Thank Goodness He Was Wearing A Helmet

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In a selfie posted on Instagram showing his bloodied face on 9th August 2018, Lance Armstrong wrote: “sometimes you’re the hammer and sometimes you’re the nail.” He said he was riding on the Tom Blake Trail when he crashed and injured his head.

“Took quite the blow to the noggin’ so swung by the Aspen Valley Hospital to get my head checked,”

Armstrong said he was checked out by an Emergency Room doctor, but appeared to be okay. The former Tour De France champ also said he wouldn’t have gone to get his head checked back in his younger days, but now that he’s 46 (older and wiser) he takes possible brain injuries more seriously.

But think about it. His head injuries would have been lethal, life-threatening, if he was not wearing a helmet.

Why is a helmet important?

Whether you call it a style or functionality, heading out for a ride, there is nothing one can predict how or when an accident happens. The point is that accidents happen, but the simple act of wearing a helmet can drastically lessen the likelihood of serious injury. Cycling Malaysia enlightens you 3 Yes and 3 No invaluable insights into bicycle helmets.

3 Yes(s)

  1. Yes, bike helmets are designed and tested on their ability to protect a head injury. Multi-directional Impact Protection System (MIPS) is a revolutionary protection technology constructed in bike helmets, which reduces rotational forces that can result from angled impacts.
  2. Yes, opting for the efficaciously made padding between a head and helmet shell absorbs sweat and keeps it out of face and eyes. Most of the paddings are removable for a wash!
  3. Yes, bike helmets take cutting-edge technology, ergonomic research, and intensive labor of aerodynamic ensure that you provide the most comfortable, breathable, and attractive protective designs.

3 No(s)

  1. No, bike helmets don’t have to be expensive. However, storing a bike helmet for up to five years may not provide sufficient protection in an impact as the protective foam liner can deteriorate after a length of time.
  2. No, it is wrong if the appearance of a bike helmet does not matter. Bright colors give awareness to other riders in dark and dim environments. The ventilation holes on a helmet keep you cool and sunglasses are usually placed on a helmet. Visibility can be affected via the compact rear light, or some are built in red light designing to avoid inattentive riders.
  3. No, that is not just about it. Some mountain bike helmets have spaces with the dedicated mounting system for cameras and lights. Both road and mountain bikes possess dissimilar practicalities.

 

1  SIZING YOUR HELMET

Helmets come in a variety of sizes to suit various head shapes. Cheaper helmets tend to be one-size-fits-all with an internally adjustable strap, while higher-end models have different sized shells with a smaller range of adjustment.

Your helmet should sit square on your head, with about an inch gap above your eyebrows. You can take a rough measure by using 2 fingers placed above your eyebrows. The helmet should not sit too far back on your head and must cover your forehead. It should not rock from side to side.

 

2  ADJUSTING THE STRAPS
1. Adjust the length of the strap using buckle on the center.

2. Checking the fit by placing it back on your head.
3. Adjust the slider so that it sits about an inch below, and slightly forward of your ear.

4. Adjust the tightness till you can just fit one finger under the strap.

 

3  READY TO RIDE

Check your fit. The helmet should sit snugly on your head, and not move side to side to rock forward and back. If this happens, adjust the straps till correct fit is achieved. A loose helmet can slide backward or come off in a crash, so take the time to adjust the straps.

Tuck away loose ends of the straps, or cut to trim excess.

 

4  CARING FOR YOUR HELMET

Helmets as personal protective equipment must be cared for to ensure they work properly.

After every ride, wash with soap and water, and air dry. Foam inserts may be removed and washed separately, or replaced if perished.

  • Check straps for signs of wear and fraying. Replace if any strap is worn or torn.
  • Check helmet shell for cracks or dents. Replace if any cracks or dents are seen.
  • Check helmet inner for signs of deformation. Replace if necessary.

If you take any impact on your helmet in a crash, replace the helmet as soon as possible. Crash damage may not be seen, but the performance of the helmet may be compromised.

 

Bike helmets are scientifically designed to deliver superior protection, phenomenal aerodynamics, unsurpassed comfort, sweat absorption, and ventilation. The safety of cyclists is paramount, therefore must be aware of the following key specifications a bike helmet.

 

Flow-Through Ventilation System

Keeping your head cool and dry is essential for maintaining performance at the highest levels. The airframe frontal padding in a helmet minimizes the sweating process, permitting maximum dispersion of heat inside the helmet, while enhancing the air circulation and avoiding the release of unpleasant smells and ensuring the best level of performance.

 

EPS In-Mold Construction

In-mold technology allows cyclists to cast the external polycarbonate outer shell directly during the injection stage of the expandable polystyrene (EPS) impact-absorbing foam. The result is a much more rigid structure which is knock-resistant and extremely light, allowing for a better ventilation system. The polycarbonate cap and exoskeleton creates resistance to the mechanical action exercised by an impact and dissipates the energy in order to prevent it from being transferred to the head of the person wearing the helmet.

 

Hexocrush Technology

Hexocrush technology is developed to be extremely lightweight and designed to maximize your safety by ensuring an unprecedented level of security. The liner is molded with two different foam densities and the hexagon-shaped structure provides improved shock absorption by dissipating impact forces sideways and radially. Thus, the Hexocrush reduces the g-force pressure on the head in case of falls or impacts.

 

RSR 10 Retention System

Created with wraparound structure and multiple micro-metric vertical and horizontal positions for the size adjustment, the lightweight yet resistant RSR 10 adjustable retention system provides a perfect personal fit.

 

MIPS

MIPS mimics the brain’s own protection system with a unique low-friction layer between the head and the helmet. MIPS is scientifically proven to reduce some of the energy from angled impacts.

 

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Rudy Project Concept Store –Lot G-9A, Jaya Shopping Centre

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