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Bell Volt vs. Sweep vs Giro Helmets...

Old 12-08-08, 01:51 AM
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Bell Volt vs. Sweep vs Giro Helmets...

I am looking for a new cycling helmet? What is the best helmet for the money, cus I don't have much. College tuition is too expensive. I hate bulky helmets.
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Old 12-08-08, 01:57 AM
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Bell sweep can be had for very cheap.

I use one for the last couple of years and dig it. Plenty of vents. Had the Giro Atmos, it was garbage. completely fell apart.
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Old 12-08-08, 02:06 AM
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i love my giro atmos, forget that it's on my head, but it's a bit expensive, a little more than 100

i don't know many other helmets but i do know that you can find great deals on ebay for whatever is recommended here
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Try a cap? £5, comes in club colours, and doesn't have any unrealistic marketing hype about making you safer. If you get one with the reflective stripe down the middle, it actually will make you safer!
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I use a sweeper R and a Giro Atmos, I like the Giro because it vents better but the sweeper is cool. I use both.
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You can get a perfectly fine helmet for about 50 bucks, just go to your LBS and "test ride" them.
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Originally Posted by jonathdo View Post
I am looking for a new cycling helmet? What is the best helmet for the money, cus I don't have much. College tuition is too expensive. I hate bulky helmets.
Define "best."
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Old 12-08-08, 09:01 AM
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Just got myself a Sweep R...much more comfortable, has more vents, fits and looks better then my old Slant.

But for the price, the Slant is a great helmet.
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I rode a Sweep R all of last year. I love it. I can't say anything about the Giros because they don't fit me. Giro fits longer, narrower heads while Bell fits rounder heads (typically). Bell size Large is the only helmet that fits me.
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+1 on the fit. I wouldn't wear an Atmos if it were free because my head just isn't shaped that way.

If you're on a budget, top of the line helmets aren't for you. Go to performance and see what you can get for $50, or even less...
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Old 12-08-08, 09:29 AM
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on a budget? bell alchera. 50 bucks
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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
You can get a perfectly fine helmet for about 50 bucks, just go to your LBS and "test ride" them.
Yeah, try a bunch of them on, ask for help with fit, walk out, and buy online! LBSes LOVE that!
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Originally Posted by dje31 View Post
Yeah, try a bunch of them on, ask for help with fit, walk out, and buy online! LBSes LOVE that!
Jesus.
We had a guy do that with a wetsuit the other day. Came in and wasted 90 minutes of our time, getting the perfect fit of a wetsuit. When the sales person asked if he wanted to buy the one that fit him best, he said no...that he was going to go buy it online. He actually told us that. *shakes head*
Needless to say, he won't be getting any special service from us any time soon.
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They all have to meet the same standards, so they are equally safe. Go to the LBS, try them on, and see which of the cheap ones fits the best.
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Originally Posted by hammond9705 View Post
They all have to meet the same standards, so they are equally safe. Go to the LBS, try them on, and see which of the cheap ones fits the best.
Nonsense, poopypants.

They all meet a minimum safety rating. Some are stronger than others, but they're all at least as safe as the standard.
He also said he wans one that isn't bulky, which means it's lower profile than all of the other mushroom-headed helmets.

It depends on which shape your head is, but you can find some really inexpensive Sweep R's around. Performance, Crackbar, eBay, LBS, etc...
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Originally Posted by CrimsonKarter21 View Post
He also said he wans one that isn't bulky, which means it's lower profile than all of the other mushroom-headed helmets.
He also said he wants "the best" but has "no money, I'm a college student."

Folks in hades want ice water, too...
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If you are going by price the Bell Sweep isn't a bad helmet.

I used to be a Giro helmet guy, until the Bell Volt came out. The fit and looks are 100 times better than what Giro has. The Giro Ionos looks good on the shelf, but ultimately i returned it because it looked weird on my head.

Bell Volt is the way to go if you want to spend that much.
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Originally Posted by fatallightning View Post
on a budget? bell alchera. 50 bucks
Someone had to say it.

Just because a helmet is more expensive, it doesn't mean it's safer. It usually means it was designed more recently, is a little lighter, and is more stylish.
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The Alchera is a great helmet, regardless of the pricetag I say. Just picked mine up this year after about a decade of Giro's and I'm very happy with it.

I might upgrade to a Sweep at some point, but the Alchera is great at what I need it to do.
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Helmets are like shoes.

Try it on before you buy it!
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Originally Posted by fatallightning View Post
on a budget? bell alchera. 50 bucks
Good call. I've got an Alchera as my 'travel helmet'. Works just fine. I own an Atmos, but it doesn't fit worth a damn. Also a Specialized Works that fits well, but is expensive.

Bell stuff fits a good percentage of people, aren't too expensive and they're Snell rated. Hard to argue with that combo.
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Originally Posted by CrimsonKarter21 View Post
Nonsense, poopypants.

They all meet a minimum safety rating. Some are stronger than others, but they're all at least as safe as the standard.
He also said he wans one that isn't bulky, which means it's lower profile than all of the other mushroom-headed helmets.

It depends on which shape your head is, but you can find some really inexpensive Sweep R's around. Performance, Crackbar, eBay, LBS, etc...

My point (which I didn't make very clear) is that there is no way to know if a more expensive helmet is safer. I suspect that when you pay more you are paying for more vents and styling, and may or may not get a safer helmet. I stand by my original advice, "Go to the LBS, try them on, and see which of the cheap ones fits the best. " Comfort is more important then style or looks, and they do fit differently.
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