Many of us do not have the luxury of going to a store to purchase a helmet. Either the stores are too far away, or shopping for a specific brand can take a lot of store visits. But on the other hand, fitting a helmet is easier and you know immediately if you have got the right one. However, shopping on the internet has many other advantages; it saves money (just for the travel alone) and a lot of time, plus you have much more choice.
But you’ll need to get the right size helmet. You do not want the hassle to have to return the helmet because the size is wrong, so let’s get it right.
The process is quite easy, but there are a few hints that will make this go smoother:
- Use a piece of string long enough, or if you have one, a measure tape (the soft kind tailors use)
- Roll the string (or tape) around your head, some ½ inch (10 mm) above your eye brows, and keep the string at the widest part of your head. If at all possible, ask someone to do this for you.
- If you are using a measure tape, write down the length, if not use a ruler to measure the length of string.
- For a best possible result, repeat the process once or twice to get a good average.
- Next wait a day or two, and repeat the process. This is because a head expands and contracts slightly depending on heat or cold.
- Look at the results, and take the largest measure.
- A good and responsible web site will be featuring the size charts of that manufacturer (manufacturers have different charts). Take your measure and take the one that is the closest to your, always making sure you round off the result upwards,
- Order your helmet
Once you have gotten your new helmet just make sure it fits snugly, that there is some movement, but that it is not tight. You should be able to move the helmet with your hand, but only slightly. Too tight is not good, and too loose neither. That’s why it is important to follow the steps above.