Why do ...

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by roadiewill, 27 Feb 2008.

  1. roadiewill

    roadiewill New Member

    roadies tend to remove the peak off of helmets, yet MTB'ers keep them on?

    Just wondered... probably no real reason
  2. John the Monkey

    John the Monkey Frivolous Cyclist

    I ride a road bike, and I keep the peak, personally, it keeps rain out of my eyes (a bit).
  3. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    Chiefly because they look gay, but they also increase wind resistance.
  4. Crackle

    Crackle Squatter

  5. Steve Austin

    Steve Austin The Marmalade Kid

    if you are low in the drops, and you have a peak, you have to arch your neck more to see ahead. ie you have to tilt your head to almost horizontal to see ahead, which isn't nice
  6. Dave5N

    Dave5N Über Member

    They break your neck if you crash.


  7. longers

    longers Veteran

    What Steve said.
  8. Cathryn

    Cathryn California Correspondant

    I keep my peak on. I think it makes me look less like a freakoid!!
  9. col

    col Veteran

    I think steve has hit it on the head,but i also thought this impact twist ,might have something to do with it?
  10. will

    will Senior Member

    mine is made of chocolate.

    I eat when bonking
  11. Danny

    Danny Legendary Member

    A couple of years ago I was cycling with someone who came off their bike going down a very steep hill. His helmet did a good job of protecting his head, but he must have landed on the peak because it was forced off the helmet and pushed into his eyebrow cutting it open badly enough to need stitches.

    I've had my peak off ever since - though I miss it sometimes, particularly when you get the low winter sun.
  12. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    I thought it was a part of the packaging, to make it fill the square box without rattling around in transit? Surely you're not meant to KEEP it on?
  13. Andy in Sig

    Andy in Sig Vice President in Exile

    It sounds like there's a gap in the market for a helmet with a cloth peak so that you could fold it up out of the way when on the drops and bring it down when needed. If it were made out of cloth it could be pretty big and so do a good job with rain and sun etc.
  14. walker

    walker New Member

    Bromley, Kent
    mine never came with a peak. Alot of top end helmets don't
  15. jashburnham

    jashburnham New Member

    Neither did mine. If I want a peak I just wear a cycling cap underneath that way I can flip the peak up if I'm on the drops for long or whatever... plus a cap soaks up sweat and holds the rain off better IME.
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