In moving from the road to mountain bikes, I decided I should start by getting a real MTB helmet. I wanted something that would protect my head in case of a fall, offering extended protection to the rear of the head as well. I took a look at several helmets
I looked at serveral helmets that advertised extended coverage, but did not extend nearly as far as my top 3:
The three that actually provided extended coverage for me in the rear were:
Or how the roadie got to the mountain bikes
I’ve spent my life loving pretty much anything with wheels. It was my BMX bike as a kid – cars, motorcycles and road bikes since then. Growing up, we would visit our family in Europe and I was enamored with the efficiency of city planning and the ability to live car free with a bicycle. I got serious about road biking in my late teens/early 20s and did some tours and races for “fun”. The whole touring thing suddenly became less fun when acquaintances were being run over and injured and killed. So I just stuck to commuting and racing. Finally racing stopped being fun because I was spending time slaving on a trainer focusing on heart rate zones and it became no fun. Finally I moved and commuting by bicycle was no longer an option. So cycling was no longer enjoyable and I wanted to spice things up.
I decided to get into mountain biking because it doesn’t involve cars, and it is more of a return to the youthful fun I had. Instead of a sweet aero position that lets me watch the sweat drip off of my thighs as I click off miles, I get to see the world around me as I pass by. Ideally with the mountain bikes I will be going places cars and 4x4s can’t even go and have fun. If I need to grind out miles there are cars for that–but for enjoying the countryside — the mountain bike will be my weapon of choice.