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    Never thought I'd start a what helmet thread....

    I need a helmet. I am participating in The Pan Ohio Hope Ride in July and don't think my old skater style mtb helmet will cut it. I am not a regular helmet wearer....please don't kill me I am looking at the specialized tactic http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/...jsp?spid=58633 My budget is under $100 any input as far as comfort and cooling about this or other helmets is greatly appreciated.

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    That Tactic one is also available in other colour schemes under the "mens helmet specials" section, for $50 instead of $70. It looks nice to me, but I'm no expert.

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    I don't think I've ever paid more than $50 for a helmet. If it's certified, fits, and is well vented, then it's all good.

    I took a trip a couple of years ago, and brought my bike, then realized I didn't have my helmet. I managed to score one for $25 from WalMart (the town I was in didn't have a bike shop).
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    Whatever one you'll wear - i.e.- comfort is king. Try them on, since what is comfy to one person might suck for another.

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    http://www.rei.com/search?cat=450000...geSizeRedirect

    I like buying from REI, Recreational Equipment, INC, they will deliver or you can pick up in the store. I like the Bell Influx for summer riding. Very well vented.
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    My 2-year old Bell Sweep was just under a hundred, and it's many, many times better than the old Giro it replaced. I never would have thought helmets could be noticably lighter, or better ventilated. I was wrong.
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    I bought a Giro Hex years ago. It was light (weight wise), well ventilated, and I was able to strap a light to it with no issues. I don't think I would spend more than $50 for one.

    It was on clearance when i bought it because it was the previous years model. Basically all they did for the new models was add more colors to the lineup.
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    Big issue with me and all the members of my family is size. We all need XL which can limit your options.

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    I have an unusually large head, too, and have struggled to find decent helmet fit, especially among the earliest Giros, which were much more narrow than others I'd tried. But that Bell is great. Most of them now have more sophisticated strap/fit systems, so if you can find a shell that's big enough, you can pretty much get a custom-feeling fit in the end.
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    Giro Stylus gets my vote & I crash tested it. Paid $56 from RealCyclist on sale but avg price is $84. Crashed 3 mo ago on my S/S rounding a corner and bike flipped up on gravel. Landed on my left side, broke some ribs and heard head hit pavement as landed. Wind knockd out but no concusion. Didnt even see stars. Helemt only had 1" scratch & didnt even crack. This helmet replaced an Bell Pro that i'd had for 8 yrs & so glad had new one on only because I read the material breakdown over time. SuperFlash mounted on back with a big zip tie. 26 vents for summer & super comfortable. Good colors and no stegosaurus spikes out back.

    After this crash bought anther Stylus, a ladies Stylus (loaner) and a brown leather Giro Section (Skater BMX) and blue ladies Section for my grocery runs (RealCyclist had a great sale). The Section is great for winter, leather is kind of hipster but running creme Fat Franks, white Oury grips, white Cutter saddle on the grocery getter so kinda fits the ride - LOL.
    And not knocking Bells either, just crash tested the Giro. And I sized em at my REI then bought online. Only because i didnt have any REI divends left.

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    You might take a close look at your Giro for crushed foam near the impact zone. Even without a cracked shell it can be damaged to the point where it needs to be replaced. Some helmet companies will even partially reimburse you for a new one if you send the crashed one back for them to study.
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    Check out Performance and Nashbar for deals on helmets. I've picked up 3 helmets from these two places and never spend more than $60 shipped for nice quality products that were previous year stock.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iforgotmename View Post
    I need a helmet. I am participating in The Pan Ohio Hope Ride in July and don't think my old skater style mtb helmet will cut it. I am not a regular helmet wearer....please don't kill me I am looking at the specialized tactic http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/...jsp?spid=58633 My budget is under $100 any input as far as comfort and cooling about this or other helmets is greatly appreciated.
    All helmets sold must meet the same minimum standard, and since helmets are essentially disposable after a crash or a couple of years, I get the cheapest helmet that fits. It's a lot easier to toss a $30 helmet after a crash then a $300 helmet. The thing that often differentiates cheap helmets and expensive ones, is the fitting mechanism, and some are a lot easier to adjust then others, which is fine, but does raise the question, how often do you change the size on a helmet? I adjusted my helmet once when I bought it, it's been set the same ever since, because, I am not a racer and my head doesn't swell when I win....

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    Maybe it's due to my wallet having more money left in it, but I've found that this $32-40 (depending on Nashbar coupon) Bell Alchera fits my noggin better than the $120 Giro I had previously.

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    You must have missed where I posted I replaced it'
    Actually bought 4 Giros:
    After this crash bought anther Stylus, a ladies Stylus (loaner) and a brown leather Giro Section (Skater BMX) and blue ladies Section (RealCyclist had a great sale).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schwinn3spd View Post
    You must have missed where I posted I replaced it'
    Actually bought 4 Giros:
    After this crash bought anther Stylus, a ladies Stylus (loaner) and a brown leather Giro Section (Skater BMX) and blue ladies Section (RealCyclist had a great sale).
    Funny, I remember reading that now that you mention it. Don't know why it faded. Must be a senior moment.
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    Don't look at me. I'm still running a under $20 Bell helmet from Academy ( I even used a gift card). I asked about a bike computer and the kid said "wha's that? Why u need a computer on ur bike?". Sad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wogsterca View Post
    ... but does raise the question, how often do you change the size on a helmet? I adjusted my helmet once when I bought it, it's been set the same ever since, because, I am not a racer and my head doesn't swell when I win....
    I adjust mine every once in a while, when it is cold and I need a insulated hat beneath the helmet I need to make it bigger. When I get my summer buzz cut, I need to make it smaller, then as my hair gets longer at the end of summer I need to make it bigger again. So my helmet needs to fit an insulated hat and reduce down to a head with practically no hair.

    And I don't like a loose floppy helmet, when I am buzzed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dehoff View Post
    Maybe it's due to my wallet having more money left in it, but I've found that this $32-40 (depending on Nashbar coupon) Bell Alchera fits my noggin better than the $120 Giro I had previously.
    This my helmet as well. I love it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wogsterca View Post
    All helmets sold must meet the same minimum standard,
    That's very true, but Performance and Nashbar sell a few "European Only" models. Even though they meet all of the European standards (which are as stringent if not more so than the US regulations,) they may not meet the laws in your area.

    I'm participating in an event this spring in Pittsburgh--Pennsylvania doesn't have a helmet law after 12--and the mandate a US certified helmet. Now, I doubt they'd actually check, but I'm glad I decided on the Bell Array vs the Bell Alchera.
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    IMO, helmets are quite different. I've tried $50 helmets and they are ok for trail rides. But if you plan on some serious climbing, a well vented helmet is much more effective. My $120 Giro Pneumos are much better than the $60 Giro Eclipse (reg $99) when it comes to long climbs. Eclipse looks nice at glance but while riding, the Pneumo is worth the extra dough IMO.

    Nice thing about the Pneumo, if you wear out the pads or suspension, Giro will send new stuff at no charge, at request with model and serial number.

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    Quote Originally Posted by B.Alive View Post
    That's very true, but Performance and Nashbar sell a few "European Only" models. Even though they meet all of the European standards (which are as stringent if not more so than the US regulations,) they may not meet the laws in your area.

    I'm participating in an event this spring in Pittsburgh--Pennsylvania doesn't have a helmet law after 12--and the mandate a US certified helmet. Now, I doubt they'd actually check, but I'm glad I decided on the Bell Array vs the Bell Alchera.
    Does the helmet need to comply with anything beyond US CSPC standards? The Alchera has that going for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclist2000 View Post
    I adjust mine every once in a while, when it is cold and I need a insulated hat beneath the helmet I need to make it bigger. When I get my summer buzz cut, I need to make it smaller, then as my hair gets longer at the end of summer I need to make it bigger again. So my helmet needs to fit an insulated hat and reduce down to a head with practically no hair.

    And I don't like a loose floppy helmet, when I am buzzed.
    Okay, so maybe you change it a couple of times a year, even if the mechanism is fussy, it's not a big deal, it's not like you adjust it every ride, I wear mine shorter in the summer, but also don't ride as often in the winter when I need insulation. Mind you, if your talking a $20 helmet versus a $120 helmet, you could run 2 of the $20 helmets for the different seasons. I'm actually debating this, take an old helmet, glue some insulation into to holes, cover in retro-reflective tape and glue an old toque to the inside as a winter helmet, then get another one for summer.

    I was half thinking of maybe riding the MTB to Tims this morning, but it's -13℃ out, and I hate riding when it's that cold out.....

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    Thanks for all the help, I have a lot to think about. The way I look at it cooling will be very important as this ride will be at the end of July. With more climbing than this flat lander is used to. Now only if I could get some magic Beanz that would make me climb better

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    Quote Originally Posted by dehoff View Post
    Does the helmet need to comply with anything beyond US CSPC standards? The Alchera has that going for it.
    Going back to the website for Pedal Pittsburgh to look has me very confused!

    On one page they say everyone must wear an ANSI or Snell approved helmet. On another they say "Helmets Mandatory." And from what I can gather in the net, the US CSPC standards are a hair higher than ANSI (which may now be called ASTM!)
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