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What helmet do you wear? if you do..

Old 10-09-06, 09:39 PM
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What helmet do you wear? if you do..

I'm considering getting a helmet becuase I feel I've been pushing my luck for awhile. So does anyone have a recommendation for a safe, comfortable, cheap, and decent looking helmet?
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Old 10-09-06, 09:43 PM
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Giro Indicator is decent for a pseudo mountain helmet. Retails for about $49 CDN.

Helmets I've used:
- Bell Metro ($85 CDN)
- Giro Eclipse ($90 CDN)
- Giro Atmos ($240 CDN)
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Old 10-09-06, 09:46 PM
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this what I rock

Without the visor it's pretty decent looking and cheap.
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Old 10-09-06, 09:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Morgie
I'm considering getting a helmet becuase I feel I've been pushing my luck for awhile. So does anyone have a recommendation for a safe, comfortable, cheap, and decent looking helmet?
I'll assume you're in the US because your location isn't populated.
All helmets sold here meet a minimum safetey requirement so you can focus on the other 3 factors. Most of the new Bell and Giro (same company, different looks) are pretty comfortable. Spend enough to get the ratchet system in the back and make sure it fits correctly. Everthing else is pretty much aesthetics.

I've got a bell slant and it's done me right for a resonable cost.
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Old 10-09-06, 10:04 PM
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Originally Posted by thurstonboise
Spend enough to get the ratchet system in the back and make sure it fits correctly. Everthing else is pretty much aesthetics.

I've got a bell slant and it's done me right for a resonable cost.
+1

The differences between Bell/Giro (aside from aesthetics) are that they're designed for different head shapes. If you try on an equivalent model from each brand you'll find one just fits your head a lot better. I went through a stage where I got sick of my Eclipse and stopped wearing it (the whole "I ride smart and avoid situations that'll end up in an accident ... if a car hits me a helmet won't help anyway" deal). Eventually though I had a few freak close-call incidents where some pretty random **** happened. That and the fact that my partner expressed a pretty strong desire to see me wearing a helmet again.

Sooo ... I went out and bought a completely overpriced helmet because I actually liked the looks of it. Now I feel fine wearing a helmet everyday again and the s.o.'s happy too. If anyone brings up that bull**** "helmets may actually cause more damage in an accident" argument, I have a beat-up size 10 sneaker to send up your ass.
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i have one of these. it was on sale at my LBS for $55.
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I just use my mountain helmet-- a $40 (?) Bell Paradox. Not cool looking, but functional.

It's about five years old. Any truth to the notion that one should replace a helmet every three years?
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i got this for about 80 bucks a while back. im way paranoid about breaking my face. i wear it for long rides on the road and all of my freeriding. if i need to go a couple of blocks i just put on my old skateboard helmet
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just dug out my old protec skateboarding helmet
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Old 10-09-06, 10:20 PM
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My shop just started carrying the Bell Citi. It's not too bad and only 40 bucks. Pretty low key, ok venting (probably great for winter), and cheap.
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gyro atmos ..........probably the coolest lid going around . the $$$ are steep but the breathe factor/lightness/cool looks make it in my opinion the jam (sorry juvi )..........p.s lance rocks one so they must be half decent . anyhow it's your head ....... iv'e ridden long enough not to fu.ck with my safety but hey what can i say .........
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Originally Posted by thurstonboise
Spend enough to get the ratchet system in the back and make sure it fits correctly. Everthing else is pretty much aesthetics.
Thats simply not true. For the most part everything above that is cooling. Better helmets keep your head alot cooler. whether that matters to you or not is a different story but there is a huge functional difference between $50 helmets and $150 ones. Often you can find older $150 ones for under $100 though.
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i have a giro xen that i like a lot.
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Giro Atmos when I wear one, Rapha Epic cap when I don't.
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i just wear a bmx helmet. i like the fact that its like putting a bucket on your head. there is little to no shiftage when i have it on. i have a few road bike type helmets and they all seem slide around, i guess i just have a missed shaped nugget
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I wore my old Protec skateboard helmet for about two days, but it sucked because it made my head so hot.

Now I have a Giro mountain bike helmet (not sure of the exact model, but it was pretty cheap). It's matte black and fits my head comfortably, I hardly even notice that it's there, look like about as much of a dork as I did before I put the helmet on, and the girlfriend is happy.

If I were you I'd try a few on, and check out the mountain ones too because the road ones seem to have flashier/uglier colors.
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Old 10-10-06, 10:40 AM
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My brother just picked up a Giro Pneumo and its pretty nice. Performance had them on sale.
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Giro E2 or Giro Flak.
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I wear a bell sweep, that while utterly stylish, expensive and comfortable, really doesn't have much to it in case I crash. Luckily I found this on the side of the street on saturday:


It features multiple impact protection and impecable styling!
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I wear a bell sweep r helmet. It's nice and airy. I think if it gets icy I'm going to get that bell helmet that looks like a skate helmet cause I won't need good vents and it protects against minor concussions as well as major trauma.
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I like Bell's replacement policy. I destroyed a helmet earlier this year during a very, very bad head-first fall. Helmets do work, actually, and anyone who says otherwise is already a vegetable.

Skating helmets supposedly last after a fall and can take multiple impacts. I may try one out.
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Originally Posted by Morgie
I'm considering getting a helmet becuase I feel I've been pushing my luck for awhile. So does anyone have a recommendation for a safe, comfortable, cheap, and decent looking helmet?
Helmets fit like shoes, some are wide some are narrow, some people have round heads, some people have square heads. It's hard to recommend a brand because of that. But helmets are a very competitive market so the high end ones generally have the same functions: micro adjust system, plenty of vents, and the shell will be bonded to the foam. In addition the newest of the new will have carbon fiber ribs running through the foam to further reduce the weight. But you can find similar features in all dedicated helmet brands. Shop around at shops with mirrors and try them on to see what you look like.
But to answer your question I am wearing a Limar F-107(metallic blue)medium. My head is narrow so I prefer helmets that sit close to my head to avoid the "mushroom" effect.
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I use a Giro Atmos, a bit pricey, but is very light and is very comfortable. I chose this helmet cuz it sits fairly low on my head and does'nt make me look like I have a mushroom on my head. It also has lots of vents so air flows through well.
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