How to Fit Your Helmet

Step 1 — Size:  Measure your head to find your size. Try on several helmets in your size until one feels right. Now put the helmet level on your head and adjust the sizing pads or fit ring until the helmet is snug.

Step 2 — Position: The helmet should sit level on your head and low on your forehead— one or two finger-widths above your eyebrow

Step 3 — Side Straps: Adjust the slider on both straps to form a “V” shape under, and slightly in front of, the ears. Lock the slider if possible.

Step 4 — Buckles: Center the left buckle under the chin. On most helmets, the straps can be pulled from the back of the helmet to lengthen or shorten the chin straps. This task is easier if you take the helmet off to make these adjustments.

Step 5 — Chin Strap: Buckle your chin strap. Tighten the strap until it is snug, so that no more than one or two fingers fit under the strap.

The ABC Quick Check

Air:

  • Inflate tires to the pressure listed on the side of the tire
  • Use a pressure gauge to insure proper pressure
  • Check for damage on tired and replace if damaged

Brakes

  • Inspect pads for wear; replace is there is less than ¼” of pad left
  • Check pad adjustment; make sure they do not rub the tire
  • Look to see that you can fit your thumb between the brake lever handlebar when the brakes are squeezed all the way

Cranks and Chain

  • Pull your cranks away from the bike – if they are loose, tighten the bolt
  • Check your that your chain is free of rust and gunk

Quick Releases

  • Make sure your quick releases are all closed
  • They should all be pointing to the back of the bike, so that they don’t get caught on anything  

Check

  • Take a quick ride to check that it is working properly

For more safety tips and helpful cycling information visit the League of American Bicyclists at bikeleague.org. THE LEAGUE represents bicyclists in the movement to create
 safer roads, stronger communities, and a bicycle-friendly America. Through information, advocacy and promotion, we work to celebrate and preserve the freedom cycling brings to our members everywhere.