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Old 04-16-20, 07:10 AM
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New helmet recommendation?

after 15 minutes of search I give up!

is this helmet a good choice for bike path/ road riding?

https://www.pocsports.com/us/product...pin/10721.html

alternate suggestions welcomed!

thanks
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Old 04-16-20, 07:25 AM
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Normally I would say best to try on a helmet for what feels comfortable but in these times will have to know your size and hope for best on ordering.
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Old 04-16-20, 07:43 AM
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What are your priorities? Style? Safety? Fit? Thrift? Snob Appeal? Weight? Because any helmet that meets the usual safety rating will work for almost any kind of riding.

For me, the goal is ventilation, thrift and the ability to mount my camera and lights up there. I had been buying the Bell/Schwinn Target Specials ~$22. They used to come with an elastic band in the rear where I could clip my rear blinkie light. Then they all went to the "dial a fit" mechanism. I realize I could have zip-tied my blinkie, but, thay would not be as simple or elegant as just clipping it on.

So I looked around found what I wanted at Big 5, the Bell "Adrenaline" helmet, and in white to boot, for greater visibility.

Oh, and I have always added reflective tape for a little extra flair, personality and visibility.

As hillyman said, fit is important, so try it on if possible...and at the moment, that's gonna be problematic.



The "dork" factor doesn't bother me.

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Old 04-16-20, 08:52 AM
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Your selection is fine for road or trail use and POC is a quality brand. Having said that, many helmets meet CPSC standards (carry a CPSC sticker) and provide adequate protection for general use. (My comments would be different if you were asking about single tracks or BMX.) Beyond that, the most important safety feature is the roundness of the helmet. The POC helmet has very good roundness with minimal points and you'd be well served with any helmet similarly designed. Vents are important for comfort and another feature to look for. Visit helmets.org for good information on helmets. Also Virginia Tech has done good work on helmet ratings and there's a lot of information from them on the web.

Finally, be cautious of helmets sold on the internet unless you can verify the quality of the seller. Fake / counterfeit copies of helmet brands are a big issue. Fake helmets from China carry CPSC stickers but don't provide adequate protection.

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Old 04-16-20, 03:51 PM
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Or check this out: https://www.helmet.beam.vt.edu/bicyc...t-ratings.html.
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Old 04-16-20, 03:58 PM
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Well I hope they updated it. Last time I was deciding on a helmet several on the VT list were discontinued models
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holy ****te. what an ordeal this seemed to be. I AM getting old . . . .

but beside the point, I ended up ordering this:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I hope the color isn't to foo-foo, but I took a chance.

thanks for all the input; much appreciated.
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I'm quite satisfied with the Giro Syntax MIPS. Looks good, comfort is great, and it scored pretty high in the Virginia University helmet test.

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Old 04-17-20, 03:40 AM
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Very good helmet. I've had a POC Omne Air Spin since summer 2019 and have no serious complaints.

It's by far the best ventilated helmet I've worn. I intended to use it only for my hybrid bike rides, because it's basically a commuter/skater type helmet but with excellent ventilation, unlike the Bern and Nutcase. So I ended up wearing it often on my road bike last summer.

The EPS foam ("Styrofoam" inner layer) is considerably thicker than most helmets so it's a little bulkier and a little heavier than some. And it fits lower on the skull. Between those factors it should offer better protection. (POC started out making helmets for winter snow sports and this seems to have influenced their bike helmet designs for maximum safety.)

No problems there when I'm riding in an upright position. However the lower, thicker brow can hinder my vision a bit when I'm in the drops and peering upward with my head down. And forget using it with aero bars --- it blocks my view of the road unless I crane my neck up. So it's not best suited for TT/tri-bikes, or even long periods in the drops for folks who prefer a deep drop between saddle and handlebar height. But it's been great for group rides on my road bike when I'm mostly on the hoods and keeping my head up to watch for road hazards and the riders around me.

My skull measures 59cm, right between medium and large. I've worn both sizes in Bell and been satisfied. I got the POC in large and in retrospect should have gotten the medium. However the extra room left plenty of space for wearing a knit cap in winter and a bandanna in summer. I've considered ordering a second Omne Air Spin in medium just for summer rides for the excellent ventilation.

Most POC helmets look a bit dorky, like mushroom heads, but that's the style for their Octal and Ventral. The Omne Air Spin looks more conventional.

It's not quite as refined as, say, the Bell Formula MIPS and comparable helmets. The POC EPS foam in exposed under the brow; the Bell has polycarbonate covering the underside of the helmet where it would be set down on a table, floor, ground, etc. The POC harness adjustment for the rear dial height is a bit crude compared with the Bell. The strap cannot be adjusted to move the plastic yoke "Y" junction lower. If it crowds the ear lobes, there isn't much we can do about it. I did manage to gain a little more room by squiggling the plastic "Y" yoke forward a bit. I suppose POC wants to be sure people wear the helmet in the optimal position, not with the yoke dragged down under the jaw like I've seen some folks do. The strap and buckle are very good otherwise.

Occasionally a few months ago some colors and sizes of the Omne Air Spin were on sale for as low as $75, so I may wait awhile to see if the prices drop again and order a second in medium. The ventilation alone makes it a great helmet for our Texas summer day rides.
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Old 04-17-20, 07:37 AM
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My wife bought me a Lumos helmet a couple of years ago and it is great. It has a ratcheting inner headband that can be adjusted to your personal comfort and once adjusted they don't shift around. The bonus is the LED lighting that can be paired with an Apple Watch for turn signals and brake light

or use the provided button for the handlebar. I can easily get 3-4 hours of flashing light time out of a charge. I have not paired it with my watch but I use the button thingy on the handle bar I have had a few motorists and cyclists compliment the visibility even during the day(I don't ride at night).
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