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    Question Helmet strap tightness: Just right?

    I see lots of different strap configs on the Pros and on my group rides. What's ideal?

    Too tight and I get headaches, but may be safer.
    Just snug uunder my chin feels ok
    Hanging under my chin feels the best but will the helmet pop off if I wreck?

    here's some self-portraits to illustrate, in order of lose to tight:
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    My strap falls between pic 1 and 3, tight enough to keep helmet on and securely placed but also the strap does not move and irritate skin (taught = comfortable for me).

    Ultimately, the key is to ensure the helmet functions as intended (i.e., protect skull from impact) and I suggest ensuring the strap is place accordingly.

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    PIC #1 - You will have head injury from a fall
    PIC #3 - You will have head injury from asphyxiation

    PIC #2 - Correct
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    Mine's kinda like in picture 1.

    The ears sometimes get a the straps rubbing on em but not really a problem plus, i'm too lazy to re-adjust it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by uzziefly
    plus, i'm too lazy to re-adjust it.
    So you're just motivated enough to put it on, but not enough to adjust it properly?

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    Fit.

    As with all bicycle issues it's about FIT. You must make sure your helmet has good FIT. If it's too loose of FIT then, the helmet is about as usefull as S2H in a legal situation when Halo is around. If it's way too tight of FIT then it's like an un-named board moderator here who keeps us abreast of current events. You want the FIT to be just right. Not too loosey goosey, not to overpowering chokey. FIT is crucial.
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    Is that pre-ride tightness? My head tends to swell up (I think) making the straps feel tighter as my ride progresses. I'd say #1 is pre-ride and #3 is late-during or post-ride.
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    tie a turnacit around ur neck

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    This whole thread was uncalled for.

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    Mine usually looks like the first picture. But, when it is hot and I sweat, the straps expand. I always adjust the roc-loc on my Giro Atmos to make sure that the interior fit is snug. When I feel the straps waving in the breeze, I know that it is time to tighten the straps.

    My guess is that the tighter the straps are, the better (so long as you are not choking). When I was hit by a car in 2005, my helmet, with my head inside of it, hit the road and cracked inside just like it is supposed to do. Although I had a broken tooth, my head was OK. So, the helmet worked at least once when my helmet straps were about as loose as the ones in your first picture.
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    When you see people like the middle picture, do you say something?
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    Quote Originally Posted by FishrCutB8
    When you see people like the middle picture, do you say something?
    I say, WTF??

    You needz to shave..
    Quote Originally Posted by tconrady
    If I can get some more tomorrow.... I thought it'd grow on me but I'm not feelin' it....wait..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scotty2Hotty
    So you're just motivated enough to put it on, but not enough to adjust it properly?
    Err... It fits well. Just that when I ride, the straps sometimes stick to my ears and after a while, they get a tad uncomfy. But I keep adjusting it during a ride so it's all good.

    Plus, some pro riders have their helmets like mine so it has to be good.

    You not gonna sue me now are you?
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    Open your mouth all the way. You should feel your helmet snug down on your head and not feel like you're choking yourself. That's a minimum tightness. Some like it tighter. The comment about the Roc-Loc or similar system being tight is also very important, maybe even more than the chin strap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rogger
    Is that pre-ride tightness? My head tends to swell up (I think) making the straps feel tighter as my ride progresses. I'd say #1 is pre-ride and #3 is late-during or post-ride.
    You need to get yer head checked...
    Quote Originally Posted by tconrady
    If I can get some more tomorrow.... I thought it'd grow on me but I'm not feelin' it....wait..
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    You need to try and get the little plastic things to touch. Only then will your helmet be properly tight and safe. Of course you'll have to cut the excess off the straps to keep them from flopping around and possibly blinding you. Safety first.
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    I think you should worry less about your helmet and worry more about how to wave....
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    but what's your avg mph?
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    Looks like this thread is deteriorating fast, so before it goes flat:

    I like to have my strap feel snug when my head is down, chin close to the neck. This would make the strap very comfortable when the head is up (as it would be when you ride you bike).
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    I recently saw a kids helmet with a ratchet system similar to sidi shoe straps for closure and adjustment. Just can't remember where I saw it. It seemed like a good idea for kids, and would be nice on adult helmets to adjust the sweat stretch during rides.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rogger
    Is that pre-ride tightness? My head tends to swell up (I think) making the straps feel tighter as my ride progresses. I'd say #1 is pre-ride and #3 is late-during or post-ride.

    ...swelling head and constricting straps...is that c0d3...sounds like one of your s&m experiences in amsterdam...

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    Something in between 1 and 3, slightly nearer to 3. BTW, user guide coming with helmet (at least with the most of them) has quite good explanation how tight straps shall be. To put it short as tight as possible without harming you.

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    Tighten it until your eyes begin to bulge.

    Then loosen a little bit....now you have it.....until your head swells from all that female attention....then......

    yer on yer own.

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    I don't wear a helmet, as I think they look stoopid. Then I died when I hit a pebble going 5 mph, so I started wearing one again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrRoebuck
    I don't wear a helmet, as I think they look stoopid...
    Exactly. Plus the straps always get in the way of my ipod ear buds. I gotta have my DKs for intervals, yo.
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