Let’s talk about helmets. On-road helmets come in 3 basic variations. The Shorty (1/2) helmet, the Open Face (3/4) helmet and the Full Face helmet. The more coverage, the more protection. There is also a hybrid or flip up helmet.

The most important consideration when buying a helmet is fit. Some heads are round shaped and some are oval. You need to spend some time at a dealership and try a few on until you find the one that’s just right. Be wary of knockoffs. If the price seems too good to be true, it probably is. Higher end helmets offer customizable liners that will allow you to change liner pieces to get the best fit.

In Canada, helmet laws and ratings are stipulated by the province or territory. Check with your home province’s Ministry of Transportation for information regarding your provinces helmet requirements.