order for a bicycle helmet to be effective in protecting you,
it must be worn correctly. Follow these simple steps to ensuring
your helmet fits properly.
- Size: To
determine what size helmet you need, use a measuring tape.
Wrap the tape around the largest part of your head.
- Fit: The
helmet should cover the top of your head. The back of the
helmet should not touch the nape of the neck. To check the
fit of the helmet, place two fingers above your eyebrow;
this is where the front of the helmet should sit. The helmet
should be comfortable snug, but not tight. You should only
be able to fit two fingers between your chin and the strap.
- Protection: In
order to protect your head properly, make sure the pads inside
the helmet are flush against your forehead. Test the helmet
before you purchase it. Try rolling it off your head. The
skin of your forehead should move with the helmet. If the
helmet slides back, it does not fit correctly and will not
protect your head properly.
Forget! Replace your helmet after a crash or when
it no longer fits correctly. Helmets should have information
on certification and/or meet safety standards from one or
more of the following: CPSE, ASTM, ANSI or SNELL, to ensure
it has passed safety tests.
to “use your head” and always wear a helmet! Because
unlike a broken bone, a brain injury can last forever.