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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-05-2006, 12:33 PM Thread Starter
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i decided to ride my bike out since i couldn't go back to sleep and i noticed my helmet seems "loose". It's won't come off my head, but when i'm riding 50+ my helmet kind of starts to lift up, does that mean i need a smaller helmet? does that make it less safe? i think it's cause i lost hella weight so far during this winter, that's due to depression of no riding
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-05-2006, 12:36 PM
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Helmet should be snug fitting, I wear mine almost too small. Yours is definetely too big and may come off in a crash (god forbid). Time to score a new one.
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How long have you had the helmet?

If not too long, and its not extremely loose, you might be able to just buy a new liner, and pads.

If the helmet is more than a few years old, just replace it.

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Jack is right. Your helmet should be very very snug on your head. If you crashed with the helmet you have now your skull would bounce around like a racquetball inside it and cause a lot of damage.

I was wearing a Medium HJC which I thought fit fine. Then I had a pro fit my head to an Arai and it is a Small. That helmet saved my skull at the track.

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the helmet is only about 2-3 months old, it's a HJC L....i'll try the liner thing if that doesn't work, i'll just look around for a new helmet.... another question are there such things one helmet brand being better then the other.....this helmet cost 150 i was wondering if i buy something pricer would it really make a difference, looks doesn't matter as long as there's some color that matches my bike on it
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The question about one helmet being better than another will bring on a long debate.

To circumvent that I will tell you a good fitting HJC will protect better than a poor fitting Arai.

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It's where the pads are pushing on the noggin. It can be tight in the wrong spots. You may need to mess with the pads. I've never had a real good fit from HJC. Different people have different skull shapes and different manufacturers have different shaped liners. Look at Arai. The have Signet and Quantum series to cater to different shapes.

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the helmet is only about 2-3 months old, it's a HJC L....i'll try the liner thing if that doesn't work, i'll just look around for a new helmet.... another question are there such things one helmet brand being better then the other.....this helmet cost 150 i was wondering if i buy something pricer would it really make a difference, looks doesn't matter as long as there's some color that matches my bike on it
I have an HJC also and it also bounces around. As for different brands, as from what i've read/heard, some lids fit better than others. I tried a Shoei and it fits me better than the HJC and an Arai.

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aiite thanks for the help....'m going to start looking around for other helmets, is there any bike shop around that carries alot of different brands? cause i know most shops around by me seem to carry more of HJC then anything..
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MC show is coming up, I'd surf the web for designs I like. Then snag one at the show.

Different brands do fit different. Talk to the guys at Chicago Cyle, I'm sure they can fit ya, and give ya a reasonable price.

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Try an arai, i have the quantum. nice this thing is arai sells different thickness cheek pads so you can customize your fit very easily.




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HJC's float around alot. I have a Soumy and I really like it. The Bayliss replica *SEXUAL* What are peoples outlooks on KBC for a cheap extra helmet?

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I must be the ONLY person on this board that has ABSOLUTELY no fit problem with HJC. Most people wear helmets WAY TOO big. Diane (my wife) thought she would wear an XL....ha....try small! I found that with HJC I need a small with XS check pads. Shoei I need a small, but that suckers is almost too tight, but medium too loose. Like Bruce said you have to play around with pads and liners. Jammin was wearing a Large HJC, then got fitted by a Arai person....guess what he wears.........XS. Most fitting guidelines are just that guide lines, you can't pick a helmet out in 5 minutes. The reason why Arai sells so well is they train the people selling them how to fit one on your noggin.

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My HJC was an XS and I got fitted for an Arai and a Soumy and was a small with hair down and med with hair up. Thats part of the issue for me... I have hair that I can't just smash in to a tiny helmet.

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I must be the ONLY person on this board that has ABSOLUTELY no fit problem with HJC.
Its because of that big round melon on top of your neck. Its HUGE! Its like Sputnik, round but pointy in places.

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Most people wear helmets WAY TOO big...... The reason why Arai sells so well is they train the people selling them how to fit one on your noggin.
This is what I've been saying in all of my posts about helmets. And I agree about the Arai's. That's what I was fitted.

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HJC's float around alot. I have a Soumy and I really like it. The Bayliss replica *SEXUAL* What are peoples outlooks on KBC for a cheap extra helmet?
I've crash tested KBC. They fit okay if you can find the right one. I think Helmet Harbor has the best prices, but trying to find **your** size could be difficult without a local dealer.

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post #17 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-05-2006, 07:11 PM
 
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I've had HJC helmets loosen up fairly quickly in the past and decided to go with a new helmet at the beginning of last season. I ended up with a kbc racer1 and have been very happy with it so far. My only complaint is there is substantially more wind noise than anything I've had in the past. I personally try to pick a helmet that's on the slightly uncomfortable side of tightness - after a few uses it seems to loosen up just enough to be comfortable while still being plenty tight.
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