Helmet Fit Safety Check

Jul 7 2017     /     , , , , ,

Our friends at Pedalheads® love seeing all the fun and colourful helmets and bikes that children arrive at their camps and classes with. However, a helmet and bike that fit properly are most important to ensure biking success and enjoyment.

They estimate at least 50% of kids who are sent to camp do not have a properly fitted bike or helmet.

CHECKING THE HELMET

IS IT ADJUSTABLE FOR HEAD SIZE?

  1. Turn your child’s helmet upside down
  2. Look inside to see if the helmet can be adjusted so it is snug to your child’s head.
    • There will be a dial or similar feature you can turn to tighten or loosen the helmet.
    • If your child’s helmet is not adjustable it will only fit one size of head.
    • We strongly suggest a helmet that has an adjustable dial.
    • From our experience skateboard or dome style helmets rarely fit properly.

IS IT TOO BIG?

  1. Place your child’s helmet on their head
  2. Keep straps off (straps will not affect the head fit).
  3. Have child shake their head front to back and side to side.
  4. Helmet should not move front to back or side to side.
    • If there is movement and no adjustable dial the helmet is too big.

IS IT TOO SMALL?

  1. Place your child’s helmet on their head.
  2. Face your child.
  3. Check that there is no more than a two finger gap between your eyebrows and the front part of the helmet.
    • If the helmet sits too high on your child’s head then the helmet is too small.

For more information about helmet safety, click here to see a video from Pedalheads.

CHECKING THE BIKE

Beginner Riders

  1. Sit your child on their bike seat.
  2. Feet should be resting flat-footed on the ground.
  3. Hands should be gripping the handlebars with a slight bend at the elbow.

Advanced Riders

  1. Sit your child on their bike seat.
  2. The ball of their foot should be on the ground.
  3. Hands should be gripping the handlebars with a slight bend at the elbow.

For more information on Pedals Heads Classes & Camps or to learn more about their new Heroheads program, visit their website!

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