6 Tips for a Better Bike Helmet Fit

May 5, 2014


In more than 90 percent of bicycle fatalities, the rider was not wearing a helmet. Don’t become part of this statistic!

  • Make sure your bike helmet fit is optimized to your noggin. It should feel snug but not uncomfortably tight and sit level on your head. The front should rest no more than one inch above your eyebrows.
  • Adjust the chin strap to about a pinky’s width below your chin. The strap and helmet should pull tight when you open your mouth.
  • All bike helmets are legally required to meet the same safety and impact standards. You pay more for less weight and increased ventilation, not for increased safety.
  • If you bike in cold weather, look for a helmet that adjusts to accommodate a hat underneath.
  • Replace your helmet anytime it is involved in a significant impact or after five years of use.
  • Never leave your helmet sitting in the UV-pounding sunlight for long periods of time.

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Matt Heid

Equipped blogger Matt Heid is AMC's gear guru: He loves gear and he loves using it in the field. While researching several guidebooks, including AMC's Best Backpacking in New England, he has hiked thousands of miles across New England, California, and Alaska, among other wilderness destinations. He also cycles, climbs, and surfs.