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Old 08-13-11, 02:46 PM
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helmet fit

You'd think this is a noob question, but I've been riding 5k a year for 6 years now, all of it with a helmet on.

I bought a new one today, thinking my old one probably is well past its prime. A Bell Slant. I've never bothered to read the instructions before, but I figured I should glance at it at least.

The fit check instructions say you should try to tilt it forward and back with "serious effort", and if it exposes either the back of your head or forehead, the chin strap should be further tightened. No matter what I do, unless I feel like I'm literally choking myself, it will slide backwards over my head.

Options: I'm doing something wrong, the helmet isn't compatible with my anatomy, or it's impossible to achieve and I won't do better with any other model. Thoughts? Of course, I expect to hear a resounding response in favor of the first option.
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Old 08-13-11, 05:03 PM
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If you can move your helmet around like that, it doesn't fit you. Tightening the chin strap isn't going to change that. Either you need a smaller size, or the helmet is designed for a head shape that doesn't match yours. (Helmets are made to fit a specific head shape just as shoes are made using different lasts for a variety of foot shapes.)

I know some bike helmets have an adjuster to fine-tune the size. If yours has one, maybe that would help. Otherwise I would say you just got the wrong helmet, and need to go try on some other ones until you find one that fits.
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Old 08-13-11, 05:58 PM
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Originally Posted by powitte View Post
You'd think this is a noob question, but I've been riding 5k a year for 6 years now, all of it with a helmet on.

I bought a new one today, thinking my old one probably is well past its prime. A Bell Slant. I've never bothered to read the instructions before, but I figured I should glance at it at least.

The fit check instructions say you should try to tilt it forward and back with "serious effort", and if it exposes either the back of your head or forehead, the chin strap should be further tightened. No matter what I do, unless I feel like I'm literally choking myself, it will slide backwards over my head.

Options: I'm doing something wrong, the helmet isn't compatible with my anatomy, or it's impossible to achieve and I won't do better with any other model. Thoughts? Of course, I expect to hear a resounding response in favor of the first option.
I have that model.

Tighten the helmet in the back, then with the chin straps. Also, Adjust the chin straps on the side.
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Old 08-13-11, 06:28 PM
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I have a head which is shaped longer than most. So every hat/helmet I've ever worn is tight on the front and back whilst there is about 1/4 inch of gap each side. I doubt I'm the only person with this problem. I'd no more expect everyone to have the same shape head as I would expect them to have the same shape ass.

Much the same issue arises with shirts. They think your neck size governs how big the shirt you require.

Too much emphasis on aesthetics and very little effort goes into functionality. It's all about manufacture-sell-profit.
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Old 08-14-11, 08:16 PM
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If the helmet pulls off the back of your head, but not the front, try shortening the amount of strap in front of your ears. If that doesn't work, take it back to the shop and ask them to help you. If you have a tall pointy head, you may need a different helmet that more closely matches the shape of your head.
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