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    Considering my first bicycle helmet

    I've gone my entire life not using a helmet when I ride a bike, and I've been doing ok.

    I'm thinking about buying my first one to wear for my next tour. I figure I'm going to be wearing a hat to block the sun, might as well just use a helmet instead and add another layer of safety. Probably add a blinker to it as well so I'm a bit more visible.

    Anyways I think most bike helmets are ugly as ****.

    I found one I do like though, the Giro Air Attack. It looks a lot better than the waffle fries look most helmets have.

    Is it a good helmet? Can I do any better for the 80$ I found it for? Can anyone find any of the black variations in large around that price so I don't have to settle for white?

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    I like the Bern helmets. I am saving my money to buy the 'Bern Brentwood' check it out Bern Brentwood - Bike Helmets Unlimited

    This one looks fine too Bern Macon EPS w/ Visor - Men - Bike Helmets Unlimited

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    From a safety/protection standpoint they're all about the same. They'll keep you from getting scrapes and scratches. Pick the one that best meets your fashion sense.
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    I grew up not wearing helmets either. It has gotten cold so I have been wearing my Bern Brentwood. It's good insulation. I probably wont wear it once the weather is back up in the 50s'.
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    "Urban" helmets offer better protection from sun and rain without looking like a streamlined pile of intestines, but they do get a bit stuffy when it gets hot.

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    I'm assuming that you've already tried a Giro SML in large helmet and liked that fit? (If you try on one of the Giro/Bell helmets that come in SML and you like the L fit, it's a pretty good bet that any other Giro/Bell SML in L will fit you too.)

    There's one large black Air Attack available on Amazon $0.58 more than your $80 target. Also a large Giro Aspect Matte Bungee Cord Aspect for $80.01. And a large Giro Reverb Black for $36.

    Those are the Giro road helmets that look less waffly. Take a look at the Giro urban helmets for other alternative looks. (Or Bell "lifestyle" helmets.)

    Those prices are quite good btw.

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    Depending on your style, you may or may not like this.... I'm thinking of one of Smith helmets for this year. Some are really wacky colors; but the MIPS is selling me. If you're going to stick a helmet on brain, make sure it will do the best work to protect you ... if you need protecting.



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    For "my first bicycle helmet" I would recommend something like this, combining urban style with good protection:

    hk helmet.jpg

    However, should you peruse the "helment" thread, you might come to the conclusion that something more like this would afford better protection:

    hk full face helmet.jpg
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    Got my first one at Goodwill...99 Cents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
    Got my first one at Goodwill...99 Cents....
    New York City Dept. of Transportation gives away helmets a few times a year.
    I got for free one a few years ago.

    Back to the OP. As was mentioned already; you'll probably want a helmet with
    a lot of vents when the temps go up.

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    The Giro Air Attack has very good reviews for ventilation fwiw.

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    Bicycle Helmets for the 2015 Season
    That is an overall review.

    Bicycle Helmets for the 2015 Season

    The Giro Air Attack is listed on that page.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr_bill View Post
    I'm assuming that you've already tried a Giro SML in large helmet and liked that fit? (If you try on one of the Giro/Bell helmets that come in SML and you like the L fit, it's a pretty good bet that any other Giro/Bell SML in L will fit you too.)

    There's one large black Air Attack available on Amazon $0.58 more than your $80 target. Also a large Giro Aspect Matte Bungee Cord Aspect for $80.01. And a large Giro Reverb Black for $36.

    Those are the Giro road helmets that look less waffly. Take a look at the Giro urban helmets for other alternative looks. (Or Bell "lifestyle" helmets.)

    Those prices are quite good btw.

    -mr. bill
    Can you PM me a link? It's showing all black variants at 130-150 for me. The white is the cheapest on there in large.

    I haven't ever tried on a bike helmet. I just plan to order from some place with a good return policy if I can't find one of these helmets locally.

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