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Old 03-20-06, 12:10 AM   #1
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Helmet choices

This will be a general-purpose helmet, but mainly used for XC riding with SOME freeride thrown in.

Here are my choices so far...feel free to add any that you like or think would be good

http://www.bellbikehelmets.com/produ...l.asp?prodID=4







I currently have an old Giro Mojave mountain helmet, but its getting close to its replace by date.
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I just bought this OGK Alecules. Not your "upmarket" cycling brand type, but feels pretty good to me.
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I recently bought a Bell Citi helmet and like it a lot. Simple round design, comfortable, and it was on sale, heh.

http://www.bellbikehelmets.com/produ...l.asp?prodID=9
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I have a Bell X-Ray, and like it a lot. Good vents and a nice adjustment system. The removable visor is handy too. On for XC, off for road. You can find them on-line for about $50 all over the place, so it's a pretty good deal. It might be a good idea to try on a Bell helmet if you never have. I have heard they fit differently than some other popular brands.
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I recently bought a Bell Citi helmet and like it a lot. Simple round design, comfortable, and it was on sale, heh.

http://www.bellbikehelmets.com/produ...l.asp?prodID=9
I second that opinion for the Bell Citi. I, also, really like mine. The shape is no nonsense, functional. I am surprized to see that they no longer make a yellow model. A commuter helmet should include more bright color options.
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I just want a decent-looking helmet that offers good protection. I dont wanna look like one of the Icy H0t Stuntaz if I can help it.

I used to buy nothing BUT Bell helmets. My Giro Mojave was the first non-Bell I ever bought.

I HAVE decided on one thing for sure...NO CHIN STRAPS. Chin straps make it hard to wear glasses, etc.

thanks for all the ideas
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I just want a decent-looking helmet that offers good protection. I dont wanna look like one of the Icy H0t Stuntaz if I can help it.

I used to buy nothing BUT Bell helmets. My Giro Mojave was the first non-Bell I ever bought.

I HAVE decided on one thing for sure...NO CHIN STRAPS. Chin straps make it hard to wear glasses, etc.

thanks for all the ideas

Helmet design and style keeps changing all the time and I always used to buy Giro's- But when I went for my 4th helmet in 3 years(I keep falling over) My LBS had stopped carrying them- I tried all the different types and I was struck by the Metz helmets. It was far more comfortable than my giro and lighter too.

Only thing to do is go to a shop that carries a large range and try the ones that catch your eye and that you can afford- Only thing is- If MTB then get a peak and why No chin Strap? How do you think the rest of us get on with Cycling glasses?
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I second that opinion for the Bell Citi. I, also, really like mine. The shape is no nonsense, functional. I am surprized to see that they no longer make a yellow model. A commuter helmet should include more bright color options.
On bell's website they don't show the yellow model, but I know Performance has it as I bought my yellow citi helmet there.
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I love the little adjustment wheel on my Bell. It makes it really easy to wear sweat bands, hats, or nothing under the helmet.
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I love the little adjustment wheel on my Bell. It makes it really easy to wear sweat bands, hats, or nothing under the helmet.
Yes, that has been a real convience this winter. I, sometimes, have to change what I'm wearing under the helmet as often as during the ride. It's nice not to have to go through a constant, elaborate, helmet adjustment.
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I ride about 5k a year. Never owed a helmet until 5 years ago when I got back to lots of riding at 53. Aging creates paranoia.
I have always bought helmets usually giro or bell from either nashbar or performance that list for about $30 to $40 and on sale for 50% off.
Unless you are a racer or like to buy fancy status bicycles and eqipment why would you spend more on a helmet. 3 months ago, I took a hard side spill and landed hard on the side of my hand. The helmet cracked under the pressure. Outside of being in a daze for 30 seconds, I rode away unhurt. My $16 helmet did it's job and I retired it with honors.

Am I missing something?
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I love the little adjustment wheel on my Bell. It makes it really easy to wear sweat bands, hats, or nothing under the helmet.
Most modern helmets have a similar system. My Gyro has something similar that is more like zip tie technology, that probably doesn't work as well as the Bell. My biggest issue is normally with the straps. It is nearly impossible to adjust the straps on my helmet without the use of some sort of tool, like a little knife etc.

The straps bind up in the buckles and I can never get them loose to pass more or less strap through. It is horrible. Anyone have helmets with friendly straps?
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