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Your Bicycle Helmet - "A Correct Fit"

Five - Step Helmet Fit Test

Step

Problem

Solution

1. By pressing or pushing front of helmet with heel of hand can lift the back of the helmet up and forward.

Helmet moves back to uncover the forehead.

Tighten front strap to junction. Also, adjust padding thickness and/or position, especially in back. Make sure chin strap is snug. If this doesn’t work, the helmet may be too big.

2. By pressing or pushing back of helmet with heel of hand can lift the back of the helmet up and forward.

Helmet moves forward to cover the eyes.

Tighten back strap. Make sure chin strap is snug. Also, adjust padding thickness and/or position, especially in front.

3. Put a hand on each side of the helmet and rock from side to side. Shake your head "no" as hard as possible.

Helmet slips from side to side.

Check padding on sides and make sure straps are evenly adjusted.

4. Open your mouth (lower jaw) as wide as possible, without moving your head. The top of your helmet should pull down.

Helmet does not pull down when opening your mouth.

Tighten chin strap. Make sure the front and back strap junction is under each ear.

5. Check to see if the front edge of helmet covers your forehead. The front edge of the helmet should not be more than one to two finger-widths from your eyebrows.

Helmet does not cover the forehead

Position helmet no more than one to two finger-widths above eyebrows. Tighten any looses straps. Make adjustments so the helmet stays over the forehead.

Have someone else test your helmet fit by doing the 5-step test outlined above. Hold your head still during the test. Your helmet should pass each of the 5 steps.

Buying a Bike Helmet:

1. Buy one that has been tested and "approved" for protection. Look for an ASTM, ANSI, or Snell sticker on the inside of the helmet.

2. There are many different brands and sizes. Select one that fits well prior to any adjustments. Many offer adjustable sizing pads to help ensure a better fit. Buy the one that’s most comfortable and attractive to you. You’ll be more likely to wear it.

3. Any helmet that has been involved in a crash has done its job. Replace it!

4. Buy one to fit the rider now, not for one to grow into.

   

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