Cycle Helmet - always too far back

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fausto99
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Cycle Helmet - always too far back

Postby fausto99 » 8 Feb 2017, 3:49pm

I cycle regularly with a CTC group and one of the other riders is having problems with his helmet fit. His helmet always sits too far back on his head, leaving his nose very exposed in the event of a spill. We've discussed this and he's tried moving it around and also a different make of helmet but that too still sits on his head way back. If we push the helmet forward as far as we dare then the peak is almost level with his nose but then the back looks too exposed. I should also say that he doesn't have a particularly large nose. I guess it's just the shape of his head which is not suited to the average helmet design.

Can anyone recommend a helmet with a longer front to back dimension?

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Re: Cycle Helmet - always too far back

Postby hamster » 8 Feb 2017, 4:16pm

Often this happens if the front strap is too loose compared to the back. Ooch some of the front strap through the Y-splitter things below the ears and round to the back strap. The exact details vary by helmet.

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Re: Cycle Helmet - always too far back

Postby mattsccm » 8 Feb 2017, 5:56pm

Is this friend female :wink: ? Almost every woman I see has a helmet worn like this. Dunno why.
As he says. Adjust the straps or possibly his helmet doesn't fit his head. Swap one of them

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Re: Cycle Helmet - always too far back

Postby Threevok » 8 Feb 2017, 7:19pm

Maybe he's a cone head like me ?

I am still struggling to find a helmet that doesn't make me feel like Beaker off the Muppets (one that doesn't break the bank, anyway).

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Re: Cycle Helmet - always too far back

Postby AndyK » 8 Feb 2017, 7:41pm

I found the Kask K50 a good fit for my long-ish head. The K50 no longer exists but newer Kask models may also work - the internal cradle arrangement makes for a lot of flexibility with position and fit. As ever with helmets, there's no substitute for trying them out in a shop.

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Re: Cycle Helmet - always too far back

Postby fausto99 » 8 Feb 2017, 10:07pm

Thanks for the comments.
I think his current helmet is a Limar. I can't remember what the previous one was. I'll suggest he tries a Kask.

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Re: Cycle Helmet - always too far back

Postby Gattonero » 9 Feb 2017, 8:19am

fausto99 wrote:Thanks for the comments.
I think his current helmet is a Limar. I can't remember what the previous one was. I'll suggest he tries a Kask.


Find a good shop that would make you test different helmets and give advice.
That's what a good LBS stands for 8)
It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best,
since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them.
Thus you remember them as they actually are...

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Re: Cycle Helmet - always too far back

Postby Mick F » 9 Feb 2017, 2:31pm

All heads are different.

Going back to my time in the RN, we sailors were issued with our caps, and brand new, they were circular.
Different sizes of course, but circular nonetheless.
Here's me, a week after joining up. Sept 1969 HMS Raleigh. 16 going on 17 and never been kissed (much)
Raleigh Recruit copy.jpg
The caps were painful.
They dug into your forehead and the back of your head, and there was often a gap along both sides.
After a few weeks, they fitted beautifully. If you tried someone else's by mistake - even if they were the same size - it wouldn't fit.

Hence bike helmets have fittings internally that adjust perfectly to the shape and size of an individual's bonce.
If your bonce lies outside the scope of the fittings, you need to try a different make, but from my experience of four helmets, they were all a bit much of a muchness. Four different makes. Latest one is a Secialized.

I get over any issues these days, by not wearing one. :D
Mick F. Cornwall

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Re: Cycle Helmet - always too far back

Postby fausto99 » 9 Feb 2017, 4:53pm

I hadn't thought to look or ask him about the inserts :oops: