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Helmets
In the unlucky situation that you fall or hit something on your bike, a helmet will hugely increase your chances of walking away from the accident. Here at Mango Bikes we strongly recommend that you wear a helmet when riding. We appreciate that typically helmets are uncomfortable and unfashionable, but we’ve handpicked a selection of helmets that are both comfortable and look the part.

We stock urban bike helmets; these being the Proviz Saturn, Apex City and Limar 720. You’d choose a commuter helmet if aerodynamics and cooling are of less importance and comfort is more of a priority. They’re also available in a few colours to match your bike, which is always nice.

Road bike helmets tend to be lighter in weight, more aerodynamic and feature multiple vents for cooling. They also tend to have a different fitting and strap system to commuter helmets. Road helmets are much better if you’re going to be smashing out a lot of miles at a high pace.

Simply speaking, helmets save you in two ways. The first is that they protect you from direct impact with robust outer shells. It is standard for this shell to crack upon a big impact as it dissipates the force of impact and they’re designed to do this. Secondly, the soft inner liner and high-density expanding foam reduce the sudden deceleration upon impact, protecting your head from high g forces and helping to avoid a nasty headache.

In order for your helmet to work effectively, however, fit is essential. A very basic rule is that, when the helmet is on your head without any straps done up, you should be able to turn your head upside-down without the helmet falling off.

To measure your head take a tape measure (or non-elastic string) and measure around the largest part of your head. This is about an inch above your eyebrows and passes just above your temples. Measure a few times and take an average to be sure. Really, the helmet should be as snug as possible without being uncomfortable.