Not all Bicycle Helmets are Created Equal.  It is amazing that some plastic, foam and epoxy can save a cyclist from serious injury or even death.  It is probably true to say that any helmet is better than no helmet at all, but you, or your loved one, are much better protected if you choose your helmets using the following criteria:
 

  1. Get a helmet that is certified by CPSC, ANSI, SNELL, or ASTM for complying with established safety standards.  We see many kids and even adults wearing uncertified “Walmart” or “Toys R US” helmets.  They are just cool looking buckets. You are saving a few bucks by making that decision, but is it really worth it?  No.
  2. Make sure the helmet fits the rider properly.  Start by measuring headsize (hatsize).  You will be able to narrow down the models that are good options quickly by knowing the rider’s headsize.  The interior width of the helmet should not keep it from sitting as low as necessary.  If this happens, you need a bigger helmet.
  3. Buy a helmet with a good quality, integrated, adjustable headlock.  100% off helmets sold at bike shops will have this feature.
  4. Try a couple different models and/or brands.  Put the helmet on the head, level it off so the front brim sits about 1 inch above the brow.  Tighten the headlock.  With the headlock good and snug, but still comfortable, the helmet should not move side to side, up or down, or back and forth.
  5. Set the side clasps right below the ear lobes.  They should almost hang like/where an earring would.
  6. Set the chinstrap so it is comfortable but snug enough to slip only one finger under it.  The helmet wearer should be able to open their mouth widely without any discomfort.

The Staff at Smart Cycles can help choose the correct helmet for the specific rider, intended use and all fit needs.  Mention WESTPORTMOMS and save 15% on in store merchandise. 
Happy and Safe Cycling,
Alex Stanek
Smart Cycles – Norwalk

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