Let your helmet protect your brain! The brain is the command center of your body, so it is critical to protect it and keep it healthy. While there is no concussion-proof helmet, helmets do protect the skull and absorb impact, which can protect you from serious brain or head injuries.
In addition to a safe fit, be sure that helmets are well-maintained, age appropriate, worn consistently and correctly, and appropriately certified for use.
The Center for Orthopedic & Neurosurgical Care has provided these tips using the two-finger rule for a safe fit.
Position the helmet on your head so it sits level. The forehead should be covered within two finger widths of the eyebrows.
Position your two fingers in a V near your ear. The straps should follow the same path as your fingers. On most helmets, the straps can be pulled from the back of the helmet to lengthen or shorten the chin straps.
Buckle up! No more than two fingers should fit under the chin strap. Roll the rubber band down toward the buckle. All straps should go through the band to avoid slipping.
- Open your mouth as wide as you can. The helmet should pull down on the head. If not, tighten the chin strap.
- Does your helmet rock back more than two fingers above the eyebrows? If so, unbuckle and shorten the front strap by moving the slider forward.
- Does your helmet rock forward into your eyes? If so, unbuckle and tighten the back strap by moving the slider toward the ear.
Now you are ready to go with a properly fitted helmet! Check out some of the amazing places to ride a bike here in Bend.
Even if you’re not a cyclist, watching bike races is a fun spectator sport, and one many Central Oregonians turn out for in spades. We think watching is even better when it involves streamers, tricycles and a mad rush of little helmets and pedals. We’re excited to welcome back the NWX Kids Crit race this Saturday, August 13th from 10-11am. The race is designed in heats for kids from under three all the way to 11 years old, with four age groups and prizes for winners!
The race, which is part of the Central Oregon Pediatrics Kids Day at the Farmers Market, is hosted by our own local Umpqua Bank. While the event itself is free, participants need to pre-register. It’s easy: fill out this form, and then drop it off at Umpqua Bank at 2755 NW Crossing Dr #113.
The best part? Umpqua will be giving out ice cream to all participants at the finish.
The 2014 NorthWest Crossing Summer Event Guide is out in the June 19th edition of The Source Weekly! But you don’t have to search newsstands to read all about the Hullabaloo, Farmers Market, Munch & Movies, and other fun stuff taking place in the ‘hood. We’ve got your online version right here for your viewing pleasure!
Street festival, triathlons and movies, oh my! Look ahead to all the fun we have planned in 2013 (with more to be announced)…
2013 Event Calendar
visit www.nwxevents.com for detailed information.
NorthWest Crossing Bend Spring Festival
April 13 – 14, 2013
NorthWest Crossing Hullabaloo
Friday, June 28, 2013
NorthWest Crossing Saturday Farmers Market
Saturdays, June 29 – September 21, 2013
Tour des Chutes Cycling Event
July 13, 2013
COBA Tour of Homes
July 19-21 & 26-28, 2013
Cascade Lakes Relay
August 2-3, 2013
NorthWest Crossing Munch & Movies
Fridays, August 16 – Sept 6, 2013
Saturday, September 21, 2013
* For event information, including sponsorships and vendor information, please contact Valerie Yost, 541-382-1662 x 103.
The Oregon Bicycle Racing Association (OBRA) is holding their annual state crit championships right here in NorthWest Crossing on Saturday, August 11th! Watch racers from all over the state zoom through the neighborhood–it’s sure to be a thrilling day!
Races take place from 9am to approximately 5:30pm. Click here to see the course and schedule. Or visit Central Oregon Racing for more details.
The NorthWest Crossing Hullabaloo, presented by COUNTRY Financial is right around the corner on June 29th! This unofficial kick-off to summer has it all—music, food, bike races, and a whole lotta fun!
This year’s Hullabaloo mainstage line-up, presented by The Garner Group and Carrera Audi features the talented and outrageous Storm Large, along with a slate of talented musicians from the Pacific Northwest.
To get in the know about this year’s Hullabaloo, jump over to the Hullabaloo page. And make plans to be in NWX on June 29th!