Bike RiderFrom a safety perspective it is obvious that wearing bicycle helmets help prevent injuries. Everyone, adults and children alike should practice bicycle safety and wear bike helmets. Wearing a helmet can be compared to wearing your seatbelt when you drive. Even police and professional athletes have spills that could result in severe head injuries without helmets. It is easy to lose control of a bike and hit the ground head first. The result could be a number of medical conditions from being in a coma, loss of memory or motor skills and even death. While it is important to wear bike helmets, it is also important that they fit properly. Below are several tips on selecting and adjusting a bike helmet to fit properly.

Things You Will Need

Bike Helmet

Step 1

Bike Helmet

The first step is to choose the right size and type of helmet. Start by measuring the head just above the eyebrows. An adult helmet is not for a child anymore than a child's helmet is for an adult. A proper fit is crucial to ensure the helmet will function as intended.

Step 2

Helmet Fit

Place the helmet with the front just above the eyes. The helmet should be no more than one finger space from the eyebrow and fit snug. If the person can not see the front of the helmet when looking up with their eyes, while keeping their head straight, the helmet is too far back. Most helmets come with foam pads that are attached with Velcro or adhesive. Determine where extra padding may be needed and remove the existing pads. Replace them with any combination of different thickness foam pads that were provided with the helmet until the pads are the right size. Try moving the helmet from side to side and front to back. It should not move around. When the pads hold the helmet firmly but comfortably in place it is fitted properly.

Step 3

Bike Helmet Straps

The next step is to adjust the straps on the helmet. Adjust the straps with the buckle opened first. The open buckle should be centered under the chin. Adjust the front and back straps on the same side until they make a "V" shape that comes together under the ear while keeping the buckle centered under the chin. Repeat this process on the other side of the bike helmet. When both sides are adjusted correctly, the buckle should be directly under the chin and you should be able to place one finger between the buckle and the chin. The strap should feel tight but not cause any discomfort.

Head injury can happen to anyone while riding a bicycle. Both children and adults should take the extra precaution of wearing a helmet that fits properly incase of an accident.

Tips & Warnings

Always purchase bicycle helmets that have been approved by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Do not wear any beads, plastic pony tail holders or any other type of hard hair accessory under the helmet as an impact could cause the helmet to push the accessory into the scalp and cause brain damage.