I need a new helmet ...

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Malaconotus
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Re: I need a new helmet ...

Postby Malaconotus » 16 Aug 2012, 12:57am



Strong, light, cheap. Pick any two. And the Giro Savant is extremely light for a helmet at its low price point.

I would never buy any non-Speciaized helmets. I never sell any either unless the Specialized ones are all a bad fit, which is rare.

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Re: I need a new helmet ...

Postby Ayesha » 16 Aug 2012, 6:44am

In order of priority.

1/ Does the colour match your bike?
2/ Which pro team wears that model?
3/ Is it more expensive than any one else at the club?
4/ Is the colour of the strap the same colour as your ponytail?

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Re: I need a new helmet ...

Postby Anglian » 16 Aug 2012, 8:02am

nirakaro wrote:after losing an argument with a car. Prices in my LBS range from £25 to £130, and they all look the same to me. Apart from style,what are the criteria for intelligent buying?


The August 2012 issue of Which? magazine tests cycling helmets.

Best buys, each scoring 77%, are:

  • Specialized Align @ £30
  • Specialized Echelon @ £50

The only don't buy in adult helmets tested is the Met Camaleonte Executive, scoring 12%, with concerns (disputed by Met) about it not passing the European Standard.

Which? says: an adult helmet shoud last up to five years, unless you have an accident, in which case you should replace it immediately. I'm not sure what "up to five years" means, or how one can know that a non-crash-damaged helmet is due for replacement.

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Re: I need a new helmet ...

Postby TwoPlusTen » 16 Aug 2012, 10:34am

Anglian wrote:
nirakaro wrote:after losing an argument with a car. Prices in my LBS range from £25 to £130, and they all look the same to me. Apart from style,what are the criteria for intelligent buying?


The August 2012 issue of Which? magazine tests cycling helmets.

Best buys, each scoring 77%, are:

  • Specialized Align @ £30
  • Specialized Echelon @ £50

The only don't buy in adult helmets tested is the Met Camaleonte Executive, scoring 12%, with concerns (disputed by Met) about it not passing the European Standard.

Which? says: an adult helmet shoud last up to five years, unless you have an accident, in which case you should replace it immediately. I'm not sure what "up to five years" means, or how one can know that a non-crash-damaged helmet is due for replacement.

Warmest regards,
Anglian

Cool, thanks for that info.

As to the 5-year thing, if it's good enough for cyclehelmets.org it's good enough for me:

http://www.cyclehelmets.org/papers/c2023.pdf

It's on the last page of the PDF file (see section "Replacing a helmet")

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Re: I need a new helmet ...

Postby Adlopa » 16 Aug 2012, 10:35am

Slightly off-topic, but I've just seen that the 'invisible bike helmet' (aka head airbag) is now on sale at http://www.hovding.com. It costs £420, mind. Video at http://vimeo.com/43038579

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Re: I need a new helmet ...

Postby Anglian » 16 Aug 2012, 4:28pm

Adlopa wrote:Slightly off-topic, but I've just seen that the 'invisible bike helmet' (aka head airbag) is now on sale at http://www.hovding.com. It costs £420, mind. Video at http://vimeo.com/43038579


It is a Truth, universally acknowledged by all Men, that Design Students will continue to invent Solutions to bicycling Non-problems forever (with apologies to Jane Austen)

"I always thought cycle helmets were uncomfortable" -- so I designed a huge, hot collar, making it more difficult and cumbersome to turn one's head and look behind before manoeuvring.

Perhaps we could have a law to make this expensive novelty compulsory, and watch the cyclist-casualty figures dwindle to nothing, as the barriers to simply riding rise impossibly high?

"I bought a hövding, and feel entirely safe. I can't afford a bike now, mind".

Warmest regards,
Anglian

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Re: I need a new helmet ...

Postby Bengdogg » 16 Aug 2012, 7:20pm

I replaced my ageing spesh Properro with a Met Estero helmet recenty . The spesh helmet was more comfortable imo and also cooler/better ventilation. The met seems to clear bugs faster though when they get in.