Helmet Guidelines

A child having a helmet properly fitted during a bike rodeo.Remember, a helmet and good cycling skills go hand in hand. Even though you're wearing a helmet, it's important to always practice safe riding.

Wear a Helmet:

  • Always wear a helmet while riding a bike, no matter how short the trip.
  • After a crash or any impact that affects your helmet, replace it immediately.
  • Make sure your helmet fits properly:
    • A helmet will not protect you if it does not fit properly.
    • Make sure that the helmet fits on top of the head, not tipped back.

Shell and Pads:

  • Find the smallest helmet shell size that fits over your head.
  • Helmet pads should not be used to make a helmet that is too big fit your head.
  • Leave about two-fingers width between your eyebrows and the front of the helmet.


  • The straps should be joined just under each ear at the jawbone.
  • The buckle should be snug with your mouth completely open.
  • Periodically check your strap adjustment; improper fit can render a helmet useless.


  • In general, the more vents the better; improper ventilation can cause overheating.
  • Helmets with good ventilation can actually be cooler than riding with no helmet at all.


  • Helmets come in all different colors in different models; buy a highly visible color.
  • Shell color does not affect the temperature; a black shell will not be hotter in the sun.
  • Pick a color that you will wear.