So you are looking for that final party piece to protect your head whilst riding on rowdy roads, along country lanes, over reckless roundabouts or on race day when speed is the name of the game. Road helmets come in a variety of styles for all road rides, leisurely to race. We are spoilt for choice with various weight options, materials and colour combinations. With the research that has gone into what the rider needs and the development of technology and testing, helmets are now created to ensure they ventilate efficiently, protect properly upon impact, absorbing any shock, feel feather light but secure and where needed, perform aero dynamically. There are some essential things to consider when choosing your helmet
1) The Size/fit: Every brand has a different mould they structure helmets around and padding can be quite bulky or barely there, so when trying helmets on it is crucial to make sure you have the right size and shape despite the padding, padding you can add more of or take away, but a helmet that almost swivels around your skull isn't fixable or useful.
2) Comfort/Padding: Does it fit securely, once you have the right shell size there should be slight movement but feel snug with room for your head to expand comfortably. Is the padding too thick or not thick enough, this can alter the feel so make sure it truly fits.
3) Ventilation: Do you require it during any specific seasons, for commuting or racing, do you need more or less ventilation and holes.
Once you know what style of protection you need, it'll be a simple process of trying out for size, thinking about the key points and exploring which brands suit you best and last but not least weighing up the weight if this is important to your ride. Brands can also vary in design functions and materials used, so if one doesn't suit, don't give up, put it back and try again. You don't have to choose by price or be put off by it either, if your ride doesn't demand a super aero dynamic design or race day ventilation then don't buy that helmet, and if you know the cycling bug is going to bite and you'll want to be doing time trials in no time then choose wisely and think about how you will progress with a helmet that does the job you need it to. If you just require a casual helmet for daily commuting or weekend pootles, there is a range of leisure helmets that cross the board between road and off road helmets focussing more on visibility, protection and more head coverage. They will usually come with a visor to keep sun rays and rain away as much as possible. Brands usually cater for all riders and will cover your needs wherever you're heading.