Non-ugly Cycling Helmets

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So, cycling helmets...

What's good? What's bad? What do you use? What spiffy looking, yet affordable delights can tempt even the most hardened fashionista into the realms of relative noggin safety?

krakow, Friday, 3 April 2009 22:00 (nine years ago) Permalink

i know loads of ppl that think that catlike helmets are the bomb but i dunno

i like to fart and i am crazy (gbx), Friday, 3 April 2009 22:10 (nine years ago) Permalink

thats like the one hausler uses i think, they do look cool.

iro with the brown bag (Hunt3r), Friday, 3 April 2009 22:15 (nine years ago) Permalink

i have a catlike whisper plus

but now i am required to wear team issue lazer helium helmet, which is honestly one of the best fitting helmets i've ever worn

cutty, Friday, 3 April 2009 22:44 (nine years ago) Permalink

the catlike doesn't even match my new kit so it's a non issue

cutty, Friday, 3 April 2009 22:44 (nine years ago) Permalink

i lost the little pads that go in my helmet so now there's just the sharp-end of velcro in there and it's hurty. :(

i like to fart and i am crazy (gbx), Friday, 3 April 2009 22:47 (nine years ago) Permalink

http://yakkay.com/Covers.aspx

Stevie T, Friday, 3 April 2009 22:48 (nine years ago) Permalink

http://i44.tinypic.com/inyff5.jpg

cutty, Friday, 3 April 2009 22:48 (nine years ago) Permalink

nice break, dogg

i like to fart and i am crazy (gbx), Friday, 3 April 2009 22:49 (nine years ago) Permalink

you need other people to be in a break!

cutty, Friday, 3 April 2009 22:50 (nine years ago) Permalink

and this is what i'm wearing now:

http://cdn.mos.bikeradar.com/images/news/2008/10/07/Lazer_Helium-798-75.jpg

cutty, Friday, 3 April 2009 22:52 (nine years ago) Permalink

the roll type mechanism on the type for adjustments is actually really nice

cutty, Friday, 3 April 2009 22:52 (nine years ago) Permalink

i mean how would i know

i like to fart and i am crazy (gbx), Friday, 3 April 2009 22:52 (nine years ago) Permalink

solo breakaway, same shit...

cutty, Friday, 3 April 2009 22:55 (nine years ago) Permalink

I used to really not like the Trek helmet I have, but having tried on a pile more none of them actually fit as well. It's 4 years old so doubt they even make that model any more but as a brand they seem to do okay (and it was about £35 when I bought it).

Mark C, Saturday, 4 April 2009 18:03 (nine years ago) Permalink

that lazer one looks ace. i figure it's worth spending £$£$£$ on helmets to both feel and look good. specialized s-works 2d is the lightest in the world, i have the previous model and it's great, very light and lots of ventage.

http://www.roadcyclinguk.com/news/images/HLMT_2D_MTB_lo.jpg

turnover is validating, profit is salivating (ledge), Monday, 6 April 2009 09:21 (nine years ago) Permalink

i have an old POS bell basic whatever, but after wearing the specialized that came with my rental i'm kinda like whoa, maybe a new helmet is not a bad thing? still kinda whatevs tho. it's a helmet. i'm not doing any solo breakaways anytime soon.

(*゚ー゚)θ L(。・_・)   °~ヾ(・ε・ *) (Steve Shasta), Monday, 6 April 2009 09:56 (nine years ago) Permalink

then you are not stressing style enough in your cycling

cutty, Monday, 6 April 2009 12:28 (nine years ago) Permalink

oh boy am i at the fuck style stage of cycling for real ;_;

iro with the brown bag (Hunt3r), Monday, 6 April 2009 21:48 (nine years ago) Permalink

FRED!

cutty, Monday, 6 April 2009 22:40 (nine years ago) Permalink

BOSS

i like to fart and i am crazy (gbx), Tuesday, 7 April 2009 00:15 (nine years ago) Permalink

I've got a fairly old Catlike Kompact and a newish Bell Sweep R

Kompact is classic. Sweep R is not too bad for a bell helmet.

wilter, Tuesday, 7 April 2009 02:47 (nine years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

cutty, tell me how you could wear a catlike in competition? i thought they were nisht-nisht in USA comp (unless you are a member of cervelo test tm).

(*゚ー゚)θ L(。・_・)   °~ヾ(・ε・ *) (Steve Shasta), Tuesday, 14 July 2009 05:07 (nine years ago) Permalink

i don't anymore as team issue helmets are LAZER

but really no one is going to cite you for a catlike helmet violation unless you are doing an NRC race

cutty, Tuesday, 14 July 2009 09:45 (nine years ago) Permalink

btw i love the lazer:

http://www.cutty.org/cuttlerrapha.jpg

cutty, Tuesday, 14 July 2009 09:47 (nine years ago) Permalink

if only i could find a supplier ;_;

last night i dreamt somebody shoved me (ledge), Tuesday, 14 July 2009 09:52 (nine years ago) Permalink

Cutty, did you get the Blades to match?

naus, Tuesday, 14 July 2009 10:00 (nine years ago) Permalink

I'm very happy with my new Met Inferno, which fits very well, is very comfortable and doesn't look too ugly.

http://www.jejamescycles.co.uk/product-images-large/met-inferno-ul-road-helmet-41563.jpg

Mark C, Tuesday, 14 July 2009 13:43 (nine years ago) Permalink

what are blades

cutty, Tuesday, 14 July 2009 13:53 (nine years ago) Permalink

who is naus

cutty, Tuesday, 14 July 2009 13:53 (nine years ago) Permalink

lol

i know u in heaven i hope 2 c u next year (am0n), Wednesday, 15 July 2009 00:51 (nine years ago) Permalink

should i buy a helmet, i've been told several times by co-workers to get one

i know u in heaven i hope 2 c u next year (am0n), Wednesday, 15 July 2009 00:52 (nine years ago) Permalink

gis accident no helmet

(*゚ー゚)θ L(。・_・)   °~ヾ(・ε・ *) (Steve Shasta), Wednesday, 15 July 2009 00:58 (nine years ago) Permalink

ok now what

i know u in heaven i hope 2 c u next year (am0n), Wednesday, 15 July 2009 01:01 (nine years ago) Permalink

looks fake i can tell from the egg yolk and from seeing quite a few eggs in my time

i know u in heaven i hope 2 c u next year (am0n), Wednesday, 15 July 2009 01:09 (nine years ago) Permalink

whats a basic helmet for commuting

i know u in heaven i hope 2 c u next year (am0n), Wednesday, 15 July 2009 01:10 (nine years ago) Permalink

i wear a giro xen - it's an mtb helmet, but i like it for commuting and MTB. very comfy, not garish at all.

a terrible camera... with fangs and shit... (ytth), Wednesday, 15 July 2009 02:31 (nine years ago) Permalink

kind of expensivo for a basic commuting helmet, but if you go to a bike store, you'll be able to find something good in the $40 - $50 range.

a terrible camera... with fangs and shit... (ytth), Wednesday, 15 July 2009 02:32 (nine years ago) Permalink

i've got a bell i've had for four years now that i got for 50 that's just fine imo

get one of those skate-looking helmets if you don't want to look like a ~biker~ but do want to sweat like a motherfucker

bentley cadence (gbx), Wednesday, 15 July 2009 02:52 (nine years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

I've been trying to find a Lazer Helium for a month. Does any body know how to find them for sale in the U.S.?

Michael Hayes, Thursday, 6 August 2009 15:02 (nine years ago) Permalink

might be they are not available yet? it's still fairly new. the PROs are wearing them but usually they have shit the season before.

cutty, Thursday, 6 August 2009 15:55 (nine years ago) Permalink

You're right, I heard Mid August in Europe and mid September for U.S.

Michael Hayes, Wednesday, 12 August 2009 01:54 (nine years ago) Permalink

six months pass...

i have an old POS bell basic whatever, but after wearing the specialized that came with my rental i'm kinda like whoa, maybe a new helmet is not a bad thing? still kinda whatevs tho. it's a helmet. i'm not doing any solo breakaways anytime soon.

― (*゚ー゚)θ L(。・_・)   °~ヾ(・ε・ *) (Steve Shasta), Monday, April 6, 2009 2:56 AM (10 months ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

then you are not stressing style enough in your cycling

― cutty, Monday, April 6, 2009 5:28 AM (10 months ago) Bookmark

revive? show me the deal of all deals. I have a biggish noggin (i rock 7.5" new eras), my old pos shell is starting to peel apart from the foam on the left side, thinking it's time for something nice (but looking for a deal/steal tbh). sup.

┌∩┐(◕_◕)┌∩┐ (Steve Shasta), Tuesday, 16 February 2010 01:45 (eight years ago) Permalink

wow, that may increase my 16.0mph avg speed to 16.2mph. :-\

┌∩┐(◕_◕)┌∩┐ (Steve Shasta), Tuesday, 16 February 2010 01:54 (eight years ago) Permalink

haha. u know im like assuming the character of tt lame-o. im racing all tts while not training pretty much at all. i think i have 400 miles during november, december, january. nothing i can do aboiut it except yknow, buy cheesy gear. im relishing my "do everything rong" race hobby.

^^^^ i bought helmet used for rather cheap, w/ visor, no earpieces.

u b ilxin' (Hunt3r), Tuesday, 16 February 2010 02:04 (eight years ago) Permalink

lol i have that TT helmet!

sir ilx-a-lot (cutty), Tuesday, 16 February 2010 02:05 (eight years ago) Permalink

it's not the most aero but there is less margin of era on the backside if your held tilts the wrong way

sir ilx-a-lot (cutty), Tuesday, 16 February 2010 02:06 (eight years ago) Permalink

shasta i'd go with lazer

sir ilx-a-lot (cutty), Tuesday, 16 February 2010 02:06 (eight years ago) Permalink

http://www.probikekit.com/_img_200x256/H0043.jpg

black helmet a PRO style faux-pas apparently but i got it anyway.

the deep housing bubble (haitch), Tuesday, 16 February 2010 02:21 (eight years ago) Permalink

Giro have the biggest noggin encompassing helmet, they make the only one capable of protecting my head.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Tuesday, 16 February 2010 02:51 (eight years ago) Permalink

xpost yeah, i heard its a bit of an aero liability but really comfortable. i like the idea of the visor, because i don't think glasses will work well with my position. i wear specs usually, but on my bars i had to look over the top of the glasses frames. even with contacts, i think id be looking over the top of my shades. so i'm hoping contacts w/ visor will be satisfactory.

the one i bought was used by someone on jelly belly, maybe they left some fast in it that i can absorb.

u b ilxin' (Hunt3r), Tuesday, 16 February 2010 02:53 (eight years ago) Permalink

what do y'all think of Selev as a brand?

┌∩┐(◕_◕)┌∩┐ (Steve Shasta), Tuesday, 16 February 2010 05:09 (eight years ago) Permalink

never heard of it

sir ilx-a-lot (cutty), Tuesday, 16 February 2010 12:49 (eight years ago) Permalink

get levis to make u a denim helmet

sir ilx-a-lot (cutty), Tuesday, 16 February 2010 12:49 (eight years ago) Permalink

Never hear of i but I looked at their site and most of their helmets don't go above Italian size, i.e. too small.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Tuesday, 16 February 2010 13:22 (eight years ago) Permalink

ive never heard of them but they look good. that matrix helmet goes up to 63, which seems like a pretty damn huge melon.

isnt a 60cm pretty big?

u b ilxin' (Hunt3r), Tuesday, 16 February 2010 13:39 (eight years ago) Permalink

63cm is too small for my melon, but I have a ridiculous mellon and hairstyle and like to fit a (thin) hat in there.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Tuesday, 16 February 2010 14:25 (eight years ago) Permalink

i'm 60cm (7.5" us hat size) which is a L on their sight. am currently considering this:
http://www.probikekit.com/_img_500x640/H2204.jpg

which has good random bike webforum reviews wrt ventilation and comfort, is ultralight (210g), and about $50 cheaper then comparable bell/giro models and about 50% cheaper then the comparable Lazer that cutty rec'd upthread. the only concern is that Catlike, it lacks the proper USA certified safety testing but passes the Italian/European standards.

┌∩┐(◕_◕)┌∩┐ (Steve Shasta), Tuesday, 16 February 2010 17:18 (eight years ago) Permalink

while i've seen triathlon entities inspect helmets for certification stickers, ive NEVER seen it at a bike race. they'd have to do it at registration.

u b ilxin' (Hunt3r), Tuesday, 16 February 2010 17:23 (eight years ago) Permalink

i used to rock a catlike and no one ever gave me shit

sir ilx-a-lot (cutty), Tuesday, 16 February 2010 17:27 (eight years ago) Permalink

u paralyzed them w/ cool rays!

u b ilxin' (Hunt3r), Tuesday, 16 February 2010 17:28 (eight years ago) Permalink

it was pretty cool! but doesn't match my current color palette.

sir ilx-a-lot (cutty), Tuesday, 16 February 2010 17:31 (eight years ago) Permalink

Selev looks dope imo. I much preferred my old specialized to the new 2d. New one may be lighter but it's way wider, makes me look like Toad from Mario.

take me to your lemur (ledge), Tuesday, 16 February 2010 17:34 (eight years ago) Permalink

i shld get a palette. im too cheap to buy a generic skinsuit. i wonder if the spandex still works in an antique team skinsuit. xpost.

ha toad from mario

u b ilxin' (Hunt3r), Tuesday, 16 February 2010 17:36 (eight years ago) Permalink

steve shasta we have THE SAME SIZE HEAD

except that i am like 6" shorter than you, and 40lb lighter or something. lol bobblehead

werewolf bar mitzvah of the xx (gbx), Tuesday, 16 February 2010 18:31 (eight years ago) Permalink

man my dome is small, 56, and its sorta narrow.

u b ilxin' (Hunt3r), Tuesday, 16 February 2010 18:58 (eight years ago) Permalink

god i hope i dont completely lose my hair, my shape is dire.

u b ilxin' (Hunt3r), Tuesday, 16 February 2010 18:58 (eight years ago) Permalink

^finally a winner

ENERGY FOOD (en i see kay), Wednesday, 17 February 2010 13:25 (eight years ago) Permalink

i disagree

sir ilx-a-lot (cutty), Wednesday, 17 February 2010 13:44 (eight years ago) Permalink

fugly

malicious humor victim (Hunt3r), Wednesday, 17 February 2010 14:51 (eight years ago) Permalink

it's a nice helmet if you're a "serious" cyclists rocking skateboard helmets

sir ilx-a-lot (cutty), Wednesday, 17 February 2010 15:05 (eight years ago) Permalink

^not one of them but I like its snug stylings.

take me to your lemur (ledge), Wednesday, 17 February 2010 15:13 (eight years ago) Permalink

ok when riding your lightcycle on the grid

malicious humor victim (Hunt3r), Wednesday, 17 February 2010 16:04 (eight years ago) Permalink

*tokes* yeeeeeeeaaaaahhhh

take me to your lemur (ledge), Wednesday, 17 February 2010 16:53 (eight years ago) Permalink

the one i bought was used by someone on jelly belly, maybe they left some fast in it that i can absorb.

ok, whoever it was who sent the helmet off to me put in like 6 bags of sport beans-- so so awez. the helmet is in beautiful condition too, with original bag.

malicious humor victim (Hunt3r), Saturday, 20 February 2010 04:54 (eight years ago) Permalink

awes... when is your first TT hunt3r?

btw, i pulled the trig on the Selev, will report back with deets when it arrives from die Danmarck.

┌∩┐(◕_◕)┌∩┐ (Steve Shasta), Saturday, 20 February 2010 05:35 (eight years ago) Permalink

depends, theres on in like 3 weeks that i'll probly skip. so, early april. then.

my lack of riding and relative obesity is sapping my enthusiasm. and the shitty depresso weather weve had this year. if i wanted this shit all winter, i could live in like, syracuse.

malicious humor victim (Hunt3r), Saturday, 20 February 2010 16:54 (eight years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

good luck usa

caek, Saturday, 8 May 2010 22:43 (eight years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

I have moved on to a Giro Ionnis. That Selev I mentioned upthread looked cool but was poor quality imho. This Giro is really nice. Expensive at full price, try to grab a deal if you can.

it's a meme i made and i like (Steve Shasta), Monday, 23 May 2011 23:16 (seven years ago) Permalink

the giro atmos my friend gave me for xmas fits fine w/o a cycling cap underneath, but when i wear a cap, it flys off the back of my head when i'm going fast. pretty lame.

jaxon, Monday, 23 May 2011 23:46 (seven years ago) Permalink

also saw vids of the giro d'italia and some guys had helmets w/venting that was sideways across head instead of back. it looked hella weird

jaxon, Monday, 23 May 2011 23:48 (seven years ago) Permalink

maybe the new Orbea Odin helmets that Euskaltel is racing. They look like klingon foreheads.

it's a meme i made and i like (Steve Shasta), Monday, 23 May 2011 23:53 (seven years ago) Permalink

That's EXACTLY what I thought about them! haha!

sous les paves, Tuesday, 24 May 2011 01:08 (seven years ago) Permalink

I think it is time for a new helmet. Giro has been good to me, I'd like to try a bontrager oracle, as worn by leopard trek. It seems very open.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Tuesday, 24 May 2011 03:16 (seven years ago) Permalink

that new giro might be an option?

i like the bell volt, would recommend.

Tyler the Accuser (haitch), Tuesday, 24 May 2011 04:17 (seven years ago) Permalink

I think I've lost my helmet - I've got to call an off licence3 today as it's the only place I could have left it, otherwise I'm back in the market. But I'll almost certainly get the same as before because after half an hour of trying on photos and looking in the mirror it was the only one that was both comfortable and looked okay (a Met Ultimalite).

Mark C, Tuesday, 24 May 2011 09:23 (seven years ago) Permalink

LAZER

cop a cute abdomen (gbx), Tuesday, 24 May 2011 13:51 (seven years ago) Permalink

I have a giro monza, which appears to be the plain vanilla ice cream of helmets. There were loads of them on the last fnrttc. Pretty comfy and light enough though.

problem chimp (Porkpie), Tuesday, 24 May 2011 14:38 (seven years ago) Permalink

Found mine - left it in the offie. Phew!

Mark C, Tuesday, 24 May 2011 15:01 (seven years ago) Permalink

Has to be an american brand to fit my capacious bonce/hair combo.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Tuesday, 24 May 2011 15:40 (seven years ago) Permalink

Ya this is it

http://www.orbea.com/img/equipos/galeria/euskaltel-euskadi-03.jpg

And, nah. I'm not in the market for a helmet, I just don't wear a cap underneath.

jaxon, Tuesday, 24 May 2011 16:08 (seven years ago) Permalink

http://road.cc/content/review/36114-catlike-vacuum-helmet

Looks pretty good

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Sunday, 29 May 2011 17:16 (seven years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

I'm thinking of picking up a Spiritualized Echelon when they release the new models in a month -- anyone have any exp w/ these?

bell biv devo (Stevie D(eux)), Friday, 28 September 2012 16:15 (six years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

lol at "Spiritualized"

bell biv devo (Stevie D(eux)), Saturday, 13 October 2012 00:17 (six years ago) Permalink


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