No matter where, why or what bike you ride you must wear a helmet in order to protect yourself. A helmet must fit your head properly in order to protect you properly. If your helmet is ever involved in an impact or a crash you must replace it as it may no longer be able to protect you.
Helmets that fit with pads should be fitted with at least one set of foam fitting pads. The shape can be customised if you have a second set of thicker pads. If you need to lower the positioning of the helmet on your head you can remove the top pad or use a thinner one instead. By doing this you may lose a bit of cooling due to the reduced air flow but not enough for you to notice.
If you have a narrow head and there is space at the sides, adjust the side fit pads by using thicker pads. Adjust the pads so that there aren’t any large spaces, leaving some gaps will improve air flow. Make sure that the pads touch your head evenly throughout the entire circumference of your head without the fit being too tight. Over time you may find that the pads compress slightly but don’t rely on this to get a slightly looser fit.
Your helmet should sit level on your head with the front of the helmet positioned above the eyebrows or in the case of you wearing glasses just above the rim. When wearing a helmet you should be able to walk into a wall without your nose hitting it!
There are also helmets on the market that use a fitting ring rather than side pads for adjustment but we will cover those types of helmets in another article.