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Old 01-21-22, 08:52 AM
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Bicycle helmet strap extenders?

All. Is there something like bike helmet strap extenders? I have a long head and I am having a hard time finding a helmet with straps long enough. My current helmet barely works with the strap all maxed out. But with the cold weather I like to wear my hoodie under the helmet which makes it impossible to close the strap. Does anyone know if there is something like a strap extender?
Otherwise I might need to make one myself out of an old helmet.
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Originally Posted by Harhir View Post
All. Is there something like bike helmet strap extenders? I have a long head and I am having a hard time finding a helmet with straps long enough. My current helmet barely works with the strap all maxed out. But with the cold weather I like to wear my hoodie under the helmet which makes it impossible to close the strap. Does anyone know if there is something like a strap extender?
Otherwise I might need to make one myself out of an old helmet.
Thanks
Get yourself to a fabric store for the nylon straps and probably the clips as well that match the size of your helmet. Then you just make a short strap with a male clip part on one end and female clip part on the other end. It might chew on your chin with the extra clips so you could wrap them with fabric. DIY success.
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Originally Posted by KerryIrons View Post
Get yourself to a fabric store for the nylon straps and probably the clips as well that match the size of your helmet. Then you just make a short strap with a male clip part on one end and female clip part on the other end. It might chew on your chin with the extra clips so you could wrap them with fabric. DIY success.
Fabric store clasps won't be compatible though.

Also slide clasps may not hold well on other webbing types - found that recycling some in a backpack, ended up having to tie off the adjustments.
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You might check some local thrift shops for helmets with compatible clasps, and use those for the extender.
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Old 01-23-22, 08:50 PM
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The easiest way, at least for me, to make a strap extender is:
  • Measure your strap, it s usually 5/8" or 1/2" wide.
  • Buy a sidelock buckle @ Rainshed
  • Buy some nylon webbing @ Rainshed
  • If the buckle fits the buckle that is on your helmet now it is easy.
If the Buckle does not fit:
  • Remove the male side buckle, and replace it with the male side of the new buckle.
  • Thread a piece of webbing through the female side of the new buckle, fold the webbing back on itself making 2 layers of webbing.
  • Thread the old male buckle onto the piece of the open ends of the webbing that was just folded over. This will form a loop with the male side of the old buckle on one end and the female side of the new buckle on the other end.
  • Determine how much extension you need, and trim to fit.
It should work

P.S. If you are going to cannibalize an old helmet for parts, the process is the same.

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Old 01-24-22, 11:03 AM
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I actually found an older kids helmet in my garage. I thought I had thrown this one out years ago when became too small for my daughter. Good thing I did not. Same buckles. So I cut off the strap and made my own extender. It was easier than I thought.
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