You don't have to have specialized bike components, know the latest X-games trick or even dominate your local freestyle biking scene in order to wear a BMX helmet. Granted, we're glad that professional riders have taken the BMX helmet craze with open arms, embracing the opportunity to set a good example for kids (for the most). I still wouldn't reccommend attempting any of the tricks they do, but if you do; wearing a high quality BMX bike helmet is a good idea and they sure don't look as stupid as they used to. Thank you, BMX helmet makers.
If you've been to your local Recreational center, YMCA or local skate park - there is a good chance you've noticed some changes being made. You may have also noticed the number of BMX Bikers and Skaters has increased tremendously in the last 10 years and these type of places are taking note. Incorporating skate and bike parks into the other fields and courts they offer, they are giving children even more options to be lead an active lifestyle, which is good. However, that also means there is more risk for injury and these organizations are liable. More so than ever before, it's important that the places offering these facilities emphasize that they can be used without wearing a BMX helmet at all times. BMX helmets save lives; and save them from lawsuits.
Troy Lee Designs Helmets and Fox Racing BMX helmets are some of the biggest names in the industry right now making state of the art BMX helmets. Before all the wild designs, lightweight materials and drastic aerodynamics the BMX Helmets were pretty plain. The same safety tests were still administered to ensure that were indeed safe; they just didn't look as spiffy. Nowadays, BMX Helmets can be made from anything from carbon fiber composite to fiberglass to kevlar. Some people still prefer the look of the old school safety helmets and will bust them out from time to time.
Mat Hoffman and Dave MIra are legends in the Freestlye tricks & biking world; they wear helmets. They perform some of the best high flying bike tricks and jumps ever caught on camera. They are professionals at what they do, but they also realize they aren't immune to injury and are human. They might sell out in terms of slapping logos all over their clothes, bikes and BMX helmets but they do wear the proper BMX racing gear in order to keep themselves protects. They don't stick every landing and believe it or not, but they have been known to land on their head a time or two. They all thank BMX helmets everyday for allowing them to continue doing what they do best.