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Old 07-17-09, 06:13 PM   #26
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Considering helmets are dorky to start with, I have one on my helmet, but don't use it on the road bike. I do have a few caps for rainy rides that I try to avoid. The sun can be relentless down here, so nose protection is important.
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Old 07-17-09, 06:15 PM   #27
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My first helmet had a visor, but for some reason I decided against it on my new one. I did however go to wearing one of those dorky short billed bike hats. I flip up the bill most of the time, but flip it down when a hard rain hits or I get blinded by the sun.
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Old 07-17-09, 07:48 PM   #28
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The visor on my Louis Garneau helmet can easily be flipped up or down, so most or the time I leave it up. When I'm riding into low sun in the morning, I can pull it down to keep the glare out. I don't think I'd like a helmet with a rigidly fixed visor.
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Old 07-17-09, 07:52 PM   #29
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I ride early in the morning and in the evening a visor is a big plus when the sun is low.

I use a Giro Pneumo. Sleek, well vented road helmet with a detachable visor.

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Old 07-17-09, 08:16 PM   #30
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Visor can be good at night, you can tilt your head down and to the left to block on-coming glare from passing vehicles.
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Old 07-17-09, 08:33 PM   #31
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I'm visorless, too.
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Old 07-17-09, 08:50 PM   #32
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Visor always. Helps keep sun and rain off eye protection. Adjust the helmet so it doesn't block as much view.

A couple of months ago a lady I know crashed and face planted. Her visor took much of her impact and snapped -- it appeared to have saved her nose, eye socket, and mouth from more extensive damage.
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Old 07-18-09, 07:25 AM   #33
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Originally Posted by Tex_Arcana View Post

I suspect this Wikipedia article is biased towards roadies. Being Fred is a proud tradition.
Back in June, I posted my Fred Manifesto in reply to a thread, "Your One Piece of Fred "

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...As I was riding this AM, contemplating these essential questions, I thought: certainly there are the roadies, who are indeed “Beautiful People” and are splendid in their spandex and peletons; and there are Freds, kind of clunky but sincere and loveable. But there is IMO, a large segment of noble cyclists, e.g. tourists and commuters who are neither BP’s nor Fred’s, but certainly serious cyclists.

I recalled how politicians in Massachusetts are derided as “hacks.” In a memorable speech to the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth, a former Speaker of the House proclaimed “I am not a hack, you are not a hack, we ought not be treated this way." Similarly, my manifesto is, "I am not a Fred you are not a Fred, we ought not be treated this way". So I propose a new name, currently applied to frequent business travelers—ROAD WARRIORS. I AM A ROAD WARRIOR—think Mel Gibson.

I envision RW’s as linemen on a football team as compared to the glamorous backfield, as the infantry on the ground compared the glamorous top guns in the military, or Mission Control as compared to the glamorous astronauts in space travel. All contribute in their own way to the success of the enterprise. In the 1980’s I told a secretary at work that I am road warrior a la Mel Gibson and she smiled and said, “Yeah, right.” Yet I still believe.

John Gardner once wrote: "An excellent plumber is infinitely more admirable than an incompetent philosopher. The society which scorns excellence in plumbing because plumbing is a humble activity, and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because philosophy is an exalted activity, will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy. Neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water.” IMO, the society which exalts roadies and scorns road warriors will have roads only built for cars.
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Old 07-20-09, 07:35 AM   #34
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I don't have a visor on my current helmet but am thinking about an upgrade. I have worn ball caps under my helmet but found they made my head too hot. are the cycling hats any cooler than ball caps?
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Old 07-20-09, 08:03 AM   #35
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I had one, but in my crash this spring, it broke off when I went down and would have gotten my eye had I not been wearing glasses. I went visor-less after. But that's probably a paranoid reason to avoid them.
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Visors are for mountain biking/commuting IMO. I have a Giro Atmos helmet and I don't even think I can put a visor on it which is fine by me. I wear a cycling cap underneath if it's that sunny out. This is the first helmet I have ever owned and only problem was initially figuring out how to fine tune and adjust the straps.
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Old 07-20-09, 08:21 AM   #37
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Visor, helps to keep a little bit of sun out of my eyes.
I took off the visor during my short-lived dreams of being a roadie. I've never put it back on.
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Old 07-20-09, 08:34 AM   #38
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visor or visorless

3 out of 5 have visors.
I bought the upscale Bell Metro helmets when they were on sale several seasons back.
Main reason was the rounded helmet vs the spikes and wings on the road helmets.
I like the visor.
It does keep the glare down to a minimum and acts as a fair awning during those rainstorms we in the northeast have been experiencing all summer.
The two visorless helmets are lightweight expensive jobs and while I love the feather weight on a long ride, I miss the visor.
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Old 07-21-09, 10:09 AM   #39
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Visor, just cuz it was on the helmet I bought (Bell Triton). I'm riding a hybrid right now, so field of view is not an issue for me. If and when I get something with drop bars, I'll need to reconsider my position on visors, though...
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Old 07-21-09, 10:31 AM   #40
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Visor, helps with sun and rain.
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Old 07-21-09, 01:54 PM   #41
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no visor. No real reason except i think they are dorky (no offense)
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Old 07-21-09, 02:42 PM   #42
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I have a Visor on my MTB helmet. Visors block my vision when I am on my road bike. So I got a new helmet wit hno visor for road-biking
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Old 07-22-09, 12:45 PM   #43
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I like visors. Mostly because I can't read road signs without glasses on (no contacts available for my prescription), and I use the visor to cut down on rain and/or road-spray from passing cars to a minimum on my glasses.
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Old 07-22-09, 04:05 PM   #44
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Thanks Jim from Boston and Tex Arcana. Now I know I'm not a Fred. I'm a Doris!!
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Old 07-22-09, 04:24 PM   #45
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Both - without for the road bike, with on the hybrid.
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