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Old 09-08-16, 06:53 AM
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Commuting helmet

My current helmet is starting to get to the end of it's life and I'm looking for a new one. I was wondering if anyone had a good suggestions for a commuting helmet?

Being in the UK and with it coming round to autumn time rain is something I need to consider so I was therefore considering the various "aero" helmets that seem to have come out over the past few years. Anyone had much experience with these?

Ideally I just want something as light, and with as small a profile, as possible.
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Last time I got a new helmet, I decided to get one with MIPS technology, since it has a good chance of minimizing brain injuries in many types of impact.

At the time there were no US options, so I imported a POC Trabec Race MIPS. It retails for $250, I was able to get it for about $160 after multiple stacked discounts. I'm still riding with it, it's pretty good (though until you crash it, how do you know really?

These days Bell and others have MIPS options, many under $100.

For rain I just get wet or use a helmet cover if it's raining and cold (35*F rain streaming down your head is not fun, but if it's 60*F I just get wet).
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Originally Posted by Dheorl View Post
Ideally I just want something as light, and with as small a profile, as possible.
Last year, maybe a year before, I took my old ratty helmet and stripped the cover off, shaved it down thinner and took the bottom sides off, and wrapped it in faux carbon fiber adhesive vinyl. Seriously, I'm not being facetious. The idea of it is apparently shocking to bike forum members - you don't know what you've done, the helmet won't protect you etc.

However, the amount of impact resistance turns out to be directly proportional to the thickness. That part at least is dead simple. Taking 25% off reduces the protection from impacts by 25%. It is lighter, as low profile as possible, with 25% less protection against major impacts and equal protection against minor (vastly more likely) impacts. The reason I bring it up now is that you'll face the same inescapable compromise for any light, small profile helmet. There are other design factors which can make the helmet relatively more effective, but take a realistic look at it from base principles before diving into the hype on a helmet, set the priorities of what you want most and then decide.
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I'll throw out a recommendation for a Bollé The One. Snap in aero covers (or rain covers, I reckon) removable visor, blinky taillight (also removable) summer and winter liners, it is genuinely like 5 helmets in one. I love mine.
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As I noted elsewhere, I like a MTB-type visor on my helmet to block out low sun (dawn and dusk). If you're going to mount a light on the helmet, it's worth taking the light to the store with you to make sure it fits and holds securely in the right place.
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Last year, maybe a year before, I took my old ratty helmet and stripped the cover off, shaved it down thinner and took the bottom sides off, and wrapped it in faux carbon fiber adhesive vinyl. Seriously, I'm not being facetious.
Pic please! I must see.
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what's a commuting helmet?
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Originally Posted by idiotekniQues View Post
what's a commuting helmet?
Ignoring the probable troll...

Most anything from Bern
Most anything from Nutcase
POC Crane and Receptor
Giro Sutton and Reverb
Bell Hub and Intersect
...and on and on

You do recognize that there are different helmets marketed to different disciplines, right?
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Ignoring the probable troll...

Most anything from Bern
Most anything from Nutcase
POC Crane and Receptor
Giro Sutton and Reverb
Bell Hub and Intersect
...and on and on

You do recognize that there are different helmets marketed to different disciplines, right?
Still does not compute. Now I used to think commuting helmets meant skateboard style looking helmets like those from Bern - in fact I own one - but that was just a misguided thought on my part. A skateboard style looking helmet is no more a commuting helmet than one of which is a roadies helmet.

A commuters helmet is the one you wear on your daily rides, whether a skateboard style helmet or a roadie style one. Period.
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That's a great opinion to have, and I'm sure there are a legion of folks who would disagree with you. Most of the helmets sold as "commuter" helmets have a more "hat like" fit, generally have a soft visor integrated, fewer vents, and are geared toward people riding in a more upright position. Some folks don't want super-aero and 37 vents (and the price tag that always goes along with it) to go along with khakis and a button up.
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what's a commuting helmet?
It's just a helmet you wear while commuting. Same goes for a commuter bike. A bike you ride while commuting.
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Specialized Centro LED
https://www.specialized.com/us/en/helmets/rec-commute/centro-led/107204

Stubby, removable brim. Integrated taillight (steady or blinky). You can get one with a winter type liner. Rainbow assortment of color choices.

I'm biased as I have a white one. Not too long ago I thought I was having problems with the light but it turned out to be just a dying battery. Been running it daily for over a year with zero issues. You can also buy replacement lights if you're so inclined. Chin strap is basic, comfortable and solidly built. Venting is good.

I'd say the profile is slightly lower than some, but I don't think that profile is a design intention with this helmet.


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Originally Posted by idiotekniQues View Post
what's a commuting helmet?
A helmet that you wear whilst commuting.

Ask a stupid question, get a stupid answer.
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Thanks for all the suggestions guy. Some of the brands mentioned I knew about at the back of my head but had slipped my mind. The LBS is fairly limited when it comes to brand variety unfortunately, guess I might have to see what returns policies on helmets online are.

That Bollé looks very interesting with it's snap on covers. Seems like a more elegant solution than the helmet covers that are essentially just a plastic bag.
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for rain I use a cheap motel style shower cap. got the idea on this forum

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That's a great opinion to have, and I'm sure there are a legion of folks who would disagree with you. Most of the helmets sold as "commuter" helmets have a more "hat like" fit, generally have a soft visor integrated, fewer vents, and are geared toward people riding in a more upright position. Some folks don't want super-aero and 37 vents (and the price tag that always goes along with it) to go along with khakis and a button up.

Correct. The racer wannabe helmets always scream "poser" to me... and I consider them a waste of good money. No thanks.
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Some of the brands mentioned I knew about at the back of my head but had slipped my mind. The LBS is fairly limited when it comes to brand variety unfortunately, guess I might have to see what returns policies on helmets online are.

The last three or four helmets I've bought have been the best fit I could find, at the lowest prices, at an LBS. Maybe my head is shaped abnormally, but 3/4 of the helmets (and 9/10 of the cheap ones!) do not fit me.
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I purchased and like the Specialized Echelon based on the evaluations done here: The Best Bike Helmet for Commuters | The Sweethome
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I like a really light helmet so I can't tell it is on my head. I have a Louis Garneau X-Lite Road Helmet from Performancebike that weighs 190g. it is well constructed and has lasted me years.
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Correct. The racer wannabe helmets always scream "poser" to me... and I consider them a waste of good money. No thanks.
Boy am I glad I don't have your wacko hangups. I started out with a Bern Brentwood helmet 6 years ago and liked the style, but it was too hot. Not enough ventilation. I have nothing against the looks of it, clearly I bought one after looking at a number of products.

Since the myriad of the other style of helmets are all over the price and weight spectrum, it wasn't hard to find one that fit a few years later. Just cause it looks a certain way doesn't make it a 'racer wannabe' helmet. That's an absolutely stupid statement. It's just a bike helmet - has nothing to do with racing or not racing. Sure if you want to drop 200 on a helmet to save 10 grams cause you like to race, I can see that as wanting to be a racer, but that's the exception, not the norm.
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Specialized Centro LED
https://www.specialized.com/us/en/he...tro-led/107204

Stubby, removable brim. Integrated taillight (steady or blinky). You can get one with a winter type liner. Rainbow assortment of color choices.

I'm biased as I have a white one. Not too long ago I thought I was having problems with the light but it turned out to be just a dying battery. Been running it daily for over a year with zero issues. You can also buy replacement lights if you're so inclined. Chin strap is basic, comfortable and solidly built. Venting is good.

I'd say the profile is slightly lower than some, but I don't think that profile is a design intention with this helmet.


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I've seen integrated light helmets before and I love the concept. Sadly all the ad copy lacks information beyond, "Yep, it's a light". Can you tell me anything about it? How bright is it? How is it powered?
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The last three or four helmets I've bought have been the best fit I could find, at the lowest prices, at an LBS. Maybe my head is shaped abnormally, but 3/4 of the helmets (and 9/10 of the cheap ones!) do not fit me.
I like to say I am a "pin head". As an adult, I have have a small head and finding any cap to fit is a challenge. Bike helmets are also a challenge. I shelled out $100 (one sale) for a Giro Savant that actually fit my head really well. The difference? The helmet doesn't slide around on my head.

Finding ball cap style hats is impossible; if I can find one that has a small enough diameter, it often will be too tall! I lost the one kid's had that actually fit well and didn't make me look too dorky :-/
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Here Its wet & Cool like Britannia , think 2 helmets .. 1 warm for winter (bike-skate-ski)

2nd well ventilated for summer..
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I've worn a Giro since forever. Last one cost me about $75. About a year ago I bought a "skate board" style helmet just to try, but haven't actually used it yet. The old Giro just keeps going.
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Originally Posted by Kedosto View Post
Specialized Centro LED
https://www.specialized.com/us/en/he...tro-led/107204

Stubby, removable brim. Integrated taillight (steady or blinky). You can get one with a winter type liner. Rainbow assortment of color choices.
I think I saw those.

I'd second the idea of good lights, even if you only use it as a backup. I hope that helmet has been tested for rear impacts.

I'm just using a Bell TF19X, I think. A couple of years old, I'm not sure what is available now.
http://www.bikeforums.net/17994993-post37.html

Batteries will last a while. Cheap mini-sized button batteries (when bought in bulk). I've been meaning to try to recharge.

It looks like the Lumos from Kickstarter is now available for general order.
https://lumoshelmet.co/

Personally, I wanted the headlights/taillights, but not the turn signals, but it is still worth considering. A few other lighted helmets in that thread too.
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