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Old 12-03-12, 04:27 PM   #1
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Looking For A Helmet With Long Straps

Finally got a bike, a 2012 Globe Work on clearance. I need to get cracking on breaking spokes, but not without a helmet. I tried on 15 Bell and Giro yesterday - many fit my head but my jowls must be too big - every strap was too snug, if joining at all. I can try a Nutcase soon but I might not have many options left. I'm assuming some others have had this problem. Any answers short of stitching in a section of webbing?

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Most of them have quite a bit of available length in the straps, but adjusting them (Giro at least) is a huge pain in the butt. Ask the shop guy to loosen one up for you and show you how it's done.
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Don't worry - the LBS clerk and I adjusted all the straps to their max - everything was still a little tight.
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Old 12-03-12, 09:34 PM   #5
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I just bought a Giro Ionos, straps are longer than my Giro Pneumo. But the sale price is about half of what you paid for your bike so you may not be willing.
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Finally got a bike, a 2012 Globe Work on clearance. I need to get cracking on breaking spokes, but not without a helmet. I tried on 15 Bell and Giro yesterday - many fit my head but my jowls must be too big - every strap was too snug, if joining at all. I can try a Nutcase soon but I might not have many options left. I'm assuming some others have had this problem. Any answers short of stitching in a section of webbing?

Thanks
When I started out a couple of years ago, my chin-strap was always too tight on rides and would be very uncomfortable. I had the strap expanded to the maximum. Then I figured out the problem. The 'rear loop' of the strap was sitting across the top of my head. If I pulled on the rear of the triangle (the straps behind the ear) the rear loop would slip from the top of my head and fit snugly between the top of my head and my neck. Not only was this now very comfortable as the strap was correctly seated but it gave me another two inches of chin-strap. I could not believe it had taken me months to figure this out.

Anyways, might not be your issue but I thought Id suggest it.
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the Bern Brentwood 3XL has some seriously long straps; i'd be shocked if that didn't work
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I had the same issue with the first couple of helmets I bought until I got my Cannondale Teramo. Fits my big head fine, and the straps are long enough.
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Thanks for the help - just tried the Giro Feature and it feels great. Giro's in general seemed to have long straps.
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