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Old 04-23-13, 04:16 PM   #1
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Makeshift helmet pads

Anyone know what I can use as a substitute for helmet pads? I will eventually order some online, but am waiting until I need something else as to justify the shipping costs. The nearest bike shop is 50 miles away, so that's out.
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What kind of helmet do you have? I have a few Giro Pneumo helmets and once read if you emailed them asking for pads, they would send them free of charge. I also asked about purchasing a retention system and they send me one for free as well.

I did have to produce some info on helmet serial number and size ( proof of purchase I guess).
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What kind of helmet do you have? I have a few Giro Pneumo helmets and once read if you emailed them asking for pads, they would send them free of charge. I also asked about purchasing a retention system and they send me one for free as well.

I did have to produce some info on helmet serial number and size ( proof of purchase I guess).
Mine's a Giro and I will definitely give this a try. In the meantime, I'm wondering if band aids or something like that might work.
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Get some thin closed-cell foam(packing type). Cover it in some material cut from an old t-shirt. Stick on some velcro spots and there you go.
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Old 04-23-13, 05:12 PM   #6
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I've used closed cell 3/8 foam rubber weatherstrip from Lowes, about $3 (Amazon carries it too.)

Frost King 3/8-in x 10-ft Black Closed Cell Foam Window Weatherstrip


I used it to pad a couple of spots on my helmet that touched my scalp, even with the stock pads installed. It doesn't soak up sweat, and the adhesive backing lasts a long time. With 10 feet of it, you can cut strips and experiment with it.

Avoid the vinyl foam tape.

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I've used closed cell 3/8 foam rubber weatherstrip from Lowes, about $3 (Amazon carries it too.).
That's good idea! I have a few other helmets that I use for MTB with thrashed pads. That would be perfect!

I s also thinking that many riders use cycling caps under their helmets or skull caps. That might act as a pad in itself. Might be tough in hot weather though.
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I found a piece of the small bubble, bubble wrap and attached some pieces of that with white adhesive tape.
It worked like a charm; even more comfortable that the original pads. Thanks for the replies.
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Dr. Scholl's "Mole Foam". Its "moleskin" combined with a thin foam backing. Sticks to everything, wears like iron.
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That's good idea! I have a few other helmets that I use for MTB with thrashed pads. That would be perfect!

I s also thinking that many riders use cycling caps under their helmets or skull caps. That might act as a pad in itself. Might be tough in hot weather though.
Headsweats wicking poly skullcaps are great in hot weather! And cool weather! And when it's not gawdawful cold!
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