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post #1 of 24 Old 12-17-2012, 01:47 AM Thread Starter
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I have a full face helmet for highway riding and I realize I should wear it around town, too, but it's a b*tch to get on and off...esp. off - 'bout takes my ears off, but sure does fit and feel good when it's on.

Around town I've just been wearing a baseball cap and going for it. Now that it's colder - 30s and 40s - the wind coming over the windshield is freezing my sinuses and it's very uncomfortable and after a while painful.

I do wear wrap around sunglasses to protect my eyes but I'd like more protection.

I'd like to find an in-expensive lightweight helmet that has a flip up face shield and is quick and easy to put on and take off.

I had one years ago that I used when flying ultralight airplanes but the wind came around the edges of the face shield and was aggravating. It's been 15 years and don't remember the exact area, but I'd like to avoid that kind of situation if I can.

Any ideas out there ??

Thanks............Lar.
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post #2 of 24 Old 12-17-2012, 02:00 AM
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Every helmet I have bought in as long as I can remember has been make by HJC, full face, purchased on clearance at Newenough.com. Most I pay is a little over 100, usually less. They make nice stuff. And new enough rules.




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There are several good helmets available in this price range. Lockjaw's HJC's are good candidates. The Bilt dualsport helmet was recently mentioned on the forum but I dont' have any experience with it.

Another suggestion is the AFX line. I have an AFX-37 helmet that I really like. It's been superseded by the newer AFX FX-39 and those still go for around $100.

I'm sure there are others. Most likely any helmet you buy is going to be hard to get on and off for awhile until you've broken it in. If you're going shopping, I would recommend paying close attention to the manufacturers' sizing guides and also look for a place that will do at least a one-time free shipping/exchange if the sizing doesn't work out for your head.

Most likely you'll get more wind noise with a lower-end helmet as opposed to a $400 helmet, but ear plugs are cheap.

You'll also get less wind noise and better flow if you go with a more aerodynamic helmet as opposed to a dualsport helmet with the visor. I use the Bell Revolver for my commute but they've almost doubled the price on those since I bought mine.

If you're a wearer of sunglasses, you might want to look for a helmet that has an internal retractable sun visor. They're nice.



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Thanks all. Wind noise won't be a problem since I won't use it on the highway. Based on what you've said, I'm looking with interest at: HJC--#AP-80 and the AFX - #FX-43.

Right now the wind coming over the windshield hits me right in the center of my face and it's freezing my sinuses - it was 39ļ this morning and is only up to about 40ļ now. Otherwise - gloves, jacket, boots, etc. I'm fine. I've even thought of making a shield to cover the middle of my face. All this is for just around town riding. For highway I have a full face helmet that suits me fine.

Thanks again............Lar.
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DO you wear a bandana around your nose/mouth? I do that every time I ride, and it doesn't even get that cold here. I get sinus infections easy though.




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I have fabricated a windshield from some plexiglass bought at Home Depot. Its a little taller than stock, but the key is making it adjustable. I made some brackets from some scrap aluminum angle I had laying around. All this cost less than $40.00. I can now ride 65mph with my face shield open with no buffeting and very little wind.
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DO you wear a bandana around your nose/mouth? I do that every time I ride, and it doesn't even get that cold here. I get sinus infections easy though.
Yah, bandana was the 1st thing I thought of but it fogs my glasses instantly. The exhale goes up between nose and cheekbone and hits the inside of my glasses.

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I have fabricated a windshield from some plexiglass bought at Home Depot. Its a little taller than stock, but the key is making it adjustable. I made some brackets from some scrap aluminum angle I had laying around. All this cost less than $40.00. I can now ride 65mph with my face shield open with no buffeting and very little wind.
Could you send pictures and measurements ?? It'd be greatly appreciated.

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Yeah, I breathe shallow. There are these things, too - never tried one, but I had a similar idea one time before I knew about them:

https://www.denniskirk.com/high-perf...arge.p3512.prd

Aims the air down. Let me know if you try it.




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