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Had a stroke, need the best helmet out there

Old 12-13-22, 07:18 AM
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Originally Posted by Leisesturm

You are still equating a"better" rating with "safer".

Look at ratings of popular luxury cars. BMW's get rated higher than Mercedes-Benz, but a rating agency would be in real hot water if they claimed a BMW was safer than a Mercedes. But we already agreed that the point was moot. ANY fall would be a bad idea, even with the $400 helmet that is out of reach financially.

By "trike" in my last post I meant recumbent trike, and people do 100+ miles a day on them. Have you actually tried a trike?
It's about time you found out what the tests do.

Whataboutism...

I can't use a recumbent, and I'm not interested in trikes.
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Originally Posted by momoman

According to this article a recumbent bike is easier on the knees. Have you tried riding a recumbent? Itís also closer to the ground so the impact from any fall should be less.

https://www.topfitnessmag.com/recumb...ter-for-knees/
I tried them 20+ years ago in gyms, my knees are even worse now. I've had a lot of injuries.
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The helmet came.

The Dropframe doesn't have a knob in the back to tighten. All it has is some thinner pads, which I had to put on. The helmet surrounds the ears. I have to pull that section out to get it over my head. When it's on, it's not painful, but it's a couple notches beyond snug. There's no question it would stay where it's supposed to be in a crash, but it does seem a bit much.

I am not sure if I should keep it, or send it back.
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There was some question about how well helmets protect you.

"Again from methodology pdf: "... The STAR value for each helmet model represents the number of concussions likely to occur out of those 47.4 impacts, which can be expressed as a percentage...". So I interpret that to mean, for example, that the first (best) helmet rated, the Fox Dropframe Pro (MIPS), one could expect that concussions would occur in 8.9% of the tested accident simulations, whereas the last (worst) helmet rated, the Berns Watts, one could expect that concussions would occur in 25.3% of the tested accident simulations. They go into how they have derived the ratings (basically lab tests simulating real world helmet impact data), but exactly how... I'd have to study it, real hard like, to truly understand it."
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I had a trike when recovering from open heart surgery. It definitely loads up your legs differently than a diamond frame bike. It hurt my knees until I got the boom and seat and toe clips positioned right. I can see the attraction re: fall risk, but it's not perfect in that regard as it had a tendency to traction-roll and capsize. A lower one than the one I had would want to scrub and slide a bit more. There were some other things I didn't like about it. It was really slow and the ride was poor. I came to understand why the fancy ones have suspension. I switched back to a regular bike soon as I was allowed.
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Do we suppose some of these guys are designing to the test, by now?
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I'm curious as to why no one has suggested a motorcycle helmet.
They are rated on a greater scale than bicycle helmets and they cover more of your head so no awkward whacks. You don't have to get a full face, but that does protect a larger part of your head.
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Originally Posted by Darth Lefty

Do we suppose some of these guys are designing to the test, by now?
It's what engineers do, and what they did using the old standard.
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Originally Posted by Schweinhund

I'm curious as to why no one has suggested a motorcycle helmet.
They are rated on a greater scale than bicycle helmets and they cover more of your head so no awkward whacks. You don't have to get a full face, but that does protect a larger part of your head.
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