Biking can be a fun and healthy activity, but it’s not without risks. According to the National Safety Council, there were 1,260 bicyclist deaths in the United States in 2020. Of those, 806 died in crashes involving a vehicle and 454 were related to non-traffic incidents.
Bicycle helmets can significantly reduce the risk of head injuries caused by falls or crashes. However, it’s important to find one that meets federal requirements and fits properly. In this article, we’ll discuss how to choose a bicycle helmet.
Choosing a Helmet
Start by measuring the circumference of your head with a measuring tape. This will help you learn what size helmet you need. Consider the type of biking you’ll be doing, since you might need a different type of helmet. For example, you might want a helmet with more coverage and a visor to protect your face from branches if you spend a lot of time mountain biking.
Look for a helmet that has been certified by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) or the Snell Memorial Foundation. These certifications mean that the helmet has passed rigorous safety tests. Try on several helmets to find the right fit: snug on your head but not too tight. The helmet should be level on your head, about one to finger widths above your eyebrows. It should cover your forehead.
Adjust for Proper Fit
The NHTSA offers suggestions to make sure your bike helmet fits correctly. Adjust sizing pads or the fit ring until the helmet fits snugly. Make sure the helmet is level on your head and adjust the side straps to form a “V” shape under and slightly in front of your ears. The buckle on the chin strap should be centered under your chin.
Buckle and adjust the chin strap until the helmet fits you snugly. You shouldn’t be able to get more than one or two fingers between your chin and the strap. After being fitted, your helmet shouldn’t rock more than one inch side to side or front to back while on your head.
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