• A biker not wearing a helmet is 14 times more likely to die in a bicycle accident. ..... What's a good brand of helmet?

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    Jun 16, 2012 1:36 PM GMT
    Any suggestions for a bicycling helmet?
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    Jun 16, 2012 2:41 PM GMT
    Giro makes a damn fine helmet.

    Short story, 2005 hit some black ice going 30 MPH in early january. Traumatic Brain Injury, 7 years later I am finally back to normal. You read that right, 7 years. Giro helmet cracked during that crash.

    I ride bikes again, a lot, always with a helmet. Spend the extra money, your brain is really all you have.
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    Jun 16, 2012 4:52 PM GMT
    I've owned a few Giros and now use a Specialized. Cracked a Giro on the bumper of an SUV and was damn glad I had it on.

    All helmets will meet minimum federal safety standards, so it comes down to comfort, fit and price point. Find a helmet that you'll wear at a price you want to pay and you'll be fine.

    The primary differences between helmets are weight and venting. A light helmet with lots of venting will cost a lot more than a heavier helmet with only a few vents. If you're just riding casually, you can probably get by with a more inexpensive helmet, but if you're riding longer distances at a fast pace or in a hot area, you'll appreciate the added venting of a more expensive helmet.

    Do try on a variety of helmets in different sizes until you find the fit system and size that works best for your melon.
  • calibro

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    Jun 16, 2012 6:36 PM GMT
    get the one that comes with free head
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    Jun 16, 2012 6:46 PM GMT
    Giro, Bell and Specialized will all work just fine. They're all rated in crash tests by the govt, so you really can't go wrong. It comes down to style and number of vents at the end of the day.
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    Jun 16, 2012 7:16 PM GMT
    Giro Atmos ... My favorite helmet ever!
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    Jun 16, 2012 7:32 PM GMT
    dd_bosmvy saidGiro, Bell and Specialized will all work just fine. They're all rated in crash tests by the govt, so you really can't go wrong. It comes down to style and number of vents at the end of the day.


    i stay away from Bell products. their marketing is almost all legacy-based now as many of their products are cheap and inferior. Obviously a helmet has to pass safety inspection but i've had to return too many of their other products to be comfortable continuing to give them my money
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    Jun 16, 2012 7:52 PM GMT
    RoadsterRacer87 said
    dd_bosmvy saidGiro, Bell and Specialized will all work just fine. They're all rated in crash tests by the govt, so you really can't go wrong. It comes down to style and number of vents at the end of the day.


    i stay away from Bell products. their marketing is almost all legacy-based now as many of their products are cheap and inferior. Obviously a helmet has to pass safety inspection but i've had to return too many of their other products to be comfortable continuing to give them my money


    I think Bell and Giro are actually made by the same company....but I could be wrong. I think Bell is just the cheaper line.
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    Jun 16, 2012 8:04 PM GMT
    I dont wear a helmet and resent being forced to in charity rides etc. But in North America we've been indoctrinated to believe helmets are good. Governments continue to allow cyclists to get run over by aggressive drivers but enact mandatory helmet laws and then say - look, we're fixing the problem and everybody sighs in relief.

    There's a reason though that REAL cycling jurisdictions don't require mandatory helmet use. This article is a good summary.

    http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2012/02/helmets_make_cycling_less_safe.php

    In every jurisdiction that has instututed mandatory helmet laws, they've seen dramatic decreases in recreational cycling and in the age of obesity thats problematic.

    As the article states as well, its a MYTH that helmets are going to save your life (for hard skulled adults - children are another story). In fact there is emerging evidence that the torsional affects of a helment on your head can increase the liklihood of spinal damage.

    As also stated, if governments took a sincere interest in cycling safety, they would crack down on drivers that park in bike lanes or cyclists that disobey traffic laws.

    I can't count the number of times in a day I see some helmet jockey roll through red lights and make all cyclists look like road hazards.
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    Jun 16, 2012 8:11 PM GMT
    Neither of my two significant crashes were caused by cars. In the one I mentioned above, I hit a parked car and cracked the helmet all the way through when I flew over my handlebars at 20 mph after my wheel dropped in a rut and stopped the bike cold. Nobody forced me to put on a helmet that day, but I'm sure glad I did.

    I do agree that there are other things that can be done to improve safety for cyclists, but until then, I'm wearing my helmet.
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    Jun 16, 2012 8:25 PM GMT
    madfacts saidGiro makes a damn fine helmet.

    ...Giro helmet cracked during that crash.

    Is that supposed to be an endorsement?
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    Jun 16, 2012 8:26 PM GMT
    erik911sd said...I hit a parked car ...

    You hit a parked car??? ... icon_eek.gif

    *snicker*
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    Jun 16, 2012 8:29 PM GMT
    Thanks for the input. I'll check out the brands....except Bell. ... icon_wink.gif
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    Jun 16, 2012 9:07 PM GMT
    Caslon19000 said
    erik911sd said...I hit a parked car ...

    You hit a parked car??? ... icon_eek.gif

    *snicker*


    Maybe his phone rang?

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    Jun 16, 2012 10:36 PM GMT
    I have two Giros and a Bell. Any helmet sold must meet gov't safety standards so as others have pointed out it comes down to weight and price. A decent helmet will cost about $40-$50- how much is your head worth to you?

    I commute year round on a bike, and I don't roll without a helmet.
  • FRE0

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    Jun 16, 2012 10:41 PM GMT
    I always wear a helmet, but they are not problem free. A couple days ago, on a 30 mile ride with the temperature > 90 degrees, I had trouble with sweat running into my eyes. Wearing a sweat band with a helmet doesn't work very well.
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    Jun 16, 2012 11:02 PM GMT
    RobertF64 said
    Caslon19000 said
    erik911sd said...I hit a parked car ...

    You hit a parked car??? ... icon_eek.gif

    *snicker*


    Maybe his phone rang?

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    Defies physics... wicked*icon_eek.gificon_eek.gificon_eek.gif
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    Jun 16, 2012 11:56 PM GMT
    JoyfullyRandom said
    RobertF64 said
    Caslon19000 said
    erik911sd said...I hit a parked car ...

    You hit a parked car??? ... icon_eek.gif

    *snicker*


    Maybe his phone rang?

    8f246bd1dd0c298eda0a35744d766e02.jpg
    Defies physics... wicked*icon_eek.gificon_eek.gificon_eek.gif


    What kind of car is that? I want to avoid buying it; obviously it's made of aluminium foil.
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    Jun 17, 2012 12:02 AM GMT
    i MTbike mostly so helmets are mandatory.
    all well known brands are good, meeting all safety requirements.
    I buy LAS helmets, light, good air vents, good fit and not too expensive , the Kripton which i have is about $150.
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    Jun 17, 2012 12:16 AM GMT
    difference in price can be for many things: style, lightness , how air vents are placed for good cooling , the quality of the liner , the little adjusting strap technology ( like that button you twist at the back to tighten the back part of the helmet ).
    then of course there's the branding.. buying a Giro is like buying Oakley sunglasses...

    if you don't care about the style, bah, as long as it's CPSC, Snell etc certified, you're ok.
    3 years is a bit short.. you can keep a helmet 5 years .. unless you have a major crash in which case it's better you replace it right away .
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    Jun 17, 2012 12:31 AM GMT
    This should do it.
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    Jun 17, 2012 12:35 AM GMT
    SkittleGangsta saidThis should do it.
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    And that's when I stuck a stick in his spokes, your Honor. icon_wink.gif
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    Jun 17, 2012 12:37 AM GMT
    RobertF64 said
    Caslon19000 said
    erik911sd said...I hit a parked car ...

    You hit a parked car??? ... icon_eek.gif

    *snicker*


    Maybe his phone rang?

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    This belongs on the WTF thread. WTF??? icon_eek.gif
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    Jun 17, 2012 3:22 AM GMT
    Caslon19000 said
    erik911sd said...I hit a parked car ...

    You hit a parked car??? ...

    *snicker*


    Yes...as I mentioned in the post, my wheel dropped into a rut as I was going about 20 mph and stopped the bike dead in its tracks. I flew over the handlebars and into a parked Explorer. I actually hit the back of my helmet on the bumper and could hear it cracking and compressing. Then I continued on my forward 180 and flopped right on my back. Unfortunately, I was still clipped into my pedals so the bike followed my feet and ended up falling on top of me and knocked the wind out of my lungs. This was by the Children's Pool in La Jolla in case anyone knows that area, so I put on quite a show for all the tourists whom I was trying to avoid when I cut down that side street.

    I was in severe pain for weeks and had a perfect imprint of my teeth in my tongue, but didn't break anything.

    My last crash was in Mallorca last October. I was on the wheel of my friend when we went into a turn. It had rained earlier and his wheels slipped out from under him and he hit the ground and slid into a wall. I thought, "I hope he didn't break his clavicle," then my wheels slipped out from under me and I followed him, thinking, "I hope I don't break my clavicle." He had a hairline crack in his helmet, and some pretty bad abrasions along the left side of his body, but was okay. I skinned my knee, but that was it.
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    Jun 17, 2012 5:07 AM GMT
    Caslon19000 said
    madfacts saidGiro makes a damn fine helmet.

    ...Giro helmet cracked during that crash.

    Is that supposed to be an endorsement?


    The helmet actually did its job. The force was distributed through he helmet and cracked. That is more preferable than it being distributed through the helmet and to your skull. Bicycle helmets are one time use once they do their job.