How to Adjust a Bicycle Helmet

How to Adjust a Bicycle Helmet
A good deal has been said concerning the good sense in wearing a helmet while riding a bike. In short, if you care about your head, and its vast neurological responsibilities, you'll wear a helmet. A helmet alone won't fully protect your head; a properly adjusted helmet, on the other hand, is a small investment of time that will go far toward ensuring your health in the event of an accident.


Difficulty: Easy

Step 1
Place the helmet on your head. When fitting your helmet, there should be nothing under your helmet that won't be there the next time your wear it.
Step 2
Adjust the helmet so that it is level on your head and low over your forehead. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends between one and two finger widths between your eyebrow and the helmet.
Step 3
Center the left buckle under your chin. If there is too much or not enough slack in the strap, remove the helmet momentarily and adjust the length of the strap. Depending on the design, the strap can be adjusted at the buckle or toward the back of the helmet.
Step 4
Place the helmet back on your head and adjust the plastic sliders on the straps at your ears. The straps should form a "V," with the bottom of the "V" just clearing your ear lobe.
Step 5
Buckle the chinstrap. Tighten the strap so that it's snug but not uncomfortable. One or two fingers should be able to fit beneath the strap.

Article Written By Matthew Ferguson

Matthew Ferguson is a writer living in Savannah, Ga. He has been writing for over 10 years and his work has appeared on various online publications. A collection of his short stories was published in spring 2010. He is a graduate of Appalachian State University.

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