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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 12-12-12, 01:31 AM   #1
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Giro Helmet Pod?? Alternate Choice Here!

I carry my helmet in a large gym bag type thingie along with my shoes and other equipment. Gina's Giro Pneumo helmet came with a helmet pod. Mine didn' same model. But I wanted a pod because the retension system, pads and other parts get caught and end up getting damgaged. I have been wrapping my helmet in a plastic bag before tossing it in the equipment bag for protection.

I looked all over the IE, OC and local shops for a helmet pod. Can't find one! I've seen a few on line but every time I click the link, they are on back order or sold out. I came across this though, a Giro helmet case for ski helmets. They sell for $40 but Sport Chalet had them advertised for $19.99. Gina was out Christmas shopping so I mentioned the case and asked if she'd swing by during her travels.

She went in and asked about the cases. Figures, the workers there knew nothing about them, they thought she was some kind of nut!

So she tracked them down and yup, $19.99. I had seen on line they had two at the Rancho store, Gina saw them and like them because unlike the helmet pod, it has another zipper pocket. It also has an optional velcro divider in the main compartment.

She like them so she picked up the two they had in stock. She walked out with the two!

I got my new Ionos and really wanted a pod, but heck, the helmet case is even better. I don't ski but it will do just fine with my cycling helmets, perfect fit!

If you're like me and like keeping the helmet protected, give it a try. I believe they have them online too!

Just a heads up to anybody interested.

$19.99 at Sport Chalet or $40 elsewhere, I'll take the $19.99!


http://www.sportchalet.com/product/3...3Dadult-unisex

Gina's helmet pod in the center for comparison.

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Old 12-12-12, 06:59 AM   #2
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I've never even thought about a helmet case or bag. On commute days I just take it off at work and connect it with its straps to the handle on my backpack, or when the bike is dressed in panniers I hang it over the handlebars (I park the bike inside in a locked room). I can see usefulness for a helmet pod, I just hadn't thought of it before.
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If you're looking for a pod check out http://www.webersports.com/store/Gir...d-P838C47.aspx this is the website giro sent me to when I was looking for replacement pads (despite popular myth, not free). With that said I would save the extra $10 and buy the one with a pocket. Nice find!
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If you're looking for a pod check out http://www.webersports.com/store/Gir...d-P838C47.aspx this is the website giro sent me to when I was looking for replacement pads (despite popular myth, not free). With that said I would save the extra $10 and buy the one with a pocket. Nice find!
I called them yesterday but they didn't answer the phone.

But then I saw the cases at Sports Chalet and figured why order online/delivery when we could drive 5 miles for the cases and save money. I was hesitant about calling Weber onl becaue every plae I've foundon line was out of stock, so why whould they have helmet pods when "nooooobody else does? I was expecting and answer of out of stock even though it says in stock on the site. Has happened to me before. But I coud have gotten lucky, who knows.

About the replacement pads, are you saying Giro wouldn't send you free pads? They have sent me pads two separate times about a year ago, and one other time a free retension system. Maybe they changed the policy. I only had to provide serial numbers of the helmets.

Thanks for the suggestion though, after looking a little deeper at Weber, they do have helmet stuff that may come in handy someday.

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I've never even thought about a helmet case or bag. On commute days I just take it off at work and connect it with its straps to the handle on my backpack, or when the bike is dressed in panniers I hang it over the handlebars (I park the bike inside in a locked room). I can see usefulness for a helmet pod, I just hadn't thought of it before.
If I were commuting I wouldn't need one as the helmet goes on at point a and point b. We travel for our rides so tossing them in a large gym bag causes damage to retension systems and pads.

The less expensive helmets seem a bit more durable with the thicker plastic straps of the retention systems and massive pads etc. But the road helmets are are a bit more delicate. My $45 helmets I use for MTB are not a problem but the $150+ helmets I'd like to keep purty.
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About the replacement pads, are you saying Giro wouldn't send you free pads? They have sent me pads two separate times about a year ago, and one other time a free retension system. Maybe they changed the policy. I only had to provide serial numbers of the helmets.

Thanks for the suggestion though, after looking a little deeper at Weber, they do have helmet stuff that may come in handy someday.
I sent Giro an Email when the pads on my pneumo died and they just replied saying that they didn't sell the pads direct and to check out webersports. From lurking here I was under the impression that they sent everyone pads. I think it was last spring that I talked to them, so maybe it helps to call rather than Email???
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Giro Helmet Pod?? Alternate Choice Here!

Just got one at my local Sports Chalet. SCORE

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Just got one at my local Sports Chalet. SCORE

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Cool!...as far as pads, maybe Giro changed their policy but I got free pads two different times via email. Bummer but I don't mind paying a small fee.
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I just picked up this Giro hard case at Habitat for Humanity for $3. Must be an older model but it's pretty cool.



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