Video: How to Properly Fit your Bicycle Helmet

How to Properly Fit your Bicycle Helmet

There are many helmet options available on the market, but the most important quality to look for when choosing a helmet is that it fits perfectly on your head. A helmet needs to fit properly in order to provide the highest level of head protection. It is essential that your helmet fits not only snug, but comfortably on your head to minimize distractions. Take your time, and be patient when fitting your helmet. Here are 6 tips to practice when doing so!


1. Loosen the dial on the back of your helmet

Loosen the dial on the back of your helmet to make sure it’s loose enough to place on your head.



2. Try your helmet on and tighten the dial

Helmets come in all shapes and sizes. Check the manufacturer’s guidelines to find a size that correctly fits your head. Try the helmet on to make sure it fits properly on the center of your head. Then, once you have your helmet in a comfortable position, tighten the dial enough that it won’t move around and is not pinching your head.


3. Never wear your helmet tilted to the front, back, or side

Wearing your helmet in any of these incorrect positions can put you at risk for injury. As mentioned in the previous tip, your helmet should be centered in the middle of your head, not too far forward, backward, or to the side.


4. Shake your head to ensure helmet is snug

Shake your head from left to right, then up and down to make sure your helmet is fitting in a strong, comfortable position. As you can see, the chin straps are not buckled, but the helmet is experiencing very limited movement.


5. Buckle the strap

After you’ve taken the proper steps to position your helmet, it’s time to buckle to strap. After doing so, take note of the strap adjustments located towards your ears and chin.


6. Measure with two fingers

Use two fingers to measure between brow and forehead. Again, make sure your helmet is not too far forward or backward on your head. Next, use two fingers to measure below your chin and around your ears. You should only be able to fit two fingers between your chin and the strap; however, it should still be easy to talk. Your side straps should be no further than two fingers below your ears.

Properly fitting your helmet is the first step a cyclist should take before going out on a ride. Protecting your head is of utmost importance in the case of a wreck or collision. Don’t forget, safety first! So, remember these tips, and, if they worked for you, feel free to share them with a friend!

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