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Old 09-27-13, 08:19 AM   #1276
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I recently bought a new helmet, and I pretty much always get whatever feels nice that costs ~$50. The guy working the floor at this particular LBS was very nice and helpful. I didn't need much help, but he didn't know that. As I tried on a $45 helmet, he told me that all of the helmets pass the same safety tests, then asked what I was using it for. "Racing."

"Why are you buying such a cheap helmet?"

"Why shouldn't I?"

"How much do you spend on shoes?"

"Umm, $300?" (well, that's retail value anyway)

"Why would you spend 6x as much covering your feet as you do protecting your head?"

"Didn't you just tell me that all the helmets pass the same tests?"

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"On a 3 hour ride, my feet have been uncomfortable in $50 shoes. My head has not been uncomfortable in a $50 helmet. I'll take this one."

Nice try though.
But doesn't your neck get sore from having to support the extra grams of the cheaper helmet?
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Old 09-27-13, 08:46 AM   #1277
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They're not extra grams. I've always had them.
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Old 09-27-13, 08:56 AM   #1278
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Old 09-27-13, 09:05 AM   #1279
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They're not extra grams. I've always had them.

why do you hate the economy? splash the extra cash!

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Old 09-27-13, 12:44 PM   #1280
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I've found it hard to buy an expensive helmet as well. I ended up with a Propero II instead of a prevail, even with a team discount, because they are basically the same thing, but the propero is like $150 cheaper.
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Old 09-27-13, 12:50 PM   #1281
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I've found it hard to buy an expensive helmet as well. I ended up with a Propero II instead of a prevail, even with a team discount, because they are basically the same thing, but the propero is like $150 cheaper.
That looks almost identical to my 3-year old S-Works. I might do the same thing.
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Old 09-27-13, 04:12 PM   #1282
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...guy working the floor at this particular LBS
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paaaaahahaha - that's stellar.
I've never promised anyone that buying a fancy helmet will give them more than slight weight gains, venting gains, and style... but I've certainly heard co-workers do it.

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Old 09-27-13, 07:04 PM   #1283
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I have a Bell Somethingorother. It came with the kits and the team jacket. It fits a lot like the Giro I used to have, which surprised me. I always thought Bell helmets fit rounder heads. Not this one. Works great.
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Old 09-27-13, 07:19 PM   #1284
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I got a free helmet from my team. I feel special now.

oh well back to working on college essays while i wait for my girlfriend to come home so i can have dinner and relax...
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Old 09-27-13, 07:19 PM   #1285
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I just recently replace my Bell. Only because my wife forced me to after 4 yrs. Loved that lid.

I have a Giro now. Its ok.
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Old 10-01-13, 09:16 AM   #1286
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Strava monsters. lmao. I'd like to see them take my MoPac bridge KOM though.

http://austin.craigslist.org/bik/4101417809.html
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Strava monsters. lmao. I'd like to see them take my MoPac bridge KOM though.

http://austin.craigslist.org/bik/4101417809.html
BAHAHAHAHAHA. Epic!
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They're not extra grams. I've always had them.
A few extra grams of styrofoam versus the 47 pounds of concrete he has in there???????? No biggie..
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Old 10-01-13, 09:57 AM   #1289
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Strava monsters. lmao. I'd like to see them take my MoPac bridge KOM though.

http://austin.craigslist.org/bik/4101417809.html
That is beautiful.
When I was using Strava I used to get asked periodically to go smash someone's KOM if they were being doooooshie...
Funny part was only a few guys knew what my strava name is...
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Old 10-01-13, 10:05 AM   #1290
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Did anyone ever figure out how to beat digital epo?
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Strava monsters. lmao. I'd like to see them take my MoPac bridge KOM though.

http://austin.craigslist.org/bik/4101417809.html
Love this.

You'd be surprised how many people get all angry when my club goes out and smashes some of the segments around here. /shrug strava is srs biznz. Full disclosure: many of them are faster than I and I'm either hanging on for dear life, or exploding at the front for as long as I can before peeling off.
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Old 10-01-13, 11:01 AM   #1292
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Love this.

You'd be surprised how many people get all angry when my club goes out and smashes some of the segments around here. /shrug strava is srs biznz. Full disclosure: many of them are faster than I and I'm either hanging on for dear life, or exploding at the front for as long as I can before peeling off.
We had a meet the team ride this weekend and I was taking to a new guy about starting to race. He said he hadn't done much racing but had some top time on a segment around here. I think he was dissapointed when I wasn't impressed.
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Old 10-01-13, 11:35 AM   #1293
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Did anyone ever figure out how to beat digital epo?
Lol. Classy.
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Old 10-01-13, 11:35 AM   #1294
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I am guessing one needs a fancy shmancy computer with GPS to play that game?
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Old 10-01-13, 11:51 AM   #1295
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We had a meet the team ride this weekend and I was taking to a new guy about starting to race. He said he hadn't done much racing but had some top time on a segment around here. I think he was dissapointed when I wasn't impressed.
A friend of mine created a segment for his 10 year old son last year to give him a little motivation to go fast. A local racer who segment hunts went out to purposefully take the segment so he could have KOM and successfully took it from the 10 year old. My friend told me what happened then suddenly the racer was no longer at the top. Someone topped his KOM (his speed was 30.8 mph over the 1/2 mile section) by a significant margin and went through at 33.2 mph. Well I guess he took some offence to it and said someone was driving a car with their Garmin on that there was no way that someone could go through there that quickly (it is a tricky section) and has been trying to beat it since.

Wonder what dooooosher did that?
The investigation continues...
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Strava monsters. lmao. I'd like to see them take my MoPac bridge KOM though.

http://austin.craigslist.org/bik/4101417809.html
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I recently bought a new helmet, and I pretty much always get whatever feels nice that costs ~$50. The guy working the floor at this particular LBS was very nice and helpful. I didn't need much help, but he didn't know that. As I tried on a $45 helmet, he told me that all of the helmets pass the same safety tests, then asked what I was using it for. "Racing."

"Why are you buying such a cheap helmet?"

"Why shouldn't I?"

"How much do you spend on shoes?"

"Umm, $300?" (well, that's retail value anyway)

"Why would you spend 6x as much covering your feet as you do protecting your head?"

"Didn't you just tell me that all the helmets pass the same tests?"

<crickets>

"On a 3 hour ride, my feet have been uncomfortable in $50 shoes. My head has not been uncomfortable in a $50 helmet. I'll take this one."

Nice try though.
Back when I rode around in sneakers and jeans on campus, they had cheap subsidized Bell helmets for $20 (trying to keep students safe). It worked just fine when it slid across the pavement in a crit this year. Didn't even know it until I saw it afterwards. It was pretty ugly though, compared with what most people wear.
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How about $1.50?

http://www.bikerumor.com/2013/07/08/...rograms-safer/

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