Helmets: Bicycle Helmets

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Pick a helmet using lab test data.We have a ratings page that merges top picks from Consumer Reports impact testing and the Virginia Tech concussion ratings, both updated in April of 2020. Only a few models coincided, but at least the ratings are based on actual lab testing.Quick Answers!Fast info for Frequently Asked Questions. Is there an anti-concussion helmet?Not really, and here is why.Buying a helmet?Our Buyer's Guide to Bicycle HelmetsFake or counterfeit helmetsHow to avoid them.Helmets for 2020Our report on this year's helmets.Ebike helmet lawsSome states require helmets for some riders.Cheap vs. Expensive HelmetsLab tests showed no difference in impact protection.Do shared bicycle rental users need helmets?Our advice on riding shared bikes.How to fit a helmetHow to get all the protection you paid for.The Media RoomQuote of the Day and how to quote our other textHelmets Made SimpleIf our pages seem too wordy, try this.Virginia Tech concussion rating system for bike helmetsCould help you select your next helmet.New Trek/Bontrager models with WaveCelTrek says they provide more protection against concussion.Consumer Reports flunks three helmetsLatest report posted on website.We oppose H vding airbag exemption from CPSC standardProduct does not provide the protection required by the CPSC standard.Virginia Tech STAR ratings: the way ahead to better helmetsConcussion ratings will push manufacturers to go beyond meeting standards.Pick a helmet with lab test ratingsWe found six highly rated by Virginia Tech and Consumer ReportsNew Zealand radio distorts our comments"Don't have much to protect" joke taken seriously out of context.New York Times gets it right!Columnist Jane Brody strongly recommends a helmetPOC has an alternative to MIPSInteresting new development.Eco paper folding helmet is just a design so farInteresting concept.Air bag headgear again - Stanford researchBut some airbags do not inflate enough.Helmets do not increase jaw injuries!Study disqualifies itself.Consumer Reports has a helmet articleRatings for helmets.Latest helmet recallsOur page has many recalls from the past.Washington Post helmet myths articleGot it wrong.European helmet study proposes changes in standardsRecommends: lower pass/fail, more coverage, angular impact test for rotation.Helmets for electric bikesWe don't think a bike helmet is enough for an ebike.Folding helmetsNeeded for bike share programs, but must meet CPSC for US.Bikeshare programs and helmetsIncluding first study on helmet use.British Study on passing clearance.2013 Re-analysis confirms our belief that data was misinterpreted.Should I wear a helmet?Would you believe our advice?Where can I report a helmet defect?CPSC has a place to post your problems. NYU study does not expose hidden danger in foams.University PR department gets headline wrong.What's NewWhat we have added or modified recently.Helmets for the 2020 seasonOur report on helmets for this year.Where is the anti-concussion helmet?You can look for it...but you won't find it.Cheap vs. Expensive HelmetsLab tests showed no difference in impact protection.Pulp HelmetsCan a cheap, disposable helmet be made of pulp?Unusual head shapes.Difficulties finding helmets that fit.ASTM improves bicycle helmet standardASTM adds variable mass headforms to F1447A visit to the CPSC helmet testing labA photo tour of CPSC's new helmet test facility.CPSC complaints database has a helmet caseCase illustrates good and bad features of the database.Helmet recallsAll CPSC helmet compliance actions since 1995.Types of helmetsRoad, mountain, downhill, skate, chronoHelmet terms and definitionsMeanings for the helmet terms we use.Folding helmetsFew folding models are available.Plastics in your helmet?Helmet plastics are probably not a cause for concern.Cardboard helmets?The Kranium's designer attempts to break new ground.Are Ribcaps OK for cycling?They do not provide the protection you need.Cheap helmets!Sources of helmets for promotion campaigns.Yard sale helmetsShould I buy a used helmet at a yard sale?Full Face helmetsDo you want facial protection?Very large helmetsOur advice for riders with very large heads.Small helmets for adultsAdvice on finding small adult helmetsVery small helmets for childrenWhy can't I find a helmet small enough?Helmets for unusually-shaped headsOur advice for riders with unusually-shaped heads.Hairstyles and baseball capsBaseball caps, pony tails, beads, braids, "helmet hair"Do-rags and head covers under helmetsDoes a head cover affect helmet fit?One-size-fits-all helmetsCan ring fit systems fit your head?Vents and squared-off linesYou can have too many vents in your helmet!Visors: good and bad experienceHow to report shattered or snagged visorsThe helmet industryIndustry news on a few of the manufacturers.Bell's True Fit system is worth a lookSystem simplifies the fitting process.How to Fit a HelmetHow to fit a helmet for best protection.Helmet fit checklistHelmet fitting steps.Helmet sizeSize chart and how to measure your head for a helmet.Winter helmetsWarm headgear for winter commuting and riding.Lights on HelmetsHeadlights and taillights mounted on helmets can be useful.Giving a helmet as a present.May not be a simple task.Reflective helmetsShould you add reflective tape to your helmet?Stickers on helmetsShould you add stickers to your helmet?Painting helmetsCan you paint a helmet?Helmets for many other activitiesSki, soccer, skating, equestrian and more.Multi-purpose helmetsCan't I just use the same helmet for everything?Helmets for motorbikes and scootersWhy a bicycle helmet is not ok for motor vehicles.Crash storiesStories where the helmet worked.Other crashesHelmet, no helmet or non-bicycle. These are downers.When can I ride again?Ask your doctor before riding after a crash.Response to "truck ran over cyclist's head"A helmet can help squirt the head out, but will crush if squarely run over.Helmet damage sensors and indicators.Most are not really concussion indicators.Are helmets with animals or spikes OK for kids?Cute, but we don't recommend them.Consumer Reports has a few ratings of Kid's helmets.Most are rated Good for impact protection.Taking your baby along?Helmets, trailers, childseats and shaken babies.Very small toddler helmetsHelmets for toddlers with very small heads.Very large toddler helmetsHelmets for toddlers with very large heads.What size is my child's head?How to measure.Getting My Child to Wear A HelmetTen ideas for encouraging your kids to use helmets.Why kids don't like to wear helmets.Reasons the kids give when asked.Warning: No helmets on playgrounds!Advice after deaths of two helmeted children.Helmets for poor kidsFactors affecting promotion in poor neighborhoodsHairstyles and baseball capsBaseball caps, pony tails, beads, braids, "helmet hair"Lice! Head lice can be a problemCleaning helmets for rentals and schoolsKids in Dublin Ohio mount bike safety campaign.Lots of energy, new ideas as kids conduct their own program.Is a college brain worth protecting?Helmets for seniorsDoes an older brain need different protection?Helmets with Hearing AidsWhere to put a hearing aid and how to deal with sweatHelmets for special needsSuggestions for developmental disabilities and seizuresHelmets for head injured ridersWhat to wear if you have a previous injury.Helmets for bald ridersAvoiding tan lines and other tips.Thinner helmets for small adult heads?Feel like a mushroom?Helmets for policeHelmets for police officers, with police graphicsHelmets for bicycle poloWhat you need to protect your head in cycle poloHelmets for time trial useChrono helmets with extreme aero shapes.Helmets for shared bicycle programsCycle hire schemes pose particular helmet problems.Rental helmetsRentals need easy fit, sanitization and damage indicatorsHelmets and turbansHow can a Sikh wear a bicycle helmet?Bicycle Helmet StandardsOur quick summary of bike helmet standards.Standards for bicycle helmetsThe long version: ASTM, ANSI, Snell, CPSC, CEN and others.Short helmet standard comparison chartThe short standards comparison chart.Detailed Standards ComparisonLonger, detailed item-by-item comparison.ASTM F1952 Downhill Mountain Bike Racing StandardComparison with CPSC standard.Test Line ComparisonsCPSC, ASTM, Snell, DutchThe ideal helmet standardOur idea of the perfect bicycle helmet standard.Making progress in standardsWhat is needed for further standards improvement.ASTM improves bicycle helmet standardASTM adds variable mass headforms to F1447Helmet performance limitsHow much a helmet can take and keep on protecting.Helmet testingHow helmets are tested in the lab.Helmet test labsLabs who test helmets or supply test equipment.ASTM headgear subcommitteeStandards, meetings, backgroundANSI Z90.4 Committee - DisbandedANSI replaced the Z90.4 standard with ASTM F1447Testing products that can attack helmetsBHSI has tested hair products, sunscreens, repellants.How to inspect a helmetThe points to check, and a checklist. Replacing a helmetOur advice on when to replace your helmet. Repairing a helmetHow to fix your helmet when it comes unglued. Replacing a buckleCan you find a replacement buckle? Maybe!Threading straps through a buckleIllustrations and photos to help you rethread. Recycling helmetsWhat to do with your faithful old helmet.How Helmets WorkBasics on construction and testing standardsHow bicycle helmets are madeA summary of manufacturing stepsBicycle helmet impact linersInfo on EPS, EPP, EPU foams and more types of liners. Molded-in-the-shell helmetsIt can make better helmets, but not necessarily. BucklesMost are one basic design, but there are others. Sliding resistance and MIPSRounder helmets help you slide on impactHelmet CoolingInfo on ventilation and cooler riding.Helmet DesignersOur short list of independent helmet designers.Helmet and Injury statisticsThey don't agree, so take your pick!New York City data on bicycle deathsNYC found 97% of dead cyclists had no helmet.Journal articles and Studies on helmetsLinks to scientific journal articles and studies on helmets.Helmet documentsMaterials we have scanned in or downloaded.Helmet construction and materialsHelmet design for students and researchers.Researchers' pageInfo for a thesis or a science project.Designers' pageInfo for a helmet design project.Term papers on bike helmetsWhere to find the info to write a term paperA workshop on bike helmetsPoints to cover when you do a workshop.Helmet PatentsSome significant patents and how to find others.Advice for InventorsWe are interested in new helmet technology.The cost of making a bike helmetOur guesses on manufacturing and sales costs.The total market for bike helmetsHow many helmets are sold each year?Mandatory helmet lawsStates, counties, cities, positions, opponents.Studies on mandatory helmet lawsJournal articles and studies on helmet law effectiveness.Australian paper on helmet laws is misleadingHelmet laws normally do not reduce cycling here.Issues from the "helmet wars"Our slant on the endless helmet law arguments.Importing bicycle helmets to the USJust a start on the regulations that apply for importing bike helmets.The Media RoomQuote of the Day and how to quote our other textWashington Post article based on faulty study.Reporters can't find a real helmet issue, so . . .Misguided media articles and ads without helmetsWhat we do when we see one of those.New York Times Article"Head Injuries Piling Up?" Times' reputation sinking?NYU study does not expose hidden danger in foams.Another university PR department gets headline wrong.Our email newsletterHelmet news, not too frequent, you can subscribe.Welcome! We are a helmet advocacy program founded in 1989. We are a small, active, non-profit consumer-funded program providing bicycle helmet information. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit, so your contributions to us are tax-deductible. We try to explain the technology of helmets to consumers, and promote better helmets by working on improved standards. In a typical year our secure server serves 2 million pages to more than 700,000 distinct users. Our volunteers serve on the ASTM helmet standards committee and are active in commenting on actions of the Consumer Product Safety Commission. We are members of the National Bicycle Safety Network. We provide a Toolkit of materials for helmet programs and a periodic email helmet newsletter, both free. We are all volunteers, funded entirely by consumer donations. We maintain our independence by never accepting funds from the industry. As much as we believe in helmets we still consider them a secondary safety measure and urge that primary measures such as safer roads and education programs for riders and drivers not be neglected.Our volunteers always work in home offices and BHSI is fully functioning despite COVID-19 restrictions.Our publicationsNewsletter, pamphlets, list of laws, more. Our email newsletterThe Helmet Update, our periodic free newsletter.Media guidanceQuotes and a few rules on quoting our site.Webmaster guidanceYou can quote us but not borrow our pages.Access to our dataWeb, email, telephone, postal mail.Teachers, educators, scout leaders, workshops, rodeos.Resources, statistics, pamphlets, videos, lesson plans.Bike shop owners - We encourage you to use our pamphlets.We provide free duplicating masters.Problems With Our Site?Here is a page of tips on problems. We care about making our content accessible!Virus or spam message apparently from BHSI?Here is how a spoofer sent you that message. Virus-bearing messages do not originate here! We never send anything to anyone from "info@helmets". Please use this link for comments or questions We like to hear about what you wanted to find here. You can donate to support our work:Please use this link We are consumer-funded and do not accept donations from the industry, including bicycle shops. Our contact info:Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute4611 Seventh Street SouthArlington, VA 22204-1419 USAVoicemail: 703-486-0100EmailWeb: helmets.org

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