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.