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Old 03-30-13, 07:09 PM   #1
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helmet sizing question: suitable for beefy neck?

A Clyde-worthy friend of mine is thinking about starting to ride. For now, I'm supplying him with loaner stuff, up to and including the bike, from the collection of "stuff that was cheap on Craigslist so I got it, just in case" that's taking over my basement.

One problem, though, is the helmet. That, of course, I don't want to trust to Craigslist: helmets are good for one fall only. With the ones I have at home, I'm having trouble finding one for him to borrow: his neck is significantly beefier than mine, and he has a fleshier lower jaw as well.

Any thoughts on an inexpensive helmet that works well for clyde-sized heads?
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Old 03-31-13, 10:04 PM   #2
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I've got a cheapish Bell that I got at Dicks for $30(ish). It seems to work well with my big neck. It's far more important that it fit his head of course, but if he can get it buckled without choking himself, that's probably a good thing.
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He really should try on helmets before purchasing. A large in one brand may be the equivalent of a medium in another. And people have different head shapes. Not all brands fit all head shapes comfortably.
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I am with others, he really needs to go and try stuff on. I know I have too, my head fits some helmets great while others not so well, motorcycle and cycling. Wal Mart, Target, Academy all have a large selection of inexpensive stuff that he can find to fit well.
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Old 04-01-13, 07:22 AM   #5
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I'm sitting here trying to think what neck size would have to do with helmet fit, other than the "fleshy" lower jaw you mentioned, which should be able to be addressed with just about any helmet's adjustable straps.
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If he can't use one of the more inexpensive models I ride with this: http://store.trekbikes.com/product/b...ortby=ourPicks. I'm literally a blockhead.
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I'm sitting here trying to think what neck size would have to do with helmet fit, other than the "fleshy" lower jaw you mentioned, which should be able to be addressed with just about any helmet's adjustable straps.
There was a thread a while back about a helmet's straps not being long enough. The poster was looking for recommendations for helemts with very long straps. Frankly, I found that hard to believe unless the helmet was used and a previous owner had cut down the strap ends as I once did.
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There was a thread a while back about a helmet's straps not being long enough. The poster was looking for recommendations for helemts with very long straps. Frankly, I found that hard to believe unless the helmet was used and a previous owner had cut down the strap ends as I once did.
I'd be interested in finding that thread, if you could point me to it -- as you might suspect, searching BF for "helmet" is less than helpful.

The various helmets I have at home -- Bell and Giro, mostly, acquired over the years -- just don't have the reach to snap under my friend's chin comfortably. (And Craig, you're right -- the problem isn't so much a beefy neck as a double chin.)

Thanks to folks who suggest Target. There's one not far from here.
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I'd be interested in finding that thread, if you could point me to it -- as you might suspect, searching BF for "helmet" is less than helpful.
Searched "long straps":

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ht=long+straps

Some suggestions, but not a whole lot.
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