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Old 07-08-06, 12:43 PM   #1
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Chinstrap irritates me!

My chinstrap from the helmet starts bothering me in the heat, because I'm sweating and it's rubbing. I keep it actually a little loose (I can stick one or two fingers between it and my chin) but it's still rubbing me the wrong way, to coin a phrase. I don't like riding with it unhooked, because that feels unsafe, so I need to find another method of alleviating this problem. Anyone got any ideas?
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Old 07-08-06, 12:52 PM   #2
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Surgery?? Teflon graft?? On many helmets you can move the chin strap forwards or back by adjusting the buckles (clamps??) from the straps that go to the helmet around the ears. Perhaps that can help.
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yes, they are ALWAYS irritating

mine does the same unless I get the tension just right & the webbing around my ears positioned just so but there isn't a solution that I know of... when we rented bikes & helmets in Vancouver a couple of weeks ago the damn chinstrap on the rented helmet bugged me for 2 days but not anything to do about it.
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Old 07-08-06, 01:00 PM   #4
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Where, exactly, does it rub? A strap adjustment, as another poster suggested, can make a big difference. Actually, my wife is the best helmet fitter that I've ever seen. Of course, coming all of the way to St. Louis might make for kind of an expensive helmet fitting.
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Old 07-08-06, 01:22 PM   #5
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I vote for loosening the strap even more. All the strap does is keep the helmet from flying off due to wind. In an accident, it's likely to stay on your head through the first impact - and, hopefully, you will only have one impact or less per accident. More than that and it is unlikely the helmet would be of any value whether it stays on your head or not.

I sweat profusely when I ride - even for short distances.

When the perspiration on my helmet straps evaporates, it leaves white salt deposits behind. I hate that damned helmet - but promised my daughter I'd wear it - so I do. I couldn't live with those straps cinched up tight - loosened them the first day.

Good luck - let us know how you worked this out.

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Old 07-08-06, 01:46 PM   #6
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Well, part of the problem is that the chinstrap is sort of doubled over on one side. How can I describe it...the strap seems to reverse sides after passing through the clip, and I can't seem to figure out how to make it right. It's kind of like putting on a belt and having it turn "inside out" before getting around the waist. So that adds a little bulk to the strap where it touches my cheekbone just below the ear.

I tried to adjust everything, but it doesn't seem to make any difference. I'll try wearing it looser, and I also figured out it helps if I've shaved (don't always do that on weekends!) so the sweaty stubble isn't there.

It might also just be time for a new helmet. This one is about a year old and frankly, I didn't do much research when I bought it. i went for price and the LBS recommended this one. I think I spent about $40 on it.
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Old 07-08-06, 01:56 PM   #7
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Try washing the strap often. It works for me. Bacteria on the strap can result in irritation.
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Old 07-08-06, 02:06 PM   #8
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Maybe a small band-aid or first aid type of adhesive under your chin where it makes contact with the strap?
Of course that solution might bother you more than the chinstrap does but I guess it's worth a try.
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Old 07-08-06, 02:07 PM   #9
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Gary,

Damn you! I was just gonna go
out and finally buy a helmet. (I
haven't worn one in 5 yrs.) And
now you remind me of how
uncomfortable they are not
to mention the geek factor
that I despise. Now I am
in a real quandry. I really was
on the way out the door to
Sportmart to buy one dammit! :O)

Seriously, I was...
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DG - ditch the chin strap, hold it on with drywall screws
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I've seen a rider or two buy sheets of moleskin, and create a wrap around their chin strap. It's a much smoother surface, and one guy says it acts like a "comfort padding." I'd probably go that route before loosening the stap any more. In fact, with the right padding, having it a bit tighter might feel more comfortable. One other option... grow a full beard and let the wiskers act as padding... you know, go for the Sheldon Brown look.
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Old 07-08-06, 04:51 PM   #12
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Gary,

Damn you! I was just gonna go
out and finally buy a helmet. (I
haven't worn one in 5 yrs.) And
now you remind me of how
uncomfortable they are not
to mention the geek factor
that I despise. Now I am
in a real quandry. I really was
on the way out the door to
Sportmart to buy one dammit! :O)

Seriously, I was...
Ned, get a helmet! My complaint is a minor irritant, and that's all. Get a helmet, and report back to the forum that you got a helmet. No whining, no excuses, no nothing. Get a helmet!
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Hey DG, I'm out on a ride right now, and stopped in at a friend's place of work, so I'm posting with a full sweat and all my gear on!

My advice is to take your helmet to Adams Avenue Cycle Emporium (sic) tell them your problem, and see what they say. They might adjust your straps, or sell you a new helmet, or ???
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Old 07-08-06, 05:04 PM   #14
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Hey DG, I'm out on a ride right now, and stopped in at a friend's place of work, so I'm posting with a full sweat and all my gear on!

My advice is to take your helmet to Adams Avenue Cycle Emporium (sic) tell them your problem, and see what they say. They might adjust your straps, or sell you a new helmet, or ???

BP, I tried that already. They said the chinstrap irritation was because I wasn't wearing bib shorts.
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BP, I tried that already. They said the chinstrap irritation was because I wasn't wearing bib shorts.
I wear bibs 24/7, and I still chafe from head to toe.
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My chinstrap gets crusty with salt...a little wetness and a rub once in a while to keep the nylon as supple as it gets. Over the years guess I've gotten used to the strap. I don't like to keep it too loose. I can imagine skidding on my head on the pavement and would hate to see the thing simply slide aside and my head lose the protection it offers.
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Ned, get a helmet! My complaint is a minor irritant, and that's all. Get a helmet, and report back to the forum that you got a helmet. No whining, no excuses, no nothing. Get a helmet!
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Try washing the strap often. It works for me. Bacteria on the strap can result in irritation.
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It might also just be time for a new helmet. This one is about a year old and frankly, I didn't do much research when I bought it. i went for price and the LBS recommended this one. I think I spent about $40 on it.
Me thinks you've found the problem.........a ill fitting helmet that the dealer needed to dump.

My suggestion is to spring for a new ,better fitting, helmet that needs no modification to fit
correctly. A bit of moleskin could help but if the helmet need that kinda help how well is
it fitting (and protecting) elsewhere??
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Chin Strap on your helmet?

You are supposed to have a Chin Strap?
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Me thinks you've found the problem.........a ill fitting helmet that the dealer needed to dump.

My suggestion is to spring for a new ,better fitting, helmet that needs no modification to fit
correctly. A bit of moleskin could help but if the helmet need that kinda help how well is
it fitting (and protecting) elsewhere??
My LBS hate it when it is new helmet time. I start with the helmets I think I can afford and try them on. Eventually I find the one that fits better than the others, then I try another couple in that make and model- Then realise I have got the Fluorescant green one that I do not like the colour of so start on the colour I like, then try a couple in the same model but with the colour I want. Eventually I leave the shop with the promise I'll come back next week when the new stock arrives to start the whole process again.
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If you've got a sewing machine in the house, liberate a small piece of neoprene from something (old Tune Belt, drink koozy, whatever) and make a two or three inch tube to slip over the strap where it rubs. The neoprene pads it nicely, is completely washable (unlike moleskin), and looks official, which is a nice fringe benefit.

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Old 07-09-06, 10:31 AM   #25
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Actually buying something 'new'?

DG:

My wife insists upon buying me a new helmet for my 53rd birthday this week. Since I've had 3 skin cancers removed from my nose over the years, it has become evident that my 'stewpot' helmet needs to be replaced with one that has cool sun visor projections on it.

After reading all of these posts, I can hardly wait to start the process of fitting another one in re: Stapfam's post below. I like the neoprene tube suggestion the best of all of them.

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