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Postby bigbuzz73 » Mon Mar 05, 2007 12:05 am

Hi guys,
I thought it's about time to replace my helmet and would appreciate some feedback from you guys on what is a good road helmet. Cost isn't an issue as I would rather pay a bit more and get the best protection/comfort/weight, etc. Having said that I can't afford a $500 carbon helmet!
I was looking at a Met Stradivarius, a LAS Kripton 07 and Limar on the net. Anybody had experiences with any of these? What do you guys suggest as the best road helmet on the market?
Thanks for any help I receive! :D
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Postby sogood » Mon Mar 05, 2007 6:55 am

In practical terms for most, it's about how well it fits your head and the style. Otherwise they all have passed safety testing standards. The cost correlates well with the number and size of vent holes, but then, it'll hurt more when the hail comes down. :D
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Postby LuckyPierre » Mon Mar 05, 2007 7:47 am

Once over the standards hurdle, I think that style is the main driver of choice. It seems strange to be paying more for less, but that's what we do in all sorts of areas with cycling. When I was buying my helmet, I was advised to look not just for holes, but for 'tunnels' that would allow air to flow through the helmet and to look for an effective visor. Oh, and price of course!
There's an awful lot of Strad's out there, so there must be something going for them.
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Postby mikesbytes » Mon Mar 05, 2007 8:19 am

Yip pretty much sumed up. All helmets have roughly the same safety, so it boils down to fit, comfort and bling.

If you are racing then you need a helmet with the Australian saftey sticker, otherwise you can get your helmet from where ever.

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Postby gururug » Mon Mar 05, 2007 12:26 pm

And roughly the same looks from what i've seen
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Postby moosterbounce » Mon Mar 05, 2007 6:20 pm

I use a Met Duello (about $150). One of the reasons I went with this one, other than the great fit, was that there is a bug guard - the front vents have a net in them to stop bugs getting in your hair. I don't like bugs and I've had some nasties, so appreciated this. Of course, the downside is that I now can't put my sunglasses on my helmet as I used to use these vents!!

I did find that Mets were one of the few helmets that were comfortable with a ponytail. Might not be a problem for you though!!

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Postby sogood » Mon Mar 05, 2007 6:42 pm

moosterbounce wrote:Of course, the downside is that I now can't put my sunglasses on my helmet as I used to use these vents!!

I tried to be fashionable once and guess what, my sunglasses dropped out and I rode over it. I was so pissed off with that technique! :twisted:
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Postby Mr888 » Mon Mar 05, 2007 9:43 pm

On this topic of helmets, why do some of the more expensive ones (especially for road bikes) omit the visor that is so common?

Is it a functional thing or a fashion thing?

I've always thought the visor was to keep the sun off your eyes...seems foolish to be rid of it, or to be without it on an expensive helmet...maybe there's something I've missed????
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Postby sogood » Mon Mar 05, 2007 9:45 pm

Mr888 wrote:On this topic of helmets, why do some of the more expensive ones (especially for road bikes) omit the visor that is so common?

Roadies pay more for everything.

Visors cause additional air resistance, hence undesirable for roadie racers.
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Postby Mulger bill » Mon Mar 05, 2007 10:15 pm

I'm thinking it's a fashion thing, Don't you know those MOUNTAINBIKERS wear THEM?

Mr888 wrote:I've always thought the visor was to keep the sun off your eyes...


It helps to deflect branches in tight singletrack too :wink:
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Postby europa » Mon Mar 05, 2007 10:28 pm

Mulger bill wrote:I'm thinking it's a fashion thing, Don't you know those MOUNTAINBIKERS wear THEM?

Mr888 wrote:I've always thought the visor was to keep the sun off your eyes...


It helps to deflect branches in tight singletrack too :wink:


Let's not forget having the ruddy thing half fall off when you're in a hurry to get all your kit into the car :?

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Postby Mulger bill » Mon Mar 05, 2007 10:37 pm

My current lid is a Netti Pangea, worth about $60, no trouble that way, ventilation's pretty good too. But in light of Moos' comment..
I did find that Mets were one of the few helmets that were comfortable with a ponytail. Might not be a problem for you though!!

I might just have to look at a Met.
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Postby Mulger bill » Mon Mar 05, 2007 10:41 pm

Hang on just one bleeding moment!

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What's wrong with riding there :P
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Postby europa » Mon Mar 05, 2007 10:43 pm

Mulger bill wrote:Hang on just one bleeding moment!

into the car


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What's wrong with riding there :P


You haven't been reading the forum lately have you ... :wink:

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Postby Mulger bill » Mon Mar 05, 2007 10:50 pm

You should be able to get some decent time in now with a bit of luck. *fingers crossed*
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Postby mikesbytes » Tue Mar 06, 2007 8:15 am

Mulger bill wrote:My current lid is a Netti Pangea, worth about $60, no trouble that way, ventilation's pretty good too. But in light of Moos' comment..
I did find that Mets were one of the few helmets that were comfortable with a ponytail. Might not be a problem for you though!!

I might just have to look at a Met.


The Netti Pangea is excellent at that price point. I use a Met, but thats a higer price point again.

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Postby uMP2k » Tue Mar 06, 2007 8:55 am

sogood wrote:
Mr888 wrote:On this topic of helmets, why do some of the more expensive ones (especially for road bikes) omit the visor that is so common?

Roadies pay more for everything.

Visors cause additional air resistance, hence undesirable for roadie racers.


I did have a visor on one of my helmets, but found that when riding my road bike on the hoods (most of the time) or in the drops (very, very, very rarely :) ) it restricted my vision somewhat so I took it off. YMMV of course...
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Postby sogood » Tue Mar 06, 2007 10:57 am

Agreed, visor blocks your view of the road ahead when you are in the drop on a road bike, especially if it's a serious aero kind of drop.
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Postby europa » Tue Mar 06, 2007 11:01 am

Visor doesn't affect me. Of course, my bars are only about an inch below the seat so maybe it's only an issue for you aero types.

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Postby tuco » Tue Mar 06, 2007 11:04 am

This issue with the visor blocking your view on the drops, I don't know if it is designed to move but my visor can be pushed up out of the way.

I find the visor handy when it's raining. I can drop my head a little and it stops the rain hitting my eyes/sunglasses.
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Postby sogood » Tue Mar 06, 2007 11:40 am

tuco wrote:This issue with the visor blocking your view on the drops, I don't know if it is designed to move but my visor can be pushed up out of the way.

Couldn't you feel the aero effect of those visors, constantly trying to roll your head back and snap your neck when you sprint at sub-lightspeed?

If you had taken them off then you wouldn't have problem hitting lightspeed! Of course, going faster than lightspeed is theoretically impossible. :wink:
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