Components of a bicycle helmet and each of its functions

How do you narrow down your choices from multiple products and then select one of your favorites? This is a tricky question that plagues many people when dealing with online shopping. We will do our best to help you with these difficulties by telling you the very basics of what you need to know. Therefore, it is important to understand the mechanics of helmets in order to purchase products rationally. I hope this article will clarify your understanding of helmets. Promoting the wearing of bicycle helmets has been effective in preventing countless brain injury tragedies. In this blog, I will outline the components in a helmet and how they function.

  • Shell

Shells are the outer layer that forms the shape of the helmet. They are usually made of thin plastic and often have reflective material on the back to improve visibility.

  • Fit system

The fit system is a combination of straps and fasteners that help hold the helmet in place around the head for stability.

  • Expanded polystyrene foam liner

Expanded polystyrene foam (EPS) can be found inside most helmets. EPS  is a high-density foam specifically designed to absorb and cushion impact. In addition, it provides cushioning for your head to help protect it from a variety of injuries.

  • Chin Strap

The chin strap is used to keep the helmet taut so it doesn't fall off your head in the event of an impact.

  • Buckles

     Buckles keep the chin strap attached on both sides.

These are the basic components of a helmet and should be standard in almost all bicycle helmets. However, there are other helmet technologies that can be found.

  • Multi-directional protection system

The Multidirectional Protection System (MIPS) is a technological  advancement in the helmet industry that provides further protection by allowing the head to move inside the helmet. This is good because allowing the head to rotate inside the helmet can reduce harmful rotational movements that would otherwise be transferred to the brain.

  • Wave helmet

WaveCel is Bontrager's unique helmet technology. This technology is designed to absorb the linear and rotational energy that occurs in the accident because it has a foldable cellular structure inside the helmet.