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Helmets are not a legal requirement in the UK but ask anyone who's had their helmet damaged in a crash and they will tell you they do work. Use your head.

Helmets are very easy to wear; they are light, well vented and cool. Comfort isn't an issue. Helmet design changes depending on the demands of your chosen riding and there is style for everyone. Road-racing helmets are designed for optimal lightness and aerodynamics. Mountain bike cross-country helmets come with a peak to protect the face from flying mud, and there is also the full-face option for dedicated downhill riders.

BMX riders and jump bike riders prefer another style again, a dirt lid (affectionately known as a piss pot) this is closer in style to a skaters helmet than a mountain bikers. For the commuter and leisure cyclist there are plenty of plainer and unobtrusive helmets to choose from.

If you are trying to get your kids to accept their helmets opt for one of the brightly coloured or patterned lids.

Available in smaller sizes for women and adolescents there is a helmet to suit everyone. When purchasing a helmet ensure that it is fitted correctly and is comfortable, you can use the spare pads to customise the fit.

Always wear your helmet low on the forehead to protect the front of your head - not tilted back like an ordinary hat. If you have spent a lot of money on your helmet and want to protect it when travelling abroad or to and from races, invest in one of the specially designed helmet pods to keep your helmet free from damage. If you are travelling abroad check helmet law in some EU countries, New Zealand and Australia it is compulsory to wear one and you may be faced with on the spot fines if you don't.

This Buying Guide gives our customers general advice on the Helmets. It is a guide only and we always recommend visiting one of our stores or contacting one of the experts in our sales team on +44(0)1293 574 900 if in doubt about your needs.
This story was last updated on 17/01/2012