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question about helmets...and other stuff...(7 posts)

question about helmets...and other stuff...dustin73
May 23, 2001 12:06 PM
ok, well i've got a Trek MTB helmet that also serves as my road helmet. well, i've done a couple "jump-off-curb-flip-over-bike-hit-head-bike-land-on-head-too" tricks so i'm curious as to whether i should replace the helmet. the hits to the head weren't too bad, but my noggen did make contact with the ground, then with the bike. and what are some good helmets for road, and where for cheap?

another thing, y'all wanna know what a great feeling is? here you go: getting a pair of shorts in 9th grade, and having them been a little on the tight side, but putting them on again, after your freshman year of college, and they're too big. that's such a great feeling...thank you, cycling gods...
re: question about helmets...and other stuff...Becky
May 23, 2001 12:14 PM
YES! Even if the helmet shows no exterior damage, chances are very good that the foam has compressed, weakening it and making it less likely to protect your head again. It's hard to crack the plastic shell of a helmet- I went head-first into a tree at ~25 miles an hour on a downhill with no visible damage to me, the helmet or the tree- but that doesn't mean it isn't there. As for a good cheap road helmet, I dunno. I have a Specialized Enduro Comp (MTB) that I really like and only cost me $50. If you have a small head, I've heard that there are good deals on www.reioutlet.com.
Replace it!Greg Taylor
May 23, 2001 12:55 PM
No question...replace it. Check the warranty on it -- my son's Trek helmet had a free crash replacement. Free = Good.

As for other brands, cruise through the blow-out section of Nashbar or Performance. You can usually get last year's cool helmet for a deal and a half. Two of my riding buddies scored Ritchey Tomahawk helmets (used to go for way over $100) for about $25 a pop. Not bad...
ok, would it be Fred-ish to...dustin73
May 23, 2001 2:09 PM
use a MTB helmet while road riding? or vice versa? what are the differences between the two?
ok, would it be Fred-ish to...Haiku d'état
May 23, 2001 2:51 PM
1) who cares if it WOULD be "fred-ish", just get a brain bucket and go ride.

2) no idea what the difference might be, but i'd assume:

* aerodynamics
* styling
* with/without visor

3) i use a '99 specialized mountain man helmet almost exclusively (i ride 95% road these days) 'cause it was the most comfy i could find and not expensive, and i got a break on it when buying my mountain bike. plus, it's silver, and ya gotta love silver helmets.

aside from being better fitting, more aero or more well-vented, i'm assuming my $40 helmet works as well as the $140 helmet for protecting my head in the event of a gravity mishap. that said, i'd rather spend my $ (what's left of it, here recently) on other fun bike stuff like "freddish" helmet mirrors and the like. just can't have a silver helmet without a helmet mirror.

good luck.
The Anti-Fred helmet...Greg Taylor
May 23, 2001 3:12 PM
I've got a Giro Havoc that does double duty -- it has a removable visor. Looks roadie enough without a visor.
Differences . . . .Fiver
May 23, 2001 3:44 PM
Take a look at the size and shape of vents in MTB- and road-specific helmets (especially Giro's models). MTB helmets generally have wider/ chunkier vents while road helmets have longer/ narrower vents. The idea is that road helmets can take advantage of higher airflow (faster speeds), so the long vents allow air to flow through the helmet. MTB helmets are designed to allow heat to escape while moving at slower speeds.

Most MTB helmets come with visors, which do have benefits for road riding as well, especially if you do a lot of riding in the rain.

Will you look like a Fred? Does it really matter? Some roadies may scoff at your helmet, especially if it has a visor, but who cares? I own a Boreas that I use for both MTB and road riding, and it works fine for both. Wear what fits.