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Old 03-05-12, 01:30 PM   #1
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New to Mountain biking

Ok, so I will be getting my first ever mountain bike. I am very excited and can not wait to start on some local trails. My questions is about helmet selection. As I am new to the sport, I will be falling down, ALOT. I was thinking about getting a full face helmet. My main concern is people thinking I look like an idiot. The trails around my area are in no way black-diamond level. They can be technical, with lots of big rocks and steep descents. Any thoughts for the nube?
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First off, welcome to the best sport in the world. When I got back into mountain biking I started of with a nice light weight helmet for Giro. Did not want nothing to heavy or cumbersome that would limit what little ability I had, I would recommend the same for you. I have only fallen twice in the 500 miles I have been back in the saddle, and none of them was a head shot. Light weight, breathable and fairly inexpensive is what you should be looking for. Giro Rift, Giro Phase Mountain Helmet, Bell Influx Mountain Helmet, any of those are great for beginners. Besides, give yourself more credit, you have not even been on the bike and your already talking about crashing, confidence is key. Ride what you feel comfortable with not what you see others doing. Enjoy.
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I wouldn't worry about using a full face helmet. Chances are...if you're born for mountain biking, you're so ugly that it wouldn't matter much if you faceplant.


I've gotten some really good deals on Bell Influx helmets. (like $13) It's my "trail" helmet of choice. Using a skate lid for FR / Urban. Take your time and don't bite off more than you can chew.


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why are you planning on falling down a lot? i would plan on riding a lot and having fun...you don't need a full face helmet unless you REALLY want one.

the rather funny thing is, you are such a noob you spelled it nube.

anyway, don't sweat it and have a good time. walk whatever you need to until you are confident and skilled enough to try riding it. it's supposed to be fun, don't forget that.
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Aww but falling down is fun from what I remember... Yuk Yuk Yuk Anyway thanks for the tips guys.
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You should be careful about alienating other MTN bikers with that Darth Vader look!
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I've busted up two Bell helmets in the past three years. (17 years of no busting, I guess I am losing it) Neither helmet had a face guard and no fall has ever done more than scrape up a chin. THAT said, if a full face give you more confidence, get one. The downhill community swears by them for good reason.

I'm personally more worried about banging up my knees and elbows myself.

Welcome to a great way to sweat, swear and get knarled up. You have to post picture of your bike and trails or we tend to think you are trolling from the wanna be world.
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Are you riding at Turkey Mt? It is a nice little trail complex. I've only ridden there for a couple of weeks in total (enough to have covered the majority of trails), and from my experience a full face is overkill for all except maybe one way down that I've seen that even the best riders with a full on DH bike would be hard pressed to get down (it is an area not really meant to be ridden, no real line to get down..trials riding might get it done if you were pretty good). In this case you just pick up the bike and hike it up or down, or just keep following the trail. I've found at Turkey Mt. that pedal and line awareness are pretty key if you don't want to get off the bike.

Anyways, have fun, and take your time in developing your skills. There is no shame in walking a little bit to keep yourself in one piece for the next ride!

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s I am new to the sport, I will be falling down, ALOT. I was thinking about getting a full face helmet.
Get the helmet you feel you need.

And think more positively. There is no need to be falling a lot. Keep close to your comfort zone and ease your way into the technical terrain. Some riders over-glorify falling on these forums. Don't get sucked into thinking you must point your bike down some trail you're not yet comfortable with. Ride. Enjoy. The technical skills will come in their own time.
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Yes, I will be riding Turkey Mnt primarily. I have hiked through there for almost two years now so I am pretty familiar with most of the trails. I think I might even know which section you are speaking of.

I will definitely post some pictures. A guy from work, as well as a fraternity borther fromback in my college days are also getting first time mountain bikes. So I will have some others to share the experience.

Again, I appreciate all the input. I will keep in mind.
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Cool man! Mountain biking rocks, and Turkey Mt is surprisingly decent. I forgot to say that there are also quite a few thorns that like stick in the tires (primarily to the north if I remember right)..I would recommend going tubeless if you think you will be up there often. It saves a lot of the hassle of having to patch a tube nearly every time you get home. If you don't want to do tubeless yet then be sure to take a mini pump and extra tube in case you need it. I got lucky by only ever having slow leaks, and was able to ride all the way back across the river to around 31st every time. I had to patch my tubes more than every other ride though.
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Yes, I will be riding Turkey Mnt primarily. I have hiked through there for almost two years now so I am pretty familiar with most of the trails. I think I might even know which section you are speaking of.

I will definitely post some pictures. A guy from work, as well as a fraternity borther fromback in my college days are also getting first time mountain bikes. So I will have some others to share the experience.

Again, I appreciate all the input. I will keep in mind.
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..... My main concern is people thinking I look like an idiot. ...
F what people think. the really really good riders, the people who are better riders than 90% of people with bikes, don't care what you look like. they know looks have nothing to do with it.
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F what people think. the really really good riders, the people who are better riders than 90% of people with bikes, don't care what you look like. they know looks have nothing to do with it.
Good point. If I woind up getting a full face, I'll make sure I get a shiny black one. My almost 3 year old is in love with star wars, so I can pretend to be darth vader when we sword fight. So win win all around...
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Good point. If I woind up getting a full face, I'll make sure I get a shiny black one. My almost 3 year old is in love with star wars, so I can pretend to be darth vader when we sword fight. So win win all around...
i've been trying to figure out how to make a boba fett full face helmet. that would soooo rule...i would wear it on my road bike....
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When I first got into mountain biking I bought an inexpensive helmet from a big box store. Many years and falls later, and after I learned more about helmets, I still wear an inexpensive Bell helmet.
No full faced, To be honest, I think I've only seen one full faced helmet on the local trails. But almost everyone wears a helmet.
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Keep in mind how hot and humid it gets in Tulsa. A full face in summer may end up doing more damage by causing the engine to overheat . If you can afford two helmets you could get both to try out.
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Keep in mind how hot and humid it gets in Tulsa. A full face in summer may end up doing more damage by causing the engine to overheat . If you can afford two helmets you could get both to try out.
Very good point regarding the heat here in Tulsa. I can be a beast!! I already have a normal helmet. I think I may get the full faced to have as a second option.

Side note: Got my tax return in this morning. I will be going right after to work to pick it up. Very excited as its something I have wanted to do for quite sometime. I will make sure to get updates and pictures on the forum.
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F what people think. the really really good riders, the people who are better riders than 90% of people with bikes, don't care what you look like. they know looks have nothing to do with it.
Mostly true. There was that one guy on here who wanted to wear a hockey helmet with a wire face cage though...
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I did see a sweet knight's helmet at the Ren fair last year. Now If I can only find chain mail to fit my rotund figure.
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I've seen some pretty crazy helmet designs on motorcycle helmets (Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Chewbacca [with fur-covered full leathers!!], Shrek, Power Rangers...all kinds), but haven't seen much on full face MTB/MX helmets.
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I use both, depending on the weather and where I'm riding. I don't really need a full face but I've always wanted one for whatever reason. When I got into mountain biking I finally had a reason to get one, so I did. My excuse to myself was that it's better safe than sorry (read some stories on these forums) and it's good for cooler weather.
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I have only fallen twice in the 500 miles I have been back in the saddle, and none of them was a head shot. Light weight, breathable and fairly inexpensive is what you should be looking for. Giro Rift, Giro Phase Mountain Helmet, Bell Influx Mountain Helmet, any of those are great for beginners
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