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    Football helmets

    Today as i was leaving on a bike ride i was strapping my helmet on, putting the glasses on- I thought if i saw myself riding down the street- i would probably laugh. I was wondering if it's safe to wear a football helmet with the facemask and everything. I don't have one but I was thinking that if I had it strapped tight to my head, it would probably be safer to have a face mask and an LT esque visor to avoid blindspots from the glasses

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    you would get a lot of odd looks. I am sure it would be safe but I dont know if it would be safer or as safe as a bike helmet.
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    I guess I would laugh at myself then too. LOL

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    Or I wonder if it's possible to get a facemask and visor for my regular helmet- then I could get one of those NFL Bike helmets off of their site! YES!!! I'm a dumbass!

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    it probably wouldn't be as safe as a bike helmet.

    bike helmets are designed for one time, heavy impacts, like seen in bike accidents. they're designed to split and crack when your head hits the ground or a car, instead of your head splitting.

    football helmets are designed to protect repeated, lower impacts (not much lower though ) they're designed to protect a player from neck injuries and concussions. (and recent studies with ex-football players tendencies of depression, suicide, and early onset alzheimers shows they're not very good at even doing that)

    helmets are designed, and only work correctly for a specific activity.

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    Or you could score some sweet Blue-Blockers to avoid the blindspots

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    The football helmet would not provide as much impact resistance as the bicycle helmet. The suspension system is much different, and designed to cushon the head from impacts with ground and/or players who are not hard, like asphalt. The football helmet does this many times, at slower speeds (two players in opposite directions colliding) and yet keeps the player somewhat cool. The bicycle helmet is a one-time heavy hit helmet. It basically self-destructs when it protects you, but does quite a nice job of it at somewhat higher speeds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John C. Ratliff
    It basically self-destructs when it protects you, but does quite a nice job of it at somewhat higher speeds.
    The testing standards only require that a helmet protect the head during 11 mph crashes.

    Is 11 mph a "somewhat higher speed'?

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    Quote Originally Posted by deputyjones
    Or you could score some sweet Blue-Blockers to avoid the blindspots

    Thanks for the suggestion Deputy- I got some glasses that prevent the blindspots now but i look like a freak anyways.

    But hearing about the different uses really helped. Thanks- but that 11 MPH thing scared me to death I think I am going to wear 2 helmets or something. I do 11 on the sidewalk. Goddamn!

    I may actually try the facemask idea though- I'll pass on the visor I guess, If the helmet cracks that'll crack too. But the face mask may prevent it from cracking- ahh who knows

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    Should it come NFL sanctioned. I'd go for a Detroit LIons helmet. A potential excuse for when I lag behind my club members. I suspect NFL helmets are designed with much thought about air resistance.

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    I'd suggest some of you do a bit of research concerning the latest football helmet technologies...they provide far more protection than any cycling helmet.

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    Chipcom is correct, there has been an evolution in football helmets:

    http://newsblaze.com/story/200601090.../topstory.html

    I'm going to look further into this too. Thanks.

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    Why not get a full face MTB helmet? Or change to playing football...
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