Helmets are an essential accessory for safe biking: the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration stated that helmets are "the single most effective way to reduce head injuries and fatalities from bicycle crashes." That's true whether you're riding your bike down the highway or up the rugged incline of a mountain. The following helmet safety tips will maximize its ability to protect you from serious injuries.
Fitting Helmet Properly
An improperly fit helmet can be a serious danger: a loose helmet may not fully protect you during a fall while a tight one may fall off. Follow this basic procedure to fit your helmet safely to your head:
Replacing Helmet Pads
As your helmet ages, your pads are likely to wear down. This can be a big problem: worn pads can make your helmet too loose and eliminate much of its ability to protect. However, it's relatively easy to replace these pads following this replacement procedure:
Try on your helmet once all your pads are properly secure and repeat your fitting procedure to ensure it still fits. If it doesn't fit, remove pads, adjust, and try again until it does.
Removing Nasty Smells
Through the years, your helmet may generate a rather nasty smell. This smell is caused by sweat that has soaked into your pads and straps, evaporated, and left a deposit of minerals and oils. These substances not only create a nasty smell, but can actually damage your pads and straps.
Clean your helmet pads by following this simple procedure:
You should also clean your helmet straps by scrubbing each with a soaped sponge. This will break apart the sweat residue in no time. Rinse the soap off each strap, repeat if necessary, and hand-dry with a towel.
Follow these steps and your helmet should remain sturdy and strong for years to come. However, if you suffer a crash and seriously damage your helmet's structure, simply get it replaced at a biking accessory shop. Repairing its broken structure won't restore its full strength and creates a serious injury risk.Share
24 March 2015
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