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Best Sportbike Helmets

Sportbike / August 1, 2018

Q: Can I wear glasses/ sunglasses with a helmet?
A: Speaking of glasses, it’s possible to wear them with a helmet, and customers with poor eyesight claim that wearing them under the helmet doesn’t cause any discomfort. However, if you wear glasses all the time, it’s better to check on your own whether it’s comfortable for you to wear them with the helmet on before making a purchase. As for sunglasses, we would recommend buying a helmet with a tinted visor instead, which is a more convenient solution.

Q: How do I know what helmet size to choose?

A: To choose the right size, it’s important to know your head circumference first. To learn it, you need to measure the curve of your head around its widest part (in the line connecting the areas just above eyebrows and the ones above ears) with a soft measure tape. Once you've done with it, look into the size chart provided by the manufacturer and find the helmet size based on your result. If you have doubts about making the right choice, refer to the seller or the manufacturer for assistance. Still, the best way to buy a helmet of a right size is to try the helmet on in a shop.

Q: How often do I need to replace a helmet?

A: It goes without saying that if you had an accident, which resulted in damaging your helmet you need to replace the helmet as soon as possible. Even if you were never involved in an accident and have been using your helmet properly, you still need to replace it after some time. In general, it’s recommended to buy a new helmet every three or five years depending on how often you use it. As soon as you feel your helmet doesn’t fit snugly anymore, or the cheek pads and fasteners are thinner than before, it’s time to look for a new head protection equipment.

Q: How do I maintain proper condition of my helmet?

A: To prolong the service life of your helmet, it’s important to store it at a moderate temperature and avoid exposing it to adverse conditions. Keeping your helmet in a storage pouch when not in use will provide its protection from scratches. Also, note that using strong detergents or cleaning agents for washing your helmet causes a detrimental effect on the helmet materials (both internal and external) reducing its protective properties. So, it’s recommended to wash your helmet only with a mild soap.

Q: Why isn’t it recommended to paint my helmet on my own?

A: It might seem surprising but painting a helmet on your own can negatively influence its protective properties. The paint you use may contain aggressive chemicals capable of ruining the materials on the outer side of the helmet, it’s better to leave the task to professionals.

Q: How do I clean a visor?

A: Similar to other helmet parts, its visor needs to be treated with care, so cleaning it with a mild solution and a soft cloth is a sensible decision. You can also resort to a special visor cleaner for even better results.