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Daspydyr 10-23-09 10:11 AM

Helmets-visor or no!?
 
I am in the Helmet market for the first time in 20 years. The "mountain bike" helmets have a short visor. Is there a real reason for a visor? I not a race or downhill competitor. I ride because I love it, to keep the weight in control and the heart in shape. The scenery sure beats pavement.

Am I missing something about the visor?

kenhill3 10-23-09 10:50 AM

My own experience-

I wear helmets with visors on both road and MTB. Their particular practicality for me is in dealing with the glare from the sun. The visor helps to keep the sun's rays from bouncing around on my glasses/reflecting off the interior surface of the lenses, making it difficult to see clearly. Getting my eye into the shade helps my vison a lot.

My problem with glare is compounded by the fact (due to MTB accident) that I have only one eye- there isn't a second eye to help compensate for glare that may be coming from my 'good' side.

My optimum vision when riding occurs on overcast days or when the sun is at my back.

I hope that explains it clearly enough.

Daspydyr 10-23-09 10:59 AM

Thanks Ken, that does make sense. Sorry to hear about the eye. Good to hear that you still ride! Go Ken of the Hills.

RIC0 10-23-09 11:20 AM

Never seen much use with a 1 inch visor, kinda like using your eyelashes to block the sun.

sscyco 10-23-09 11:22 AM

I ride with a visor - I really like it for rain as it keeps most of the water off my glasses. Also good for blocking headlights, sun, etc.

mcoomer 10-23-09 11:26 AM

I kept the visor on mine.

Daspydyr 10-23-09 12:21 PM

Thanks again, and I think the visors I have seen are about 2.5 inches and more substantial than my eye lashes, but maybe you are Italian or something-eh, Rico.

mcoomer never seen such wisdom in youth, in reality face plants suck anywhere.

mx_599 10-23-09 06:49 PM


Originally Posted by Daspydyr (Post 9912379)
Thanks again, and I think the visors I have seen are about 2.5 inches and more substantial than my eye lashes, but maybe you are Italian or something-eh, Rico.

mcoomer never seen such wisdom in youth, in reality face plants suck anywhere.

i use mine off-road and none on-road

mx

Siu Blue Wind 10-23-09 06:52 PM

Always a visor. Let the other roadies laugh. Hmmph.

skeem 10-23-09 07:15 PM

i take mine off because they have no purpose, but low hanging branches etc can/will rip them off anyway. also, not to be out of place, but you should replace your helmet more than every 20 years- id say 5 at the most.

Grimlock 10-23-09 07:23 PM

I leave mine on when riding trails. It helps keep low branches off of my face. My road helmet does not have a visor and I don't miss it.

BarracksSi 10-24-09 09:20 AM

I tend to use a visor most of the time, both for sun and rain. I can't stand glare from the sun.

Sometimes I'll take the visor off and stick it in a jersey pocket if I'm on the road bike and I know I'll be riding low for a while (glare isn't much of a problem if I'm nearly looking at the front wheel).

In heavy rain, although a visor helps deflect raindrops from hitting my glasses directly, I absolutely need a helmet cover, or else the rain goes through the vents and washes the sweat salt out of my hair and into my eyes. A cycling cap likely achieves the same thing, but I haven't gotten one yet.


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