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Shoes .... or Helmet???

Old 05-06-09, 08:57 PM
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Shoes .... or Helmet???

So...I have some cash to spend...

If you could purchase just ONE item....

What would it be... new shoes.... or a new helmet.

Both are need of an upgrade...you must chose ONE. They both are also priced around the same (give or take $5)
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What shoes do you have now and what helmet do you have now?
What would you be upgrade to?

Need to know answers before your question can be answered.
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Shoes. No question.

The helmet is secondary to the cycling experience. No one rode with a helmet until recently, and I have survived multiple automobile hits since 1982.
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Originally Posted by VA_Esquire
What shoes do you have now and what helmet do you have now?
What would you be upgrade to?

Need to know answers before your question can be answered.
BTW, your weight loss is impressive. Good show.

Not an easy feat, keep it up!
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I agree with shoes, they are key to your pedaling happiness. So long as the helmet is reasonalbly comfortable.
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Thank you for the compliment! I need to update it. I am down to 190lb now. I am almost in the dead zone for cyclists (180s), but I ride for the enjoyment and not for racing so that is okay with me.
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Go with the shoes if your helmet is in decent shape. Helmets are great but (new) shoes really make cycling more fun. I don't want to advocate poor safety but I've taken some pretty nasty falls and never hit my head. Buy the shoes and learn to fall like a champ.
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the only thing that differs between helmets is the color and vents.

get a good pair of sidi's or shimano's to see that money in its best use.
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IMO, if you are looking at helmets and shoes in the same price range, you are either looking at trash shoes or overpriced helmets. (I have three sets of Sidis but I wear a $30 helmet...)
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Originally Posted by Erzulis Boat
Shoes. No question.

The helmet is secondary to the cycling experience.
No one rode with a helmet until recently, and I have survived multiple automobile hits since 1982.
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^ Which is why I want to know what helmet and what shoes he is wearing before giving a proper reply. Yes, obviously shoes are a default answer, but if he has a walmart helmet and some base level Shimanos.....I think in that case a helmet would be a better choice until he can save enough for some proper shoes as well.
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Shoes. A helmet in need of replacement isn't nearly as uncomfortable as shoes that are worn out.
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thanks... my helmet is just an off the shelf wally world bell... fits fine, just thought it would be nice to have something a little less bulky on my head. It's comfortable and fits fine. my shoes are nikes...a little tight..but they fit fine also.

shoes... would be upgrading to specialized sport road shoes.
helmet.. would be upgrading to specialized echelon
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Thank you for answering my question:
I would suggest upgrading the helmet and save up for shoes soon. Though it seems alot of people would disagree with me.
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I think its more handy to have an extra helmet around than extra shoes.

If we were talking strictly trade-in, I'd go for the shoes, though.
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Originally Posted by jasandalb
thanks... my helmet is just an off the shelf wally world bell... fits fine, just thought it would be nice to have something a little less bulky on my head. It's comfortable and fits fine. my shoes are nikes...a little tight..but they fit fine also.

shoes... would be upgrading to specialized sport road shoes.
helmet.. would be upgrading to specialized echelon
I'd spend the extra $20 and get the elites. It's worth the extra money for the ratcheting system. The ratcheting top strap feels more secure/solid to me than 3 velcro straps.
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Shoes. I just upgraded to a pair of these R131 Shimano's and love them. They made a noticeable improvement over the Shimano R085's that I was using.

https://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product..._200275_200384
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Originally Posted by lukewall
I'd spend the extra $20 and get the elites. It's worth the extra money for the ratcheting system. The ratcheting top strap feels more secure/solid to me than 3 velcro straps.
Agreed. The coin I dropped on my specialized shoes was probably the best investment I've made to improve my cycling experience. I got the Carbon Pros if I recall correctly. Huge upgrade from the Diadora things I had before.
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Originally Posted by Phantoj
IMO, if you are looking at helmets and shoes in the same price range, you are either looking at trash shoes or overpriced helmets. (I have three sets of Sidis but I wear a $30 helmet...)
Yeah, what shoe is $30-70?

If you already have shoes and you want to upgrade, make it a worthwhile upgrade. Whereas with the helmet you never really have to upgrade; just buy a new one when the other is worn out.
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Originally Posted by Erzulis Boat
The helmet is secondary to the cycling experience. No one rode with a helmet until recently, and I have survived multiple automobile hits since 1982.
Huh? Living proof...no helmet, no brains.
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shoes. A helmet is a helmet. Upgrade in shoes makes for a better riding experience.
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