Summer days in the Keweenaw are made for cruising on your bicycle. Some folks love to zip along on a sleek racer, while others prefer to pedal a sturdy mountain bike. Once in a while, you’ll even catch a pair of riders sharing an old-fashioned tandem bicycle built for two. No matter which type of bicycle you ride, there is one accessory that’s a must for every bicyclist: A helmet.
Wearing a helmet is the most important — and simplest — safety measure you can take to protect yourself against serious injury while riding your bicycle.
Here are some tips to make sure your helmet fits properly:
- The helmet should be level on your head.
- When you look up, the front rim of the helmet should be barely visible to your eye.
- The Y of the side straps should meet just below your ear.
- The chin straps should be snug against your chin, so that when you open your mouth very wide, the helmet pulls down a little bit.
- Move the helmet from side to side and front to back. You should feel the skin around your eyebrows move slightly with the helmet. If it doesn’t, the fit pads are probably too thin in the front or the back, or the helmet may be too large.
- If the helmet has a rear stabilizer, make it snug under the bulge on the rear of your head.
- Put your palm on the front of the helmet and push up and back. If it moves more than an inch forward, more fitting is required.
- Shake your head around. If the helmet dislodges, work on the strap adjustments.
- Make sure your helmet is comfortable! Try on several different helmets so that you can choose the one that fits you best.
Once you’ve got your helmet strapped on, keep an eye out for the Portage Health Helmet Incentive Team. We’re cruising the Keweenaw this summer, keeping an eye out for kids who are wearing their helmets properly while biking, rollerblading and skateboarding.