Women & Bicycles Tip: Your Helmet May Not Be Protecting You
Six Common Helmet-Fit Problems:
Problem 1.) You forget to buckle your helmet! If it’s not buckled, it’s the same as wearing no helmet at all.
Problem 2.) You have not adjusted the helmet clasps (the plastic piece that joins the two straps on one side) to fit below your ears. This woman’s helmet clasps are nearly below her chin.
Problem 3.)You have not shortened the helmet straps to sit snug around your face so that the buckle sits securely below your chin. The straps should be tight enough such that you can only fit two fingers between your chin and the buckle.
Problem 4.) You’ve adjusted your helmet properly, but you put it on backwards, a mistake countless bicyclists in the D.C. area make every day.
Problem 5.) Your helmet straps are too loose, so the brim of your helmet isn’t sitting level across the top of your eyebrows.
Problem 6.) Your helmet straps and clasps are too loose, so the brim of your helmet is not just above your eyebrows. This woman’s helmet is sitting at the top of her forehead instead of just above her eyebrows. Her forehead would not be protected in a crash.
Perfect Helmet Fit Looks Like This:
The helmet is facing forward and buckled The helmet clasps sit right below her ears The helmet buckle is snug below her chin The helmet brim is level and just above her eyebrowsTo make sure your helmet fits properly, click here to watch a tutorial by the League of American Bicyclists. And please remember, just because you’ve strapped a helmet, doesn’t mean you’re any more safe on our roads. Fit your helmet properly and attend a WABA class to practice visible, predictable, and confident biking (classes are $10 and hosted throughout the region).
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