paulhorsfall  Oct 27th 2006 at 14:24
Why does nobody wear Timetrial Helmets during triathlon races are they illegal, or have i just not seen anyone?

Or it is that you would look too much like a plonk?
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Oziem  Oct 27th 2006 at 15:00
I wear one. It\'s a bit trickier to get on compared to a normal helmet I guess maybe thats part of the problem?
"Must tri harder"
Slow_Bike  Jan 5th 2007 at 13:53
A lot of Triathletes haven\'t competed in Time Trial so they have a helmet that they would normally use riding with training packs (and you\'d look a right plonker wearing a TT helmet in the Saturday morning group ride).

I use a Limar TT helmet as for ages it was the only safety-standards approved lid for Australian races.... weird but I actually find it places less pressure on my neck when using it.... maybe less resistance = less force on the neck.

alanh  Jan 6th 2008 at 21:24
you might be interested in this before you buy an aero helmet.

RichG  Jan 8th 2008 at 00:27
Also... and this is a personal opinion...

Is it just me or do you look a little bit silly if you wear one but aren't capable of averaging 40kph+?
Chig  Jan 11th 2008 at 00:06
I'm with Rich on this one! I saw a really good deal on a MET TT helmet, and was sorely tempted for about 5 seconds, until I realised that I didn't have the engine to justify the bodywork. I would personally be embarrased to race in one and get overtaken.
Conversely, they do save you time, although I believe you have to be going at a fair lick before its noticeable. So if you've got spare cash and want to maximise your performance, then why not.
It all boils down to which of the following 2 maxims you prefer:

"All the gear, no idea" or
"He who dies with the most toys wins" :-)
RichG  Jan 14th 2008 at 14:37
Hmm, now I'm thinking about it... although I can safely say I've never seen one for sale here in China, but I'm sure if I slip the right streetside bicycle repair man the equivalent of £1.50 he could fashion me one using a dustbin lid, 3 used inner tubes and some string...
RichG  Jan 14th 2008 at 14:40
Or possibly a hollowed out watermelon with a shoehorn on the back...
HORST  Jan 15th 2008 at 12:46
here in Norway the GUB helmet satisfies all ones needs,
so says Horst
Lars Knut  Jan 15th 2008 at 15:06
Lars Knut
The GUB was little more than a childs helmet from Ettino a good Scaninavian helmet but I would favour a more robust helmet and would recommend any from designer Joachim Nordwall-
Lars has spoken.
HORST  Jan 15th 2008 at 15:28
Lars you have a good eye for helmets .
Cycle saftey in Norway, as you know is second to none.
Horst says your knowledge of the GUB helmet however is second to me !
GUB are fine helmets, perhaps a good Norwegian frost will clear your eyes to the fact
this Horst says
Lars Knut  Jan 15th 2008 at 16:39
Lars Knut
A conceited response Horst which I would expect from a resident of Narvik. Do not test me on my knowledge of helmets lest you want to see the bottom of the Ofotfjord.
Spoken Lars Has!
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