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Maddie’s Do You Know - Cycle Helmets

Maddie’s Do You Know - Cycle Helmets

Maddie Do You Know DashelTune in to CBeebies for "Maddie's Do you Know” Tuesday 21st April at 4.20pm. Maddie learns how a bird builds its nest and how a bike helmet is made at the Dashel Factory. If you miss it, then it’s available on BBC iplayer too.

Recently (before the lockdown of course) Maddie Moate from the Cbeebies TV series, ‘Maddie’s Do You Know?’ came to visit one of the Dashel factories. Maddie was there to see how carbon fibre cycle helmets are made. We've always loved her programmes so it was great to see an episode being put together. Her special camera showed us carbon fibres in a way we'd never seen before.

Whilst the small size of the carbon fibre helmet featured in this episode, fits children from age four upwards – Dashel realised parents needed a price point more suitable for growing heads! Something that is impossible with a carbon fibre helmet.


So, Dashel set to work creating a children’s version of its Re-Cycle helmet, which uses recycled plastic and is itself recyclable at end of life. Dashel's Kids Bike and Scooter Helmet has launched today. The safety results are as good as a carbon fibre version. It would have been printed, but this was impossible due to lockdown. So we have developed a range of stickers. All made in the UK too. A fun indoor activity until its time for the daily bike ride. We hope you like the new colours for kids! These will be delivered in early May but you can purchase them now.

 

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How to pick the right size +

Measuring and fitting

Measuring your head

Measure the widest part around your head – this is usually approx. 1cm above your ears. If you don’t have a flexible tape measure just use a piece of string or ribbon and find a ruler.

The 2 models of Dashel helmets come in different sizes:


Dashel Cycle Helmet 
Small (S): 54-56cm
Medium (M): 57-59cm
Large (L): 60-62cm

Carbon Fibre Edition
Small (S): 54cm - 56cm
Medium (M): 57cm - 58.5cm 
Large (L): 59cm - 61cm

How to Fit your Helmet

Place the helmet on your head, push it down ensuring it sits level 1-2 cm above your eyebrows and does not tilt too far backwards or forwards. The helmet should feel snug but not constricting. Use the comfort pads to adapt it to your size

Tighten the chin strap, the 'Y' shape should fit just below your ears. The Fidlock clasp must sit under the chin and not on the jawbone.

Make sure the strap feels comfortable but secure. You should not be able to get more than one finger between your chin and the strap.

How to Achieve the Perfect fit

Also included with your purchase is a set of black 10mm wide pads. The silver pads already in your helmet are just 5mm thick. For a tailor made fit, mix and match according to whether your head is narrow, high, round or
narrow.

The pads are just to make the helmet as comfortable as possible. They do
not contribute to the performance of your helmet in a crash, if you wish to
remove some completely then do so.

Remember a cycle helmet can only protect you it if fits properly. The helmet should feel snug but not constricting and sit level 1-2 cm above your eyebrows. Do not tilt it too far backwards or forwards. The Fidlock clasp
must sit under the chin and not on the jawbone. You should not be able to get more than one finger between your chin and the strap.