Helmets help to save lives, and protect against head injuries. It's something that we've all heard ever since we started riding our bikes. Some states even have laws in place for the use of cycle helmets. The safety of a helmet depends entirely on how well it fits a person. That's why choosing the right size cycle helmet is key, and there are a few important things to keep in my when it comes to choosing one.
First off, it depends on what size helmet you are going to purchase. If you choose to buy a lower priced helmet then you will often find that these run off of a one size fits all model. To work these, you adjust an internal strap to make the helmet fit more tightly on the head. It's important to check these out before making a purchase to ensure that when you place it on your head, or your kids that it fits snugly.
When purchasing a more expensive helmet, you will find that there is a large array of sizes! This is where you need to do a little bit of measuring before making a purchase. First off, you need to measure your head or the persons head your purchasing the helmet for with a tape measure. To do this take a tape measure, and wrap it around the head just above the ears. It's important to make sure that the tape measure is level and that it is crossing the forehead at about an inch above the eyebrows. This is key to make sure you are measuring correctly, otherwise it could result in the wrong size helmet being bought and that would not be safe. After that, take your measurements to the store and pick out a helmet! If unsure, there are always workers who are knowledgeable and willing to help find the right size.
Sometimes you will find a helmet that comes in small, medium, large, or extended sizes. There sometimes is a measuring chart that comes with this to show what size corresponds with what measurements. Sometimes you'll also have to try on a few different ones before finding which one is the perfect fit.
Finally, there's a few key things to remember to ensure that the helmet is fitting correctly. First is that a helmet should be snug. You don't want something that's excessively large, or annoyingly tight. Secondly, certain helmets are going to have more padding than others, that's something important to look at when it comes to sizing. And also, helmet sizes vary depending on the product. Therefore, it's always important to measure and try on helmets to ensure the right size cycle helmet. The right size, after all, is the key to safety!
For more information on choosing the right kind of road or off road road (mountain bike) helmet check out this video.