What is a good helmet for a bike commuter?

Discussion in 'Cycling Equipment' started by Last Place Pete, Apr 10, 2011.

  1. Last Place Pete

    Last Place Pete New Member

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    Do "urban" helmets offer more protection than "road" helmets, or just different styling? I'm going to be commuting by bike (about 7mi/rt) on roads where traffic can get a bit on the heavy side from time to time. If I'm going to be wearing a heavier helmet, I'd rather it protect my melon more than just look pretty..

    Thanks!

    -Pete
     
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  2. dabac

    dabac Well-Known Member

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    If you flip the helmet over you'll be able to read what standard it's tested to, and basically two helmets both pledging allegiance to the same standard should offer the same level of protection.
    I'd be quite wary of a supplier claiming to offer more protection than requested by the standard - how would that be proven?

    There's a small functional difference in that road helmets may offer better ventilation, but otherwise it's mainly styling.
    More dedicated riders might want to match their helmets to the color scheme of their bikes and their riding clothes, so there's a wider market for strong colors.
     
  3. Volnix

    Volnix Well-Known Member

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    They all seem to offer the same level of protection if they are tested with the same standard. But some helmets (the bmx or skate ones usually) are good for more then one "uses" (crashes /img/vbsmilies/smilies/biggrin.gif). Some also have expiration dates. I think its a good idea to try to find one that fits so well so that you can wear it without troubling you /img/vbsmilies/smilies/smile.gif.
     
  4. Scotty_Dog

    Scotty_Dog New Member

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    Phil85207 New Member

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    Aha the great bicycle helmet debate. I have had cheep one and not so cheep ones and I don't see much difference. Find one that fits comfortably and go for it. Of course that works for me and others may have other ideas.
     
  6. JTE83

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    If you use a cheap helmut and cheap bike people will think your poor. Buy a good helmut and some status!
     
  7. tonyzackery

    tonyzackery Well-Known Member

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    Indeed. Fast group rides in this area are structured by the cost of your helmet and perceived disposable income. Good advice!/img/vbsmilies/smilies/wink.gif
     
  8. 00dell

    00dell New Member

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    You're rediculous, "buy a good helmut and some status". Riding an expensive bike doesn't give you status if you don't know how to ride it. Don't be a douche, buy a helmet that fits right, you like, and makes your wallet happy.


     
  9. Myosmith

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    A "good" helmet, or an "expensive" helmet. There are some good helmets available for < $50. Big bucks does not equal better protection. I second that vote for the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute, great info.
     
  10. kdelong

    kdelong Well-Known Member

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    Any helmet that you are happy with, but make sure that they conform to standards set by one of the standard testing companies: ASTM, ANSI, Snell, CPSC, or CEN. This will normally be noted on the packaging and also inside of the helmet.. . .
     
  11. bkwitche

    bkwitche New Member

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    Haha. Too funny.
     
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