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Old 04-20-18, 07:04 PM
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My biggest concussion came from not wanting to fall on my skates at an overnight slumber party at the roller rink when I was 8, grabbing the gumball machines and having them fall on top of me. Nobody told me I needed a helmet in 1974.
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After wearing a mld-range Bell lid for the past 5 years, I just picked up a new MET Idolo for $75 Canadian (little over $%0 US). His-vis yellow. This helmet is the bottom of their current road helmet lineup but first impressions of fit are very positive.

Whatever you choose, just make sure it is a certified model. Also, note that the crash standards for bike helmets in North America (CPSC) are more stringent than the standards in Europe. So if you buy from a european vendor, the helmet may not meet North American standards.

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Originally Posted by Rollfast View Post
My biggest concussion came from not wanting to fall on my skates at an overnight slumber party at the roller rink when I was 8, grabbing the gumball machines and having them fall on top of me. Nobody told me I needed a helmet in 1974.
Ha! I was in a ski race camp in the early 90's and tried a demo helmet. My suspenders snapped and the buckle hit me in the head. Didn't feel a thing, and bought a helmet that afternoon.
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Many helmets purchased over many years. After a few early vanity buys, I figured out that how well it fits is most important. I always have at least two helmets going at a time; one for winter/cold days and another for warm weather. I also have a couple Buffs, beanies, and neck gaiters. When used in combination, I have comfortable, effective head protection covering a wide range of conditions.


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A rear light belongs on the bike because nobody cares where your head is going they need to know where the bike is going. Any helmet lights are just neat accessories that can help with some visibility after you have bike lights. Most higher end helmets don't come with them because the dinky little lights in the helmet aren't very useful even with good on bike lights. If you really desire helmet lighting Light and Motion make an excellent helmet light or if you are into goofy gadgets Lumos makes a helmet with built in lights and turn signals that is $200 or so. Honestly though I would prefer to have a nice bright solid front white light and a nice bright rear light (flashing or solid it doesn't matter to me) A light on the helmet would really only be for off road or super dark roads at night where I am using it to illuminate things for myself not so other people can see me.

As someone who has had their share of low cost helmets and also has some top end helmets and some mid priced stuff, I can say for sure that the top end helmets are super light and feel really nice on the head. I don't give two poops about aero but having a helmet I forget about being on my head and one that allows plenty of air in, is quite nice. You can find some great mid-price helmets that are good too but they will generally weigh a bit more and in some cases not be as well ventilated. When I got my Giro Synthe it was life changing, super comfortable and fit my head really nicely (after trying on a bunch of helmets from different manufacturers) and just was pleasurable to wear for a long period of time. I didn't feel like I had a weight on my head so my neck wasn't under as much strain. I do not believe that my Giro Synthe or Lazer Z1 are safer but they are certainly lighter, more comfortable, have a much better retention system and way better ventilation than previous low cost helmets. Plus the Lazer matches one of my bikes, which is a very vain and silly plus.

Spending money is OK, it can hurt sometimes but in the end you will get something hopefully more comfortable and that is the important thing. If you are someone who is crashing a lot, you should figure out how to not crash (don't be afraid to ask for help, pride cometh before the fall) and maybe find a mid range helmet rather than spending a lot or find a helmet with some crash replacement offer if one exists.

As far as online helmets, they don't fit your head...unless you have tried on the helmet and know it fits. A helmet is a safety item and should be tried on and made sure it will fit and be comfortable. That money you saved will not save you if it doesn't fit and if you don't want someone's returned safety item, then you shouldn't do it to anyone else. The big box store helmets typically look like they came from old discarded molds from the 80s-90s. Not saying that is necessarily bad but just an observation I have had. They also tend to have cheaper retention which leads to poorer fit or more likelihood of broken parts, which actually is a bad thing!

All bicycle helmets in the U.S. should be rated to CSPC standards and if they aren't don't waste your time on them.. Helmets should be replaced every 3-5 years or if they have been crashed or dropped significantly. It is a safety item for cripes sake would you want to use old safety items that may fail simply to save a few bucks? MIPS or non-MIPS I don't really care. Maybe MIPS or the newer POC technology is super excellent but I am more concerned with getting a good quality helmet that is comfortable luckily though MIPS doesn't cost a ton so you can usually find a similar helmet in MIPS for usually no more than $20 more so if you want it go for it.
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So long as your helmet meets your local relevant standards then its good enough. Unless you're looking for an aero helmet then get an aero helmet. Too much questions...
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Go to your LBS. Try on helmets. Do not look at the prices. Buy the one that is the most comfortable. If there are two that are very close, buy the cheaper one. I am loathe to spend money on things like helmets-- you know, the stuff you don't need... until you do-- but that doesn't mean I didn't go from a Smith Overtake (which did it's job admirably) to a Kask Vertigo 2.0. Neither of those helmets were cheap. The Vertigo is the most comfortable helmet I've ever worn. So I don't sweat the cost.
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People tell me that most people either have a bell (oval) or a Giro (round) head, and if one Bell fits, they all will, etc. Having owned nothing but a pair of Bells, and having bought the second online line ... seems right so far.

Comfort is key ... but spending $300 isn't going to ensure that. Weight will be listed.

I have worn my $30 Bell quite literally all day with no ill effect. if an extra 1.4 ounces causes neck strain, it isn't the helmet that's the problem.

Decide what you want to spend, find something near that price that feels good.

Basically, once you get past fakes and knock-offs ... all the helmets are about as effective, and the strange confluence of your wallet, your head, and your mind determine satisfaction. if a $300 helmet calls to you, ... why not listen? If a $30 helmet seems to be what you would be willing to strap to your head, go ahead.

You are the one who has to be comfortable enough to be willing to wear it after you buy it ... so maybe the question should be, "Will I wear this?"

In the end, "It matches my bike" is at least as valid a criterion as any other.
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I've got a cheap Bell helmet that I got from a big box store (don't remember which). It works and meets safety standards. I also have a lower end Giro helmet. I don't remember the cost, but below $50. The Giro fits me better and is therefore more comfortable. As you move up the price scale the closure systems and internal pads become more elaborate and I imagine the helmets become more comfortable, as well as lighter, better ventilated etc. So, for me, I guess I value head comfort at around $50 per helmet purchase. Everyone's going to have their own price point.
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I don't know where the OP is located, but the last thing you want to have on your head, in Florida, is a heavy, poorly ventilated helmet. Your head dissipates more heat than any other part of your body. I've seen quite a few riders come close to heat exhaustion because the poorly ventilated, thick walled helmets they buy at discount stores keep their heads from getting rid of the heat. Unfortunately, when talking light weight and good ventilation, you're also talking higher prices.
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Originally Posted by 1500SLR View Post
So long as your helmet meets your local relevant standards then its good enough. Unless you're looking for an aero helmet then get an aero helmet. Too much questions...
There is only one US standard. And the "worldwide" standard is based on that since it was based on the original Bell research.

BTW, my head isn't round but slightly oval. the Bontrager line of helmets seems to fit better.
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There is only one US standard. And the "worldwide" standard is based on that since it was based on the original Bell research.

BTW, my head isn't round but slightly oval. the Bontrager line of helmets seems to fit better.
Surprisingly few helmets that I am interested in come in a large. You're not alone.
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Comfort>ventilation> function >looks>price. That's my criteria in order of importance. And you might be surprised how much lower priced helmets win out over designer helmets. I tried on several $$$ big brand helmets at my LBS, and eventually settled on a cheap Giro from a sporting goods store.
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Surprisingly few helmets that I am interested in come in a large. You're not alone.
I have 65 cm head, so I am guessing bicycle helmet is out then, not that I wanted one anyway.
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I've been thinking of getting a used street motorcycle helmet with fully enclosed visor as a more simple way to deal with the wind. Not sure a bicycle helmet really does anything for a cyclist to be honest. It doesn't even protect your teeth and face for god's sake. I am sure there is some case where it will help but I doubt it comes up often. I can say from experience otoh motocycle helmests actually do protect you from serious falls.
I wore a motorcycle helmet today. On my MOTORCYCLE. That thing is so heavy and lacking airflow I'd probably pass out trying to do physical activity in it at 60F, let alone higher.

I rode most of this winter in sub freezing temps. Didnt need any more than a skull cap or balaclava to not die in the wind. If you're worried about your face, at least buy a bicycle downhill racing lid, a motorcycle helmet is wholly unsuitable. Not to mention, your breath on a visor during a workout is gonna be nothing but icing anyhow.
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Dunno, i don't wear one.

But my 6yo daughter does, and hers is a Raskullz Unicorn, which is based around a skate-type shell, and has very little ventilation. We've just had a bit of a heatwave (26oC but it's only early spring) and her hair got sweaty.

The polystyrene shell seems to be made of the same grade as adult ones, i can't press a dent in it with my thumb, i expect it's harder than her head. But if she fell off the back i'm sure it'd be better than nothing. And i like that it's brightly coloured.
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Originally Posted by jefnvk View Post
I wore a motorcycle helmet today. On my MOTORCYCLE. That thing is so heavy and lacking airflow I'd probably pass out trying to do physical activity in it at 60F, let alone higher.

I rode most of this winter in sub freezing temps. Didnt need any more than a skull cap or balaclava to not die in the wind. If you're worried about your face, at least buy a bicycle downhill racing lid, a motorcycle helmet is wholly unsuitable. Not to mention, your breath on a visor during a workout is gonna be nothing but icing anyhow.
The temperature is not too bad here though it can get down into the 20s once in a while, but in certain times of year the wind is unbelievably bad and when it's also cold my bare face gets massive windburn. I have been wearing a ski mask and sunglasses in the cold days but I worry the cops will pull me over.

Motorcycle helmets are all different, and people do wear them on bicycles for bmx and downhill sometimes. The weight is negligible at least to me anyway. I would probably be better off to get a dirt bike helmet and some goggles instead of a full face mask though. For dirt bike helmets there is probably a lot more airflow.

The other day the wind was so strong I could barely move forward, if I coasted I would be blown back lol. It is warmer now though so I won't need it again until november most likely.
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Never seen anybody ride with a motorcycle helmet in the 25 years I've been cycling.

A full face cycling downhill helmet maybe, but not a motorcycle helmet.

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The only difference is the motorcycle helmets cost a bit more and actually work.
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The only difference is the motorcycle helmets cost a bit more and actually work.
None of the motorcycle helmets I have owned have ever worked at all. if they had, I might have been able to stop working and done more riding.
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Originally Posted by GerryinHouston View Post
I have a large head, 62 cm in European measurement. I also skied for most of my life. It was impossible to find a skiing helmet for my size (believe me I looked in Austria and France in multiple trips).

Eventually I found one (actually special ordered it) in ...Greece!

I kept the helmet for 7 years, until the foam structure started (and eventually completely) separated from the outer plastic shell. It also became brittle. Thankfully, by that stage I was back in the US and managed to find a new helmet that fit.

Foam does deteriorate. If you choose to believe otherwise... heck.. it's your head
if kept cool/away from uv it can/will last decades
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None of the motorcycle helmets I have owned have ever worked at all. if they had, I might have been able to stop working and done more riding.
if they ever kept a small rock from making you blind they work
if they ever kept you from goign deaf by the wind noise they work
if they ever kept a pretty girl from seeing your ugly mg they work
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Originally Posted by Oneder View Post
The temperature is not too bad here though it can get down into the 20s once in a while, but in certain times of year the wind is unbelievably bad and when it's also cold my bare face gets massive windburn. I have been wearing a ski mask and sunglasses in the cold days but I worry the cops will pull me over.

Motorcycle helmets are all different, and people do wear them on bicycles for bmx and downhill sometimes. The weight is negligible at least to me anyway. I would probably be better off to get a dirt bike helmet and some goggles instead of a full face mask though. For dirt bike helmets there is probably a lot more airflow.

The other day the wind was so strong I could barely move forward, if I coasted I would be blown back lol. It is warmer now though so I won't need it again until november most likely.
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no joke, ski/snowboard (ski would be more suited as they tend to have visors) (or bmx if for summer) work a ****load better than roadbike helmts
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The only difference is the motorcycle helmets cost a bit more and actually work.
I say this with all politeness, but have you ever actually worn a motorcycle helmet?

If it came down to wearing my motorcycle helmet or no helmet on a bike, I'm going no lid. Its 60F outside today, and it was already getting muggy at stops and low speeds, I cannot fathom trying to exercise in one. They make bicycle helmets with chin bars, youre over 2# lighter with proper ventilation for low speeds over a cheap motorcycle helmet
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