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Old 10-07-06, 12:28 PM   #1
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Awesome helmet (IMAGE HEAVY)

Cross posted from SS/FG because I figured it made more sense here:

Across the street from my house is a housing co-op that just got rid of all its junk on their front lawn. Mostly crap (upwards pointing standing lamps, old lady baskets, broken stereos), but I did find one real gem.

Its a 1995 Canadian-made LOFOX helmet. Its the bee's knees!

Here are some pictures for illustration:

Top view. Looks pretty nice!


Bottom view. Nice hardware!


Front view. HUH?


Side view. Excuse me now?


Three quarters view. Wow thats quite the helmet!


But what does it look like on a human head?

HUGE!


It makes you look REALLY cool without even trying



This helmet is totally and absolutely ******** but great at the same time. I'm gonna decorate it for halloween!

Some more info here:

http://joeclark.org/fullface.html

"Closer to home, Lofox Canada Inc. pushed the technological envelope last year with its own model ($129 list). Intended mainly for kids, the Lofox consists of two bonded chunks of foam-- one for the top of the noggin, another that wraps around the chin and the back and sides of the head. It's not just any foam, either: While the liner (the material that actually absorbs the impact) of the Bellistic, the TL Comp, and nearly every other bike helmet on earth is made of expanded polystyrene (EPS), the Lofox uses expanded polypropylene (EPP).

Alphabet soup? Well, yes, except that EPP can withstand multiple impacts, and that has a real-world advantage: If you fall off your bike or are hit by a car, your head is likely to hit something more than once. At least, that's the theory, one that Lofox Canada president Elmar Busch mentioned frequently in interviews. Current bike-helmet standards do not test for multiple-impact protection, but the Snell N94 standard for helmets for "non-motorized sports" like cycling, skateboarding, and inline skating does. Zhang notes that only four helmets have passed the N94 certification, and all four use EPS. Other helmets, whether made of EPS or EPP, failed the N94 test, which Zhang admits is unexpected. EPP's multi-impact protection remains unproven.

" So: Is the wraparound helmet the way of the future? Likely not. None of these helmets has taken the world by storm, least of all the Lofox. Like all full-face helmets, it looks funny by today's standards: The Lofox has considerably more "coverage area" than run-of-the-mill models, making it look unfashionably massive. Rightly or wrongly, less is seen as more in helmet design. Zhang reports that helmet makers complain that the new B95 bike-helmet standard, which requires a modestly larger coverage area than B90, "makes the helmet look dorky." The Lofox meets the B95 standard, making it de facto dorky.

"I have children myself," Busch explains. "I [said], 'Mothers spend, very frequently, $100 for a pair of Reebok shoes... and the [helmet-law] fines now are going to be $80 or $90. So I'll produce a quality helmet which does the job.' But then they say, 'Oh, no. My kid's head? I don't want to spend more than $20.' That's our difficult resistance."

The helmet biz is a sideline for Busch, a real-estate magnate. He gives the product about another year to take off or crash and burn. The Lofox is kind of popular in Japan, slightly popular in the U.S., marginally popular in Canada. Lofox, he states, has "produced almost 9,000 helmets on spec. We'll put it into the market. If they sell, fine. And if they don't sell, well, I've had a new experience."

I guess they crashed and burned!
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Old 10-07-06, 04:58 PM   #2
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you should attach some big fake teeth to that thing!
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Old 10-07-06, 05:07 PM   #3
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LOL!!! You are ready for a daft punk video.
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Old 10-07-06, 05:13 PM   #4
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I kinda like that helmet, kinda looks like a fish chasing bugs.
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Old 10-07-06, 07:58 PM   #5
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All you need now is a bike that looks like Luke Skywalkers' X-wing fighter.
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Old 10-09-06, 09:06 AM   #6
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All you need now is a bike that looks like Luke Skywalkers' X-wing fighter.

X-wing out-rigger training wheels! I can see it now!
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Old 10-09-06, 09:41 AM   #7
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That is sweet! How about rigging some little red LED's, give it that Battlestar Gallactica/KIT effect?
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Gotta love you Canadians, first your football, now this. Pac-man rides a bike.
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Thats a great idea, but they need to close it up some. The front of the helmet should ride right on your eyebrows. If you adjust this one correctly, the chin bar is way too low.

What about a helmet that has a 1960's style quarterback helmet face guard, a thin plastic bar going around the front.
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"Hey mom, I fish ate that guy's head on that bike over there!"....or...."The Creature from the Black Lagoon Rides Again." I'd wear it just to embarass my kids!
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"Commander the Rebels have been routed and they're fleeing into the woods! But, we need reenforcements to continue the pursuit!"


Though I could totally see spray-painting it some funky primary color, adding a black visor and running around shouting "hi-yah!" at passing 5 year olds. Hell, as cyclists we wear enough spandex to pass for power-rangers anyway!
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How is that "chin guard" supposed to work, anyway?
If you went down face first it would just bust into pieces, and shards of the shell might even add to your injuries.
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How is that "chin guard" supposed to work, anyway?
If you went down face first it would just bust into pieces, and shards of the shell might even add to your injuries.
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How is that "chin guard" supposed to work, anyway?
If you went down face first it would just bust into pieces, and shards of the shell might even add to your injuries.
That's just the price you have to pay for safety.
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With the vent holes, it probably wouldn't be too hard to make it look like a T-Rex skull. Whenever you were about to pass someone you could start shaking your head and screeching.
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Ain't you a little short to be a Stormtrooper?

May the force be with you...always.

Its gonna suck trying to keep that "thing" clean.
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One of the few helmets I've seen that doesn't make it look like you are wearing a mushroom on your head, instead, it 'ooks like a BASS!
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Old 10-10-06, 11:46 AM   #18
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Dude! paint it yellow and carry a stereo around playing PacMan fever as loud as it will go!
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I'd paint it green and stick two styrofoam balls on top for eyes. Then it would look just like Kermit the Frog.
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Picture #5 looks lke Pac-Man! That helmet must weight a ton!
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I can't stop looking at those pictures. Thanks so much for sharing
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How is that "chin guard" supposed to work, anyway?
If you went down face first it would just bust into pieces, and shards of the shell might even add to your injuries.
Well, since it's intended for children, if they fell the impact would probably be less severe.
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It needs a flip down visor
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I think the images below speak for themselves. Happy Halloween all!
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I think the images below speak for themselves. Happy Halloween all!
From the front, that's a very scary look.
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