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.

Riddles for Kids

Kids love riddles. They make them laugh. Here are some great ones to tell your kid before he or she goes to bed or during a long car ride …or any time!
What do you call a kitten sucking lemons? A sourpuss!
Why did King Kong climb the Empire Statute Building? He was too big to take the elevator.
What do you call the zipper on a banana? A fruit fly!
What did one potato chip say to another? Should we go for a dip?
What can you catch but not throw? A cold!
Why did the woman wear a helmet at the dinner table? She was on a crash diet?
Why did the chicken cross the playground? To get to the other slide!
Why are Teddy Bears always hungry? Because they are always stuffed!
Why is a vampire so unpopular? He is a pain in the neck!
What do sea monsters eat? Fish and ships!
What has two banks but no money? A river.
What is black and white and pink all over? A sunburned Zebra.
What goes up and never comes down? Your age!
What time is it when an elephant sits on a fence? Time to get a new fence!
How does a boat show love? It hugs the shore.
What has bark but no bite? A tree.
What game do cannibals love to play? Swallow the leader.
What is a cat on ice? A cool cat.
What word in the dictionary is spelled incorrectly? 'Incorrectly!'
What animal honks without a horn? A goose!
How do rabbits travel? By hareplane!
Have you heard about the restaurant on the moon? Great food – no atmosphere.
What thing do you break when you say its name? Silence.
What is harder to catch the faster you run? Your breath!
What did one rock pool say to the other rock pool? Show us your mussels.
What has no beginning, end or middle? A doughnut!
What did one toilet say to the other? You look a little flushed!
Why was the belt arrested? For 'holding up the pants.'
What do you get when you cross a snowman with a wolf? Frostbite!
Where can you always find money when you look for it? In the dictionary.
What gets wetter the more it dries? A towel.
What is a volcano? A mountain with hiccups.
What flowers do you always wear? Two lips.
What game do cows play at parties? Moosical chairs.
How did the lollipop say goodbye to the other lollipops? So long suckers!
Riddles like this are great because they give your kid's brain that little workout they need!