Its so simple to do, yet so easy to get wrong. Choosing a proper fitting kids helmet is an important factor in ensuring your child’s safety and comfort, yet one that commonly gets overlooked.
While many stores will simply sell you a certain sized helmet in a box and send you on your way, taking the time to ensure your child’s helmet fits correctly both in the shop and as your child grows will help to give them the safest ride possible.
But what exactly does a good fit look like? The experts from ByK Bikes are here to help with their helmet fitting guide.
In our opinion, the right helmet should have a snug fitting shell with an adjustable fitting band to customise the size and minimise wobble.
It should fit forward on the child’s head in a horizontal position. The straps should fit neatly either side of the ears with the buckle siting under the chin with a small but comfortable clearance when connected.
Be careful the helmet does not interfere with the riders view and hearing - these sensors are critical for safety and control.
Here are the basics to remember when fitting:
1. Undo the rear retention device (usually this is a wind-up thing at the back of the helmet)
2. Place the helmet flat on the head, to fit forward if in doubt
3. Tighten the rear tension device to fit snugly - about the same tension as when tightening laces on shoes
4. Adjust the triangle of straps so that the join of the straps is just immediately below the ears
5. Adjust the under-chin strap to be about snug - about 1 cm or less of slack
If you are doing the chin strap up for your child, please take care to place your own fingers between the chin strap buckle and your child’s skin. It is better that you catch your fingers rather than your child’s soft, delicate skin!
For a great visual guide, the Bicycle Network, in conjunction with Ride2School day have put together a great Kids Helmet Fit Guide.