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Greater Arizona Bicycling Association
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A helmet should be level on the head (not tilted up, back or sideways), with the side and chin straps properly adjusted and fastened securely. If you wear a helmet, Every time you ride, you're taking great strides in safeguarding that brain of yours. There are 5 straps; 2 ear straps on each side, 1 neck strap in the rear.


1.  Start out with the smallest size helmet, that fits your head. Try on different sizes and brands of helmets until you find
the one that fits. Is should cover the majority of your forehead so you can see the front edge. Even without the straps
fastened or the pads in place, there should be little movement when you move your head from side to side.

2.  If you need a snugger fit, put in the foam pads that come with the helmet or adjust  the strap at the back of the helmet. Your goal is to have thfront_helmete helmet snug enough
that it will not fall off when you bend over.

3.  When adjusted correctly, each ear strap should meet at a point directly below your ear lobe, with no loose play in the straps.
Make sure you base your adjustment decisions on a properly positioned helmet worn level on your head! Only after these
straps are adjusted should you try adjusting the chin strap. The chin strap should be tight enough so the helmet moves
when you open your mouth widely.

If your helmet hits the ground during a crash or if dropped continuously, you need to replace it immediately. Even a minor crack or a small crushed spot in the foam can reduce the protection if offers. It is recommended that you consider a new helmet every 3 to 4 years.