Is It Okay To Wear A Motorbike Helmet While Riding A Bicycle
The topic “Is it okay to wear a motorcycle helmet while riding a bicycle” will be discussed in the following article. It’s legal in most places because it meets the definition of protective headgear and definitely exceeds the protection of bicycle helmets. Some bicyclists do wear motorbike helmets like the full-face helmets; specifically, downhill mountain bikers and BMXers can frequently wear full-face helmets, because the probability of a crash causing you to land on your face is greater.
The problem with full-face helmets is that they’re hotter; your head is great for getting rid of excess heat, and the full-face helmet helps trap more of that in. Motorcyclists aren’t pedaling furiously, and don’t need to lose as much heat; heat management is essential for bicycling. Furthermore, accidents due to motorcycles tend to happen at higher speeds. On a bike, you are pretty unlikely to wipe out at sixty MPH, while on a motorcycle, it’s all too possible. Between the lower risk on a bike, the heat issues, and also the extra cost of full-face helmets, for many individuals, it is not worth it to wear the full-face helmet on their bicycle.
Any safety feature is a trade-off, between the costs of implementing the feature and the harm or damage than it prevents. When the cost of implementing the feature exceeds the expected value of the feature in harm reduction (taking into account the likelihood of the particular form of an accident happening, and how severe the damage is), then it doesn’t make sense to use that feature. People all assign different values to certain types of harm or damage, and also have different risks based on how they ride and what their environment is like. For some people, wearing a full-face helmet may be worth the extra expense and heat, but most people don’t find it’s worth that trade-off. Sadly, for many of these decisions, we don’t have enough information; there isn’t very much conclusive real-world data on the efficacy of bike helmets, let alone different types of bike helmets.
We wouldn’t recommend it as motorcycle helmets almost all cover the ears and reduce a key sensory input that’s of use at bicycle speeds but differently useful at highway speeds. Also, they are much heavier and most bicycling angles of head and body would lead to a bit more strain, not to mention a bit of extra effort getting up hills. And motorcycle helmets aren’t designed for airflow around a sweating head attached to a high-exertion body. Heatstroke is an increased possibility in warmer weather.