Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Scott. Arkansas
Bikes: Trek Madone 5.2, Fisher Caliber 29er, Orbea Onix
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What Dallas said...
The chin strap is what holds a helmet in place so that it can do its job when you really, really need it. Even a loose strap causes problems because the helmet will scoot right on back over your head and expose your tender parts to the pavement or trail.
Had a new rider last summer loosen his straps, and about halfway through the ride he touched wheels with the rider in front of him. His loose helmet rolled back and his forehead took the brunt of the head-first impact with a chipseal road back in a part of the county where we have to pipe in daylight, much less everything else.
Wearing your helmet without the chin strap, or with a loose chin strap is the next best thing to not wearing a helmet at all.
Last edited by Pscyclepath; 02-03-09 at 02:14 PM.