Of the over 100 helmeted students, maybe 6 or 7 did not need any adjustment. Hands were flying fast to untangle, tighten and wrangle the helmets to fit. In addition, staff took the opportunity to take photos of the before and after fit. The results were eye opening.
A properly fitted helmet is essential to protect a rider in a crash. The helmet that fits is also more comfortable to wear. Many cyclists ride with their helmet and straps loose. In talking to people, one realizes that cyclists do not even realize the helmet is not on right. They do not have a clue as to how to adjust the helmet either. It is also difficult to fit your own helmet. A good bicycle shop will fit every new helmet before it leaves the store. They will also fit the helmet you already have if you just ask.
For a good handout on how to fit a helmet go to BikeTexas Educational Resources. There you will find the Helmet Sizing & Adjustment handout plus many other useful handouts that can be downloaded and printed for your use or to distribute to the public.
Now look in the mirror, push your helmet around as though you need it to stay in place. Look at your family members’ helmets. Would the helmet stay in place if you had the unfortunate experience of a slide down the road? If you can’t adjust it yourself, visit a local shop and ask for their best helmet fitter. They may tell you it’s time to replace the helmet. The money would be well spent toward your safety. You may also find the new helmet is cooler and fits better, making it more comfortable.
Photos: before (l) and after (r) proper helmet fitting