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Old 06-01-10, 10:01 PM   #1
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I'm looking to spend some money on a good helmet what are people wearing around here?

just interested in what experiences people have had with different helmets. i'm really not concerned with price too much. looking to spend less than 150. i just want something that i won't have a problem wearing everyday.
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Old 06-01-10, 10:23 PM   #2
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I suggest the bern brentwood; I have one and it can't go wrong in any urban area.

Aside from that I also have the lazer helium which doesn't really look "right" while I ride one of my fixed gears w/ street clothes as opposed to lycra clad me and my orca.
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Old 06-01-10, 10:29 PM   #3
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I was actually going to ask the same question...
I've been using a Bern Macon for a long while now, very beat up. But Bern's helmets are quite tough, ventilation is good too.
I kind of want to switch to a road helmet...but as happypills said, doesn't look right with street clothes.
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Old 06-01-10, 10:35 PM   #4
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I would like to add that north face windbrakers (like a hyvent), which are often worn on the street and owned by a lot of people, does match road helmets....
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doesn't really look "right" while I ride one of my fixed gears w/ street clothes as opposed to lycra clad me and my orca.
Why? I never thought anyone looked weird wearing a roadie helmet in regular clothes, except for maybe those on a cruiser.
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Who says you need to be in full kit to wear road helmets? Road helmets are light, well-ventilated and stylish. What's not to like?

I rock a Giro Ionos at all times. Got a good deal on it though. For a more budget-minded road helmet I'd suggest a Giro Saros or a Specialized Propero. The Propero is super cheap, but still a great helmet.
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Old 06-01-10, 11:09 PM   #7
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Giro Saros.
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Who says you need to be in full kit to wear road helmets? Road helmets are light, well-ventilated and stylish. What's not to like?

I rock a Giro Ionos at all times. Got a good deal on it though. For a more budget-minded road helmet I'd suggest a Giro Saros or a Specialized Propero. The Propero is super cheap, but still a great helmet.
I've been looking at the Saros...but the price is still kind of expensive. I've been looking at the helmets at MEC too, tried them on and they fit quite well and light.
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I wear a nutcase, this one to be precise: http://www.nutcasehelmets.com/Helmet...aintFight.aspx
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Just ordered the Giro atmos. 123 on ebay. I liked it better than the Ionos, I thought i was more narrow which I wanted.
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i found the lazer urbanize kind of interesting. i have no idea how it looks on though. just thought it was an interesting concept.

http://www.lazersport.com/index.php?...mart&Itemid=38
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I suggest the bern brentwood; I have one and it can't go wrong in any urban area.

Aside from that I also have the lazer helium which doesn't really look "right" while I ride one of my fixed gears w/ street clothes as opposed to lycra clad me and my orca.
+1 only helmat un $100 that fits me right...
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Old 06-02-10, 06:49 AM   #13
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Go try some on at your LBS. Proper fit is at least as important as style, and not everyone has the same shape head.
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Helmets seem Horrendously over-priced. I have a Bell Venture that I took the Visor Off.

Personally, I think it looks god-awful and dorky. But I can't really justify spending 50 bucks or more on a plastic shell with foam in it.

In comparison with what we spend on other things (jeans, shoes, etc etc), I guess the price isn't that bad. But it seems you start spending into the hundreds when you go looking for a quality helmet that doesn't make you look ridiculous.
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Helmets seem Horrendously over-priced. I have a Bell Venture that I took the Visor Off.

Personally, I think it looks god-awful and dorky. But I can't really justify spending 50 bucks or more on a plastic shell with foam in it.

In comparison with what we spend on other things (jeans, shoes, etc etc), I guess the price isn't that bad. But it seems you start spending into the hundreds when you go looking for a quality helmet that doesn't make you look ridiculous.
It just protects your head, so why spend a lot on one?
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It just protects your head, so why spend a lot on one?
I'm not saying they're not important. I'm saying they're over-priced. As long as it meets the safety standard (which mine does) than spending more just gets you style/ventilation.
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I have a uvex road helmet. it is light and well ventilated, but the road helmets don't look too good in my opinion. safety first, so I still wear it.
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I'm not saying they're not important. I'm saying they're over-priced. As long as it meets the safety standard (which mine does) than spending more just gets you style/ventilation.
Depending on where you live and ride, ventilation = comfort. Making a light and well-ventilated helmet that also meets safety standards is going to cost more than merely meeting safety standards.
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Depending on where you live and ride, ventilation = comfort. Making a light and well-ventilated helmet that also meets safety standards is going to cost more than merely meeting safety standards.
Not disagreeing with anything about the helmets themselves, it's the mark-up that i Have a problem with. you don't need to convince me that better helmets are better, or even that they should cost more, it is the amount they start at, and ridiculous scaling of cost that I have an issue with.
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Not disagreeing with anything about the helmets themselves, it's the mark-up that i Have a problem with. you don't need to convince me that better helmets are better, or even that they should cost more, it is the amount they start at, and ridiculous scaling of cost that I have an issue with.
R&D costs money, as does tooling. The raw materials might be a few bucks a helmet, but designing the helmet and the machine to make it wasn't free.

Look at titanium, one of the most common elements on the planet. And yet, it costs a small fortune to make anything useful out of it.
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I wear a Rudy Project Sterling. Light and ventilated. Designed really well, u can make every micro adjustments easily on the fly.
Originally I rock a Bern, now I'm just gonna leave my Bern for the winter.
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I was using (and loving) my Giro Atmos helmet until I cracked it at the crit race. FML
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I wear a Rudy Project Sterling. Light and ventilated. Designed really well, u can make every micro adjustments easily on the fly.
Just looked that one up, and it's gorgeous. But over $200! Yow.

I have one of the Bells (maybe a Venture, I don't know), but I haven't gotten around to taking the visor off. Probably looks dorky, but it fits really well and it's easy to adjust.

(Looks stopped mattering to me when my youngest kid turned 5.)
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