Wearing a turban can offer similar protection to helmets, researchers find

The religious headwear was far superior to a bare head and could be made even more bike-safe, says new study

Study finds turbans offer considerable protection in cycle crashes
(Image credit: Getty Images / Narinder Nanu)

Turbans can offer comparable protection to bicycle helmets in some scenarios, a new study published today has found.

Researchers from Imperial College London and the Sikh Scientists Network used crash test dummies to test various styles of turban, before comparing the results against a conventional cycle helmet and also bare heads.

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After cutting his teeth on local and national newspapers, James began at Cycling Weekly as a sub-editor in 2000 when the current office was literally all fields. 

Eventually becoming chief sub-editor, in 2016 he switched to the job of full-time writer, and covers news, racing and features.

A lifelong cyclist and cycling fan, James's racing days (and most of his fitness) are now behind him. But he still rides regularly, both on the road and on the gravelly stuff.