Bike Helmet Fitting Tips
It’s great to see so many students and parents walking and biking to school! As the daylight hours are rapidly getting less, please be aware the Greenbelt is open dawn to dusk if you are using it to get to school from the Hay’s Mill and Target trailheads. Before you leave for school, check the time for sunrise to determine if you can use the Greenbelt. Also, if riding your bike, remember to stay on the right, pass on the left, control your speed, and slow down in tight passages! We are hopeful you will find the following guidelines for proper helmet fitting useful.
The Proper Helmet Fit
Helmets come in various sizes, just like hats. Size can vary between manufacturers. Follow the steps to fit a helmet properly. It may take a little time to ensure a proper helmet fit. It’s usually easier to look in the mirror or have someone else adjust the straps. For the most comprehensive list of helmet sizes according to manufacturers, go the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute (BHSI) Web site at: www.bhsi.org/.
Does your helmet fit right? Open your mouth wide…big yawn! The helmet should pull down on your head. If not, refer back to step 5 and tighten the chin strap.
Does your helmet rock back more than two fingers above the eyebrows? If so, unbuckle and shorten the front strap by moving the slider forward. Buckle and retighten the chin strap, and test again.
Does your helmet rock forward into your eyes? If so, unbuckle and tighten the back strap by moving the slider back toward the ear. Buckle and retighten the chin strap, and test again.
Roll the rubber band down to the buckle. All four straps must go through the rubber band and be close to the buckle to prevent the buckle from slipping.