There is no point in going to the effort of buying and wearing a helmet if it doesn't fit properly. Here are five simple pointers to ensure you get the perfect fit!

1. Measure your head:

Get a flexible tape measure and place it around your head. The tape measure should run just above your ears around your head, about an inch above your eyebrows.

helmet fit

Some helmets will show its sizing from extra-small to extra large. Below is how these sizes will correlate to your measurements.

helmet size guide

2. Positioning:

The helmet should sit level on your head, not tilting back or forward. Laura Trott shows us what a perfect fitting helmet should look like...

Laura Trott Wiggle Honda Team

3. How should it feel?

The helmet should feel snug but not so tight that it is leaving you with a blazing headache at then end of your ride! Most helmets are equipped with a dial or other adjustment system at the back which will help you to get the perfect fit.

4. Straps:

The buckle and chin area of the strap should fit close to the underside of the chin once fastened. However, they should allow you to open your mouth to eat an energy bar or drink water from your bottle.

The upper part of the helmet straps will fit you best when it creates a v-shape formed just beneath your ear lobe. The retention cradle should sit around the occipital bone, the lower region at the back of your skull. The retention cradle adjustment systems can be adjusted very precisely to give a stable fit.

Check out the following to make sure you are ready to ride:

Tips on how to avoid saddle sores

How to find the perfect saddle for you

How to find the bike to fit you