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Sleek Protection – Giro Vanquish

The right protection for your head, Giro Vanquish is the cycling helmet you need, writes Deepthi Velkur.

When I started cycling as a kid, head protection was top priority. Of course, it was the ‘80s, so it wasn’t really top-notch technology – it was basically a cap with some foam protection on the inside. All through my growing up years that was acceptable, nobody ever questioned it and my parents thought it was fine. Today, things are a lot different and with a deeper understanding of the dynamics of crashing, helmet manufacturers continue to push the limit in helmet advancements.

Tech to Protect

Nearly all new helmet models today incorporate MIPS (multi-directional impact protection system), a liner that allows the head to move slightly inside the helmet in the event of a crash. Protagonists say the MIPS liner can lessen a crash’s impact on the brain.

Helmets are designed keeping aerodynamics in mind which has an effect on shape, size and overall looks. Comfort needs to be considered in terms of sizing, padding and fit but crucially ventilation too.

With the advanced development tools available, Giro has created an even more aerodynamic and far better ventilated model called the Vanquish MIPS.

Vanquish Features

The new model like other aero road helmets sport a mostly smooth exterior, a close-fitting and highly tapered profile, and a short, squared-off tail. What sets the Vanquish MIPS apart is its “aerodynamic cliff” – a small step that runs across the width of the helmet, that helps bring in more cooling air to help prevent sweat from dripping down your face.

Some super cool features that make the Vanquish a thing of beauty are:

  • With four slits in the front and six exhaust ports at the back, it helps guide incoming air across the rider’s head.
  • Four generous sized indentations on the underside help bring in more cool air.
  • The Vivid Optics tint filters out bad wavelengths of blue light to enhance contrast and colour definition.
  • A low-friction MIPS liner is included as standard equipment that reduces rotational forces transmitted to the brain thereby minimizing chances of a traumatic brain injury during an impact.
  • A dual-layer EPS foam liner, with a softer-density foam next to the head and a harder, more durable foam near the four-piece polycarbonate shell – this double-layer design reacts better to absorbing impact energy.
  • Other features are lightweight webbing with low-profile tail-glides to keep the straps neatly tucked against the side of your head, eyewear grippers to help secure sunglasses and antimicrobial padding.


The Vanquish MIPS is available in 2 colors – Matte Bright Red / Black in 3 sizes and retails between INR 18,000 – 21,000 on

The initial impressions of the Vanquish do suggest that this could be an ideal everyday helmet for all conditions and while there are several other options in the market, the Vanquish is certainly worth considering.



Deepthi Velkur is a former sprinter who is trying her hand at various sports today. A tennis fanatic, who believes that sleep should never be compromised.

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Top Habits that Ruin your Ride

You can ruin your cycle quickly if you cannot get rid of these bad cycling habits, says Nandini Reddy.

A great ride is what every cyclist enjoys. But the great ride means maintaining your cycle constantly. There are many bad habits that can ruin your cycle. A good cycle is a great companion but you might be ruining it because of these habits.

Lazy Bike Maintenance – Everything matters in terms of bike maintenance. Tire pressure, greasing your sprockets and tightness of the gears. If you are a regular rider then it is best to have a maintenance check every month. A well-maintained bike and a neglected bike can be the difference between the crash. Find a proper cycle service that understands your kind of bike. Not every mechanic may be appropriate so its best to go with the experts to ensure longer life of your cycle.

Being too competitive – When you are cycling in a group, you always have that one guy who seems to glide through the distance and is always ahead of the pack. I am sure you would have tried to catch up with him constantly. Riding itself is a great challenge and you need to find your own pace. Its fine to be competitive but in a smart way. If you start over-stressing yourself, you might only pay attention to covering the distance and not other factors that might lead to a crash.

Vetting Trails – Trail riding is the hardest on your ride. If you are attempting a new trail and ensure that you have an experienced cyclist with you. If not then do a reconnaissance of the route ahead. If you go in unprepared then you might end up busting your tyres. Also note that you need to have cellular signal if you need to call for help or at least now the closest point from which you can call for help if required.

Inadequate Nutrition – Eating and drinking during a ride is as important as your pedaling. If fatigue sets in, it can lead to cramps and dizziness which means you can crash. You cannot right with a severe headaches so remember to eat well before the ride and also carry along energy boosters.

Riding without a warm-up – Never start fast right away, you need to warm up your body and slowly set into the pace otherwise you may not be able to complete your race. It might seem easy to ride fast in the beginning when you are fresh but you cannot keep up the pace through the course.

Carry spares – It is important to be equipped with spares for mid-course repairs. Learn simple repairs like fixing tyres, it might be the one thing that saves you during a long distance ride. Remember you cannot complete races with wrecked parts.

Remember to double check everything before a ride. You need to enjoy a ride and not feel agitated by it so its best to get rid of all these habits.



An irregular runner who has run in dry, wet, high altitude and humid conditions. Loves to write a little more than run so now is the managing editor of Finisher Magazine.

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