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    Helmet Chinstrap Road v Off-Road

    My helmet, made for mountain biking, is great...fits great, comfortable, light, cool...ON MY MOUNTAIN BIKE. When on my roadie, the chinstrap cuts a little into my throat when I'm in the drops. HUH?!?!?! Are road helmets made with the chinstrap a little forward, or do I need to adjust the strap differently? I'd rather buy a whole new helmet cuz the one I have FITS. Any ideas or suggestions???

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    Two H's!!! TWO!!!!! chephy's Avatar
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    An obvious question: can you adjust the strap so that it's not cutting into your throat in the drops but is still not loose in a more upright position? If you can, that's where I'd leave it. You're not overtightening your strap to start with, are you? You should be able to put a couple of fingers under the strap and things like opening your mouth should feel comfortable.

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    Non Tribuo Anus Rodentum and off to the next adventure (RIP) Stacey's Avatar
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    From the moto world... Rule of thumb: The chin strap should be tight enough to keep the helmet from coming off when pulled forward on the head.

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    Have you tried feeding the forward strap through the turnbuckles that gather the hangers to the chin strap towards the front a little? (Was that more than a little confusing?) I think you know what I mean.

    I found mine cuts a little deeper in January after I suffer through the Holiday meals than in June when I lose a few pounds! Blessings.

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    The difference is in how much your neck is bent. On a mountain bike, your torso is more upright, so your neck isn't bent vert much. On a road bike, especially in the drops, your torso is much closer to horizontal, so your neck is bent back a lot more. You just need to loosen the chin strap a little when riding your road bike.

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    I was told the only difference between a mtn and road helmet is the visor ...
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