I am a Man With One Helmet. Whatever helmet I am using at the time, is my only helmet.
Currently it is a Giro MTB type helmet, which over time has been plastered with reflective tape, been labeled with my wife's cellphone number, had a mirror zip tied to the visor, grown two red blinkies, sprouted a 600 lumen spotlight, and finally germinated a small video camera. Very functional, in an Inspector Gadget way, is my helmet. So what if people stare when I walk into the elevator. So what if other cyclists giggle as I pass. So what if I fear the next growth may be radio antennae or solar panels.
Well, the thing is . . . I need, ahem "need", all that stuff for my commute ride. But on a sunny weekend morning, wrapped in tight Lycra and pedaling the roadbike, I'm getting the feeling that my beloved Back To The Future helmet just looks silly, plus it weighs a couple of pounds and must have the aero properties of a ten gallon cowboy hat.
So I'm thinking about taking the radical step of getting a Second Helmet. This would be purely for fun rides, it would be light and sleek and simple. The leading candidate is the Giro Air Attack Shield.
I need to confirm the visor will fit over my prescription glasses. Robocop didn't have that problem. He had 20/20 vision, with infrared targeting bionics thrown in.
Please be my sounding board on this.
1. Is it silly, wasteful, or appalling to have multiple helmets for only one head?
2. Would wearing this helmet, without actually being a World Tour racer, be cause for merciless laughter? Even psychic wedgies?
3. Considering that prescription wraparound sport glasses cost even more than this helmet, can I make a credible argument to justify this purchase to my better half?