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Helmet choice delimea...(9 posts)

Helmet choice delimea...Psychler
Mar 12, 2003 12:45 PM
I split my time...road/ mtb. I need to replace my Giro E2, too old to trust it anymore. I tried the Pneumo, beautiful helmet, also the new E2...I like the Pneumo better....SO, is there a structural difference between mtb and road helmets? I can't own two helmets, too expensive for my pocket. Must choose between the two...There is also the "look" factor...riding a mtb helmet in a "road crowd" (you know how they can be!) and wearing a road helmet in a mtb crowd (you know how they can be!)...ahhhhh
No structural differenceMel Erickson
Mar 12, 2003 1:24 PM
The only claimed difference is the number, size and placement of vents. Road are typically narrower and longer (maybe more of them) while MTB are wider and shorter (maybe fewer of them). This is claimed to be because of the speeds under which each type of riding is done and the need for larger amounts of air at lower speeds on MTB rides versus less air, but at higher speeds on road rides. I'm not sure I buy into it but the differnce would be very small, nonetheless. MTB helmets come with a visor, which in most cases can be removed and, voila, a road helmet. In my opinion buy your helmet based on fit, cost and style, in that order.
MTB helmet on a road ride...russw19
Mar 12, 2003 1:32 PM
If you show up to a road ride wearing a mountian bike helmet, nobody will care once you drop them or they drop you, so don't worry about it. Just put the hammer down and prove you are not your helmet, anymore than the other guys are not their bikes.

If Cadel Evans showed up at the Giro with a mountain helmet and still took the Malia Rosa, do you think anyone would have cared if he did it wearing a mountain helmet?

Just ride, the rest will take care of itself!

Russ
Huh?Mel Erickson
Mar 13, 2003 8:42 AM
Certainly not worried about showin up in a MTB helmet and it's unlikely I will drop anyone on most of the rides I show up for. I thought it was clear that I thought it made little difference and to buy a helmet based on fit, price and style, not whether it was a MTB helmet or a road helmet. I have a Bell Influx, technically a MTB helmet, and I ride mostly road. I bought it because it fit better and was cheaper than the Ghisallo. It's orange, a color that stands out better in traffic. It doesn't match any of my bikes or most of my cycling clothes. Obviously, I'm cheap and have no fashion sense.
SuggestionRoadnMtn
Mar 13, 2003 9:58 AM
I agree with the above...no one should care one way or another...and if they do care about "wearing a mtn bike helmet on a road bike" then I am thinking they have issues. I have a Bell Ghisallo (it was a gift) but I still use a Bell Xray. Very comfortable (the Ghisallo is actually the same interior as the Xray with a different outer shell) and if you are fashion conscious, just pull the visor off the Xray...ta da...road helmet.
Huh?russw19
Mar 13, 2003 1:14 PM
My point was you are not your helmet. If you show up to a ride and are wearing a MTB helmet, who cares? Not me. I would care about what helmet you choose to wear about as much as I would care if you showed up on a USPS replica bike.... it's not going to change who you are as a person or a rider. Just ride. There's more important things in life to worry about than if the guy next to you in your group ride has a road or mountain helmet on. Maybe he is wearing a mountain helmet because he's a mountain biker and not a roadie, but wants to do a few road rides.
That was kinda my point about Cadel Evans... the guy is a mountain biker, right? Yet he shows up at the Giro and even wears the Malia Rosa for a couple days! Good for him, he just proved cyclists are cyclists, and it doesn't change the fact that the sun is coming up tomorrow even if you wear a MTB helmet on a road ride.

Russ
yeah, and that's how you'd look!cyclopathic
Mar 13, 2003 11:20 AM
Try the Bell Ghisallo for $64 at Jenson...I did nmhycobob
Mar 12, 2003 4:46 PM
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to be certified, they all must provide a minimum of protection..JS Haiku Shop
Mar 13, 2003 11:35 AM
i've had good luck with specialized helmets. bought two "mountain man" helmets on sale from the specialized.com site. i also have an S1, but that cost me about $50 (long story). they fit a bit differently, but all offer the same thing: head protection. what's the difference? besides style, a small weight difference, and ventilation. it's also nice to have two or more helmets for different applications--a dark one for winter, a light-colored one for summer and for dark rides, each serving as the other's spare/backup in case it's soaked, too stinky to ride, or split in half from a disagreement with gravity or mother nature.

why not forget about the style points and get a couple descent, functional helmets? keep those style mongers working hard to keep up and they won't have time to critique your choice of headgear.