Tips for Bike Helmet Purchase
Choose the right helmet size for your child.
Children grow quickly! To be sure that your child feels well in his new helmet, we reccommend you take a look at your size guide.
To know the exact size of your childrens head, you only have to measure its circumference; the indications in cm in the description of the product correspond to the circumference of the head. To do so, measure the circumference of the head from the crown of the head to the middle of the forehead (see scheme) with a flexible band and you will obtain its exact size. Afterwards all that remains is to choose a helmet corresponding to to the size of your child’s head.
Staying safe with a bike helmet
Cyclists do not have a crumple zone, that’s why it’s important to make yourself as visible as possible to other road users, even when you’re on cycle paths away from roads.
A jacket in neon colours with reflective elements can work a small miracle, but if you do fall, your head should be well protected with a bike helmet.
Tips on buying and fitting a bike helmet:
- Very important: The helmet has to fit! It should sit straight on your head and not on the back of your neck leaving your forehead exposed. Your ears should be exactly inside the triangle of the strap, the side adjuster located right under your ear.
- The measurement used when buying a helmet is the head circumference. This can be easily determined using measuring tape. Simply measure horizontally over your ears. The result is more accurate if you let someone else do the measuring.
- Some manufacturers offer their entire range in a standard size, others rely on two or three sizes (example: 51-55, 55-59. 59-63cm). Either way, the fine tuning is done through the adjustable head ring which is fixed to the helmet.
- Helmets for children are the same, but please note some helmets that come in a standard size might be too large. For example, a helmet that fits size 52 upwards may not be suitable. For small children, a size range that starts at 45cm is recommended.
- The correct position for a helmet is pushed forward to sit on your eyebrows, similar to a slouch hat. The helmet should not be perched on the back of your head, because when you fall off your bike you normally fall forwards.
- Fix the helmet onto your head, for example with the rotatable fastener. This fastener is meant purely for fine tuning and is not a substitute for the initial helmet adjustment. The helmet should fit even without fixation. You can test this very simply: when you bend forward slightly, the helmet should not immediately fall off your head.
- Once the helmet fits, lock or twist the closure at the back of your neck. Your helmet should not slip off your head now even with a loosened chin strap. Finally, tighten the chin strap so that you can still fit two fingers between the strap and your neck.
- After about a week, check your settings again. The helmet fit should be checked regularly to prevent the chin strap from gradually loosening. An experienced helmet wearer will start to develop a good sense of when the helmet is fitted properly.
Most importantly: Take your well-fitted bike helmet everywhere, whether it’s for a short trip to the bakery or on a bike tour during summer.