Actually downhill helmets have the hearing problem. What we're calling 'full face' here seem to be divided up into two different categories for cycling (I'm leaving out snowboard, skating helmets and similar). First is the 'trail' helmet, which is essentially no different from any other bicycle helmet except it has a (usually removable) chin guard. These helmets are light weight and loaded with vents for ventilation. Those same vents mean open space and unobstructed hearing. Then there is the 'downhill' helmet. Bigger, thicker, fewer vents and generally a more heavy duty rating for impacts. Thats the class where reviewers talk about missing out on some hearing. I have a Bell Super DH and its built like a tank. But a bit too much of a good thing so and I went out and bought a Super Air R. Thats a trail style helmet, about 1/3 lighter and ideal for me an street riding.... The only thing that concerns me is not being able to hear traffic coming up behind you. Some downhill mountain bike helmets would probably do the trick.
I would tend to agree. I got concerned myself when I thought thru the risk of riding a fast ebike, night-time commuting and knowing from experience how nasty road rash is. By purest coincidence, within two weeks of adding the chin guard and saying I don't care how stupid it looks (ego is the real reason people don't buy them) I was in a crash where said chin guard was pivotal in me keeping my face. So I'm sold on the concept for life.I don’t know if there is really much of a market for a commuter specific full faced helmet.
Its nothing. The Super 3 R I have, I ride in 100-110-fahrenheit heat all summer long, and thats the reading in the shade. I've also worn it on summer rides in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and - the worst of all - St. Charles IL. Go figure. Yeah sure its hot, but when you ride daily in the heat for commuting, you toughen up or else. I carry two 1.5L water bottles, always full at ride start. If just riding for fun I can see where you'd want to just drive the car and crank up the AC.I can’t even imagine how hot a full face would be.
My head is shaved and I ride in the blazing sun. Despite riding daily with a helmet that has a lot of vents (usually less than an hour at a pop, twice a day), I don't have, like polka dots or anything on my scalp.The Kali looks really nice. My problem with almost all helmets is my (almost) bald head. I have modified the helmets I have owned by gluing a fabric panel over the ventilation slots, blocking the sun. It works but does get hotter.
My experiences attempting to use blinkers was all bad. I had it explained to me better than I could have figured out for myself. Essentially autos only peripherally recognize cyclists to start with. They don't consider them as sharing the same space so a blinker doesn't register like it would with a car. Add to that the usually significant difference in closing speeds. Lastly, factor in that the left and right blinkers are so close together. All a motorist really has the time or inclination to comprehend is they see a blinking light only. I used handlebar-end blinkers that were very bright and they were ignored. They also induced a false sense of security as I was almost run over by a couple of drivers who blew off the blink (We all do that on the road even with cars at least sometimes) and then locked up their brakes when I took the lane with plenty of time for them to react (badly and vocally).Have you seen Lumos helmets, with their built-in lighting. I may add a couple of these to the garage soon:
This got me thinking too:If your e-bike is capable of higher speeds, an e-bike-specific helmet is a wise choice, whereas riders of lower-speed e-bikes may prefer an urban style, or even a road bike helmet to increase ventilation and comfort.17 Mar 2023