skyhawk wrote:Is there such a thing as CHEAP safety ????
I always laugh at the don't wear them brigade, I have come off and wearing a helmet, thank you, and I am pleased that i did, it was not serious but I would have had cuts to the head I didn't have thanks to the headgear so I will thank you to remember we all have choices don't force opposite opinion
I would only fit the best tyres to my car, not retreads ?
That said I don't consider £45-50 cheap,
Finally remember there are people like me, and my son, autistic, who can come off, and other disabled when you make your anti helmet war, many like me feel safer with them and that alone is worth a lot as people like me would not even use a bike without one, there are other sides to this not just for and against but also WHY including emotional and psychological. NOTHING is black and white.
Apologies for sounding off
There are arguments for and against helmets, and it is really up to the individual to make a personal decision, albeit informed rather than a result of bullying and emotional blackmail.
But to answer your question...
How do you measure safety?
There is so much drivel and misinformation out there that it is difficult to see the wood for the trees. One major organiser spent years (technically) disqualifying any helmet bought in Europe, and now insists on a standard that hasn't existed since 2004!
So you can look at which tests the helmets have passed, and unequivocally the ones that pass Snell testing have been tested to a higher impact at more angles than those that have not.
So if you look for a helmet with Snell certification, you can at least be happy that it passes the toughest tests
Then we have a price. Snell certified helmets are available at £200 plus, but also at £30
What you are paying for the looks, ventilation, marketing etc.
The £30 helmet has n=been proven to be as effective as the £200 helmet - so yes safety can be "cheap"