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    Helmet standards

    I crashed my road bike a few weeks ago while wearing a multi sport/ skateboard sorta helmet. Put two huge scrapes in the outer shell and got knocked out for a few seconds. No concussion, just some road rash on me and the bike. Lesson learned. It's also probably time for a new helmet. Here in Canada, at MEC specifically, the lids have two standards. EN 1078 and CSPC or are the one and the same?
    Which one do I choose?

    Also, the Bell branded helmet at Walmart, which fits remarkably well, is it as good as the others?

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    Quote Originally Posted by XXLHardrock View Post
    Also, the Bell branded helmet at Walmart, which fits remarkably well, is it as good as the others?
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    Bell is part of the BRG conglomerate that also owns Giro...so yes.

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    EN 1078 is the European standard for bicycle helmets, and CPSC refers to o the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, which regulates bicycle helmets in the USA.

    I doubt the standards are identical, but odds are they're fairly similar. In any case, helmets must meet the standards which apply in each country where they're marketed and be stickered as such.

    As a practical matter, it doesn't make sense to make different helmets for the various markets, so makers have them conform to the tightest standards and sticker them for all standards so they don't have to worry about which helmet ends up where.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FBinNY View Post
    ... so makers have them conform to the tightest standards and sticker them for all standards so they don't have to worry about which helmet ends up where.
    Good, if possible, but sometimes standards are such that complying with both sets isn't possible. IDK if that's the case here, but it is possible.
    Eschew simplistic dogma.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Looigi View Post
    Good, if possible, but sometimes standards as such that complying with both sets isn't possible. In this specific case, IDK if that's the case, but it is possible.
    If dual compliance isn't achieved, either by choice, or because of mutual exclusivity, then there can only be one sticker. Putting both on would constitute fraud.
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    If you want the best protection, look at the helmets using MIPS technology. It is a step above the CPS and EP standards in that it addresses twisting acceleration to the head inside the helmet; common in bike crashes but not addressed by either by the two agencies or by most helmets.

    You will pay to have MIPS and are not likely to find a MIPS helmet at Walmarts for quite a while.

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    I didn't know that one could be knocked out and not suffer at least a mild concussion. Anyway, glad you're ok.

    As far as which helmet, I'd say go with the one that fits best, and according to your taste, looks best.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 79pmooney View Post
    If you want the best protection, look at the helmets using MIPS technology. It is a step above the CPS and EP standards in that it addresses twisting acceleration to the head inside the helmet; common in bike crashes but not addressed by either by the two agencies or by most helmets.

    You will pay to have MIPS and are not likely to find a MIPS helmet at Walmarts for quite a while.

    Ben
    Thanks for pointing out MIPS, looks like someone is actually trying to improve helmets.

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    i need to start riding with a helmet. i like the snowboard/skateboard style helmets the best

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