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Old 05-09-14, 09:46 PM   #1
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Best Helmet Under 100?

Hello guys,

I know amazon and ebay will always be cheaper but buying a helmet is my utmost important thing to check off.

Tomorrow I will be going down to my local shop to pick up a helmet. Instead of looking like a kid in a candy store, I was hoping my unbiased peer could help me pick out a helmet.

Find Adult Bike Helmets: The Best Bike Helmets From Performance Bike

I know I can always google but again, I feel like some reviewers become swayed by the free items they receive. From the list from the link above, which do you guys recommend that is in the 50-100 bracket.

Not to sound ignorant but are the helmets in the 150 range really 50-80 dollars better?
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Old 05-09-14, 09:49 PM   #2
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Hello guys,

I know amazon and ebay will always be cheaper but buying a helmet is my utmost important thing to check off.

Tomorrow I will be going down to my local shop to pick up a helmet. Instead of looking like a kid in a candy store, I was hoping my unbiased peer could help me pick out a helmet.

Find Adult Bike Helmets: The Best Bike Helmets From Performance Bike

I know I can always google but again, I feel like some reviewers become swayed by the free items they receive. From the list from the link above, which do you guys recommend that is in the 50-100 bracket.

Not to sound ignorant but are the helmets in the 150 range really 50-80 dollars better?
The best one is the one that fits you best. More expensive helmets may look better and ventilate better. All helmets must meet the same minimum safety standards, but there's no way to tell which ones exceed that standard or by how much.
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Old 05-09-14, 09:54 PM   #3
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I bought the Bell Alchera helmet in that link a couple
weeks ago. It fits well and is much better ventilated than my Bell Citi helmet I've used for the past 5 years. And it's white vs black.
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Old 05-09-14, 11:19 PM   #4
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I also like the Alchera. Cheap helmets can protect you just fine, but the ventilation is often hopeless and some are hard to adjust.

The Alchera is a well balanced choice that can be had for a decent price.
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I'm a big fan of Giro when it comes to helmets. From their $40 line to the $90 Savant. My recommendation is, if you can, get a cheap helmet for now and wait till January-March to catch 2014 models on sale. A few months ago I saw several Atmos on sale for around $70, but I am happy with my current helmet. As other have said, the more you spend the better ventilation and lighter the helmet becomes.
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I like my Alchera too, a lot of helmet for $40 or so; if I ever am in the market for a new helmet I may try one of Bells higher end models, just to try something new. I just bought my girlfriend a Giro Sonnet (ladies model) they make nice helmets too.

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I also like the Alchera. Cheap helmets can protect you just fine, but the ventilation is often hopeless and some are hard to adjust.

The Alchera is a well balanced choice that can be had for a decent price.
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Last year when I was looking for a new helmet I tried on a lower end Specialized Propero, it fit nice, very comfortable and the Specialized's have a great little grill like vent system in the front. Now when I say I can really judge ventilation I mean it, first of all I shave my head so I can really feel the air flow and I live in steamy South Florida. So after trying on the Propero the sales guy hands me another helmet and says try this. I tried it on and since it felt better and more comfortable than the Propero I thought for sure it was the next model up and was a lot more $. I was wrong, it was the middle tier Echelon for about $79 I believe it was. It had better padding and again it has great ventilation. The only thing I will say negative about the Spesh's is the shell seems to look larger than other brands.
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Costco has some Bell road helmets for about $25 right now in Houston. 21 vents and the "dial" retention system in the back. To me they look like $150 helmets. Just sayin'.
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You can usually find Lazer O2s for under $100 and I find them to be much better vented than the Bells I have tried.
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I ended up going with a Performance brand Scorpione. Usually I don't go for products that are so expensive when its a store brand but the helmet looked and fit the best on me, oddly enough.
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I'm a big fan of Giro when it comes to helmets. From their $40 line to the $90 Savant. My recommendation is, if you can, get a cheap helmet for now and wait till January-March to catch 2014 models on sale. A few months ago I saw several Atmos on sale for around $70, but I am happy with my current helmet. As other have said, the more you spend the better ventilation and lighter the helmet becomes.
Always wanted a Giro helmt but they never fit quite right but then tried the Atmos and loved it. Bought a previous year's model for well under $100. Best helmet I've ever had, light and well ventilated.

Like several people have said go try some on and find one that fits, that is the most important thing.
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Always wanted a Giro helmt but they never fit quite right but then tried the Atmos and loved it. Bought a previous year's model for well under $100. Best helmet I've ever had, light and well ventilated.

Like several people have said go try some on and find one that fits, that is the most important thing.
I agree, Giro usually is too round for my oval head, but the Atmos works for me too! Leaves a dent in my forehead though - I may search for a different helmet because of it.
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Glad you found a nice helmet! $60 is a bit higher than I would expect from performance/nashbar brand, I will admit. Perhaps it's got some high end features?

Performance needs to fire the marketing guy in charge of product names. Scattante? Scorpione? The faux italian names are just ridiculous.
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Performance needs to fire the marketing guy in charge of product names. Scattante? Scorpione? The faux italian names are just ridiculous.
I guess names just aren't their forte.
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Update. Returned the PB brand helmet and went with a Giro Savant. Just fit better overall.

Side question. I have a Fuji Pro SL1 SE. Colors are mostly white, has some black and red as well. The only available color was red/black/white for the savant. Do you guys find it to be a bit cheesy to wear a matching helmet?

I wanted all black but it was sold out until the 28th. Thoughts? Also, would the red/black/white get less hot than the all black because it has portions of white on it or is the white so minimal, it wouldn't really matter when it comes to absorbing heat.
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Update. Returned the PB brand helmet and went with a Giro Savant. Just fit better overall.

Side question. I have a Fuji Pro SL1 SE. Colors are mostly white, has some black and red as well. The only available color was red/black/white for the savant. Do you guys find it to be a bit cheesy to wear a matching helmet?

I wanted all black but it was sold out until the 28th. Thoughts? Also, would the red/black/white get less hot than the all black because it has portions of white on it or is the white so minimal, it wouldn't really matter when it comes to absorbing heat.
I think most people strive to have everything match the bike from helmet to jersey and shorts and shoes and bottle cage etc
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Does anybody know if this type of Specialized TT helmet, with the side air vent, is efficient for road cycling? Does it keep the head cool at all? I noticed it has an exit port in the rear for cool air flow to channel throw the sides (next to the ear)....

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Does anybody know if this type of Specialized TT helmet, with the side air vent, is efficient for road cycling? Does it keep the head cool at all? I noticed it has an exit port in the rear for cool air flow to channel throw the sides (next to the ear)....

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It doesn't have the ventilation of a road helmet but you will have to output less watts for the same speed so there will be a reduction in heat output.
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It doesn't have the ventilation of a road helmet but you will have to output less watts for the same speed so there will be a reduction in heat output.
But the watts saved from the helmet are not going to match up with the watts going into heating up your head from the reduced ventilation; it will still be hotter (I imagine noticeably) than a road helmet or even something like the air attack.
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lol.....I was going to post a recommendation to the OP then noticed this was a ZOMBIE THREAD from over a year ago.
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lol.....I was going to post a recommendation to the OP then noticed this was a ZOMBIE THREAD from over a year ago.
please post your recommendation, I'm looking for a road bike helmet and would welcome your opinion.
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