam that is covered by a thin plastic shell. This is also the original bike helmet where other types were based from. Road helmets are mostly used for bicycle racing. This helmet provides all the basic coverage and function necessary for bicycling on roads.

Commuter Helmet

This type of helmet was first created in 2004. Contrary to road helmets which are elongated, commuter helmets are round in shape. It still has vents and is mostly made of EPS foam with a plastic shell covering. Aside from that shape, another feature of this helmet are the occasional accessories that come with it depending on the manufacturer. Some have mirrors, while some have rear blinkers (which are useful for commuters), or ear flaps.

Youth

This is basically a road helmet which is only a downsized version to perfectly fit riders who are 10 to 15 of age. Aside from the size, it’s mostly painted with designs that are youthful which will mostly reflect on the generation of its users. Just like the rest of the bicycle helmets, it also has vents and is made of EPS foam covered with a thin plastic shell finish.

Child

A smaller version of the Youth Helmet, simply because it’s designed to fit children ages 5 to 10. It also has more coverage and is most of the time rounder (almost like the toddler helmet). Also, this type of helmet is extra-special because they’re tested under the CPSC standard to ensure that they provide the same head protection as adults helmets despite their size.

Toddler

This helmet is made for young children under the age of 5. It’s has a round smooth form which provides extra coverage to the back of the head, which also undergone and passed CPSC standard tests for helmets. Making sure that this type of helmet provides the same amount of protection as adult helmets despite its miniature size.

Women’s Road

This type of helmet started to gain popularity back in the early 1990’s because many men who were into bicycling were sporting a long hair. Today, this helmet is basically sold to women with a long hair due to the ponytail port that it comes with at the back.

Aero Road

This road helmet is mostly used by pro bicycle racers. This type of helmet is somewhat convertible: it can provide better aerodynamics at the cost of ventilation using its adjustable vents. That is why during some stages of a race when ventilation is critical for the racer, this helmet is abandoned.

Mountain Bike

A motorcycle style helmet which is more lightweight. It comes with a chin bar to provide some extra facial protection. It provides almost the same coverage as motorcycle helmets (minus the full-face protection) because it’s used for off-road cycling, hence the term ‘Mountain Bike.