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Road Helmets(12 posts)

Road Helmetslexington476
Feb 26, 2003 3:42 PM
Road helmets look different the MTB ones. Its there a difference? What would be a Bell road helmet, I like their MTB helmet I have.
Some philosophical differencesKerry
Feb 26, 2003 4:51 PM
The assumption is that the road helmet is more designed to use road speed to improve ventilation, while the MTB helmet has to rely less on the wind. MTB helmet usually has visor, which many don't care for on the road. In practice, it's an open question whether there are any REAL differences at a given point in a particular manufacturer's line. There's nothing wrong with riding an MTB helmet on the road - no harm will come from it.
Anecdotal difference: air flow noisePdxMark
Feb 26, 2003 4:59 PM
I use a Bell MTB helmet (Nemesis 2) for winter riding, and formerly for all road riding. My non-winter helmet is a Bell Ghisallo - a fancy road helmet. Besides the huge difference in the volume of air flow between the two (hence using the MTB helmet in winter), the road helmet seems much quieter at road speeds.

This is just my own anecdotal observation between 2 helmets, but the MTB helmet seems to create more wind noise at speed. On top of that, at certain speeds, the wind noise of the MTB helmet sounds like a car about 20 feet behind my left shoulder. Or is it that I hear voices there and there really is a car? Anyway, that's my one non-scientific observation.
and what color and size are they?cyclopathic
Feb 27, 2003 4:11 AM
are you my long lost twin? I have Nem 2 and Ghisallo bro
and what color and size are they?PdxMark
Feb 27, 2003 11:12 AM
That's funny.

Nem - Mango (had to think about what the color name is)
Ghis - Yellow

I've settled on a "maximum visiblity" standard for helmets & jerseys.
yeap, and don't you get those funny comments on yellow jerseys?cyclopathic
Feb 27, 2003 11:34 AM
I hear you my Ghisallo's yellow for the same very reason as yours: visibility.
Both pass the same impact tests ...Humma Hah
Feb 26, 2003 5:23 PM
MTBers fall off and get wacked in the head more often, but road cyclists tend to have worse crashes because they go faster and tangle with cars. The safety standards make no distinction, and the differences are in aerodynamics and features.

I don't think you'll find a significant difference in aerodynamic performance unless you're into racing. For recreational riding, either will do, and for racing, your're probably talking less than a second-per-mile differences.

For me, I'll go for a cheaper helmet for true MTBing, because I figure I'll damage it on low-hanging limbs, minor get-offs, etc. I'll get a good Snell-approved hat, but probably last-year's model, and to heck with style -- probably plain white. I don't mount a mirror on my purely off-road helmet. Some might use a helmet-mounted light on theirs.

For road, I'll pay a few bucks more to pick one that matches the bike, and may even try it on while looking in a mirror to see how it looks. I'm far more likely to be with a large number of other riders on road rides, so I'm willing to spend a trice more on cosmetics, and I expect the helmet will probably last longer. I mount a mirror on my road helmet.
good response!...sometimes i almost forget why i come here (nm)Frith
Feb 27, 2003 6:24 AM
re: Road Helmetstrout_bum
Feb 26, 2003 5:55 PM
I have a Bell Nemesis 2, that I now use for road riding-I just remove the visor. I can't justify the expense of getting a new helmet since this one fits me perfectly,and doesn't look too bad. I'll eventually get a road specific helmet when I need a new one.
road helmets snag tree branches easiergtx
Feb 26, 2003 6:19 PM
Trust me, I learned this this hard way. The vents on mtb helmets are shaped differently and don't snag as easily. Now if I'm going to do some technical singletrack I take my (older) mtb helmet.
No real difference except for the visor mounting holesteamsloppy
Feb 26, 2003 8:54 PM
I have a Bell Ghisallo (road) and a Bell Influx (Mtb) and they are almost indentical except for the visor mount, the nmuber and placement of the vents (12 vents Ghisallo and 14 for the Influx). They have the identical Gear Positioning System (GPS) Fit system.

I use them interchangeably, road or off-road.

I think there is a road version identical to the Influx (or else other roadies riding with the Influx like me).
re: Road Helmetscyclopathic
Feb 27, 2003 4:16 AM
MTB helmets tend to obscure view when in drops/on arebars but if you don't have this problem MTB would be just fine. Your road friends may make fun of it but even some pro like JaJa use mtb helmets with visor.