Safety Tips

Helmet Safety

Cycling is great fun and a great form of exercise.  But, before we go cycling it is very important to be safe.  To be safe while cycling we must wear a helmet.

  • Always wear a helmet– wearing a helmet protects your head if you fall of your bike. Without a helmet serious head injuries can happen.  A head injury can mean brain injury that is why it is so important to wear a helmet. A helmet will provide some protection for your head and brain in case you fall down. Always wear a helmet even if you’re going for a short ride.
  • Every one of all ages should wear a helmet.
  • Your helmet should fit you properly. You don’t want it to be too big or too small. You need to wear it the right way so it will protect you. It should be worn level and cover your forehead. Don’t tip it back so your forehead is showing. The band at the back of the helmet should be fastened and the straps under the chin should be fastened. If the straps are flying, it’s likely to fall off your head when you need it most. Make sure the straps are adjusted so they’re snug enough that you can’t pull or twist the helmet around on your head.

Your helmet should fit you properly

  • Take care of your helmet and don’t throw it around, mind it. If you fall off your bike and damage your helmet be sure to get a new one because a damaged helmet is no good!

Helmet Fit Checklist

  • Level – The helmet should be level on the rider’s head.
  • Rim barely visible – when the rider looks up the front rim should be barely visible to their eye.
  • Y below the ear – the Y of the side straps should meet just below the ear.
  • Snug Stray – the chin strap should be snug against the chin so that when the rider opens their mouth very wide the helmet pulls down a little bit.
  • Skin moves a little – move the helmet side to side and front to back, watching the skin around the rider’s eyebrows.  It should move slightly with the helmet.  If it does not, the fir pads are probably too thin in front or back, or the helmet may even be too large.
  • Stablilizer snug – If there is a stabilizer, sung it up under the bulge on the rear of the head.
  • Palm test – Have the rider put their palm on the front of the helmet and push up and back. If it moves more than an inch more fitting is required.
  • Shake test – Have the rider shake their head around. This can be fun. If the helmet dislodges, work on the strap adjustments.
  • Is it comfortable? Ask the rider if the helmet is comfortable and check to make sure there are no comfort issues that still need to be addressed.

Watch our video on how to correctly fit your helmet.

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