« Happy 6th Anniversary to Me! | Main | Late Christmas Present for Cleopatra, the Dude's Trusty Steed! »

January 11, 2009

No Radical Safety Improvement in 2009 Class of Bicycle Helmets?

The Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute has released the following:

Helmets for 2009
We have posted our review of helmets being sold in 2009.

It covers trends, new developments and individual models.
In brief, there is no radical safety improvement this year that would
compel you to replace your current helmet. Almost all of the helmets
we describe meet standards and offer good if not excellent protection.

There are new helmets in 2009 that are worth a look if you need a new
one. There are more new models appearing with the rounder, smoother
profile that we think is best when you crash. The legally required
CPSC standard ensures good protection in the US market. Without
comparative test data we usually do not know if a model exceeds the
requirements of the standard and offers superior protection. We hope
for a new article from Consumer Reports during 2009 with some test
data on the current crop of helmets.

The rounder, smoother "compact," "city," "urban" or "commuter" models
that we recommend are still growing in number, and most manufacturers
have at least one in their lineup now. The higher priced helmets have
big vents, but no verifiable advantage in impact performance.

There are no new radical impact materials in bicycle helmets this
year. Strap adjustment fittings--buckles and side pieces--badly need
improvement. Most of them slip too easily. Ring fit systems, the "one
size fits all" solution, have taken over for most of the less
expensive and mid-range models.

We still recommend looking for a helmet that:

1. Meets the CPSC bicycle helmet standard.
2. Fits you well.
3. Has a rounded, smooth exterior with no major snag points.
4. Has no more vents than you need. More vents = less foam.

We have a long list of rounder, smoother helmets for 2009, and
sections on Value Helmets, Extra Large Helmets, Extra Small Helmets,
Helmets for Rounder Heads, Helmets for Narrow Heads, "Women-Specific"
Designs, Made in USA Helmets, Models available outside the US,
Cooling performance, Prices and a very long section describing almost
all of the helmets you will see on the 2009 market.

As always, we appreciate feedback!

The Helmet Update - Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute
Randy Swart, Editor - randy@helmets.org
4611 Seventh Street South
Arlington, VA 22204-1419
(703) 486-0100
Previous Newsletter Issues

Helmets are an important accessory for all Bicyclists, and the institute is one of the many great resources out there for useful information.

January 11, 2009 in Cycling News Network | Permalink


TrackBack URL for this entry:

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference No Radical Safety Improvement in 2009 Class of Bicycle Helmets? :


"There are more new models appearing with the rounder, smoother
profile that we think is best when you crash."

Obviously, the solution is DON'T CRASH!

If we teach cyclists to avoid the most common crash situations, whether they wear a helmet or what kind they wear is irrelevant.

That sounds facetious but it's not meant as such.

That quote above would seem to imply that crashes are inevitable. They're not.

Most (not all) are avoidable. But our society's over-emphasis on helmet use in preference to bicycling education does all cyclists a disservice by exaggerating the danger associated with riding on the street.

Posted by: Ed W | Jan 13, 2009 11:47:59 AM

Hey there!

Congrats on being my 800th approved Comment!! ;-D

Having one of my regulars, and a favorite fellow blogger, help celebrate my 6th anniversary in this way is cool. ;-D

I agree with your solution, and about edumicatin' cyclists, but still think wearing a helmet is wise. ;-D

Posted by: Kiril The Cycling Dude | Jan 13, 2009 11:58:17 AM

Post a comment