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    Can we just admit that Aero helmets are stupid?

    Looks like Specialized is continuing to make the worst looking helmets on the market.

    Specialized S-Works Evade Aero Helmet Launched - BikeRadar

    I personally would like it if we could move past this trend quickly so we can look back on it much like we do 80's hair.

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    Personally, I like 'em!
    A chromoly steel bicycle will last just as long as titanium, if kept dry.

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    Not my choice of skid lid but this is much better looking than the latest offering from Giro...not that that is saying much as both are ugly IMHO, YMMV.

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    They're just making it harder and harder to even use a helmet.

    But there are two choices

    1-Don't use a helmet

    2-Don't look in a mirror.


    One's PC, the other ain't. The choice is yours.

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    If by stupid you mean fast, then yes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhymenocerus View Post
    If by stupid you mean fast, then yes.
    O god can we not have this argument? The aero advantage is totally useless to 90% of the people riding bikes. I will concede that it might help a pro.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pulser955 View Post
    O god can we not have this argument? The aero advantage is totally useless to 90% of the people riding bikes. I will concede that it might help a pro.
    I do TTs in hot weather, im certainly interested in this. However im not paying 250 for some styrofoam. Ill just electrical tape most of my vents at events like usual.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhymenocerus View Post
    I do TTs in hot weather, im certainly interested in this. However im not paying 250 for some styrofoam. Ill just electrical tape most of my vents at events like usual.
    Duct tape works at 200 mph. Nascar.

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    90% of people won't touch this helmet because of the price anyway. I'm pretty sure Specialized is going after the top of the market with this $250 aero race helmet. Not someone who's buying a $25 Bell from Costco.

    It is faster for some people. There is no question there. It's a question of if it's worth it for people, and that's not a question I can answer for anybody else but me.

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    I can't really see a helmet making you a faster racer...I would think you'd have a better chance of winning, if you had bypassed that slice of German Chocolate cake for dessert, last night!
    A chromoly steel bicycle will last just as long as titanium, if kept dry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeet View Post
    Personally, I like 'em!
    You are 80 years old. What difference does it make?

    My vote? They are lame looking. But I am in the 95% of people who dont matter anyway.

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    What? Another ugly helmet. I'm sure it will make a big splash and sell to the masses in the millions.
    With people like Peter P. around, I am done posting on this website. Mean people have driven me off after 9 plus years. Good luck newbies beware.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeet View Post
    I can't really see a helmet making you a faster racer...I would think you'd have a better chance of winning, if you had bypassed that slice of German Chocolate cake for dessert, last night!
    You can't argue w/ physics. All else being equal, you'd be faster. By a very, very, very small margin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeet View Post
    I can't really see a helmet making you a faster racer.
    plz, indulge us in your scientific and arbitrary reasoning based off substantial amounts of qualitative experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ventruck View Post
    plz, indulge us in your scientific and arbitrary reasoning based off substantial amounts of qualitative experience.
    No, really. TT racers just wear the aero helmets because they like the looks of them.
    If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you done?

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    Wearing this may also give you an aero advantage too!



    It also comes in handy should you become bedridden from a crash.

    Sorry...no carbon fiber model on the market yet.

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    aerodynamics of head = bad

    aerodynamics of head with aero helmet = not as bad

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    I would just the Kask Bambino. At least that looks pretty cool with the visor on.

    Can we just admit that Aero helmets are stupid?-549304_600517606631942_561109491_n.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeet View Post
    I can't really see a helmet making you a faster racer...I would think you'd have a better chance of winning, if you had bypassed that slice of German Chocolate cake for dessert, last night!
    Well, I really should've qualified this statement. Let's just say that, I really can't see how a helmet can make you that much faster of a racer. Given it's lack of air resistance, due to its streamline design, such a helmet has just got to contribute to the increase in the cyclist's velocity, but I really do question to what degree it does...
    Last edited by Zeet; 06-28-2013 at 10:24 PM.
    A chromoly steel bicycle will last just as long as titanium, if kept dry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tihsepa View Post
    You are 80 years old. What difference does it make?

    My vote? They are lame looking. But I am in the 95% of people who dont matter anyway.
    I'm not eighty years old, I'm a few years older than eighty. I've already told you! Can't you remember anything? You little young whipper snapper you!
    A chromoly steel bicycle will last just as long as titanium, if kept dry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeet View Post
    Well, I really should've qualified this statement. Let's just say that, I really can't see how a helmet can make you that much faster of a racer. Given it's lack of air resistance, due to its streamline design, such a helmet has just got to contribute to the increase in the cyclist's velocity, but I really do question to what degree it does it...
    The little things make all the difference for Mark Cavendish ...

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    Some will like the small difference that it makes. Makes them feel better and go quicker too.

    Manufacturers will need to come with new ideas every now and then. Eventually there will cheaper versions of similar design. Then as more and more people pick it up, it will look to be the norm. You will be too old by then. New kids will only be exposed to riders wearing such lids and they see that as the norm. Then large vents will be like what 80s are to some of you. Then manufacturers will come up with new designs and the new kids who are much older now, will just sneer at them again.

    If you do notice, there are still oldies on road bikes that do not wear any helmets? They come from an era where pro riders do not wear any helmet and they just do not like it.

    It is all about personal choice and that is moulded from what you experience both visually and from your gain in knowledge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cxwrench View Post
    You can't argue w/ physics. All else being equal, you'd be faster. By a very, very, very small margin.
    Yeah, but the greater the distance, the larger the margin!
    A chromoly steel bicycle will last just as long as titanium, if kept dry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeet View Post
    Well, I really should've qualified this statement. Let's just say that, I really can't see how a helmet can make you that much faster of a racer. Given it's lack of air resistance, due to its streamline design, such a helmet has just got to contribute to the increase in the cyclist's velocity, but I really do question to what degree it does...
    10 watts at 40km/h is not insignificant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SFTifoso View Post
    I would just the Kask Bambino. At least that looks pretty cool with the visor on.

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    Judge Dredd called and said he wants his helmet back........NOW!

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