By Ryan Young, Youth Programs Coordinator
Helmet Fitting This magazine overflows with biking excitement, but honestly, helmet fit is not thrilling. It is, however, easy and important. A helmet that fits properly is twice as effective in preventing head injuries as a helmet with a poor fit. So before you go out for your next ride, take 30 seconds to make sure everyone’s helmet passes the following tests.
Helmet should be level and cover your upper forehead. You should be able to fit no more than one or two fingers between your eyebrows and the brim of the helmet. Once the helmet is level, turn the dial at the back of the helmet to snug up the inner band to prevent the helmet from wiggling side-to-side. If there’s no dial, use thicker pads where there is space at the front, back and/or sides of the helmet to get a snug fit.
Helmet side straps should meet just below your earlobes to form a “Y.” If this is not the case, adjust the sliding buckle up or down.
Chin strap should be buckled and snug below your chin, so that no more than one or two fingers fit under the strap. A properly fitting helmet will stay put when you move your head. Wear your helmet level, straps snug around ears and under chin.
8 | PEDAL
Every three to five years (the materials in helmets break down, making them less effective over time) If you find a crack or damage
If your helmet is impacted in a crash (helmets are designed to protect your head for only one crash) If your helmet does not comply with U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Standards
If you have long or voluminous hair, try out different styles (unstyled, bun, braids, etc.) and find what works for you. Riders with large hair or various types of head coverings may need to size up their helmet so that it fits snugly and comfortably. Several ma jor athletic brands make athletic headcovers and hijabs that are designed for active uses such as biking.