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    How many helmets and shoes do you own?

    I know many cyclist have different jersey and matching bibs. What about helmets and shoes?
    How many helmets and pairs of shoes do most people have?
    I guess the essence of the question is - do you match your on road clycing clothes?

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    3 helmets (mtn. & road) - used to have 4. One was destroyed in a crash.
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    ...Helmets were Not matched/coordinated with shoes.
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    Two helmets: Bell Biker from '75 and some newer Bell model from '93.
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    1 Helmet, and my hiking boots. The only shoes I own, period.

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    Bought some innocuous stiff-soled bike-shoes. Not for clips. They gather dust in a corner. Second pair I've ever bought. Second pair to rot in a corner - first being in 1983. I ride in cheap sneakers and would go barefoot if I could.

    I have two helmets. Both Trek Vapor. Very comfortable. Cheaper than the one's with the names of bike-racers tattooed on them. Very high ratings. One I wear, and the other is a loaner for guests. I'd sell one to someone who wanted it and show them how to fit the thing. But I'd get another as a loaner.
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    No helmets. I've been falling off bikes since the 1950s and landed on everything except my head. Best shoes for cycling IMO are flat-soled canvas yachting shoes.
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    Four helmets, three of them broken in crashes. Current helmet and two of the broken ones are white.

    One pair three-season cycling shoes, (black) and one pair of winter cycling boots (also black).
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    one helmet(very used) and two shoes(one complete with duct tape)

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    One helmet, white, carefully decorated with Washington Capitals stickers to make it bear a resemblance to a hockey helmet, with the number 8 on the back.

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    1 helmet.
    3 pair of shoes, one of which is strictly used on the trainer bike as I have Look pedals on it. One is for MTB only (SPD's). One for road and the vast majority of my riding (SpeedPlay Zero's).
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    I've got 3 of each.

    The helmets are functional because, iif I wear the same one all summer, I get funny tan lines.

    I don't really have an excuse for the shoes. They just seem to accumulate.

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    Black and red shorts with a caisse espagne jersey, black shoes, spuik white and red helmet. I do like to match!

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    1 helmet, neutral silver
    2 pairs of shoes, Both plain black (one roadie, one mountain/street.... both set for crank brothers eggbeaters)

    my gloves are red, and match one bike

    Only own black shorts, and like 10 jerseys.
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    3 helmets. 1 I do not wear. 1 I actively wear. 1 that is an old backup that sees occasional use.
    3 shoes. 1 sidi road shoe. 1 specialized mtb shoe. 1 shimano sandals.

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    I have one ancient Giro I wear about 10 days a year. I have about 12 pairs of shoes, none of which are cycling specific, 3 jerseys I rarely wear. 3 pair of black shorts with little Canari prints on 'em, one plain black pair of tights. And to answer the point of the question, black shorts go just fine with my helmet or my bare head, so I match all the time! Well, in the photographic evidence below, the red toque really has to go. My apologies to the style sensitive.

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    OooOO!
    I missed that portion of the OP.
    Of course my cycling clothes match. My regular clothing matches, why not cycling clothes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Profoxcg View Post
    I know many cyclist have different jersey and matching bibs. What about helmets and shoes?
    How many helmets and pairs of shoes do most people have?
    I guess the essence of the question is - do you match your on road clycing clothes?
    I just donated my oldest helmet to the shop I work at for the mechanics to wear during test rides. That means I'm down to two helmets, both Giro -- a red/silver Pneumo and a white/titanium Atmos.
    Shoes -- two pairs of mtn bike/commuting shoes (Louis Garneau and Exustar), a pair of Lake cycling sandals, a pair of Sidi Genius 5.0 (black), and a pair of Vittoria CRS shoes.

    Nothing matches. Black shoes with black bibs and whichever jersey. I'm always looking for a deal on white or mostly white road shoes to see if they're any cooler than the black ones on hot, sunny days.
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    No helmet and 2 shoes....1 for each foot.
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    1 helmet. Any helmet that is "very used" or "knocked around" is thrown away as they aren't safe.

    5 pairs of shoes:
    - 1 pair, look cleats
    - 1 pair, spd cleats
    - 1 pair, spd, commuting shoes
    - 1 pair, spd, winter boots
    - 1 pair, ancient Cannondale touring shoes, for riding on bikes with platform pedals

    All my cycling apparel has at least some grease or snot on it, so it all matches.

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    I have one helmet and one pair of cleats.

    Some of my stuff matches, some it doesn't.

    The other day I realized I was wearing forest green cleats, red full-fingered motocross gloves, and a blue skull cap under my helmet. That wasn't by design. The cleats I've had forever, the gloves are awesome, because the bright red really grabs the drivers attention when I'm using hand signals, and the skull cap is one of many different colors I own.

    I didn't realize to this year that my hybrid and my backpack that I use for commuting actually match, they even have the same color trim. That wasn't by design either.


    Quote Originally Posted by DataJunkie View Post
    OooOO!
    I missed that portion of the OP.
    Of course my cycling clothes match. My regular clothing matches, why not cycling clothes?
    There is a portion of the biking populace that views anyone who wears all matching colors to be a possuer. As long as you keep it in perspective, it's not a problem for me.

    I've actually met a rider who only bought Armadillo tires because the red sidewalls matched the rest of his kit. When fashion outweighs function, you may have an issue.
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    Two helmets, one for warm rides one for winter. One pair Road shoes Shimano cleats , one pair for mountain biking SPD cleats and one winter pair of mountain bike shoes with SPD that I wear for on and off road winter riding. I don't care of it's color coordinated, I'm a function first type of rider.

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    Four helmets: 1) Bell Ghisallo; 2) Bell Sweep R (I like this one a lot but it doesn't match my team kit so I bought); 3) Specialized S-Works (kinda ugly but very light and airy); Louis Garneau TT helmet.

    Three pairs of shoes: 1) PI Vagabond (spd for CX); 2) Specialized Pro Carbon; 3) Specialize S-Works (spendy, but hands down the best shoes I've ever had).
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    Quote Originally Posted by DX Rider View Post



    There is a portion of the biking populace that views anyone who wears all matching colors to be a possuer. As long as you keep it in perspective, it's not a problem for me.

    I've actually met a rider who only bought Armadillo tires because the red sidewalls matched the rest of his kit. When fashion outweighs function, you may have an issue.


    Black and white match everything. One helmet is black. The other white. All shoes are black.
    Perhaps I have color coordination mixed with matching.
    I do have a pair of blue gloves I only wear with blue jerseys.

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    Four helmets, not counting a taped-shell model that I bought in '99. First new one was a Giro Xen -- bought it because it was by far the most comfy helmet in the shop. Then got a road bike, and decided to go with a road helmet -- so I got a Giro Pneumo. Fits nicely, better vented than the Xen. Then, my LBS was getting low on its stock of Bell Metros, so I got one with the accessory kit; with its rain cover installed, it's easily my favored bad-weather helmet. Then, this spring, a friend got me a great deal on an S-Works, which is the best-fitting, best-vented helmet I've used.

    I could sell the two Giros and not really miss them, but even though none of my helmets have been damaged, I'd be encouraging a potential buyer to go against my own advice: "Never buy a used helmet."

    Two pairs of cycling shoes right now -- Sidi Genius 5 road/poser shoes and Specialized Taho MTB shoes. I'm looking to get some SPD sandals, too, as I've finally found some regular sandals that I enjoy wearing in the summer.

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