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
- 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.
- 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.