How to Make Sure Your Bicycle Helmet Fits

Helmets come in all kinds of different sizes and you need to fit them, just like hats. Hat sizes can be different depending on the manufacturer. The Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute (BHSI) has the most complete list of helmet sizes according to the manufacturers.

To fit a helmet you need to measure your head to find out your approximate size. Make sure you try the helmet on to make sure it fits snugly. When it is sitting on top of your head make sure it does not rock from side to side. There are sizing pads inside new models; you can use them to make sure the helmet is tucked securely on your head. Some helmets also have something called a universal sizing ring inside that can help fit the helmet on the head.

Make sure the helmet sits level on your head and low on the forehead which means that it is sitting one or two finger widths above your eyebrows.

You can center the left buckle under the chin by pulling it from the back of the helmet to lengthen or shorten the chin straps. You can do this most precisely when the helmet is off the head. There are sliders on both straps; make sure you tighten them so the fit is quite snug. A good fit is attained when you can fit no more than one or two fingers under the strap.

To find out if the helmet is fitting right give a big yawn. While you are doing this the helmet should pull down on the head. If it is not then you have to go back and tighten the chin strap even more.

If your helmet rocks back and forth on the top of your head then you might want to shorten the front strap by moving the slider forward. To prevent the buckle on the band from slipping be sure to roll it as close as you can to the band.

Helmets can be damaged if you drop them. Be sure to replace any helmet that has been damaged.

If you are buying for a kid do not buy a helmet that will be “grown into.” The helmet must fit like it is.

The helmet should fit now. Buy a helmet that fits your head now, not a helmet to “grow into.” Replace any helmet that has been outgrown immediately so your child or you are never riding without one.
Remember … a helmet will only be of use to you if it actually fits your head.

Hello Kitty Gadgets

Just when you think the Hello Kitty phenomena could not get any weirder there is now a plethora of gadgets that continue to celebrate this theme.

One of the weirdest inventions is a tooth cap that looks exactly like the famous cat. You can get it as a frontal crown or as a hub type crown for a back tooth. Now that is a conversation piece. However it is a bit intimate. You would literally be opening your mouth to show someone how filed your tooth down to get a Hello Kitty cap on it.

Another weird as heck invention is the Hello Kitty contact lenses. These feature an image of the famous white cat in each eye. You have to be pretty fanatical about this anime character to want others to see that instead of your pupils.

Another strange invention was the Hello Kitty Vibrator. Originally marketed as the Hello Kitty neck massager it is a cult collectible. It started turning up as the subject of blogs when it became a noticeable object in fetish films.
Even weirder is the Hello Kitty Car Muffler. This thing attaches to your tail pipe. It is in the shape of the Kitty complete with whiskers and the cute little bow on the head.

Yet another strange little gadget is the Hello Kitty headlamp. A pink band fits around your head and a kitty shaped light lights the path for you. The drawback here is that the light is a little small. It is not exactly something that you would have your kid use to light his or her way when riding a bike.

There are all kinds of gadgets for the kitchen that come under the Hello Kitty brand. One of the cutest is the toaster. It is white with a relief image of the cute cat. It is a good toaster to give to a kid.

Another famous Japanese gadget is the Hello Kitty Keyboard which is bright pink with maternity green and baby blue buttons. Every key on the board looks like a kitten's face. It is made by a prestigious company in Japan called Sanrio.

Although technically not a gadget the Hello Kitty Dog House is worth mentioned. It is pink, can fit a Chihuahua and is festooned with 7,600 crystal beads. The pink pillow inside is in the visage of Hello Kitty's face. The cost for all of this luxury for your lap dog is a mere $31,660.