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How to Fit a Bike Helmet

Bicycle helmets should fit snug enough to prevent the helmet from moving after bumps, shakes, and blows. The object is to get a comfortable fit that protects your head. The helmet should be as low on the head as possible to maximize side coverage, and held level on the head with the strap comfortably snug. Remember that not all helmets will fit all heads and you need to spend time finding the right helmet for your size head. When purchasing and using a helmet, seek out a person who has been properly trained to fit bicycle riders with helmets. 

A few things to keep in mind when getting a new helmet include: 1. The helmet is level on your head;

2. The rim is barely visible to you;

3. The helmet is comfortable and will not result in you constantly moving/ adjusting it on your rides;

4. The helmet does not significantly shift when the head is moved/shaken;

5. The helmet should not move more than one inch when you put press your palm against the front of the helmet and push up;

6. The rear adjustment (if present) should be squeezed to a snug level after the helmet is adjusted on your head;

7. Your skin on your forehead should move slightly when you move the helmet on your head from front to back, if your skin does not move, the helmet may be too large;

8.The chin strap should be snug- to test this open your mouth wide and look for the helmet to pull down slightly;

9. The ear straps should form a Y just below your ears.

10. Nothing about the helmet or its fit should distract you whilst riding your bicycle.