Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 18 of 18
  1. #1
    My Alphabit's say "Oooo" InfamousG's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Biddeford, ME
    My Bikes
    Trek 4100 MTB
    Posts
    743
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    How much of a difference does your helmet make?

    I don't want this to be a debate about helmet laws. This is for people who are wearing a helmet, regardless of reason.

    A couple weeks ago I did a 3-day charity ride and noticed that the majority (70%+) of riders had Giro helmets. Aside from looking pretty cool, Giro claims to have the most aerodynamic all-purpose helmets on the road while still providing good ventilation.

    I'm riding in my $20 Schwinn helmet for really one reason: safety. I've had quite a few times where it's saved me from injury (mostly from tree branches lower than I thought).

    Seeing so many people with $100-$200 helmets made me wonder: What about it makes it worth it? Sure, the pros use them, but they are also sponsored to use them. Are they actually effective in shaving off time on a ride?

    Generally, I ride casusally, and giving myself shortcuts will only mean longer distances without any real effort gain. But, then again, I'd like to be able to say that I can easily handle 50 miles a day.

    I'm getting off topic, so i'll repose my question: What difference, performance-wise, does a good helmet make?

  2. #2
    cab horn
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    Toronto
    My Bikes
    1987 Bianchi Campione
    Posts
    28,295
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    The only thing the more expensive helmets do is

    a) look cooler
    b) lighter
    c) dent your wallet

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    phlia
    My Bikes
    paratrooper, bullhead, cdale bad boy
    Posts
    819
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Hopefully you will never have to find out.

  4. #4
    My Alphabit's say "Oooo" InfamousG's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Biddeford, ME
    My Bikes
    Trek 4100 MTB
    Posts
    743
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by phillybill
    Hopefully you will never have to find out.
    What do you mean by this? I'm not curious of the difference in safety because it would be very marginal at best. I'm wondering about the aerodynamic perfomance differences and if they too are marginal or effective.

  5. #5
    UareFASTjustNOTfastENOUGH MasterSezFaster's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Amongst the hills in So.Cal.
    My Bikes
    Scott Gambler, Scott Ransom, Bianchi C2C 928
    Posts
    391
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by InfamousG
    I'm getting off topic, so i'll repose my question: What difference, performance-wise, does a good helmet make?
    The biggest difference would be the weight and ventilation of the helmet and the materials used. Then there is the cool-factor and price.
    If you ride in a hot climate then you may benefit more from a helmet with more ventilation if you can find one that fits comfortably.

    Also, the retention system will, or at least should, work and fit better then a helmet that cost less and the pads/liner in a higher end helmet can usually be removed for cleaning and are easier to replace.

    As for fit, you may find your 20$ helmet to fit better then a lot of 100$+ because of the shape/size of your head.




  6. #6
    Senior Member Retro Grouch's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    St Peters, Missouri
    My Bikes
    Rans Enduro Sport, Hase Kettweisel Tandem, Merin Bear Valley beater bike
    Posts
    23,728
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    So where do you buy your jeans?

    There is no doubt in my mind that the more expensive helmets are better ventillated and that the strap systems stay adjusted much better. That last one to me, by the way, is a biggie.

    That said, the more expensive helmets are much more stylish and I suspect that's the biggest feature in favor of their sale. It's pretty much like buying jeans, what's wrong with that?

  7. #7
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    Northern VA
    Posts
    184
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I'm also a casual rider and found that a lighter helmet with more ventillation makes the ride much more comfortable and enjoyable. I started with a no frills $20 helmet which I thought was fine. I then read something saying that it's a good idea to replace your helmet every few years. I bought a new one on sale for $50 that was much lighter. It's a night and day difference. Now the old one feels like it weighs me down and I hardly even notice the new one when it's on. I'd focus on the fit, weight and ventillation rather than the price.

  8. #8
    la vache fantôme phantomcow2's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    NH
    Posts
    6,266
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    The helmet i used until june was a 25 dollar Bell. Well now i have a Giro Eclipse, the biggest difference I felt was the temperature of my head.
    With the Bell i would get very hot, cranky and would stop frequently to take off the helmet.
    Now I forget the Giro is there, i feel like it fits better, better adjustment and best of all....my head never overheats
    C://dos
    C://dos.run
    run.dos.run

  9. #9
    Senior Member Nachoman's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Point Loma, CA
    My Bikes
    Bill Holland (Road-Ti), Bike Friday (folder), Co-Motion (tandem) & Trek 750 (hybrid)
    Posts
    12,797
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    The more expensive Bells, have a nice little wheel that insures a perfectly snug fit. I like it. They also havve move vents.
    .
    .

    Two wheels good. Four wheels bad.

  10. #10
    Senior Curmudgeon
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Directly above the center of the earth
    My Bikes
    Electra Townie 1-speed with basket & fenders
    Posts
    3,304
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Even inexpensive helmets can have good ventilation. In terms of impact-resistance, there really isn't much. The cheap helmets meet the same ANSI standards as do the most expensive. How much protection does any helmet give you? Only a little - but any is better than none, IMHO.

  11. #11
    Twincities MN kuan's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Salsa, Cannondale, Surly.
    Posts
    2,527
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I wore my new Giro Eclipse for the first time today. It felt much better than my old hulking Specialized. I was at first skeptical about buying an $80 helmet but then it just felt so much better on my head after about an hour.

  12. #12
    Double Secret Probation R900's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Eastern Indiana
    My Bikes
    Madone 6 series SSL, Cannondale CX9, Trek TTX, Trek 970, Trek T2000
    Posts
    2,579
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Most all name brand helmets meet the same safety standards, so for more money you get lighter, better vented, better looking, and better fitting helmets. Although I guess any could be argued. As for Giro's, like Bell's or any other helmet mfg, they come in a broad price range. Nashbar and Performance regularly have big sales on last years helmets making the prices very affordable. I think about the only time someone notices a helmet is if they are looking to buy or just bought a new one. Buy the best fitting helmet, and pay whatever you feel is fair for something you don't mind wearing. I've had lots of helmets over the years, and they just get better and better. The high end continues to increase in price, but the benefit is three years from now the high end will be middle of the road, and you can buy a very nice helmet for very little.

    John
    Time to Ride...

  13. #13
    Senior Member clausen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Northern Ontario
    My Bikes
    Colnago Master XL, Bianchi Via Nirone 7, Marinoni Fango
    Posts
    3,627
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    More expensive does not mean safer but if chosen correctly means more comfortable. After damaging a $40 dollar helmet I tride on quite a few helmets to see which one felt best. I found most Giros fit me the best. I use a Monza and the wind tunnel venting does keep your head cooler even tho the helmet has fewer vents just better design. The weight saving takes some strane off of your neck which is nice on longer rides. As for safety, all helmets meet the same standards.

  14. #14
    Walkafire
    Guest
    Seems like a rule somewhere... Helmets are only good for 3 years.
    If you fall, it is no good anymore.
    Let's see... I have fallen 4x where the Helmet hit the ground.
    Same Helmet after 10 years.... Guess it's time for a NEW one?

    Been looking at the Bell Metro. Haven't seen much about these.

  15. #15
    One Hep Cat Joe Dog's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    N 44.91577 W093.25327
    My Bikes
    Surly Cross-Check (commuter), Lemond Sarthe (sports car), Schwinn fixed gear conversion (for fun)
    Posts
    748
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I have two helmets, a Giro and an Specialized (sorry - don't know models). I trade them back and forth all the time. The Specialized has reflective stickers on it and it's my dark/stormy commuter helmet. The Giro is noticeably lighter and seems to have less of a mushroom-head effect when I wear it, I almost forget it is on. The Specialized is heavier and I am a lot more aware of it while it's on my head (I think it may ride higher on my head so I feel it more, but I have no way of proving this). Both are comfortable and well ventilated, so to me the main difference is the weight and how aware of the helmet I am.

  16. #16
    Senior Member stella's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2002
    Location
    Souther NE
    My Bikes
    1960 Denelt; 1970ish Batavas (commuter); 1998 kona cindercone; colnago classic w/campy chorus
    Posts
    206
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I had a cheaper bell helmet w/little ventilation for safety. Then, after a few weeks, psoriasis broke out in may scalp and forehead. (for those that do not know--psoriasis is a skin condition in which your skin cells over produce. On the scalp--it is like having one MAJOR case of dandruff.) I went to a pricier, well ventilated helmet and the psoriasis mostly cleared up! So, for me it is directly tied in w/a medical condition. The other benefit is that I have found the increased ventilation more comfortable.

    I've used Specialized King Cobra, Queen Cobra and recently purchased a Las b/c of the vents and air circulation as well as the fit. Giro is too wide and never fit my noggin correctly.

    Now to find a decent pair of shorts and/or bibs made of wool. Any suggestions?

  17. #17
    Wher'd u Get That Jacket? flythebike's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Somewhere in the Tubes
    My Bikes
    Calfee Dragonfly, Lemond Poprad, Airborne Manhatten Project, Calfee Luna Fixie
    Posts
    1,317
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I bought a time trial helmet this year for tts. It is noticeably faster than a regular helmet. As far as other helmets go, just get one that fits your head, and has good ventilation.
    WeBlog: http://flythebike.blogspot.com
    "Then know, that I have little wealth to lose. A man I am, crossed with adversity; My riches are these poor habiliments, Of which if you should here disfurnish me, You take the sum and substance that I have." Shakespeare: The Two Gentlemen of Verona
    Calfee Dragonfly Record, Calfee Luna Fixie T/A, Level, Campy Cervelo P3SL Campy, Lemond Poprad Campy, Fisher X-Calibur

  18. #18
    jur
    jur is offline
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Posts
    6,151
    Mentioned
    4 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Q: Why do helmets cost more when they have more holes???

    A: Gouging. Basic materials are the same.
    My folding bike photo essays www.dekter.net/

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •