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How to Choose a Gravel Bike Helmet

We have compiled a list of the best helmet choices for gravel bikes that can be ridden off-road as well as on-road.

Modified at: 2023.7.6Posted at: 2023.5.29

A road bike helmet is sufficient for gravel roads

Since gravel bikes can be ridden not only on paved roads but also on unpaved roads, the optimal helmet depends on the degree of unpaved roads to be ridden, but basically, a helmet designed for road bikes is sufficient.

As an image, if you ride on “wide roads” ranging from paved to gravel roads, a road bike helmet will suffice.

If you enjoy gravel biking in Japan, you will be riding on roads (paved roads) more often, so a road bike helmet that is lightweight and aerodynamic will be more comfortable.

In addition, road bike helmets come in a wide variety of types and designs, ranging in price from inexpensive to high-end helmets, making it easy to choose the right one.

MTB helmets are best if you are going to ride on singletrack.

On the other hand, if you plan to ride and play on singletrack such as forest roads on a gravel bike, an MTB helmet with a wider head protection range is recommended.

MTB helmets have a wider coverage area for the back of the head, which gives you a different sense of security when riding on singletrack, where you are more likely to fall. They are also often equipped with a visor to protect the eyes from obstacles such as tree branches, which is essential for riding singletrack that weaves between obstacles.

A full-face helmet for competitive MTB riding is not necessary if you are riding at a level where you can ride a gravel bike, but if you are riding a gravel bike in an MTB park, you should consider a full-face helmet for your safety.

Don’t just wear a non-helmet.

Gravel bikes, like road bikes, are sport bicycles that can reach speeds with relative ease, so helmets should always be worn.

The higher the speed, the greater the impact of a fall and the higher the chance of a fender bender on the roadway.

However, if you ride a gravel bike, a helmet is a must because the ability to protect your head in the event of an accident has a huge impact on subsequent fatalities and residual injuries.

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