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Old 10-31-14, 03:07 PM
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Originally Posted by kimpw View Post
IMO, a lot of bike shops have a snobby attitude that be a big turn off. I had one bike shop tell me that Salsa was begging them to stock their models, but they said they didn't have to because people were lining up to buy their Specialized bikes. I guess that's the business side. I know I've spent thousands of dollars buying bike stuff before I found a great LBS that sells used bikes. They finally got a QBP account and I've tried to order as much from them as possible. It works both ways, LBS have to earn the customer's business as well.

But keep giving the LBS a chance. If you walk into one and they don't give you a good vibe, just walk out and keep looking for others. There's nothing like being able to bring your bike into a bike shop and borrow their tools and stands to work on your bike. Then end up helping them fix customer's bikes during a rush, and shoot the breeze while drinking a couple of beers after the shop closes, and you wonder where your Friday night went....
Sure. Vote with your wallet. But even if they are snobbish or an attitude one doesn't like, they still are taking all the risk to be there. Don't use them as an internet showroom - that's not right no matter what.

I agree with you, give the local guy a chance. I have a great LBS that I've been doing business at for decades. I don't buy all my parts there, but I'll give them a shot at it. Our relationship is such that they know I support them and if I need something they would like first crack at it. For example, I found a 9000 DA crankset for about 40% off last Feb. I called them about it and they said that was cheaper than they could buy it for and by all means to buy it. But on the other hand, I'm planning a Di2 upgrade to my road bike this winter and I'll buy it from them even if it's more expensive because I know they'll support me if and when I have an issue.

When there comes that time when you break something and it's just before that big ride and you need it fixed right and fast, there is nothing like having a great relationship with your LBS.

On the subject of helmets specifically - that's something that is just not worth getting wrong. I do most of my own bike work, know a lot about helmets, but I'm making sure the fit is perfect because if it's not, your protection from the helmet in a crash goes down really fast. We've had a lot of experience with concussion and head injuries in our family and - from painful experience - it's just not the place to cut corners. Part of not cutting corners is getting a good fit.

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Old 10-31-14, 03:15 PM
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And if the LBS really isn't an option, consider ordering 4 or 5 helmets (different brands and sizes) at once from the on-line store, and then returning all of them except the one that fits best... better and cheaper than trying one at a time.
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Old 10-31-14, 08:28 PM
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Originally Posted by J.C. Koto View Post
That's a good idea in principle but the problem is head shape isn't reflected by the circumference and some head/helmet combinations simply don't work even if the size is ostensibly correct. I say this as someone with an unorthodox, pterodactyloid noggin.
My suggestion will at least get the op in the correct Nieghborhood. He said that he bought one that was waaaayy too big.

I dont believe that there are custom shaped helmets available on the market. Are there??
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Old 10-31-14, 09:08 PM
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Originally Posted by YonathanZ View Post
I won't do the "try in a store and buy online" trick, because I find it unfair, especially if I go into a shop knowing that I won't spend a cent there. I'll just go to some stores and see if there are any affordable helmets that fit my head. And I'll buy the helmet there, of course, if the price is reasonable.
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Old 10-31-14, 10:19 PM
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Originally Posted by JohnJ80 View Post
Sure. Vote with your wallet. But even if they are snobbish or an attitude one doesn't like, they still are taking all the risk to be there. Don't use them as an internet showroom - that's not right no matter what.

I agree with you, give the local guy a chance. I have a great LBS that I've been doing business at for decades. I don't buy all my parts there, but I'll give them a shot at it. Our relationship is such that they know I support them and if I need something they would like first crack at it. For example, I found a 9000 DA crankset for about 40% off last Feb. I called them about it and they said that was cheaper than they could buy it for and by all means to buy it. But on the other hand, I'm planning a Di2 upgrade to my road bike this winter and I'll buy it from them even if it's more expensive because I know they'll support me if and when I have an issue.

When there comes that time when you break something and it's just before that big ride and you need it fixed right and fast, there is nothing like having a great relationship with your LBS.

On the subject of helmets specifically - that's something that is just not worth getting wrong. I do most of my own bike work, know a lot about helmets, but I'm making sure the fit is perfect because if it's not, your protection from the helmet in a crash goes down really fast. We've had a lot of experience with concussion and head injuries in our family and - from painful experience - it's just not the place to cut corners. Part of not cutting corners is getting a good fit.

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+1 I always check to see if LBS can match, also helmet is something that protects your brain, make sure it fits. LBS can do that, not worth it in the case specifically related to helmets
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Old 12-02-14, 03:07 AM
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looking in the alibaba ,i think you can find the good one.
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Old 12-02-14, 12:52 PM
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Buy a 1 size fits All one.
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Old 12-02-14, 01:26 PM
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
Buy a 1 size fits All one.
What I originally bought is a "one size fits all adults" type helmet, and it's too big. I tried a teenagers' helmet in a store and it was the right size even though I'm no teenager (small head), but it looked funny with some wild colors. Im seeing many great looking models on aliexpress, but I don't know if they were tested for safety (they're not made by companies I ever heard of).
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Old 12-02-14, 02:05 PM
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Originally Posted by modernjess View Post
Im sorry, but really?

You are too afraid to go to a local bike shop and try a few on for size? And maybe, just maybe, buy one there to help your neighbors make a living? Instead you prefer to get on bike forums and ask insipid questions in an effort to save 8 bucks while sending your money out of state and paying no state sales tax?

Really? Is that the gist of your dilemma?

I try to be nice here and help people out but this is weak. Man up. Go to a local store size it up and get a lid to protect whats left of your melon.
Well said. So , OP hows that internet shopping going? My CVS store sells helmets for $ 20.00.

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Old 12-02-14, 03:29 PM
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I'm not buying another helmet online. I checked one brick and mortar and my findings are mentioned in my previous reply. Most stores are quite far from where I live and they don't lost their stuff online, and I'm too lazy to ride to said stores just to see if they have a decent looking helmet that fits my head and wallet.
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Buy Local and you can Try them on first, Glad you realized that. Take the Bus if its too far to ride.
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Old 12-02-14, 04:33 PM
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Buses are a nightmare here, especially if you need to get to more than one place (which I do), but yeah, I'll have to visit a store, though I've been thinking I might not get a helmet after all.
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Old 12-02-14, 07:43 PM
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A reminder to keep the thread on topic. Discussion for or against helmet use belong in The Helmet Thread.

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Old 12-02-14, 10:32 PM
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Originally Posted by YonathanZ View Post
What I originally bought is a "one size fits all adults" type helmet, and it's too big. I tried a teenagers' helmet in a store and it was the right size even though I'm no teenager (small head), but it looked funny with some wild colors. Im seeing many great looking models on aliexpress, but I don't know if they were tested for safety (they're not made by companies I ever heard of).
As a purchased of stuff from the hong kong sites.... If the price is too good to be true.... beware. The products may be knock offs and quality control is hit or miss. When it comes to my helmet, I prefer to make my purchase from a store (online or otherwise) who is (hopefully) getting their supplies from the manufacturer.
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I agree a lot of bike shops are snobbish and think I have an unlimited budget, so now I have learned learn how to pick my size and how to order and be careful about shipping charges sometimes they throw at you, lbs is about service, and i won't go try it on at the lbs and then order it online. I'd like to keep my distance from some of the bike shops.
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Checked another store and, of course, overpriced helmets. A helmet that is $30 on Amazon is $68 in said store. I'll pass.
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Buying a helmet on line is not significantly different from buying shoes on line. There are some things that just need to fit exactly right and if you can't try them on first then you're taking a risk. Once you know a particular brand/model/size that fits perfectly then you're not taking a risk.

If the price difference is really that high, then maybe ordering 4 or 5 helmets on line and paying the shipping to return all but the perfect one might make sense. Or you pay $30 too much at a store for the first perfect helmet, but you can make it up by ordering on-line in the future.
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Old 12-05-14, 04:14 AM
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I won't be replacing helmets like I replace my shoes, so it doesn't make much sense to buy an overpriced helmet "just once". Oh well, I'd still rather not buy online again. Time to check another store...
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Originally Posted by catonec View Post
measure your head circumference! go to the mfg'rs web page and look up the sizing charts. done and done.
This does not always work. I measured my head with my cold weather beanie on and came up with a number that was within the size range that I ordered, but found too small.

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Old 12-06-14, 08:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Matariki View Post
This does not always work........... found too small.
please refer to post #28
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For me, buying helmets online is easy, because I already know that the Bell Universal Fit models fit my head extremely well. So I was able to jump on a clear-out that Performance had on the Bell Slant Sport, for $19. Normally $55. It's a comfortable, decent looking well ventilated, reasonably light helmet with a removable visor, that I already knew fit my head well.
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