Riding a bicycle during the summer months is a great way to keep fit and get some sun. There are many fun trails all over Alberta and BC to explore. However, safety is imperative when engaging in any sort of physical activity, especially one like biking! In the 21st century , wearing a helmet while you bike is mandatory and with good reason!
Today’s helmets have come a long way in terms of durability, comfort and aerodynamic fit. They also come in all sorts of colours and designs! But making sure you have the right helmet can be a tough job. Especially when you know that wearing a helmet can reduce the risk of injury by at least 60 percent.You want to make sure everything is perfect!
Here are a few tips on getting a helmet that’s just right for you and your awesome rides!
1) Make sure your helmet fits right!
- The helmet should be snug, level and stable.
- It should comfortably touch the head all the way around, and be snug enough to stay firmly in place when you move your head from side to side.
2) How to fit a helmet
- Size. Measure your head for approximate size. Ensure the helmet fits snugly and doesn’t rock side-to-side when you move your head. Use sizing pads to ensure a secure fit. For children, make sure to adjust the pads as their head grows.
- Position. The helmet should sit level on your head and low on your forehead – one or two finger-widths above your eyebrow.
- Buckles. Centre the left buckle under the chin. On most helmets, the strap can be pulled from the back of the helmet to lengthen or shorten the chin straps.
- Side straps. Adjust the slider on both straps to form a v shape under and slightly in front of the ears. Lock the slider if possible.
- Chin strap. Buckle the chin strap and tighten it until it is snug, allowing no more than one or two fingers to fit under the strap.
3) When To Replace A Helmet
- After A Crash. It is important to understand that after a crash, a helmet must be replaced! Bicycle helmets are single-impact helmets and once they are crushed, the foam part is no longer as effective even though it may look intact.
- How Old Is It? If your helmet is from the 70’s or older, you should replace it right away. They just do not meet today’s standards. And chances are that if you have had it that long, it has been through a number of wonderful adventures! Newer helmets are designed to last a recommended 5 years but depending on care, it could last longer.
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Written By: ACAC Admin