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Helmets are a good idea, and, in Oregon, required for any biker under the age of 16. Luckily, we live in an age where style meets function, and we have tons of options for our safety gear. Lazer gives us classic sporty vented helmets for both kids and adults. Bern is focused on multi-sport riders – their helmets are rated for biking, skateboarding, snowboarding, and skiing, giving you one helmet that can do it all, with the skate style to match. Nutcase is a local company that puts the "fun" back in "function," giving us tons of exciting and graphic shell patterns every year.

Did you know that helmets wear out? Constant exposure to sun and sweat can break down the integrity of the protective foam and shell. Does your helmet get dropped constantly? Replace your helmet every year or so, if you ride constantly, or every few years if you ride sporadically.