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Old 05-12-20, 08:38 AM
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Buying Helmet online?

As we move into month #3 of quarantining, Iíve been trying to ride my bike more frequently. As a result, Iíve realized that my helmet is 5+ years old, so despite no significant crashes,
I should probably replace it ASAP. Since stores are closed, and I probably wouldnít feel comfortable shopping whenever they do reopen, I was thinking of trying to buy online.

So, any thoughts/opinions/feedback on this idea? Or any specific recommendations for replacing my Giro helmet? I ride a Trek hybrid and donít go off-road, if it matters.

Thanks.
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Old 05-12-20, 08:46 AM
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Did you not like your Giro? If you liked it, buy another. I use one and like it, and bought it on-line.
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I'd have complete confidence doing this if I was buying the same brand and model.

Otherwise, it's a gamble with fit; however, that can be minimized with modern helmets being so good at 1) adjustment and 2) extra padding provided as standard. For example, I was looking at a Catlike Mixino, even though while having never tried one on. Apparently it comes with side padding in three different thicknesses, along with movable "cradle"-like bits, so it would seem it would suit round or long oval shapes (I have a long oval).

So unless you can't find what you like at the LBS - and you should always try there first, because your LBS is essential and someday you will need it! - then I'd say go for it online.
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Originally Posted by ridelikeaturtle View Post
I'd have complete confidence doing this if I was buying the same brand and model.

Otherwise, it's a gamble with fit; however, that can be minimized with modern helmets being so good at 1) adjustment and 2) extra padding provided as standard. For example, I was looking at a Catlike Mixino, even though while having never tried one on. Apparently it comes with side padding in three different thicknesses, along with movable "cradle"-like bits, so it would seem it would suit round or long oval shapes (I have a long oval).

So unless you can't find what you like at the LBS - and you should always try there first, because your LBS is essential and someday you will need it! - then I'd say go for it online.
Yeah, I was thinking of sticking with Giro, assuming that their fit is ďconsistentĒ (especially because I figure Iím not going into an LBS, even if open, any time soon).
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Old 05-12-20, 09:56 AM
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Originally Posted by bobwysiwyg View Post
Did you not like your Giro? If you liked it, buy another. I use one and like it, and bought it on-line.
Yes, I like it fine, but I wasnít sure I could assume that the fit is ďconsistentĒ from one Giro to another?
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Originally Posted by amishboy51 View Post
As we move into month #3 of quarantining, Iíve been trying to ride my bike more frequently. As a result, Iíve realized that my helmet is 5+ years old, so despite no significant crashes,
I should probably replace it ASAP.
You don't sound like an easy man (boy) to reassure but, FWIW, my helmet is closer to 10 years old than 5, and I have no plans to replace it ASAP because I have never done anything more serious to it than knock it against the garage door as it was opening. But if that stimulus check is really burning a hole and you truly must spend some money on something bike related ... here. Don't argue, don't overthink it. Buy this helmet,and no other. Leisesturm has spoken.
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I bought mine online (Amazon) in April 2014. I'd have no particular concern about clicking "buy again" if I felt like a new one since the expense so far is $3.16 per year and it's not significantly less protection than any other bicycle helmet. Upgrading to a Giro, online is as good as in a store IMO.
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Probably a good idea to stay with Giro if you like the fit. I’d use the opportunity to upgrade to a model with MIPS, assuming you’re current helmet doesn’t have MIPS.

While the data supporting MIPS may be somewhat limited, the added cost is minimal, and there’s reason to beliEve it can reduce the likelihood and severity of radial shearing injury.
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Thanks, everyone, for the feedback and suggestions.

Sorry, no stimulus check for me, but, yeah, while I havenít sustained any damage (that I can remember, anyway ), I AM a wuss, and my helmet is > 5 years old, so Iím going to follow the replacement recommendation anyway.

And I think the Giro and MIPS suggestions make sense. So thanks again.
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Thanks for sharing. I also want to know the answer
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Old 05-16-20, 08:32 AM
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I've been involved with the cycling industry for 30 years. Unless you use your helmet every day, and have stored it in harsh conditions (hot - freezing cold garage, exposed to direct sunlight, in the back of a car long term) you don't need a new one every five years. Period. If you want a more comfortable or protective helmet go for it. No need to spend money you don't need to otherwise.
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Old 05-17-20, 07:39 PM
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Thanks, tgenec86, but I already went ahead and pulled the trigger. Bought a Giro Register MIPS online.
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Old 05-25-20, 06:23 AM
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I just sold my 2005 Giro....still got $25.00 for it after all of these years.....bought a Leatt on sale... direct from them....DBX great Helmet great price....btw you measure your head circumference and look at the chart on their site....delivered in a couple of days and fit perfectly.
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Thanks, tgenec86, but I already went ahead and pulled the trigger. Bought a Giro Register MIPS online.
Can't go wrong with the new MIPS technology. I have two new Lazer MIPS lids and love them.
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