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Old 04-27-14, 06:29 PM   #1
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which helmet do you wear while on tour?

I've got the Giro Saros helmet that I'm looking to replace. (Not really the best design, and it feels kind of flimsy.) I kinda like the look of those Bern helmets but I feel like it might be an over kill. Any recommendations?
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Old 04-27-14, 06:36 PM   #2
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I've got a Bern and it is great for short commutes or cooler weather. If you're touring in warmer weather (forget it!) you will cook in it.
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My plan is to try the Smith Forefront helmet. I am very curious to try out Koroyd and see the effects for myself. Right now I have a cheaper Bell helmet that replaced a $60 or so Bell from 6 years ago (I used it for way to long but I was trying to hold out for the Forefront)

Those BMX/Skate style helmets are a bad idea especially in warmer weather as boneshaker said. I have a friend who had one and couldn't wait to get it off because he was just so sweaty and miserable. That ventilation is extremely useful and the more you can get the better.
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Old 04-27-14, 09:06 PM   #4
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I ride with my old but never crashed with Bell Metro while on tour, cheap and effective
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Old 04-27-14, 10:22 PM   #5
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I wear a Specialized Propero II. It's light, comfortable, and has great ventilation.
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Old 04-27-14, 11:55 PM   #6
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I usually don't wear one, average bike speed is about the same as some runners. But I do have the original Bell Biker helmet, that provides actual rather than theoretical levels of protection, when required.
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When I do wear one it's whatever one I own at that time. I buy the high vent roadie type and never spend a lot of money. My current model is one I bought in a discount store for about €20 ($26).

Whether I bring one or not depends where I'm touring. My avatar is a shadow shot of me touring in Southern Portugal without one, whereas the year before I was across the border in Spain and wore one because it's against the law there not to.
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When I do wear one it's whatever one I own at that time. I buy the high vent roadie type and never spend a lot of money.
+1, but I have not worn or taken one on my last few tours. I have just worn a little bike hat to keep the sun off my bald spot and to soak up some of the sweat.

If wearing a helmet, I'd advise taking the one that is most comfortable and if it will be hot most well ventilated.
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Old 04-28-14, 05:07 AM   #9
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You should choose a helmet that fits you well. Helmets can be size and shaped differently. For example, my Orbea Odin runs small. If I bought the same size in a Giro it would fit like a satellite dish.
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Old 04-28-14, 07:18 AM   #10
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I bring my Giant Realm 2.0 along when I tour. For the most part it's secured to my rear rack ready for those times when things get a bit sketchy. Normally I have a bike cap or a sports type had.
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I carry mine, but I don't wear it which is a little odd. However, these days figuring out in advance where it is legal or not to ride without is more trouble than not. Also, while I would slow down for conditions, I do think there are conditions in which helmet wear is indicated, which it certainly is not for general cycling (but it is still everyone's personal choice).

I must say I have never been stopped by the police while not wearing a helmet while touring in areas where they were required.
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where are you going ? My last trip Ireland and Scotland , slow and solo I left it at home.

Australia , where I hear they mandate it, wearing one, may be different .
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I have a Bell Sweep which I have had for a few years. This is my only helmet and hence the one I wear touring. Never thought of getting a touring specific helmet or a helmet just for touring.



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One thing about helmets that is changing in the culture in general is that the they are a great base for mounting crap that people used not to carry, Com stuff, and go pros, night vision, lamps, and so forth. Of course these things normally require a solid shell which is a good idea anyway.
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One thing about helmets that is changing in the culture in general is that the they are a great base for mounting crap that people used not to carry, Com stuff, and go pros, night vision, lamps, and so forth. Of course these things normally require a solid shell which is a good idea anyway.
yup, I stick a blinkie white lite made for going on handlebars onto my helmet visor for commuting--fantastic for turning my head and shining my strobing white light at a car coming from a side street, really works to make you noticed. Dont when touring.

I too just use the only helmet I have, its great how a reasonably priced helmet can be lightish and have great ventilation compared to my first helmet 20 odd years back. Day and night difference for comfort now.
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Unlike some of the rebels and miscreants in this thread, I ALWAYS wear a helmet while touring, every day, no matter where I am.

I was riding in Colorado in November, touring across the big open space east of Colorado Springs. There was a wind event, and I was coasting at 35mph on a gentle decline. A sea of tumbleweeds blew across the road in a couple of seconds, I slowed to about 30 before I slammed a pothole hidden by a tumbler. I went down —HARD— and smacked my head on the pavement. The helmet saved my skull. I rode 90 miles with a compromised helmet and a busted front wheel to La Junta before taking a train home, and I gave the helmet away to a tourist who couldn't afford one (better than nothing...).

I had been wearing it prior to that by hyperbole. You're supposed to...

Now I wear it because I know the consequences of not wearing it. Four scars on my right arm, hip, and thigh remind me.

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