Bike Helmet Safety

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Important

Why is wearing a bike helmet even important? Consider this: according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, 716 bicyclists died on roads in the United States during the year 2008 and 630 died in 2009 (there is no statistic for how many have died trailblazing on the side of a mountain). 95% of bicyclists killed were not wearing a helmet.

Wear it properly

It does not matter if you are using a helmet if you don’t wear it properly. Think how effective it would be to put a seatbelt around your leg and no other part of your body. Follow these tips to make sure you are using the right sized helmet and are using it correctly:

Adjust the straps

  • Bicycle helmets are supposed to fit snugly, like a seatbelt. If the helmet wobbles or moves easily, the straps are too loose or the helmet is too large.
  • The helmet should cover the top of your forehead and the back of your head while still sitting flat on the top of your head.
  • Adjust the straps to the point that when you open your mouth all the way, you feel the chin strap pull the helmet down against your head.

Don’t wear anything under the helmet

    • Never wear a hat, including a baseball cap, underneath your helmet. The hat will cause the helmet to fit improperly. If you do not want to walk around with helmet hair after riding, shave your head or throw a hat in a bag.
    • Beware “strap creep” on the adjusting pieces under your ears, which causes them to slowly loosen over time. If your helmet does not have a locking mechanism for the adjusting pieces, use a rubber band to make sure your helmet’s straps do not become loose over time.
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