Cycling | how to adjust a child's bike helmet?
Getting your kid to ride a bike can be one of the great joys in life,it's another to make sure they are safe.
Wearing a helmet can reduce your child’s risk of head injuryby as much as 85%.
Why should you wear a bike helmet?
There are still quite a few number of recorded injuries by bike accidents in every-country everyday.
If you fall down, the part of your body that is most likely to be hit is your head. It’s also your head that tends to suffer the most severe injuries.
Helmet is designed to limit impacts and absorb the force of the impact up to their resistance limit.
If the power of the impact exceeds this limit, the helmet will crumple.
The way it absorbs the shockwaves is a bit like the role of a car airbag: its main aim is to protect your head from direct impacts.
How to choose the right helmet size?
Getting the right size helmet for both comfort and effectiveness, that sit level on your child’s head, with an inch gap between their eyebrows and the helmet.
The straps need to sit firm when buckled up, but not be too tight or loose.
The size of your helmet can be measured in two methods: with a standard size or with your head measurement (you should always try your helmet on before buying it).
Everyone's head is different and the type of helmet will affect your comfort level.
To give you a better idea, here is a size guide for the B’TWIN product range:
- Size XS: < 47 cm head size
- Size S: 47-52 cm head size
- Size M: 52-57 cm head size
- Size L: 57-61 cm head size
Let scroll down to check how to wear a helmet tips and steps!
1. Correctly adjusted child's bike helmet for effective protection
A child's bike helmet must be correctly adjusted in order to provide effective protection.
- It should move with their head and stay firmly in place
A correctly adjusted helmet is also a comfortable helmet.
- It should be easy to even forget you are wearing it
What are the consequences of a poorly-adjusted helmet ?
- A helmet which moves backwards and forwards, or
- Sideways will not protect the head of the cyclist in the event of an impact
- Not to mention the risk of not being able to see
2. Advice for correctly adjusting a child's bike helmet
Most children's bike helmets are equipped with a head size adjustment system.
- It's very easy to adjust the helmet to fit the head of your young cyclist
To adjust the head size of the helmet:
- Loosen the adjustment wheel as far as possible and position the helmet on your child's head
- Slowly turn the wheel until the helmet stays stable and firmly in place
- Be careful not to tighten it too far
- Wearing the helmet might become very uncomfortable for your young cyclist
To ensure the helmet is fitted correctly, gently wobble the helmet on the child's head:
- The helmet shouldn't move
2.2 Easily adjust the chin strap
The chin strap is key to keeping the helmet stable and firmly in place.
- It should be neither too tight nor too loose, and
stay comfortable while providing suitable protection
The strap should go under the chin, against the throat. The buckle should not rest on the jaw.
- Adjusting the strap is simple: Clip the fastening system closed
You should be able to slide two fingers between the strap and your chin.
- If not, readjust the strap until it fits comfortably
4 Steps to wear a helmet?
Step 1 : Wear a helmet
Identify the front and rear directions of the helmet first, then sit level on your child’s head, with a finger gap between eyebrows and the helmet.
Step 2 :
adjust the tightness of the helmet
Adjust proper tightness so that the head does not feel pressure.
Step 3 :
adjust the helmet's side straps
The Y-shaped side straps near the ear should be about a finger below the ear bead.
Step 4 :
adjust the chin strap of the helmet
After the helmet is buckled and adjusted properly, the chin strap should be about 2 fingers width away from the chin position.