5 Steps to Bicycle Helmet fitting and bonus maintenance tips

Jenny here from Cycle-Logical Rentals in Port Colborne, Ontario. This upcoming weekend I am thrilled to be offering complimentary helmet fittings for children at the Evergreen Academy Earth Day event. I thought a blog post for everyone that couldn’t attend but has youngsters at home would enjoy learning the steps you should take when buying a new helmet.

Lets dive right in!

1. You need to make sure the helmet is the RIGHT SIZE.

  • If it happens to be too big or too small no adjustments will make it magically fit properly lol.
  • Start by measuring the heads circumference with the measuring tape sitting just above the eyebrows. Measure in centimeters.
  • Now you want to match to the helmet manufacturers sizing table and purchase the size recommended.
  • No measuring tape? No problem. There is some general guidelines based on age.

12 months = 46cms

2 years= 48cms

3-5 years= 51cms

6-10 years= 53cms

11+ years= 56cms

2. Next you want to make sure it fits snug.

  • Helmets with a universal fit ring at the back that you can adjust is best.
  • Shake head, tilt it back and forth, side to side to make sure there is no movement. If the helmet doesn’t stay just above the eyebrows and the forehead shows a lot when tilting back it is most likely too big.
  • Also if fitting a child make sure to ask them if it is too tight because if it is too uncomfortable they will try to avoid wearing it.

3. Now you want to adjust the side straps.

  • The side straps should form a Y just below the ear and this is easiest to accomplish when already on your head.

4. Adjust the chin strap.

  • The chin strap should be tightened until it is snug and allows only 1 finger between the strap and chin.

5. Keep checking.

  • Remember to check your helmet before each use. If it is a child’s helmet they tend to move alot and play with the straps so taking the time to check if it is snug and free from cracks is great for their safety.

Bonus maintenance tips:

  • When a helmet has been in a crash it is no longer of use and should be disposed of even if signs of damage are not visible.
  • If your helmet has a crack dispose of it immediately.
  • When choosing a helmet make sure it is CPSC certified for cycle safety.
  • When cleaning your helmet use warm water and a mild soap. You don’t want to immerse it.
  • If you have kids make sure to teach them to be gentle and not throw their helmets. Explain how it could affect its ability to keep their head safe in an accident. Show them how to hang it off their handlebars or even have a special hook in the house or garage just for their helmet.

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Rolling on out,

Jenny Crumb- owner &

EPIC Customer Service Memory Maker

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