Bicycle Helmet Components
Bicycle helmets are composed of two (2) main parts: the liner and the outer shell. The liner is the most essential part of the helmet as it helps reduce the force of impact. The outer shell disperses the point of impact all over the helmet as well as keeps the core intact. Below is a comprehensive component listing to help you get to know your bicycle helmet better:
- Helmet Shell – Most visible part of the helmet: it protects the Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) foam and prevents sharp objects from puncturing through.
- Helmet Molding – Absorbs the energy at the point of impact and minimizes head injuries. Usually made from Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) foam.
- Helmet Padding – Soft pads are in place for enhanced comfort and a customized fit. Most pads are removable for washing and absorb sweat.
- Vents – Front and rear ventilation openings for maximized airflow, cooling and added comfort.
- Visor – Shields the sun, helps keep the rain and low-lying branches away.
- Ratchet – Adjustable knob to tighten or loosen the inner shell of the helmet.
- Chin Strap – Helps the helmet fit snugly on the head and keeps it on during impact. Generally adjustable and comes with a quick-release buckle for easy