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Old 09-02-16, 08:41 PM
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I ride with a Giro with a visor. It is an adjustable visor for up and down movement. That is KEY if you want a visor as has been previously stated, they can restrict vision on certain head angles. If you're riding on the drops especially so. So being able to tilt the visor up on the helmet helps with the field of view.
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Old 09-02-16, 09:08 PM
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Originally Posted by dksix View Post
I doubt someone young, flexible and very fit would notice the difference but at 46 and just starting to road ride I did.
LOL...I'm 49 and just starting to ride on the road (due to microfracture knee surgery back in '12)...every year at my physical my doc laughs at how non-flexible I am

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Old 09-02-16, 09:36 PM
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Originally Posted by TripleB67 View Post
LOL...I'm 49 and just starting to ride on the road (due to microfracture knee surgery back in '12)...every year at my physical my doc laughs at how non-flexible I am

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I actually have one of the helmets like chaadster posted, with the retracting shield. I had been using in with the tinted lens, until I bought a pair of proper cycling glasses. I noticed that after a couple of rides my neck seemed to be unusually sore and when trying to figure out why I realized it was the little bit more the framed glasses required me to bend my neck. I tested the theory a couple of times after that by using the retracting shield instead of the glasses. The retracting visor definitely required less bend in my neck and as a result no soreness a day or 2 after the ride. It also directed the wind differently somehow, I noticed I had no problems with gnats getting in my eye when riding with the shield. Though after buying better glasses the lens quality was very noticeable. I settled in to keeping the yellow lens in the helmet that I use later in the day when the sun is going down and gnats are out more while I use a pair of frameless sunglasses the rest of the time.
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Old 09-02-16, 10:06 PM
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Full disclosure. I use a Bern helmet with one of those liners that has a cycling cap style cloth visor.
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Old 09-03-16, 05:03 AM
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Most visors are removable, and generally the only difference between a MTB helmet and a road helmet is the visor. Try the visor, try a classic cycling cap (where to get one is the next question, it is not a baseball cap!), and see what works best. If you wear glasses then sunglasses can be inconvenient or another large expense.

But my first rule is "sc** the rules!" at least as rules. If there's some wisdom in a few of them beyond not upsetting the delicate aesthetic sensitivities of others, then fine. But for me cycling is not a style. It's a thing to do, and some ways work better than others. But usually "better" is in the opinion of the individual!

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Old 09-03-16, 06:20 AM
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
I like the visor on mine. It helps cut the sun out of my eyes with a small tip of the head.

not mine but this is what I have
I ride with this same helmet. Sometimes I pop off the visor when riding on the road. I've been riding mountain bikes for so long that it seems weird to not have the visor on.

I have really poor eyesight and have to wear glasses to see at all. While I have prescription sunglasses, they aren't great for use on the bike with an aviator inspired design.

I just prefer the visor.
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Old 09-03-16, 06:41 AM
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Originally Posted by dksix View Post
I actually have one of the helmets like chaadster posted, with the retracting shield. I had been using in with the tinted lens, until I bought a pair of proper cycling glasses. I noticed that after a couple of rides my neck seemed to be unusually sore and when trying to figure out why I realized it was the little bit more the framed glasses required me to bend my neck. I tested the theory a couple of times after that by using the retracting shield instead of the glasses. The retracting visor definitely required less bend in my neck and as a result no soreness a day or 2 after the ride. It also directed the wind differently somehow, I noticed I had no problems with gnats getting in my eye when riding with the shield. Though after buying better glasses the lens quality was very noticeable. I settled in to keeping the yellow lens in the helmet that I use later in the day when the sun is going down and gnats are out more while I use a pair of frameless sunglasses the rest of the time.
In addition to the Dux Helm, whose retractable visor presents some neat opportunities, esp. for winter riding, I also have a Giro Air Attack Shield, which has a mucher better lens quality. I prefer the Air Attack for most riding, but the magnetic visor attachment is a source of frustation at times, so probably the high quality lens on pivoting mount of the Casco SpeedAiro would make that the ideal helmet for me. They now have an RS model with photochromic lens!



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Old 09-03-16, 07:48 AM
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I use visors as a visual indicator of riders to avoid riding too close to...

they seem to be favored by those with less-developed handling skills.
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Old 09-03-16, 07:27 PM
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My old helmet was getting a bit 'long-in-the-tooth' - over 15 years old - so I bought a new one -- WITH a visor. Why? Because I could take it off if I didn't like it.

I haven't noticed any decrease in forward visibility since I ride most of the time in a more upright position - palms on the top/forward bend of my drop bars. Nowhere near the hoods. Either the top/bends or in the drops if the headwinds are bad.
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Old 09-04-16, 04:53 AM
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I often see middle-aged women on bikes wearing something like this for UV protection. I imagine it could work with any helmet.

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Old 09-04-16, 06:19 AM
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Originally Posted by TripleB67 View Post
Here are the helmets I'm considering...the Giro Trinity (no visor) or Giro Revel (visor). To me they look identical except for the visor - one's called Highlighter Yellow and the other Flash Yellow but they look like the same color on the computer. Do they to you? I guess I could pay the extra $5 and get the one with the visor and leave it off (the description says removable) if I don't find it useful.

Thanks for all the input so far...being a newbie to road riding I truly appreciate you taking the time to answer my questions!!!

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The non-visor helmet has a tiny green tint to it, and the other is just yellow.

I currently have a helmet with a tiny visor, and while it helps some, its not the best; I have to tilt my head down for it to work, usually. Glasses work better for me. The visor is too short to interfere with my view though. Im helmet shopping now too and leaning toward ones with no visor, primarily for looks though. I could take the visor off my current helmet, but it would look funny.
I'd just get one with a removable visor if i were unsure of what i wanted.
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Old 09-04-16, 06:20 AM
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Originally Posted by Sir Coastalot View Post
I often see middle-aged women on bikes wearing something like this for UV protection. I imagine it could work with any helmet.

Really? I've have yet to ever see that on anyone riding a bike. I guess anything is possible, but instead of looking weird why not just wear sun protection?
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Originally Posted by Sir Coastalot View Post
I often see middle-aged women on bikes wearing something like this for UV protection. I imagine it could work with any helmet.

How do you determine their age?
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Old 09-05-16, 02:11 PM
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FWIW, I have the same Giro Trinity helmet that the OP is looking at. Mine does not have a visor and to be honest I've never missed one. With sunglasses that fit well it is only right at dawn or right at sunset that there is even a potential for sun in the eyes, and if I'm out at those times I wear a cap.
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Old 09-06-16, 09:20 AM
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I prefer the visor for blocking low sun. Cycling cap with visor is an option, but the cap blocks air flow and is therefore hotter. Where I live cool helmet is preferred to warmer cap 9 months out of the year.
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Originally Posted by raceboy View Post
Cycling cap has a visor. So what's the diff between that and a helmet visor, especially if it is removable?

A cycling cap can easily be adjusted (rotated slightly) to block the sun when it is not directly in front of you.
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Originally Posted by pdlamb View Post
I prefer the visor for blocking low sun. Cycling cap with visor is an option, but the cap blocks air flow and is therefore hotter. Where I live cool helmet is preferred to warmer cap 9 months out of the year.
Unless you go with a cycling cap made from Cool Max material. Pace CoolMax Cycling Cap Racer | BicycleBuys.com

I recommend caps like these to my cycling friends who are bald or have thinning hair, with or without a visor. In fact, a friend of mine went with a cool max cap without visor this season.
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I hate the sun in my eyes so I always use a visor.

Of course, I set my bike up flat-bar so fredliness is to be expected...
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My visor helps with sun, rain and snow. YRMV
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I usually buy helmets with visors but remove them for most riding. I'll put it back on when riding in the spring an fall, especially when commuting to an from work when the sun is low and I'm riding into the sun.
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I generally like them, but it is all personal preference, and there are times they are a PITA. For anyone that cares if I am breaking the rules, see my sig.
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Originally Posted by rekmeyata View Post
Really? I've have yet to ever see that on anyone riding a bike. I guess anything is possible, but instead of looking weird why not just wear sun protection?
I've seen a couple older ladies wearing that recently.

In the last two weeks have seen two different women wearing what appeared to have the shape of a pith helmet from a distance, but when I got closer it turned out to be a cycling helmet with a visor that attached all the way around the perimeter of the helmet. Looked to be effective as a sun shade, but I would think it would be flapping furiously at high speed.
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Originally Posted by MRT2 View Post
Unless you go with a cycling cap made from Cool Max material.
Fortunately (or not), I still have hair. Putting any kind of cap over it is like adding a wind shell over a wool jersey -- great idea for cold, lousy idea for hot weather. (And yes, one of the things I look for in a h31me7 is lots of vents.)
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Originally Posted by Road Fan View Post
Most visors are removable, and generally the only difference between a MTB helmet and a road helmet is the visor.
This is not true.

Coverage, especially for the rear, is more comprehensive on many MTB helmets.
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Originally Posted by Sir Coastalot View Post
I often see middle-aged women on bikes wearing something like this for UV protection. I imagine it could work with any helmet.

I noticed that your location is "tokyoland" and this is a cultural thing for sure.

I have only seen this type of sun shade in use at my kid's high school graduation. It was being worn by an Asian guy with a man bun FWIW.
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