In Newfoundland and Labrador all persons riding a bicycle are required to wear an approved helmet.
Here’s some key factors when you choose a bicycle helmet. Bicycle helmets fall within three basic types:
Recreational helmets will provide basic impact protection for casual riding.
Road bike helmets are designed to be light weight, well ventilated and aerodynamic, and most have a sun shielding visor.
Mountain bike helmets should be well ventilated and offer extended rear head coverage. Some mountain bike helmets have a wrap-around chin bar to provide face protection for downhill mountain biking or racing.
Next, it’s important to find a helmet that fits properly. The helmet should fit level on your head, 2 finger-breadths above your eyebrow.
A child should be able to look upward and see the front rim of the bicycle helmet on your own head.
The left and right side straps should form a ‘V’ and meet right below your ear. So get the right size and adjust it properly. If you’re between sizes go with the smaller size.
Now let’s take a look at how to adjust your bicycle helmet.
First, adjust the tightness. Many helmets have an adjustment wheel that you can open fully to put the helmet on your head. Adjust the side straps so they fit snugly around your ears in a ‘V’ shape.
Next, buckle the chin strap and open your mouth wide. The helmet should press against the top of your head as you do so.
A good fitting helmet should be tight enough so no more than one finger can fit between the chin and the chin strap.
Do not wear baseball hats, hair clips or headphones when wearing your helmet.
Next, it’s good to know when to replace your bicycle helmet. Bicycle helmets are designed to absorb a single impact. Also, replace any helmet after five years.
UV light and weathering may weaken key components over time.
Happy cycling and always wear your bicycle helmet!
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