Proper Wearing of Bicycle Helmet

Proper Wearing of Bicycle Helmet
No piece of protective gear is more important when riding a bicycle. This protective gear has saved countless lives of fallen riders. But many people who wear helmets don't take the time to make sure their helmet is properly adjusted for their head, greatly increasing their risk of serious injury.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Bicycle helmet
  • Bicycle helmet
Step 1
Fit the helmet firmly over the head. You don't want a wobbly helmet or one that will slip when jostled. Much of the fit comes down to buying the right size, but you can also purchase pads to improve the fit.
Step 2
Make sure the pressure from the helmet padding is distributed evenly over the head. This will ensure all parts of your head are equally protected.
Step 3
Adjust the chinstrap harness so that it holds the helmet snugly onto the head. Young children might find this uncomfortable, but it's necessary.
Step 4
Check that the helmet comes down near the brow to protect the forehead.
Step 5
Remove all slack in the straps by tightening. The front and back straps should meet just beneath the ears to form a "Y".

Article Written By Jonathan Croswell

Jonathan Croswell has spent more than five years writing and editing for a number of newspapers and online publications, including the "Omaha World-Herald" and "New York Newsday." Croswell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Nebraska and is currently pursuing a Master's of Health and Exercise Science at Portland State University.

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