The Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute put two helmets through an impact test. One is inexpensive (US $20.00), while the other is costly (US $200.00). The results are unequivocal: there is no difference. Both helmets performed exactly the same in terms of safety features and effectiveness.
There have been claims that expensive helmets are better because of their quality, but this study showed that they were not significantly different in any way that would affect performance on the road.
The only advantage the expensive helmet had was its aesthetic value. Some people think it makes them look more dangerous to others, but this could not be confirmed by researchers during testing.
Overall, this study shows that cheaper helmets are just as safe as more expensive ones, so you should not worry about spending a little more money for a high-quality product that will also last you for many years to come.
A large study of bike helmet use by more than 64,000 riders throughout the world revealed that helmets cut the incidence of serious head injuries by nearly 70%. "Helmet use is related with odds reductions of 51% for head damage, 69% for serious head injury, 33% for face injury, and 66% for fatal head injury."
Bicycle helmets have been shown to reduce the risk of severe brain injury in bicyclists who suffer a crash by providing protection for their heads. However many studies have also shown that helmets may increase the risk of other injuries to the neck, back, arms, and chest.
The benefits of bicycle helmets outweigh the risks in terms of preventing serious head injuries. However, cyclists should be aware that helmets can add weight to the head and may not provide adequate protection for other areas of the body during a crash.
If you consider that the most protective bicycle helmets are full-face downhill MTB helmets, which weigh significantly more than the standard skullcap design, then the answer is yes, lighter helmets provide less protection. The reason for this is that a greater force is required to cause brain injury with a light helmet. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds and ride over a 50-pound rock, it will only do minor damage to a 100-pound person's head.
The best form of protection from serious injury or death while cycling is simply not to get involved in road accidents in the first place. There are many ways you can stay safe on your bike, such as wearing a helmet, riding in good weather, staying off the roads, and so on. However, even with all these precautions taken, there is always a chance of being involved in an accident. If this happens, make sure you follow instructions from emergency services and seek medical help immediately.
Head injuries are among the most serious injuries encountered when cycling, prompting several provinces to enact bicycle helmet regulations. There is evidence that bicycle helmet law boosts helmet wear and decreases the risk of head injury.
Helmets are available for a variety of activities. Each style of helmet is designed to protect your head from the impacts associated with a certain activity or sport. Wear a helmet that is appropriate for the activity you are participating in. Other helmets may not provide as much protection for your head.