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Old 04-07-13, 08:10 PM   #1
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An alternative to conventional helmets?

In watching the video that someone posted recently about the "clean rider" in the Tour de France, I was thinking how cool those old cycling caps that bicycle racers and wannabes used to wear Back In The Day...

Well, maybe that velo-fashion sense can be resurrected??

http://www.upworthy.com/the-invisibl...believe?c=ufb1
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Old 04-07-13, 11:10 PM   #2
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Lol

Is this for real or another april fools joke?

I've always rode with just a sweatband until I just started back from an 11 year layoff. My hat is about a 20 year old Nashbar unit that I bought to ride a century when they started requiring them. It's nerdy alright but it doesn't invite jerks to toss beer cans at me quite like the new duck-tailed ones probably would, lol. I live on the Idaho Washington border and find myself cycling eastward a lot because Idaho doesn't have a helmet law. It's a gamble though to ride without.

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Old 04-08-13, 05:10 AM   #3
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In watching the video that someone posted recently about the "clean rider" in the Tour de France, I was thinking how cool those old cycling caps that bicycle racers and wannabes used to wear Back In The Day...

Well, maybe that velo-fashion sense can be resurrected??

http://www.upworthy.com/the-invisibl...believe?c=ufb1
The 'helmet' exists but I can't see people lining up to buy it. There's a basic contradiction in the dipiction of two young pretty girls riding older pedal bikes with rusted steel rims while wearing a use-once-only 399 euro airbag incorporating an electronic black box and trying to promote a 'back to basics' message.

One reason I personally wear a helmet is sun protection.
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Old 04-08-13, 05:25 AM   #4
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One reason I personally wear a helmet is sun protection.
I wear one to get a really cool tan pattern on top of my bald head.
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The 'helmet' exists but I can't see people lining up to buy it. There's a basic contradiction in the dipiction of two young pretty girls riding older pedal bikes with rusted steel rims while wearing a use-once-only 399 euro airbag incorporating an electronic black box and trying to promote a 'back to basics' message.
I wouldn't get one either. That being said, you can find 400 euro helmets and they are also "single use"...
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I wear one to get a really cool tan pattern on top of my bald head.
And if you have hair like I do, it gives you this really cool Velociraptor thing going on.
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Seen it posted here before. Price is really high.

As for one time use, so is a regular helmet. If you have a crash with a regular helmet, you need to get it replaced.
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So, people who don't like helmets because they're expensive and big, won't mind an even more expensive, big, and sweaty collar.

Must be a fashion thing. I wish 'em well but I ain't buying one.
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So, people who don't like helmets because they're expensive and big, won't mind an even more expensive, big, and sweaty collar.
BUT... Their dogs will absolutely love them for it!
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An airbag/collar bike helmet would so "cool" on a hilly century like Mountain Mama or Mountains of Misery.

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You used "fashion" and "sense" in the same sentence. My experience as been that these two words never belong together.
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Maybe someone could make a poncho out of air mattresses and co2 cartridges. Full body airbag, wouldn't look any sillier, and could also be marketed as a sleep system for the cycle tourist who is also a restless sleeper.
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I wouldn't get one either. That being said, you can find 400 euro helmets and they are also "single use"...
yup! Heck - I ordered in a couple Giro Air Attacks for the girls - but their bikes don't have rusty steel rims!
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Seen it posted here before. Price is really high.

As for one time use, so is a regular helmet. If you have a crash with a regular helmet, you need to get it replaced.
Thats sorta true but 'normal' helmets have uses other than safety in the event of a crash. In the winter, the downhill ski helmets I use help keep my head warm. In the summer the ones I currently use offer some sun protection. The ones I have on order incorporate a face shield for bug protection as well as sun protection.

So 'normal' helmets kinda double as 'hats' too. That inflatable thingie doubles as a scarf - and I never wear a scarf.
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You used "fashion" and "sense" in the same sentence. My experience as been that these two words never belong together.
My sentiments exactly, but I will never tell my wife that.
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Seen it posted here before. Price is really high.

As for one time use, so is a regular helmet. If you have a crash with a regular helmet, you need to get it replaced.
Speaking as one who has fallen on his head (most won't be surprised at that), I think 400 euro ($600) is reasonable. I fell on my head, the helmet probably saved me from fracturing my skull, but I still suffered a serious concussion and was lucky my neck wasn't broken. I'll be ordering an air bag as soon as they release the large size.

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Saw a picture years ago , the black Beret look in a bike helmet.. no holes,
so probably better in the cooler months.

None seen 1st hand.
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