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Basic Guide to Helmets

A helmet is the most important cycling accessory, period. Ride safely and confidently by understanding the basic features, proper sizing and fit for this critical piece of gear.

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Features of a Bike Helmet

Features of a Bike Helmet
  • Vents improve cooling by allowing air to flow through the helmet
  • Removable Pads absorb sweat and provide cushion for a comfortable fit. Periodically remove the pads and wash them to remove salt build up and prevent odor.
  • An Optional Visor included on some models shades the eyes and can protect against mud or rocks kicked up from the rider ahead.

Helmet Sizing and Fit: How to Properly Wear a Helmet

Most of today's helmets have an adjustable sizing mechanism that allows quick and easy changes to the helmet's headband.

Fitting a Bike Helmet

  • Open the sizing band (A) all the way.
  • Place the helmet level on your head (B). Slowly tighten the headband (A) until it is snug but comfortable.
  • Adjust the straps so they meet just below your ear(C).
  • Once the side straps are adjusted properly, tighten the chin strap (D) to be comfortably snug.
  • When finished, the helmet should move no more than 1 inch in any direction and be impossible to remove from your head without unbuckling the strap.