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Health Tip: Does Your Bike Helmet Fit?

It should be snug, yet comfortable

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(HealthDay News) -- A bicycle helmet can help protect you from serious head injury, but only if it fits properly.

The Cleveland Clinic offers these guidelines for fitting a bike helmet:

  • The helmet should fit snugly but comfortably when the chin strap is buckled.
  • The helmet should sit low on the forehead and rest level on your head, never tilted back.
  • Make sure the helmet rests about one to two fingers' width above your eyebrows. Or when you look upward, you should be able to see just the edge of the helmet.
  • Straps should form a Y shape just below the earlobe, be even in length, and fit snugly against the head.
  • You should only be able to fit one finger between the chin strap and your chin.


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