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    Headaches from helmet

    Hello all

    I seem to get a headache when riding with my helmet on but not without?

    I dont want to not have a helmet and was wondering if anyone else has had this problem before?

    What helmet would you guys recommend?

    I currently use a Giro Hex.
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    Try other brands. My specialized helmets are narrow, Bell seems wider.

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    Hi... I've got a quite a big head and I use a specialized.. fits a treat. Definately try some other brands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cartman74
    Hi... I've got a quite a big head and I use a specialized.. fits a treat. Definately try some other brands.
    I have quite a big head was thinking of looking at the specialized range.
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    Try something different.

    ...that is, if you already have tried adjusting the helmet you have.

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    Assuming it isn't simply too small, it might be the specific points of contact. Some people are easpecially sensitive to pressure, even very light pressure is certain places, most commonly near the temples.

    Tinker with the fitting system to change the contact area, or consider another brand that fits differently, namely longer and narrower, or shorter and wider, as you require.
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    Quote Originally Posted by perttime
    Try something different.

    ...that is, if you already have tried adjusting the helmet you have.
    ofc i have tried adjusting it, have also put in extra pads / removed pads etc.

    This I will try Specilaized and Scott at my LBS.
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    ... When I bought my first helmet, I went through 4 bike shops and a couple of general sports stores ... and found one helmet that I could wear in comfort.

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    The other day I was getting a bit of pain from my helmet which I thought a bit odd...forgot I had taken the pads out to wash, those velcro patches dig in! Fortunately not too bad since I use a headsweat under the helmet normally anyways, although it did flop around a bit.

    I have a largish head too but do like the fit of my Giro Xen, but have had other Giros I hated...just gotta try a bunch and see what your head likes.
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    I agree with all others about adjusting or switching helmets. You should be able to find something that doesn't give you headaches!

    Something else to think about though:
    Is your riding significantly different when you ride with a helmet vs without? More intense? longer? Make sure you are staying hydrated and have enough carbs/sugars in your body to burn. Low blood sugar and dehydration can both cause nasty headaches, and both are pretty easy to get if you aren't being vigilant while biking.

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    All good advice thanks guys, have tried all different settings with this helmet and it's the large Giro size for my big head!

    Will try out the Specialized and Scott ones in my LBS see if I can get something better, problem is my helmet felt fine in the store....
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    I ride with a fox helmet, and it fits my oversized melon well. I would suggest looking at the Fox also.

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    I use a Hex and dont even know its there. Maybe you have it setup wrong?

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    I use a Bell Influx and like it very much. Bell helmets have what they call the GPS system. There is a ratcheting mechanism on the back of the helmet which makes them quick to adjust.
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    Fox Flux-- My boyfriend and I used to be diehard Giro fans, but we find that Fox has nailed the perfect xc helmet with the Flux. It's superior to anything in the Giro lineup (for mtb use), extremely stable, and super comfortable right out of the box. Try it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShaggyRS6
    I use a Hex and dont even know its there. Maybe you have it setup wrong?
    I have set it up with help from LBS and instructions, tried extra padding / less padding, it'snot an issue of set up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LadyDi
    Fox Flux-- My boyfriend and I used to be diehard Giro fans, but we find that Fox has nailed the perfect xc helmet with the Flux. It's superior to anything in the Giro lineup (for mtb use), extremely stable, and super comfortable right out of the box. Try it.
    Thanks, I will see if anywhere near has Fox helmets to try them out.
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    Yeah the Fox is (for me) a great helmet. I say for me because your really can't shop for brands when shopping for helmets.
    You may like the look of the Giro helmet. But you might not have a Giro head.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrrikki
    Thanks, I will see if anywhere near has Fox helmets to try them out.
    We didn't try ours on in a store. Simply ordered from some online vendor with a good return policy, 1st mine then his a year or so later.

    While we enjoy helping out our LBS whenever possible, if they don't/won't/can't carry a product we really want to try, we refuse to be limited by brands our LBS keeps in stock.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LadyDi
    We didn't try ours on in a store. Simply ordered from some online vendor with a good return policy, 1st mine then his a year or so later.

    While we enjoy helping out our LBS whenever possible, if they don't/won't/can't carry a product we really want to try, we refuse to be limited by brands our LBS keeps in stock.
    Should be ok, we have 2 chain stores and about 6 LBS's that I know of, I live in Bristol UK this place is bike mad.
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