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Old 08-02-18, 07:01 AM
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Originally Posted by Papa Tom View Post
Looks like a good idea, but why $40? I just bought one of those floppy hats that laborers wear in the sun for ten bucks. I know this is modified to fit over a bike helmet, but does that warrant all that extra money, or are "they" just taking advantage of cyclists?
A $29 price point would be easier to swallow for sure. Still, a quality product from a respectable mom & pop American company.
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Old 08-02-18, 07:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Papa Tom View Post
or are "they" just taking advantage of cyclists?
No one is forcing anyone to buy it, so there is no taking advantage of anyone.
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Old 08-02-18, 07:28 AM
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I have one. My main problem is keeping it on at higher speed (or wind). But it is a great product, really well-made, and have had a lot of inquiries (and no negative comments that I am aware of, not that I would care).
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Old 08-02-18, 07:38 AM
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Originally Posted by Papa Tom View Post
Looks like a good idea, but why $40? I just bought one of those floppy hats that laborers wear in the sun for ten bucks. I know this is modified to fit over a bike helmet, but does that warrant all that extra money, or are "they" just taking advantage of cyclists?
I've gotten a lot less for $40. The California dollar is quite weak. $100K salaries are low-income.

With this, you get what you pay for.

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Old 08-05-18, 06:30 PM
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I have a regular size and love it. Wear it all the time, about 4k miles since I got it. The usual comment is "love your hat", and "is that a helmet?". I'm old enough (64) not to care. I also don't wear jerseys or tight bike shorts, so I already look different from the herd.

It has come off only twice - a combination of rain and fast downhill - I think that is because my helmet surface is very slick when wet. I've been up to 40 mph and it was fine.

At least I don't have an orange one - It looks sort of like a black cowboy hat...

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Old 08-05-18, 07:47 PM
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I have one.
I have it attached to a helmet I use when riding my recumbent. The recumbent puts me in a back position where I get a lot more sun than my other bikes and hence it is helpful there.
I haven't used it much on my other bikes when touring.
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Old 08-05-18, 09:29 PM
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You can make a reasonable facsimile by buying a cheap sun hat at the dollar store, cutting the brim off and using velcro or some such thing to attach it to your helmet.
Google is your friend, there are a few designs online.
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Old 08-05-18, 10:57 PM
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Originally Posted by skookum View Post
You can make a reasonable facsimile by buying a cheap sun hat at the dollar store, cutting the brim off and using velcro or some such thing to attach it to your helmet.
Google is your friend, there are a few designs online.
I wonder how many cheapo one-size sunhats would fit over a helmet? Cowboys/cowgirls devised the "Hellhat" with cowboy hat brim over equestrian helmet but they may have been using a large-size cowboy hat: Another GREAT IDEA! A "HELLHAT" combining a COWBOY HAT with a HELMET - and it looks good! The best part: you can make one yourself!! - Horse and Man

Da Brims aren't super-cheap but for me they work pretty well & seem very sturdy.
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Old 08-08-18, 12:45 AM
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Wore the Dabrim on my century ride on Monday. Ended up modifying it a bit to account for my helmet's elongated helmet's "occipital lobe" by adding new loops to mount the tension strap below that, while the elastic at the top of the band goes above. Also finally ended up sewing down the loose ends of the existing loops. It does now go on over my sun cover for the helmet itself, but it takes just the right amount of tugging - a lot, but not so much that the helmet pops right through.

On the plus side, I think I got away with a pre-dawn to post-dusk ride without any sunscreen. It really has a lot of coverage - I looked at buying a cheap hat to modify but they don't have nearly as much brim. (Can't really blame it for the gap between shorts and knee pads that did get too much sun).

At my slow speeds I had absolutely no problems with it flopping around.

Rather than testing headlamp compatibility ended up adding some additional loops to it and tying it to my backpack during the brief predawn and longer evening portions of the ride - fine while riding but a little annoying while accessing stuff in the pack.

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Old 01-23-21, 08:31 AM
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Form over function

I have the da brim sporty
Who should buy this: People who like to ride their bike comfortably and be easily seen
Who should not buy this: If you listen to fashion tips from people who own shoes they can't walk in and think wearing spandex is the height of fashion.

I have owned this for 2 years now. I bought it for the sun (which it does block very well) and to have a brim while riding at night to shield car headlights (which it also does well). The set up took some fiddling to make it so the brim wouldn't fly off the helmet, but is now firmly in place and I haven't had any issues . I used a bit of string to tie it to some vents in my helmet in the beginning so that if did fly off, I wouldn't have to stop and turn around in the event that it did. I keep it on because it is large and sometimes gets caught on stuff while walking around and can come off.

What I was not expecting was how well it blocks the rain from my eyes and how much people notice me while wearing it. Everyone can agree that a rain block would be a welcome feature, but being noticed took some time to get used to. I paired this brim to a florescent yellow helmet, and it is VERY noticeable. Fellow cyclists and pedestrians look at me either with smiles, or I might get a comment from a road biker on my fashion sense (both positive, neutral, and derisive). Drivers can't miss me, as it is not ordinary looking and it is so bright.

Overall, this accessory is a huge win. It is highlight functional and highly visible. And for those who think it looks silly -- it's better to look like an idiot while riding than not be seen!
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Old 01-24-21, 05:46 AM
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I saw pic of a guy who bought a straw hat, cut out the crown and had it over his helmet and held down with the chin strap.
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Old 01-24-21, 02:06 PM
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The guy at my local bike store loves his. We are in South Florida so the need is greater. I think even with sunglasses and sun lotion, it's going to provide better coverage. I guess if you're really into your look, then maybe not.
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Old 01-25-21, 10:53 AM
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No personal experience, but I happened to come across this very thorough long-term review of the DaBrim on CGOAB by Timothy Tower a couple weeks ago:

DaBrim Sporty Cycling Helmet Visor, and Ear Pads to Reduce Wind Roar: Overall, the DaBrim has been great, although in strong wind it can move one's helmet
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Old 01-25-21, 12:43 PM
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Another successful thread resurrection by a newbie.

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If I ever do a tour through Texas, I'm getting one of these.
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Another successful thread resurrection by a newbie.
And one who sounds like a shill.
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I have one. I used it for awhile, but the main problem is it comes off at even a moderate speed, or in the wind. It is ok for casual riding, but I think it is more helpful to avoid peak UV, if possible. I might bring it if I do the White Rim Road in Island in the Sky.
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I would want a chin strap to prevent it from coming off.
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Originally Posted by wgscott View Post
I have one. I used it for awhile, but the main problem is it comes off at even a moderate speed, or in the wind. It is ok for casual riding, but I think it is more helpful to avoid peak UV, if possible. I might bring it if I do the White Rim Road in Island in the Sky.
Make sure to bring at least two days worth of water!
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Old 01-27-21, 07:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Bassmanbob View Post
Make sure to bring at least two days worth of water!
It is the main thing that puts me off, especially since I seem to drink about 3X the water normal people do.
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Old 01-27-21, 08:02 PM
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Originally Posted by wgscott View Post
It is the main thing that puts me off, especially since I seem to drink about 3X the water normal people do.
I could easily derail this thread with anything about southern Utah, but I'll leave it with one last post. My wife and I drove the Shafer Trail to the White Rim Trail only to Musselman Arch. Then we doubled back and took the Potash Trail into Moab. It was amazing. Two years ago, I was supposed to go back and drive the whole White Rim Trail with camping one night half-way through. We didn't do it because my experienced friend who was going to do the driving had to cancel due to a family emergency the day before we left. I didn't feel experienced enough to drive the whole thing by myself.
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Old 01-27-21, 09:06 PM
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I did the Potash Road a few years ago. It was the first significant ride after I broke my ankle, so even though it was nominally down-hill, it was still a real challenge. I did it in August.

I met a guy at a bike shop who would ride the whole 100 miles of the White Rim road in one day. I doubt I could do that.
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My understanding is Australia and New Zealand have amongst the highest incidence of melanoma percentages in the world.

After having some facial cancerous growths burnt off with what I think was dry ice, I invested in Da Brim and haven't looked back.
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