Fitting Cycle Helmets

 Good fit:

  • tight straps;
  • helmet is level; and
  • straps are on either side of the ears.


Poor fit:

  • loose straps;
  • helmet pushed up, exposing the hairline above forehead; and
  • straps are over the ears.


Use the three points of adjustment within the helmet to fit the head:


1.   Ratchet at the back (if the helmet has a ratchet);

2.   Plastic or rubber adjusters that slide up and down on either side of the head; and

3.   Chin strap or buckle under the chin.


Start with the straps undone and the brim of the helmet just above the eyebrows. Tighten the adjuster at the back of the head so it is firm but not too tight. This will eliminate most movement in the helmet straight away.


Slide the two rubber or plastic adjusters until they sit snugly under the person’s ear lobes. These eliminate any slack in the v-straps on either side of the head. Finally, adjust the chinstrap so that you can slide two fingers flat between the skin and the strap.


If the helmet is fitted correctly, the person wearing it should forget they have it on after a few minutes. There should be no pain or discomfort anywhere on the head. If they continually keep touching and moving it, it will need adjusting!


Always check your helmet is a good fit and for any signs of damage before you cycle