How to Properly Adjust Your Helmet

Helmet Sizing

We’ve all seen it: riders with helmets that are too small, falling off or not even buckled. While riding with a helmet is better than without, making sure that it fits properly is half the battle.

Here’s some info on making sure that your helmet fits like a glove – but, like a helmet.

Art’s Cyclery has made a great video on sizing if you’re more of a visual learner. Click here to watch the short instructional video.

Below is a step-by-step on how to get your helmet hugging your head in no time.

  • To determine your helmet size, wrap a tape measure around your head just above your ears, being sure to keep it level. Check the circumference of your head with the size charts on any helmet manufacture’s site, or with your local bike shop.
  • Once you have the correct size helmet, put it on.
  • Tighten the horizontal retention system to get a snug fit. This will probably be via a dial or push tabs.
  • Adjust the clip chin strap under chin and make it snug but not too tight.
  • Open the left side adjuster and adjust the webbing so it comes together under your ear with minimal to no slack.
  • Open the right side adjuster and adjust the webbing so it comes together under your ear with minimal to no slack.
  • If needed, snug the chin strap once more.
  • Note the centering orientation of the chin strap buckle. Move the chin strap buckle towards the center by snugging or loosening the appropriate webbing, and take up slack throughout, while keeping side adjusters in their same relative spot.
  • Repeat the steps until the chin buckle is centered, side buckles are comfortably under the ear, and the webbing is snug everywhere.
  • Finally, adjust the helmet’s vertical position. Not all helmets have this option. Position the helmet as low on your head as possible while maintaining comfort.

Now get out there and ride safely!

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