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How to choose a bike helmet for a child

The most important factor in choosing a Bike Helmet for a child is understanding the size. Once you which size helmet your child needs (discussed in a previous article here), you’ll need to decide which helmet is the right one for them. In this article, we discuss the factors that can determine which helmet you should buy for your child and why.

First of all, understanding the type of riding your child will be doing needs to be taken into account. Will they be riding their own bike, or are they going to be riding with you in a bike seat or trailer? If your kid is going to riding along in a bike seat or trailer, a helmet with a smoother, flat back will prevent it from being pushed forward on their head during a ride.

If not, you may want to consider what they’ll be using their helmet for. If in their spare time there’s a chance of them heading down the skatepark or out on a scooter then consider a skater-style helmet such as THE……. with it’s additional coverage. If it’s just days on the trails riding alongside friends and family, a traditional bike helmet like the……. will be the way to go, offering a lighter, more adjustable and breathable option. This tends to be the more common choice for most parents.

Next up you can take a look at the buckle options available. It may not seem like something you need to worry about, providing it keeps your kid safe and secure in their helmet, but it can be a big deal. A standard buckle is the classic tried and tested option, simply clip it into place and rest assured your child’s helmet is secure. Be careful not to pinch them when fastening it however as it can put them off wearing a helmet in the future if it’s a painful experience. Magnetic buckles offer a wonderful pinch-free alternative and are becoming more common on kids’ helmets.

Adjustability plays a big part in which helmet you might opt for, different manufacturers use slightly different internal adjustment systems. The most common being a traditional dial adjuster at the back of the helmet. Some will come with different size internal padding, with these you can simply swap out in removable internal pads for varying thickness pads to find the best fit. In addition to internal adjustment systems quite often you will find strap sliders, these allow you to adjust where the ‘V’ of the strap sits below the ear. Proper adjustment is essential to prevent the helmet from tilting forward or back.

Visors offer additional protection in a way that may have not even crossed your mind. Keeping the suns’ harmful rays out of kids’ eyes not only protects their eyesight, but also makes their ride a far more enjoyable experience. After all they want to see where they’re going and take in all the fantastic sights along the way!

Multiple Impact Protection System – MIPS
MIPS is offered on several of our kids’ helmets now. It’s a fantastic additional safety feature that in the worst-case allows energy from an impact to be absorbed by the helmet no matter what direction the impact is from. Studies show that MIPS can decrease risk of brain injury by up to 30%.

Some kids’ helmets even come equipped with built in lights ensuring your child stays safe and seen when riding their bike! While not all helmets feature a light most will have some reflective details for maximum visibility.

Shop our range of Kids Helmets from brands such as MET, Specialized and Troy Lee Designs to make sure your child is protected for every ride. If you need further assistance with finding the right helmet for your child visit one of our stores located in Southampton, Winchester, Chichester and Swindon.

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Castelli Spring Summer 2021 Range

This weekend the weather took a turn in the right direction, the leg warmers are well and truly off! With the arrival of the sunshine, we thought we’d take a look at some of the highlights of Castelli’s 2021 Spring/Summer range. With technology developed alongside the Ineos Grenadiers trickling down across the whole range, Castelli creates products that not only perform at the very highest level but that look good while doing so. With comfort and style in mind, Castelli SS21 collection sees updates to some of the Italian brand’s best-loved kit along with all-new cycling bib shorts, jerseys and accessories. Here we walk you through some of the key pieces for Men and Women.

Men’s Competitiione Bib Short
The Competizione is a premium bibshort in look and feel. The sort of thing that’s ideal to pull on for a Sunday club ride but is equally at home being raced in. When you’re pinning on a number you need kit that you can forget about and simply concentrate on the road in front of you, the Competizione lets you do just that. The Giro4 leg gripper features silicone stripes to help lock the legs in place, this technology along with the Vortex textured fabric comes straight from Castelli’s top-of-the-line Free Aero Race 4 bibshort. Other features include a KISS Air2 chamois, flat-lock stitching and breathable mesh straps.

Women’s Prima Bibshort
Castelli understands how hard it is to get one of the most important pieces of cycling clothing right. With the Prima bibshort they’ve taken their obsession of making the perfect bibshort and packaged it into an entry-level short in terms of price with a zero-compromise approach in terms of performance. From the Women’s specific KISS Air2 chamois to the Pro Dry Soft material the Prima bibshort has a premium look and feel. Ride this short all summer long then take it indoors to the trainer come the colder months. If you’re looking for your ideal Women’s specific, Summer Road Cycling bibshort the Prima is exactly that!

Men’s Rapido Jersey
Featuring a striking graphic comprising of lines and fades, this is a jersey that not only looks fast, it performs at the highest level. Utilising Strada micromesh fabric with a 7% Lycra content the Rapido jersey is designed to fit without being overly tight making it suitable for all body shapes. With an easy on/off full-length zip and Tailwind dimpled fabric on the shoulders, side panels and pockets, the Rapido is the perfect all-day Summer jersey.

Women’s Gradient Jersey
Based on Castelli’s long-distance Squadra jersey that you may be familiar with, the Gradient jersey is designed to keep you comfortable mile after mile. Featuring ProSecco Micromesh fabric to help wick moisture away with breathable mesh side panels, the Gradient jersey provides a great close-to-body fit ideal for long days on the bike we all dream of.

Men’s Classifica Jersey
The Men’s Classifica jersey oozes style. Slip this jersey on for your next training ride and as you clock up the miles you’re bound to turn heads for all the right reasons. Offering supreme comfort, the micro-piqué knit fabric offers moisture management and has a super-soft feel. With a close-to-body fit that offers slightly more room then Castelli’s race kit, the Classifica jersey offers as much style at the cafe stop as it does performance on the bike.

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Winter​ ​Cycle​ ​Clothing​ ​Guide:​ ​Best​ ​Outfits​ ​to​ ​Stay​ ​Warm​ ​and​ ​Dry​ ​on​ ​Your​ ​Bike

​On​ ​road​ ​or​ ​trail,​ ​cycling​ ​through​ ​the​ ​British​ ​winter​ ​is​ ​the​ ​ticket​ ​to​ ​next-summer​ ​fitness  and​ ​a​ ​sense​ ​of​ ​character-building​ ​accomplishment.​ ​At​ ​Hargroves​ ​Cycles,​ ​we’re​ ​here​ ​to​ ​help  keep​ ​your​ ​year-round​ ​riding​ ​fun​ ​and​ ​safe​ ​–​ ​starting​ ​with​ ​this​ ​guide​ ​to​ ​winter​ ​cycling​ ​kit.

IT’S​ ​ALL​ ​ABOUT​ ​THE​ ​BASE

For​ ​resistance​ ​to​ ​wind,​ ​rain​ ​and​ ​plummeting​ ​temperatures,​ ​look​ ​to​ ​layers.​ ​This​ ​principle​ ​starts  from​ ​the​ ​inside​ ​–​ ​the​ ​material​ ​next​ ​to​ ​your​ ​skin​ ​needs​ ​to​ ​wick​ ​away​ ​sweat​ ​to​ ​keep​ ​you​ ​dry​ ​–  and​ ​base​ ​layers,​ ​like​ ​this​ ​Castelli​ ​Short​ ​Sleeve​ ​option​,​ ​£34.99,​ ​will​ ​get​ ​your  winter​ ​cycling​ ​wardrobe​ ​off​ ​to​ ​a​ ​solid​ ​start.​ ​And​ ​then…

GO​ ​LONG!

A​ ​pair​ ​of​ ​quality​ ​bib​ ​tights​ ​provide​ ​excellent​ ​coverage​ ​and​ ​seated​ ​comfort​ ​on​ ​the​ ​road.​ ​The Castelli​ ​Nanoflex​ ​2’s​​ ​​(£109.99)​ ​ ​​comfy,​ ​water-resistant​ ​fabric​ ​returns​ ​outstanding  stay-dry​ ​warmth​ ​in​ ​the​ ​coldest​ ​temperatures.​ ​The​ ​KISS​ ​Air​ ​seat​ ​pad​ ​ensures​ ​comfort​ ​on​ ​daily  commutes​ ​and​ ​club​ ​runs​ ​alike,​ ​while​ ​reflective​ ​graphics​ ​aid​ ​visibility.

Heading​ ​off-road?​ ​Mountain​ ​bikers​ ​looking​ ​to​ ​stay​ ​dry​ ​will​ ​find​ ​that​ ​Fox​ ​Ranger​ ​WR​ ​Bike Shorts​​,​​ ​​£50,​ ​put​ ​puddles​ ​in​ ​their​ ​place​ ​at​ ​a​ ​great​ ​price.​ ​Their​ ​water-repellent  material​ ​and​ ​extra​ ​rear-panel​ ​protection​ ​means​ ​comfort​ ​on​ ​even​ ​the​ ​filthiest​ ​rides.

THE​ ​OUTSIDER
With​ ​base​ ​and​ ​bibs​ ​sorted,​ ​simply​ ​adding​ ​a​ ​winter​ ​jersey​ ​is​ ​perfect​ ​for​ ​balmier​ ​days​ ​when​ ​you  don’t​ ​need​ ​a​ ​jacket.​ ​On​ ​the​ ​road,​ ​the​ ​Castelli​ ​Puro​ ​2,​ ​£94.99,​ ​keeps​ ​you​ ​warm  while​ ​staying​ ​aero,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​bright​ ​yellow​ ​colour​ ​option​ ​aids​ ​safety​ ​in​ ​low​ ​light.​ ​On​ ​the​ ​trails,  the​ ​Fox​ ​Indicator​ ​LS,​ ​£47.00,​ ​serves-up​ ​quick-dry​ ​fabric​ ​and​ ​‘drop​ ​tail’​ ​design  for​ ​rear​ ​coverage.

When​ ​British​ ​winter​ ​really​ ​sets​ ​in,​ ​a​ ​weather-ready​ ​outer​ ​like​ ​Altura’s​ ​Night​ ​Vision​ ​Evo  Waterproof​ ​Jacket,​ ​is​ ​the​ ​ultimate​ ​commuter​ ​companion,​ ​combining​ ​safety  with​ ​comfort.​ ​For​ ​£100,​ ​you​ ​get​ ​every-angle​ ​reflectivity,​ ​waterproof​ ​fabric​ ​and​ ​a​ ​good​ ​dose​ ​of  practical​ ​pockets.​ ​Working​ ​hard?​ ​Breathable​ ​vents​ ​send​ ​air​ ​to​ ​the​ ​pits​ ​and​ ​rear,​ ​while​ ​a  sweat-wicking​ ​inner​ ​keeps​ ​you​ ​dry​ ​on​ ​the​ ​inside.​ ​Its​ ​casual​ ​cut​ ​makes​ ​it​ ​ideal​ ​for​ ​wearing​ ​over  regular​ ​clothes,​ ​too.​ ​For​ ​mountain​ ​bikers​ ​looking​ ​to​ ​stay​ ​dry​ ​without​ ​overheating,​ ​Fox​ ​Attack Water Shorts,​ ​£160,​ ​is​ ​everything​ ​you​ ​could​ ​possibly​ ​need:​ ​stay-dry​ ​seams,​ ​visibility,  air​ ​vents,​ ​pockets​ ​and​ ​windproof​ ​–​ ​you’ll​ ​have​ ​no​ ​excuses.

For​ ​roadies​ ​looking​ ​to​ ​cheat​ ​the​ ​wind,​ ​the​ ​Castelli​ ​Perfetto​ ​Jacket,​ ​£175,  features​ ​an​ ​aero​ ​cut​ ​and​ ​Gore​ ​X-Lite​ ​Plus​ ​fabric​ ​which​ ​is​ ​totally​ ​windproof,​ ​breathable​ ​and water-resistant.​ ​The​ ​£200​ ​Convertible​ ​Perfetto​ ​is​ ​multi-season​ ​thanks​ ​to​ ​its​ ​removable​ ​zipped  sleeves.

DRY​ ​FEET
There’s​ ​nothing​ ​like​ ​inner-shoe​ ​squelch​ ​or​ ​frozen​ ​toes​ ​to​ ​ruin​ ​a​ ​ride,​ ​so​ ​come​ ​the​ ​colder  months,​ ​waterproof​ ​socks​ ​are​ ​in​ ​their​ ​element.​ ​Sealskinz​ ​ankle​ ​socks​  ​£21.00,  are​ ​made​ ​in​ ​MTB​ ​and​ ​road​ ​versions,​ ​using​ ​Hydrostop:​ ​a​ ​layer​ ​that​ ​keeps​ ​warmth​ ​in​ ​and​ ​water  out.

For​ ​roadies​ ​using​ ​cleated​ ​shoes,​ ​a​ ​pair​ ​of​ ​winter​ ​overshoes​ ​is​ ​also​ ​a​ ​must.​ ​Castelli​ ​Diluvio​ ​C overshoes​,​ ​£39.99,​ ​utilise​ ​3mm​ ​thick​ ​neoprene​ ​for​ ​keeping​ ​water​ ​out​ ​and  trap​ ​warmth.

To​ ​finish​ ​your​ ​all-weather​ ​prep,​ ​a​ ​quality​ ​pair​ ​of​ ​gloves​ ​is​ ​essential​ ​–​ ​for​ ​comfort​ ​and​ ​safety.  Castelli​ ​Estremo​ ​Gloves​,​ ​£80,​ ​offer​ ​the​ ​protection​ ​you​ ​need​ ​without​ ​the​ ​bulk.  With​ ​warm​ ​hands​ ​shielded​ ​from​ ​wind​ ​and​ ​rain,​ ​and​ ​unfettered​ ​movement​ ​essential​ ​for​ ​shifting  and​ ​braking,​ ​you​ ​can​ ​focus​ ​on​ ​the​ ​ride.

With​ ​your​ ​all-weather​ ​kit​ ​sorted,​ ​winter-proofing​ ​your​ ​bike​ ​is​ ​the​ ​next​ ​priority.​ ​Mudguards​ ​are​ ​a​ ​great-value​ ​first​ ​stop​ ​on​ ​your​ ​route​ ​to​ ​a​ ​badge​ ​of​ ​winter-riding​ ​pride.