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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 05-26-11, 02:35 PM   #1
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What kind of helmet do you all wear? Thinking about a upgrade.

I have a older style Pro-Tec helmet. While it still gets the job done,I'm looking for one that will still proctect me,but have a increase of air flow.I've seen some cool looking helmets in your avatars. What kind do you all have? What kind would you recomend and what price should I be looking at? I went to one of the LBS around here,and they looked like they didn't have a big selection. I also don't want to order online,because I have 6 7/8 hatsize and find it hard to find helmets that fit.
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Old 05-26-11, 02:42 PM   #2
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And could you all post some of your helmets so I can get an idea of what I'm looking for? Thanks,I appreciate it.
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Old 05-26-11, 02:57 PM   #3
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I hate to mention this but here goes. Walmart has some decent helmets now. No ****. Got a "Schwinn" with LED lights on front and rear. I was as surprised as anyone when I tried them on. Take a look.
I hate to give Walmart more business but.....

$29.00

Tried to find a link to it but I cannot find it on the net anywhere. I swear I got one. Maybe I was on LSD that day........

they have another one that is black and white that has a lot of vents.

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I think what's inside the skull, and how it's used, has more to do with rider safety than what's outside the skull. Helmets are all built to the same standards, so pick one that's comfortable and cheap.
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I currently use a $30 Bell from Costco but I look ridiculous showing up to the start line at a race wearing it.

The more aggressive looking road helmets mostly come from Giro. You can pay anywhere from 50-250 for a nice road specific helmet.
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I have a Giro Hex in granite coloring (I think 2006 model). Lots of vents, I like the looks, and is pretty light. I bought it on clearance for about $40. Usually the only thing that changes from year to year are the color offerings so really no need to purchase current models unless you like the colors.
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I just bought two new helmets at Costco, they were $30 and are made by Bell. They look great and I can't believe that the extra few grams of weight make that much difference. They have the new technology whereby you tighten and loosen by turning a small knob on the rear.
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Giro!! I have Monarch (YUK!) for my first helmet but after that got run over (without me in it) I got a Giro and I have been a Giro Girl ever since. light comfy and airy too!
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I wear a Bell Alchera. It's not super fancy or expensive, but it's well vented and offers me enough space to mount my LED headlamp. It's comfy with an adjustable ratcheting rear cage that doesn't interfere with being down in the drops and looking forward.
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I bought a Specialized Prospero helemt on Fleabay--Under $60, and it works great... Has a removeable visor too, and looks rather "roadie" with it off..

Clifton, that's a cool set-up. I've been thinking about a bar-mounted mirror--but yours looks handy. Details? TIA!
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Specialized Echelon and a Las Victory

The Las is by far the better of the two from a comfort, features, maintenance and fit pov. Then again it is much more $$ so it should be.
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For my road bike, I have a Giro Transfer (which has no visor):
http://www.performancebike.com/bikes...0_20000_400902

For commuting and MTBing, I have Giro Indicators (which have visors):
http://www.performancebike.com/bikes...9_20000_400902

Very nice, inexpensive helmets that fit me well and have good ventilation.

My wife has Giro Kaya (without visor) for her road bike and Giro Skyla (with visor) for her MTB. I think she has a Bell similar to the Skyla with her town bike she keeps at her mom's.

My sons have Schwinn helmets (with visors) from Walmart and they are fine. Younger son also has a Bell (without visor) for his road bike.
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I think what's inside the skull, and how it's used, has more to do with rider safety than what's outside the skull. Helmets are all built to the same standards, so pick one that's comfortable and cheap.
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I used to ride with whatever cheap helmet was on sale that more or less fit, but currently I ride sporting a Giro Sweep XC, it was much more than I've paid for helmets in the past ($100 on sale ). Bought it as present to myself for logging my high mileage last year. Compared to my previous helmets, its a lot cooler and lighter, so even if they all pass the same tests, I guess the upper level of helmets do have their advantages.

And while I do agree that being aware and taking appropriate action is your best bet in staying safe, its still darned cheap insurance in my book.
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I wear a Bell Alchera. It's not super fancy or expensive, but it's well vented and offers me enough space to mount my LED headlamp. It's comfy with an adjustable ratcheting rear cage that doesn't interfere with being down in the drops and looking forward.
I had one of those! I loved it, then I fell right, while leaning right, because I missed the curb. I got their replacement model that looks similar, but I don't have it with me at the moment. About $130 at Performance Bike.
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Old 05-26-11, 07:00 PM   #16
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After years of wearing old helmets (Bell Biker, Bell V1-Pro, early Giro) and eschewing the trend toward more modern designs that are lighter and better ventilated, I decided a couple of years ago to get with the program and found a deal on Bell's "Sweep" model, seen here as sold by Amazon. I was amazed at how much better it felt. Coming from those older models, this felt like wearing nothing at all, but with better airflow. Here it is on me, photo courtesy of Jethro:



It may actually be a little too big for me now. Even though plenty of people had called me a fat-head before, I never believed it to be true. The evidence now suggests I was wrong.

PS...Just for yuks, here I am in that first Bell Biker, taking third place from the guy in the leather hairnet:


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I just picked up the Bell muni for my b-day, and so far like it. I replaced a 5 year old giro Indicator as my only other helmet.

While the lights in back our not the brightest, they do add visibility.

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This is my helmet. For many years I wore a giro $35 special. This year, my giro broke and it was time to upgrade.
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Do you have other LBSs around that you can visit and try some on?

Like so many bike "components" - it is a personal choice - I think they are all ANSI approved these days, and some just "feel" better than others.

I have an older Giro - probably at least 12 yrs old. Don't know the model name. It still fits and "works" fine. I did however, order a new "prettier" and better vented Uvex online. I took the risk that it would fit fine and I like it a great deal. Both are adjustable - maybe they all are now - but I really like that because I wear a skull cap in the winter and it's nice to be able to adjust the fit.

I haven't worn the Uvex yet - not sure why not - probably just too lazy to take my helmet light off (I commute at night) the Giro.
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I'm currently wearing a Giro, but I'm looking for something else.

The Giro has the two ratcheted adjusters on the back, but these are not easy to adjust while riding. I wear a skull cap and depending on how sweaty it is I need to adjust the helmet. Another problem is that the straps get longer when wet. I start the ride with the straps nice and tight, but once the sweat flows the strap hangs loose under my chin.

Now i'm looking for something with one of the quicker rotating adjusters. Tried on a bunch, but the shops here don't always stock the larger sizes.
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I also wear a Specialized Echelon. I think I got mine for 55 dollars and it's pretty nice.

Even buycycling magazine recommends it every now and then for an affordable, feature "packed" helmet.
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I think what's inside the skull, and how it's used, has more to do with rider safety than what's outside the skull. Helmets are all built to the same standards, so pick one that's comfortable and cheap.
+1, if you find one you like at a big box, grab it. If not, find one on sale.

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I have three:
Best: Giro Stylus
Next: Louis Garneau Equinox (no longer sold, I think)
Worst: Giro Indicator
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We called the old helmets without many vents "coolers". That wasn't a compliment either.
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I had a Giro Havoc ... it got crushed in a van/garage floor accident last year, so I'm back to my older model Giro.

Also have a Giro Hex for my MTB.
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