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forza_petacchi

New Helmet

I'm in the process of looking for a new road helmet to replace my old one (a Trek MTB helmet Laughing ). Remember that cost is an important factor, but not the only one....
headwind

none of the above. get a Giro Atmos. best helmet ever made. good deals now too with the Ionos coming in. I recently got a 2006 model for ~100$.
forza_petacchi

Can't afford it....Sad the Sweep is really pushing it, its as high as I will go.
Bartali

headwind wrote:
none of the above. get a Giro Atmos. best helmet ever made. good deals now too with the Ionos coming in. I recently got a 2006 model for ~100$.


+1

Best helmet I've ever owned and if you can get one for $100 snap it up quick!!!
Bartali

http://cgi.ebay.com/New-2006-Giro...020QQcategoryZ58079QQcmdZViewItem
Dr.Wierd

What's the deal with the Atmos, weight, comfort, flashy colours?
forza_petacchi

That's why I'm leaning toward the Ghisallo. With Giro, you're paying $30-$40 just for the name.
Bartali

Dr.Wierd wrote:
What's the deal with the Atmos, weight, comfort, flashy colours?


I like Giro - always ridden with them. The Atmos is pretty light and very comfortable. Lots of vents so very cool. Cool Don't know about flashy colours? You can get lots of LA special editions, but mine is plain black.
forza_petacchi

Bartali wrote:
http://cgi.ebay.com/New-2006-Giro...020QQcategoryZ58079QQcmdZViewItem
I'd jump on that, but I'm probably a large.... Crying or Very sad
headwind

Id even look at a Giro Pneumo. I had one for 4 years and it was also excellent.

Lots of vents. Fit is fantsastic. Adjustibility is excellent. I took a big fall and it worked perfectly. I think the Giro products are without peer in the lid game.

hw
Dr.Wierd

http://www.livingincomfort.com/gi...lmet-black-pewter-med-120179.html

http://www.performancebike.com/sh...SKU=23024&subcategory_ID=4210
headwind

well done dr wierd.....id snap that atmos if i didnt just get one!!! thats a great deal!!!

pneumo too... go forza......!!!!! HURRY...thats a bargain!
CapeRoadie

Bartali wrote:
headwind wrote:
none of the above. get a Giro Atmos. best helmet ever made. good deals now too with the Ionos coming in. I recently got a 2006 model for ~100$.


+1

Best helmet I've ever owned and if you can get one for $100 snap it up quick!!!


+2

Also mine. Had to use my REI Dividend to afford it in 2005, though.
forza_petacchi

I should add this into the mix as well:

Specialized Decibel ($85) Link
bbnaz

I understand the venting and the coolness factor, but don't they all have to be ASTM (or whatever the standard is) rated? Obviously you don't want a clunker so is it the lightness/cooling factor or what drives the choice?
CapeRoadie

Yup, bb. Lightness, ventilation and coolness (as in "that's fu**ing "cool").
forza_petacchi

The coolness factor is very important....I need a blue helmet to go with my jerseys Very Happy
smarauder68

I miss the days of the old "campagnolo" painter caps....Those said "serious cyclist"....Smile
chasm

I hate helmets, but have been forced to buy one because some of the sportives I want to do won't let me enter without one.

One of the reasons I hate them is that they're hot and uncomfortable. I therefore spent quite a while trying them on in large numbers. The Specialized decibel and the Giro atmos were easily the most comfortable and best ventilated. I went with the atmos. I continue to wear it only when I have no choice, however.
forza_petacchi

I don't know where you live, but here in NYC a helmet is absolutely indispensable. If it weren't for mine, I'd be dead several times over.
headwind

where in nyc are you forza?
headwind

oh and hurry up and snap up that atmos that Dr Weird found...too good to pass on.
forza_petacchi

Manhattan- The Original is the Best Very Happy.
headwind

i love it there...you ride CP then or head out of town?
forza_petacchi

I've gotten sick of CP, especially this time of year when there are 5 million tourists who cross the road in front of you, so I do Piermont/Nyack most of the time.
headwind

i have a good friend in rye and when go up that way we head for the hills. cp would get a tad evil this time of year...thats for sure.
chasm

forza_petacchi wrote:
I don't know where you live, but here in NYC a helmet is absolutely indispensable. If it weren't for mine, I'd be dead several times over.


I regularly ride in heavy traffic, and it isn't long since I used to commute by bike in London. We've had the debate in here before. I'm unconvinced that helmets make you safer. I realise I'm in the minority, but my head is still intact.
bbnaz



there you go.


lovely photos in that link. what type of dog is in the background of the ping pong session?
Morstar

bbnaz wrote:


there you go.


lovely photos in that link. what type of dog is in the background of the ping pong session?


Thanks BB.

I had put this picture in my post but deleted the darn thing when it didn't work.

Anyhoo. My post relates to the fact that I've just realised in a few short weeks time my commute will involve regularly being assaulted by these babies! Time to reconsider my own helmet (or lack of) position.

As for the dog? Border collie maybe?
forza_petacchi

chasm wrote:
forza_petacchi wrote:
I don't know where you live, but here in NYC a helmet is absolutely indispensable. If it weren't for mine, I'd be dead several times over.


I regularly ride in heavy traffic, and it isn't long since I used to commute by bike in London. We've had the debate in here before. I'm unconvinced that helmets make you safer. I realise I'm in the minority, but my head is still intact.
I guess your cabbies aren't as bad as ours...
chasm

forza_petacchi wrote:
I guess your cabbies aren't as bad as ours...


You're right there. London cabs, even in these degenerate days, have the lowest accident rate of any form of public transport in the UK.

Be that as it may, and despite my unreconstructed naturism when it comes to bare-headedness, I'd go for the Atmos or the Decibel, depending on which you find more appealing.
berck

I once hit my head on a bike crash and my old Giro really did protect me. I've come to the conclusion that when it comes to helmets, cost should never be the deciding factor. Useablity and protection should be in the for front and the Giro helmets really do go over board on both. I highly recommend the Pnuemo or Atmos. I have both and they are wonderful helmets.

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