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mtb helmets and road riding(15 posts)

mtb helmets and road ridingThe Great Satchmo
Sep 6, 2001 12:59 PM
is this considered Fred? Posting the same (but opposite on mtbr) What would be some mtb helmets that look ok while road riding. Curious, as I've seen a bunch of mtbrs using the Pneumo.
re: mtb helmets and road ridingjtolleson
Sep 6, 2001 1:03 PM
The mere fact that we even have to worry about the Fred factor instead of doing what we want is a sad statement.

But no, I don't think it is Fred at all. Find one that fits, is well vented, and who cares what market niche. Even the visor, which used to be the giveaway that it was an MTB helmet, is showing up on road helmets. My Pneumo has a small visor.

90% of folks out there won't know the difference; 9% won't care, and the other 1% should get a life.
My head don't know the difference, my eyes love the visor.MB1
Sep 6, 2001 1:06 PM
Been using MTB helmets for all my riding since helmets started coming with visors. Use what you like.
yep! who cares!?! wear whatcha like. nm/nhSpiritual Haiku
Sep 6, 2001 1:28 PM
hey what happened to my post?moschika
Sep 6, 2001 2:54 PM
basically it was wear what you like!
Fred, Schmed...MrCelloBoy
Sep 6, 2001 3:18 PM
I've used a Mtb helmet w/visor on occasion with the tandem which I use in a more upright bar position. With the Road Bike I'm usually over the bars further and the visor tended to block my vision when in the drops.
Whatever works!
VisorsRich Clark
Sep 6, 2001 5:10 PM
My helmet is a Trek Vapor; cheap, fits really well. It's sort of an all-purpose recreational helmet. As I got into better shape and increased the drop on my handlebars I ended up removing the visor so I could see ahead better with less neck pain.

Sep 7, 2001 6:38 AM
The Vapor is a GREAT helmet. It's light, well-cooled, and saved my head when I crashed several months ago (it cracked). Unfortunately, I replaced it with a more expensive lid I don't like as much.
wear what ever worksDutchy
Sep 6, 2001 5:18 PM
I use a Met helmet it's light has heap of vents and has a removable visor. I use it for road mainly without the visor and with the visor on my MTB. I have never tried it with the visor on the road bike though, I'm not sure why probably the reduced view when in the drops?
re: mtb helmets and road ridingmtbr
Sep 6, 2001 10:28 PM
I use a King Cobra on and off road. I take the visor off when on road (with road speeds it seems more aerodynamic without it). I also use MTB pedals and Shimano 220s (my new favorites - got me away from Sidis).
what about climbing/caving helmetsMJ
Sep 7, 2001 12:29 AM
have a friend who uses a caving/climbing helmet - he figures it works and is good for more than one crash - mind it's a bit hot sometimes...
Probably not a good ideaChris Zeller
Sep 7, 2001 7:23 AM
This is probably not a good idea. Other than the aestetic differences, as a climber, climbing helmets are designed for top impacts (for rockfall) not side impacts (as you would most likely experience when falling from your bike). They are not designed to protect your head in a fall for example (though they don't hurt). Also, most climbing helmets will fail after a serious impact just like a biking helmet and should be replaced after any high impact wether damage is visible or not.

Climbing helmets also weigh a lot more than a bike helmet. I have seen at least one by Petzel that is very close in design to a bike helmet. It has a foam body and good ventelation, low weight. But again it is designed for top impact not side.

I've seen people climb with a bike helmet too, but this is also not advisable. In addition to not being designed for top impacts, the air holes are a problem in that a stone/ice chip large enough to crack your skull could enter the helmet.
Probably not a good ideaMJ
Sep 7, 2001 7:58 AM
I'll tell him - but adapting to new ideas is not a strong point - very stubborn - for one example (out of the many) he can't see the benefit of a custom built bike - he figures you just get used to whatever it is you happen to be riding...

I'll try the top impact v side impact argument - (which I hadn't thought of) he'll probably disagree and magically re-appear in a few weeks with a new helmet for another reason
re: mtb helmets and road ridingvanzutas
Sep 7, 2001 8:15 AM
If you are going to take the visor on and off (as I do), make sure it has the ability to do it an infinite number of times. my helmet, the Giro Gila, has a bad system for removing the visor. so I think I can only do it about 15-20 times before the clips just don't work anymore. I also wear mtn. shoes and Blue blocker sunglasses.

Yours truly
A complete Fred
I wear my E2!El Caballito
Sep 7, 2001 10:31 AM
Why? Because I like it. If some critic is bothered by it, they can buy me a white Pneumo L/XL :-)