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Flip helmet and bite valve, how to?

Any solution for using a bite valve with a flip or full face helmet with little distance between the chin bar and my mouth?

If I put a 90degree angle on it so it is aimed towards my face, it's either in my mouth, or slightly away from it with no way to get my mouth over it?

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Re: Flip helmet and bite valve, how to?

I use the 90 degree bite valve with my Flip face Helmet. I just open the helmet & drink. Once done I close the helmet.

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Re: Flip helmet and bite valve, how to?

What is a bite valve ?.

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Re: Flip helmet and bite valve, how to?

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What is a bite valve ?.

Me too! Guessing from the posts that it attaches to a drink source to sip while riding. Do they make on for Starbucks???

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What is a bite valve ?.
It is the end of the hose on a Camel Back or other water bladder that you bite to open so you can drink.

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Re: Flip helmet and bite valve, how to?

Flipping up my helmet while riding is very distracting and rather difficult above 40 or so.

biggest part of the problem is how well the helmet fits, no way to wiggle my face around with in it.

This sounds like a job for Ari!!

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Re: Flip helmet and bite valve, how to?

Two things you can try:
- insert the bite valve toward the corner of your mouth instead of straight in front.
- shorten the bite valve. look closely at the design. If there is even 1/4" of material you can trim off, that may be enough to get the clearance you need.

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Re: Flip helmet and bite valve, how to?

I have a Multi-tec flip Shoei.
Like the above thread just open, bite mouth piece and close when done. I'm assuming we all have LT's with adjustable shields. So if helmet is strapped on a few sips should not cause much of a distraction. I know you don't want to pull over everytime for a sip. Or one hand operation open and close.
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Re: Flip helmet and bite valve, how to?

I open the face shield, not the chin bar, and slip the 90 bite valve in from the top. That seems to work well for me, and keeps my chin protected.

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Re: Flip helmet and bite valve, how to?

Thanks for the tip; usually have face shield set to protect my eyes leaving the area below open.

Ideally looking for some way to get at the bite valve without taking my hand away from the handle bar.

Not polite when riding in a group to stop without being able to let the sweepers know you do not need any help.

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Re: Flip helmet and bite valve, how to?

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I use the 90 degree bite valve with my Flip face Helmet. I just open the helmet & drink. Once done I close the helmet.
Bob, as you stated, this can be distracting. I learned to raise the windscreen and duck into the calm area when drinking. Timing can also help so when you speed drops due to traffic, speed limits, traffic lights, etc. that's the time to sip. With practice it isn't that hard to open the helmet, sip, and close the helmet.

Before I had a flip up, I would raise the shield on the full face and thread the bite valve down over the chin bar.

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