The Safest BMX helmet in 2020

Author: Tim   Date Posted:29 January 2020 


BMX Helmet Buyers Guide


As you could imagine BMX riders have their fair share of crashes, bark off and shin bashes, but nothing shakes you up quite as much as a head knock. When it comes to BMX safety LUXBMX take it pretty seriously and offer the largest range of the latest certified helmets to keep your noggin from hitting the pavement. Boasting the best brands and carrying a huge range of colors LUXBMX has everything you need when it comes to picking the perfect helmet for you!  

 

Australian Standards 

The safety standard for bike helmets aims to minimize the risk of death, serious head injuries and injuries to cyclists by regulating the supply of bicycle helmets in Australia to ensure helmets meet specified safety characteristics. Underneath lists the standards required by Australia to legally sell and distribute helmets in Aus. Features of the safety standard for bicycle helmets The requirements of the mandatory safety standard are based on the voluntary Australian standard AS/NZS 2063:2008. Retention system  A helmet’s retention system must be designed to: 

- include a retaining strap to be worn under the lower jaw 

- be adjustable to produce tension on straps between all points at which the strap is attached to the helmet when the retaining strap is properly fastened 

- ensure that the retaining strap fitted to the lower jaw area is at least 15 mm wide 

- meet the requirements of helmet stability and strength of the retention system under anticipated conditions of use. 

Projections  A helmet should have no external rigid projections greater than 5 mm in height, except for ventilation holes and associated depressions.  A helmet should have no internal projections or irregularities likely to cause injury to the wearer in case of an accident. Testing and performance  Bicycle helmets need to be tested for the following performance requirements:

 - the helmet should not move on the head during normal use, resulting in obscured vision 

- the helmet should significantly reduce force to the cyclist’s head upon impact 

- the helmet should distribute the force of an impact 

- the straps which hold a helmet on a cyclist’s head must not stretch to the point so as to allow the helmet to come off in an accident 

- a helmet’s peak must not break and the deflection of the peak must not be less than 6.0 mm. 

Safety markings On the helmet  Each helmet must be permanently and legibly marked in letters no less than 1.5 mm high indicating the:

 - registered name and address of the manufacturer and/or Australian agent 

- shell and liner construction material(s) 

- model and brand designation

 - front or rear of the helmet

 - helmet size 

- month and year of manufacture, which may be spelled out (for example ‘November 2008’) or in numerals (for example ‘11/2008’). 

Review of the safety standard for bicycle helmets 11  Each helmet must also be clearly marked so that the safety instructions are accessible without removal of the comfort padding or any permanent part of the helmet. Safety instructions must appear word for word as follows:

 - Bicycle helmet—NOT intended for use in motorsports or by motorcyclists.

 - Helmet can be seriously damaged by substances such as petrol, paint, adhesives, or cleaning agents.

 - Make no modifications.

 - Fasten helmet securely under the jaw. 

- If the helmet shows signs of damage, destroy and replace it.

 - If helmet receives a severe blow, even if apparently undamaged, destroy and replace it.

On the helmet’s packaging  If the helmet is packaged, the following information must be clear and legible to the user without removal of the helmet:

 - the manufacturer’s registered brand name 

- model designation 

- helmet size 

- a list of sizes available in the model range, together with the nominal mass for each size

 - the activities for which the helmet is designed. 

The standard also specifies a series of safe-use instructions that must be provided to the purchaser in the form of a brochure accompanying the helmet, or a sticker.

 

Certified

When talking about helmets the term certified ensures the type of helmet. Certified meaning it is able to withstand a certain “safe” amount of force. Certified helmets offer more protection since they use a hard foam that compresses when under stress. Non-certified helmets do not have a hard foam inner shell and therefore offer less protection since the head will only be protected by the soft foam padding and the outer helmet shell. All helmets sold legally in Australia require the hard foam.     


 

Fit 

BMX riders come in all different shapes and sizes and subsequently, the leading BMX brands have adapted to fit these wonderful brains, keeping riders safe and BMX sick! Most helmet brands will come with a slightly different cut or style, where most BMX helmets offer a more fuller cut helmet then the traditional cycling helmet. This more bucket-style helmet ensures more of the skull is covered and a tighter fit achieved. When choosing a helmet it is important that the helmet fits snug without causing any discomfort to the head. A helmet that doesn’t fit correctly won’t offer the same protection as one that does fit. Trying helmets on in your local Bike shop is important when considering buying a helmet since each rider's head will fit each style of helmet slightly different.   

 

Sizing 

Helmet sizing is standardized across all brands to ensure ease for customers. The table below shows the sizes respectively. 

Extra-small 

below 20"

51cm

Small

20"–21.75"

51cm–55cm

Medium

21.75"–23.25"

55cm–59cm

Large

23.25"–24.75"

59cm–63cm

Extra large

above 24.75"

63cm

 (One size fits all: has a highly adjustable fit system)

Weight 

The weight of BMX Helmets has dramatically dropped the recent with brands like Shadow Conspiracy offering the featherweight line of helmets. These helmets come in at just 350 grams, where some older style helmets can weigh as much as 900grams. 

 

Price

Can you put a price on your head? Just kidding, but seriously these life-saving crowns start at the low, low price of $39.95 for an entry model certified helmet. However, if you’re really trying to look after yourself, you’re looking at spending up to as much as $300. Can you really put a price on your safety though?

All the boring stuff aside, before considering a helmet that’s right for you remember to ask your local bike shop for any help as getting your safety right is key to enjoying your time on your bike!