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    Looking for a helmet but...

    Greetings!

    New guy here. I am looking for a helmet but the issue is with my melon. It's so big...it has its own gravity. And weather system.

    My size is 8 3/8 (hat) or 66.5 cm or 25 3/8".

    Giro and Bell are two of the manufacturers I looked at but they only go as high as 8 1/8.

    I am willing to spend whatever cost necessary to protect my melon: do you guys have any recommendations?

    Thanks in advance,

    Al.
    Last edited by kristo5747; 12-29-10 at 11:42 AM.

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    I have a pretty big head and have found that the newer helmets with the completely adjustable stap system works great -- and additionally allows a lot of quick adjustment to allow me to use various skull caps in the winter. I don't know how to explain it well, but my new helmet is such that my head doesn't really touch the actual helmet, but just the strap system -- unlike my previous 2 helmets.

    I'd try a few at your LBS and see just how outside the bell curve your skull is....
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    Quote Originally Posted by TurbineBlade View Post
    I have a pretty big head and have found that the newer helmets with the completely adjustable stap system works great -- and additionally allows a lot of quick adjustment to allow me to use various skull caps in the winter. I don't know how to explain it well, but my new helmet is such that my head doesn't really touch the actual helmet, but just the strap system -- unlike my previous 2 helmets.

    I'd try a few at your LBS and see just how outside the bell curve your skull is....
    Are you saying that your head should NOT touch the actual helmet? How can the helmet then offer full protection in case of a fall/shock?

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    The EPS is crushed in impacts, the energy goes into the styrofoam,
    which does not rebound.
    the pads inside the Foam are for comfort and sweat management,
    putting a bandanna on your head , and then putting a pad less helmet on
    may do the sweat and comfort thing adequately...

    strap length is sometimes minimized to make manufacturing cost
    per thousand helmets lower .. shorting an inch per helmet adds up.
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    Sport helmets that just come in an Adult size may offer more room than road helmets. Make sure you get something with enough vents to keep it cool if you go that route.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottStr View Post
    Sport helmets that just come in an Adult size may offer more room than road helmets. Make sure you get something with enough vents to keep it cool if you go that route.
    Got one!

    I went to my local LBS yesterday afternoon.

    A Bell Kinghead seems to work best for me: it is comfortable and fits snuggly without wobbling when I shake my head.

    Problem is that I look like a real dork now.

    Next step is to call my folks and curse both of them for giving me a huge melon. Sheesh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kristo5747 View Post
    Got one!

    I went to my local LBS yesterday afternoon.

    A Bell Kinghead seems to work best for me: it is comfortable and fits snuggly without wobbling when I shake my head.

    Problem is that I look like a real dork now.
    You may remove the helmet when not bicycling.
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    Man, that's a big head. I wear a size 8, and I draw a crowd whenever I shop for helmets.
    I haven't seen one in awhile, and I'm not sure how big they go, but Bell used to (presumably still does) make a model called the Magnum, I think, that was for you big-headed guys. I tried one once at an REI store, and it was too big for me.
    If nothing else, you might be able to do some judicious whittling of the foam in the largest helmet you can find, then glue the sizing pads in place. It would certainly reduce the effectiveness in a crash, but it's better than bareheaded.

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    I've seen this before, maybe it will be of use:
    http://www.bhsi.org/bighead.htm

    Looking up the Bell Kinghead, it looks to be a fairly normal bike helmet, so I don't think you'll do a lot better, stylewise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kristo5747 View Post
    Got one!
    Next step is to call my folks and curse both of them for giving me a huge melon. Sheesh.
    Leave your mother alone... with that head, i think shes been through enough

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    Quote Originally Posted by kristo5747 View Post
    Greetings!

    New guy here. I am looking for a helmet but the issue is with my melon. It's so big...it has its own gravity. And weather system.

    My size is 8 3/8 (hat) or 66.5 cm or 25 3/8".

    Giro and Bell are two of the manufacturers I looked at but they only go as high as 8 1/8.

    I am willing to spend whatever cost necessary to protect my melon: do you guys have any recommendations?

    Thanks in advance,

    Al.
    I'm curious to see what your head size actually looks like.

    The thing that I wonder is do you have a lot of hair, dreads or something...etc?

    PS..I'm glad that you've found a helmet! Protect your dome!

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    Glad you feel better now....

    Now don't trust the thing.

    "Protect your dome"...please.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JanMM View Post
    You may remove the helmet when not bicycling.
    Oh snap.. you can? And here I thought once you had a bike you had to wear it all the time!!

    Ever notice though that a full kit looks dorkier the further you get away from the bike?

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