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How To Find A Bicycle Helmet That Fits Your Kid

In my area children under 18 must wear helmets, by law. When you get over 18, it’s up to you. I’ve never understood that logic, to be honest. As spring warms up the neighborhoods, more families are out riding on weekends and after dinner. The kids are all buckled up, the parents riding in front or behind with no helmet. It makes no sense to me.

We’ve had strict helmet rules for our boys from day 1 and if I so much as wheel my bike out of the garage to get the team saddled up for a ride without a helmet on, the boys will remind me to bucket up.

According to Alberta Health Services, bicycle crashes are the leading cause of brain injury in school-aged children. Most injuries occur when a cyclist suffers a fall, strikes a stationary object, or collides with another cyclist. One child under 15 dies every day, and one suffers a head injury every 4 minutes. Injuries that could be prevented with helmets.

Here are some more reminders to get your kids, and you, properly helmeted in advance of the bike riding season.


  • How To Find A Helmet 1 of 10
    How To Find A Helmet
    Here's a checklist to help you measure your kids and find the perfect helmet they will wear.
    Image via AHS
  • Involve Them 2 of 10
    Involve Them
    Involve your kids in the helmet shopping process cyclists who choose their own helmet are more likely to wear them.
    Image via Buzz Bishop
  • Habit Forming 3 of 10
    Habit Forming
    Make a habit of wearing helmets early, even if young children are learning on a tricycle. One simple rule: no helmet, no cycling. Make the rule and stick to it consistently.
    Image via Buzz Bishop
  • Lead By Example 4 of 10
    Lead By Example
    Always wear your own helmet!
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  • Keep Them New 5 of 10
    Keep Them New
    A helmet that has been in a crash must be replaced, even if it appears undamaged. Replace your helmet every five years even if it hasn't been in a crash. UV rays will weaken the helmet over time.
    Image via Buzz Bishop
  • Eyebrows 6 of 10
    Eyebrows
    Measure around your head at eyebrow level to know what size of helmet to look for. Ahem, it's even easier when you're bald to find your eyebrows!
    Image via Buzz Bishop
  • Know Your Sport 7 of 10
    Know Your Sport
    Choose the right helmet. A bike helmet, is just for biking. A multi-sport helmet will be approved for cycling and other activities, such as skateboarding or inline skating. Check that the helmet is safety approved for your activity.
    Image via Buzz Bishop
  • Variety 8 of 10
    Variety
    Try on different brands of helmets to find the best fit. When you find one you like, put it on your head - NOT IN YOUR BASKET.
    Image via Buzz Bishop
  • Fitting Tips 9 of 10
    Fitting Tips
    The helmet should rest level on the head, never tilted high or low over the forehead.
    The helmet should feel snug, but not too tight. It should not fall off when you shake your head from side to side while the straps are unfastened.
    Adjust the chin straps to form a "Y" below and slightly forward from the ears.
    Only one finger should be able to fit under the chin strap when it is fastened.

    Image via AHS
  • Cost 10 of 10
    Cost
    The cost of a helmet is easily justified. Research demonstrates wearing a helmet can reduce the risk of brain injury by 85%. A brain injury can lead to permanent disability or death. A brain injury is not like a broken bone - it may never fully heal. So get one for everyone!
    Image via Buzz Bishop

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