Why do XC riders…
Peaks have the ‘cool’ factor, so we dont look like roadies
Genuinely funny irony, well done sir you made me laugh.
Funny thing is, he’s right. Back in the day MTB helmets didn’t have peaks. Troy Lee Designs released a retro-fit peak as a bit of a laugh, inspired by their motorcross stuff. Riders went for it because they had more of an association to MX and to distance themselves from roadies.
The rest is fashion faux-pas history.Posted 4 years agobikebouyMember
When yer arse is in the air ( like ya just don’t care )
& yer nose is on the bars ( no we’re not from Mars )
We can’t see through peaks ( disrupting vision of ruts )
Thereby clear trails ahead ( indirectly protecting our nuts )
Peaks on helmets reduce vision, if it’s cold or training we’ll use a casquette ( cap ) underneath but we like to see where the best/smoothest/fastest line is.
Quite simple really. ..Posted 4 years agoaphex_2kMember
Be interesting to see some of you guys ride if you can’t see where you’re going with a peak above your eyes.
So you also don’t wear caps or use the sun visor in your cars? You know that lifting your hand to for forehead to keep the sun out of your eyes actually improves your vision allowing you to see up to 6x further. It’s true, I’ve seen it in films.Posted 4 years ago
I don’t have a peak on my road helmet because it obscures my vision when I’m on the drops. Wasn’t a problem for a while, but now I’m riding more I can actually stay on the drops for more than 20 seconds (about as long as I can hold my breath).
I do have a peak on my MTB helmet, but that’s just because it makes it look less bulbous.Posted 4 years agoD0NKSubscriber
Troy Lee Designs released a retro-fit peak as a bit of a laugh,
yeah I remember that and agree there is a fair bit of fashion involved, however I think this is one aesthetic that is useful in some cases.Posted 4 years ago
I forgot about the morning sun/trees strobe effect portlyone mentions, sunnies don’t really help there.
I suppose it doesn’t matter if you are too fat to get on the drops…
I didn’t ride much for the last few years so got a bit <ahem> portly, when I started commuting last year I was disappointed to find I couldn’t get on the drops any more as my belly was too big! Fortunately that’s resolved itself (especially with this recent wind) but I see a lot of folks riding very comfortably on the drops and have noticed that in a lot of cases their drops are almost at saddle height, so what’s the point in that?
Is this a touring/audax thing so just for comfort and more hand positions? I always thought the idea of drops was to get more aero. My stem isn’t exactly slammed but it’s probably at least two inches below my saddle so drops are lower still.Posted 4 years ago
but I see a lot of folks riding very comfortably on the drops and have noticed that in a lot of cases their drops are almost at saddle height, so what’s the point in that?
Well, as you say it gives a different hand position which is nice on a longer ride, and if you are a bit fat or have a bad back, you can still get the advantage of better control/ braking for descents.
Plus you can see properly if you have a peak on your helmet…Posted 4 years ago
“Is this a touring/audax thing so just for comfort and more hand positions? I always thought the idea of drops was to get more aero. My stem isn’t exactly slammed but it’s probably at least two inches below my saddle so drops are lower still. “
Its called folk realising that bike fit comes before aero and looks.
having aero is no good if you cannot breath.
I had to lift my TT bars as im currently 2 stone over weight (race weight that is ….. im still the ideal weight for height) and couldnt get over and onto the bars without kneeing my gut everytime….Posted 4 years ago
I get the bike fit thing, but if your drops are higher you’re not getting any of the aero benefits, so why not just ride on the hoods? Personally I have enough hand positions to keep comfortable for long rides without having to go to the drops, and I find shifting and braking easier from the hoods (prob because that’s where I ride most). If I’m into a headwind I get onto the drops to get out of it a little and as they’re lower my arms don’t ache as I can keep them straighter.
Each to their own I guess, it just doesn’t make that much sense to me.
Different on a TT bike I’d guess, you’d look a bit silly if you were riding sat upright!Posted 4 years ago
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