Skateboard Helmets vs. Bike Helmets

Many kids love riding bicycles and skateboarding. We know that wearing a helmet at all times is important for their safety.

In most places, safety standards require kids to wear helmets while riding. You need to know the helmet they wear will give them proper protection whether they are skating or riding.  

Are Skateboard Helmets Safe for Biking?

Helmets designed specifically for cycling may not provide adequate protection for your child if they take a fall while skateboarding, and vice versa. Also, full face helmets designed for mountain bike riding are hardly going to be cool when skateboarding. Skateboard helmets for biking are not the best option, as I’ll explain in this article.

At [URL] we do have a range of recommended helmets suitable and certified for both biking and skating.

What Are the Main Differences Between Skate and Bike Helmets?

Having an accident on a bicycle or taking a fall from a skateboard can result in quite different types of head impacts.

The type of helmet is important in providing protection against different impacts. High speed accidents can occur more often on bikes. Lower speed, lower impact falls usually happen on a skateboard.

Helmets designed specifically for bicycling differ from helmets made for skateboarding. Bicycle helmets are designed for protecting your child in the occasional accident – not for the repeated falls that are more likely from their skateboard.

Bike helmets meet safety standards based on single impact at higher speeds.

Helmets designed for skateboarding are done so to reduce risk arising from multi-impact activity. Considerably fewer helmets are designed for roller skating or in-line skating. 

The differences among helmet styles are based on the safety requirements of each sport. Meeting correct CPSC and ASTM certification regulations and adherence to voluntary standards is also important.

You should never buy a helmet of any kind that is not correctly certified. It also helps to know that some helmets meet more than the bare minimum requirements set down in laws.

Are Skateboard Helmets Safe for Biking?

A helmet suitable for both cycling and skating must have both CPSC ( the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission) and meet the ASTM F1492 standard.

CPSC:  This is the standard US certification required for bicycle helmets. Helmets meeting this standard provide protection against skull fractures and severe brain injuries when the helmet is used properly. Every bicycle helmet on [URL] has this certification.

ASTM F1492:  These specifications cover the design and performance requirements for skate helmets. They follow test procedures for helmets used in the activities of skateboarding and trick roller skating.   Every skate helmet on [URL] has this certification. 

Many skate-style helmets only meet the CPSC standard, so are inappropriate for skateboarding. They might look like skate helmets but may not provide adequate protection.

Can I Wear The Same Helmet for Skating and Bicycling?

If your child rides a bicycle and skateboard, you can buy a dual-certified helmet.

These helmets are approved by ASTM for skateboarding and CPSC for bicycling. Wearing one helmet while riding to the skate park and then changing it before skating is too much to ask of most kids.

Most parents can also do without the extra expense too!

Skateboard helmets are designed to take multiple blows before you need to replace your helmet. The type of impact received during a fall from a skateboard or roller blades is significantly different from falls from bicycles.

Helmets only designed for skateboarding aren’t sturdy enough to withstand the extreme force that can happen in a bike accident at speed.

Bicycle helmets are designed to take extreme force from one impact. These helmets should be replaced after one accident. If you roller skate or in-line skate, look for a helmet certified to CPSC standards for bicycling. 

Skating is similar to bicycling in that crashes are less frequent than skateboarding, but injuries tend to be more severe.

One major difference between bike helmets and skate helmets is in their designs. Skate helmets, which are traditionally round and smooth, cover the back of your kid’s head. This is because they are designed to protect against falls that skateboarders commonly take, where they might land on the back of their head. In contrast, cyclists rarely fall off the back of their bikes.

Talk to You Kids and Check Their Helmets for Damage

It’s important to question your children often when they return from time cycling or at the skatepark. Ask them if they have taken a fall and hit their head. Kids who skate often do, but won’t make a big deal of it because it can be embarrassing.

Check their helmets also. Look to see if there are any new signs of impact. If you find any, ask your child how they happened and ensure they are not suffering headaches or signs of concussion.

Spending time choosing the right helmet with your child is important. If they can choose a helmet they think is cool, they are more likely to wear it all the time. As a parent, your duty is to guide them in their choice and make sure the helmet they choose is appropriate and meets the safety requirements for how they will use it.

At [URL] we offer a wide range of helmets from all the major and some smaller manufacturers. We also provide an abundance of information to help you make informed choices before purchasing a new helmet for your children.

If you are just starting out in your search for the right helmet for your child, please take a read of these articles. You will find your most important questions about helmets answered in the content.

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