Cycle Helmet Safety

Cycle Helmet Safety
Your first line of defense as a cyclist is your skill set. But when things happen on the road or trail that are out of your control, a helmet can be a life-saving investment.

Size

A helmet that is too large will not stay in place during a crash. If your helmet is too tight, you may compromise its ability to properly disperse the force of an impact. Try on a helmet before you purchase it.

Fit

New helmets have an adjustment dial in the back to customize the fit. Tighten this dial enough so your helmet stays on without the chin strap when you bend forward.

Chin Strap

Your helmet will not stay in place without clipping the chin strap. Adjust the strap, so you only have room to fit a couple fingers between the strap and your chin.

Crashes

Bike helmets are designed to withstand only one impact. If you crash, replace your helmet. Even if you cannot see a crack, your helmet may be too compromised to withstand another crash.

Lifespan

Even if you do not crash, your helmet will wear down over time. Bell Helmets recommends replacing your helmet every three years.

Article Written By Kathrine Cole

Kathrine Cole is a professional outdoor educator. She teaches rock climbing, backpacking, cycling, and bike maintenance classes. She is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School, a Wilderness First Responder, and a Leave No Trace Trainer.