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    Helmet for XC / Road commuting

    Hi,

    During the Scott 24 I kept hearing the anouncers saying if your helmet is over 5 years old get a newone and I realised mine is nearly 10. However was not lucky enough to get a freebie.

    I found an article in th latest mountain biking mag that tested 14 helmets. However the main advice was get one that fits your head as every head is a bit different.

    Which shops in Canberra would have the biggest race of helmets or is it a case of try all the shops to find the best fitting helmet?

    Would Sydney have a better range? Is so what shops have a big range?

    Thanks

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    Canberra has a great range of bike shops - do you really need an excuse to visit some?!
    I have had very friendly help from Mick at OnyaBike Belconnen if you are Northside.
    Try not to buy too much!

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    The general rule is your head either fits a Bell or Giro, but not both. Figure out which, and you can go from there.

    Personally I use a Giro E2. Not cheap to replace, but oh well. I hear there is a new XC version of the Giro Atmos though, which I'm keen to try out.

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    Thanks guys. I currently have a Bell but I remember when I bought it from OnyaBike in Tuggernong at the same time as my Mongoose bike they didn't have a lot of different types. I wil lhave to try Giro and see, maybe I do have a Bell shaped head.

    I have to take my Giant that I got from the bikeshed in to have something looked at. I just spent 7 hours taking everything apart and trying to get all the dust out of it from the 24 hr but it still squeals and rattles heaps. Feels like the bottom bracket. Good chance to have a look at the three shops in Braddon to check out their helmets

    I agree Canberra has a great range of shops and is great for buying new bikes. Problem is if you want to compare for example Merida, Giant, Felt and Specialised you have to travel a fair bit as no shop seems to have more than a couple of brands. I was wondering if helmets were the same and the shops only had one or two brands each meaning to try the 14 recommended in the magazine might mean visiting maybe 7 shops.

    My biggest problem with bike shops is the parts they use during service. I found my mongoose went from high end componentry to lowish end as things were replaced. I know many other people who have complained about the same thing. Owning a bike that was nearly top of the range and 5 years later after having a few services it is a bike with bottom of the range parts. No idea if this is just Canberra or almost everywhere. I have certainly found when buying new bikes that Canberra has a good range and good prices but haven't found anywhere that will replace parts on a bike with the same quality components.

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    hey CC

    Bikes are super easy to work on. Buy a book such as "Zin bike maintenance" or watch a few vids on you tube and then have the courage to make a few mistakes. If you have not been able do something ring your lbs for a quote on just doing that job. ie. ring them and ask how much a brake bleed would cost or a shock rebuild, but give it a go first before tking it to the shop.
    after a while working on your bike b ecomes part of riding and a part of the sport, you will enjoy it and you get to choose your own parts.

    Also buy a cheap bike tool set made in china to start with and gradually up grade your tools over time with the ones that you use most with better quality tools.
    Torpedo7 has a good set at present which a freind bought.
    I bought a good quality stand recently and it has made working on my bike even better fun,

    You will end up doing a better job and spend the money you save on buying better parts or flying around the country to events.

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    Quote Originally Posted by akashra
    The general rule is your head either fits a Bell or Giro, but not both. Figure out which, and you can go from there.

    Personally I use a Giro E2. Not cheap to replace, but oh well. I hear there is a new XC version of the Giro Atmos though, which I'm keen to try out.
    Not always the case - most people will find either a bell or a giro helmet which will fit, but some will never be comfortable with either.

    Helmets are alot like bikes in that certain shops will only carry certain brands.

    Brands that you should look out for and definately try to try on - giro, bell, Lazer, Specialized, Met, Limar, Fox, Netti and really anything else.

    I've personally found Lazer and Met to fit me the best - hate the fit of Bell and not too fond of giro either.


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    mmatrix,

    Thanks, I agree with you that bikes are pretty easy. I do 9% of stuff my self. Only reason the bike went to the shop was the freewheel was stuffed so badly chain would come off as soon as you stopped pedalling. (never put roil on your bike - if anyone trys to sell you roil saying how good it is run for your life). Anyway the bikeshop talked me into a full service and I must admit they did a fantastic job as the bike felt better than when new but they fitted what they had in stock which was must lower specs than what my bike had on it previously.

    I think I made the right choice with my new bike. When Torpedo & had a sale on chains, clusters and chain rings I bought 5 of each. Now I know I can keep my bike up to the same spec for a long time.

    I went into the bike shops in braddon at lunch time. The ride shop had a brand of helmet I haven't heard of for $49.95. I tried on some bell helmets for $199 and a Giro E2 for $249 but wa surprised the $49.95 helmet felt so good. Didn't buy anything yet. I am tempted to get the $49.95 helmet but I keep thiking my head is worth more than that.

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    You want an awesome helmet (depending on personal fit)... Catlike Kompact! Had the Bell XC sweep for a while, but it didnt really fit my head right (OK) and a Giro E2 which fit well, but the Catlike wins hands down!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by akashra
    ...Not cheap to replace, but oh well...
    Don't worry about the price of a helmet. Be more concerned with what price you're head is worth... I will pay whatever price for a good fitting helmet. I recently picked up a Specialized Decibel and the fit is great, better than my old Giro (not that that was bad either). Makes a great XC helmet, and you can whip the visor off pretty easily for road duties... Worn by Cadel too. Not a bad endorsement...
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    Quote Originally Posted by akashra
    The general rule is your head either fits a Bell or Giro, but not both. Figure out which, and you can go from there.
    I've heard that a lot.

    Someone tell me... I wear a Met Stradivarius 199.

    If you fit a MET, would you fit a Bell or a Giro better?

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    I second the Giro E2. I was going for a Bell Sweep but the Giro fit my head better
    cheers
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    Dont wanna hijack this thread but I'm also looking for a new helmet. Are the decibels good, safe with good ventilation? I really like the red team one, theres one at the the shop I work at. I found the specialized helmets really comfortable, same as the giro. Any suggestions on helmets i should look out for btw my budget is bout $300 max but id rather spend $150-200

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    Quote Originally Posted by lachstar2
    Dont wanna hijack this thread but I'm also looking for a new helmet. Are the decibels good, safe with good ventilation? I really like the red team one, theres one at the the shop I work at. I found the specialized helmets really comfortable, same as the giro. Any suggestions on helmets i should look out for btw my budget is bout $300 max but id rather spend $150-200
    Hey Lachstar,

    In answer to your question, yes, Decibel's are good, they're safe (wouldn't be sold in Oz otherwise) and they have great ventilation. I also found the fit really good, hence why I bought one, and easily adjustable. I think that if you fit a Giro, you'll fit a Decibel.

    Two niggles with them though - 1. Excess chin strap. There was a heap (for me) and it flapped around a lot before I sorted it out with a rubber band. Easily fixed but not something I should have to do on a $200+ helmet. 2. On really hot days (35 deg.+), there's not enough padding to keep the sweat out of my eyes. I sweat fairly heavily though.

    The 2 issues are more personal than general ones, so these issues may not affect you. Diff'rent strokes for diff'rent folks as they say. My suggestion, try a few different helmets on, see which fits best then go for that...
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    Re the five-year helmet thing, have they changed any standards recently?

    I hadly own any software that's less than six or seven years old; had a three-year hiatus from the sport and everything was stored away... most of it's still perfect, and the stuff I've grown too fat for gets good odds on Ebay becuase it's 'collectible'...

    Helmets fall well into this category; I still use a Giro Exodus... and I have a spare one in the spares cupboard! Great helmet, though; perfect fit for me, good ventilation etc. Not looking forward to replacing it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Robbo
    Re the five-year helmet thing, have they changed any standards recently?

    I hadly own any software that's less than six or seven years old; had a three-year hiatus from the sport and everything was stored away... most of it's still perfect, and the stuff I've grown too fat for gets good odds on Ebay becuase it's 'collectible'...

    Helmets fall well into this category; I still use a Giro Exodus... and I have a spare one in the spares cupboard! Great helmet, though; perfect fit for me, good ventilation etc. Not looking forward to replacing it.

    No they haven't changed the standards, and it doesn't really matter if you've actually used the helmet for 5yrs or if it's been sitting "new in box" in your closet for that long...it's still toast. Reason being is the "foam" begins to degrade/deteriorate/change chemically over that timescale and it begins to loose it's ability to crush (which is what saves your head!).

    Exception is some of the hard shell skate, motorcycle, and full face helmets that are designed to take multiple impacts. Different design, different materials=different lifespan expectancy. Your XC helmet has begun to severely loose it's ability to protect you if it's older than 5yrs though.

    Side note: Be careful and actually look at the inspection sticker on the inside of the helmet before you buy. I actually found quite a few helmets marked '06 and even '05 being sold as new '07 or '08's in '08. I don't want to pay full price on a $150+ helmet when it's spent 2+years of it's usable life on a shelf

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