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New helmet time?(5 posts)

New helmet time?Mel Erickson
Jun 17, 2003 12:57 PM
I've got a Bell Influx which fits me to a tee. However, there's a problem with the plastic webbing which holds the GPS fit system in place. On either side, under the pad, a thin arm of the webbing extends forward and is anchored in place by a very small knob that snaps into socket in the foam. The socket has cracked and the knob pops out if I'm not careful and don't loosen the GPS dial before I put the helmet on. It seems to stay in place after putting the helmet on and tightening the GPS dial. I don't know if this is critical for proper functioning of the helmet or not. Any thoughts? Should I just replace it with a Bell Phi Pro helmet from REI Outlet for $40 (red only but looks orange on their site)? The Phi fits almost as good as the Influx, just feels like the bucket is slightly shallower.
re: New helmet time?innergel
Jun 17, 2003 1:54 PM
For $40, go ahead and get the Phi Pro and put it in the closet until the Influx gives up the ghost for good. $40 is a great price for a great lid, so if it fits you OK, you'll have one on standby instead of having to search for one in a pinch.
re: New helmet time - What is the rule?wilki5
Jun 17, 2003 2:06 PM
Is there a rule of thumb with replacing your helmet (every X number of years), other than crashing on it. Does it's strength decrease with age?
It'll be time for a new helmet...The Walrus
Jun 17, 2003 2:32 PM
...when Bell, Giro et al stop trying to foist these ridiculous things that look like props from a bad sci-fi movie on us. There's never been any such thing as a good-looking helmet, but tarting up a foam shell with all the vents, fins and "fit systems" is just adding insult to injury. Until Bell brings back the Image (ca. 1990), I'll just continue to wear the one I bought back then.

End of rant--gotta get back to polishing my Biopace chainrings....
...hey, I'm polishing my Biopace rings too!....nmchipnseal
Jun 17, 2003 5:21 PM