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How to (and how not to) wear a bicycle helmet

How to (and how not to) wear a bicycle helmet

Fitting and wearing a helmet properly is just as important as wearing one at all because without the correct fit, the bike helmet’s function can…

Wednesday, Jul 21

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Fitting and wearing a helmet properly is just as important as wearing one at all because without the correct fit, the bike helmet’s function can be seriously compromised.

Here, we go over how to wear a bike helmet – and how not to – so you can make sure that it has the best chance of keeping you safe. Why is wearing a helmet properly important?

Helmets are designed to help reduce the risk of serious injury, both to the head and brain, in the unfortunate event of an accident.

One recent meta-analysis found that wearing a helmet reduced the odds of suffering a head injury by 51 per cent, a serious head injury by 69 per cent and a fatal head injury by 65 per cent.

Having said that, using a helmet correctly is absolutely crucial to unlocking these potential safety benefits.

Without proper fitting or positioning, a helmet can lose the protective qualities it has been designed for.

Helmet fitting is simple – with a few easy adjustments, you can be confident you are doing what you can to protect yourself. Choosing the right size helmet Choosing the right sized helmet is a really crucial first step: most have a range of sizes, which is dictated by your head circumference.These sizes typically range between 50 to 60cm, and as head shapes can also vary, it’s well worth trying on a helmet before you buy it to ensure the fit is comfortable.Using a fabric tape measure, hold the tape horizontally around your head […]

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