Advocacy & Safety - The Perfect Helmet?
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07-24-08, 07:38 PM
Hi, this is my first post, so i hope i posted it in the right place.
I'm new to the whole 'bike riding' scene, and want to get involved, and, of course, i do know how to ride a bike. ;)
My uncle has just let me borrow his bike, which i suspect is made from a very light metal, as it weigh's practically nothing, could you recommend a helmet? I was thinking a Full-Face Helmet, complete with shatter-proof goggles.
Any ideas? I only work two days a week, so it can't be that expensive.
07-24-08, 08:14 PM
Ummm, well, it depends on what kind of riding you do. If you do a lot of downhill riding or extreme mountain biking, I would go with the full face helmet. If you are riding a hybrid on the MUP or doing some road riding, get a normal helmet.
And don't bother worrying about style. You already look like a fool for riding a bike, so the helmet isn't going to subtract from your "cool" factor.
Go to an LBS and try on some helmets and see how they feel. Expect to pay $30-$70 for a good, basic helmet. Just make sure that they feel comfortable and are the right size.
And to protect your eyes, use sunglasses/safety glasses. Unless you do get the full face. But as stated above, a full face is probably overkill.
07-24-08, 08:23 PM
Good ventilation maqkes a helmet a lot more comfortable, particularly if you are exerting yourself. There is a basic standard of protection that all helmets meet, so get the cheapest one that is comfortable.
07-24-08, 10:15 PM
It depends on what you're using it for. On the road, you'll want a helmet with a rounded design so that it doesn't snag on the road as you're sliding along after a fall. :) Off-road, you'll want one that is capable of absorbing multiple impacts. Downhill, you'll want full-face.
07-25-08, 03:16 AM
I wouldn't get a full-face helmet for riding on the road. Seems a bit much. Just get one that fits at Walmart. See how I threw in the "W" word? Soon people will be complaining and taking off their clothes in protest. I really don't see a big difference in performance from one helmet to another that's designed for bicycle riding. The're designed to take one good hit and then to be retired.
07-25-08, 06:38 AM
Thank you for the help, i'm basically doing a lot of off-road and on-road riding, the route i'll most likely take is narrow, and downhill, so i have to be careful. I wanted a full-face helmet for more protection, and it's just plain 'cool'. :thumb:
I'll take a trip down to Halfords, and see what happens, i still need to see what size i am. Also, where can i purchase the goggles?
07-25-08, 06:59 AM
I think ski goggles will be fine, but don't quote me on that.
Insist on a helmet which can be adjusted to fit your head perfectly, and take the time to learn how to fine-tune the retention system for your maximum safety and comfort. This is where a reputable bike shop has a big advantage over mail order or any form of *-Mart. I spent over $100 on a Giro Xen because it has a superb safety rating and fits as though it were built around my near-spherical head, but a different, perhaps cheaper, helmet may be just right for you.
07-25-08, 10:32 AM
Also get a pair of cycling gloves because it will hurt a lot for a long time if you slide along the road on the palms of your hands. What part of the UK are you in? I will be going to London next month and also spending a week at St Ives, Cornwall.
I'...and, of course, i do know how to ride a bike. ;)Are you sure?
Read this :thumb:
and then report back if you really knew how to ride a bicycle.
Also get a pair of cycling gloves because it will hurt a lot for a long time if you slide along the road on the palms of your hands. ... Yes! I wear full-finger mountain biking or BMX gloves year-round, on road and off.
07-26-08, 06:00 PM
full face helmet is pretty much only for downhill mountain biking
very few people even use them for trail riding
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