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    Airbag helmet

    Extreme cycle chic: Airbag helmet hidden in a collar

    http://www.hovding.se/
    http://www.youtube.com/user/Hovdingsverige


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    Heh heh... This dress looks like a perfect cycling outfit!

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    i wish a (reasonably priced) folding helmet were available in the US.
    Pango is on ebay but at $180. Havent been able to find the stash folding helmet in the US anywhere. Those are the only two I know of.
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    A PBS (Public Broadcasting Service TV for those from outside the US) program was demonstrating an airbag motorcycle jacket last Sunday.

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    I'd be willing to use a pump-up helmet with an airbag in it so long as it looked like a normal helmet. Thats actually a great idea if it works - because you can let the air out to collapse the helmet and fold it up in your bag.
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    I ran the site through Google Translate and got a bit more info:

    "Chieftain is a collar that the cyclist wearing around his neck. The collar contains a folded airbag which is visible only when you find yourself in an accident. Airbag is designed as a hood that surrounds and protects the rider's head. Release mechanism is controlled by sensors that detects the abnormal motion of the cyclist in an accident."

    "Inflation takes about 0.1 seconds and the airbag is fully inflated before the cyclist hit in the head. Chieftain protect very large areas of the head, but leaving while the visual field free. Airbag provides a smooth and effective shock absorption. Airbag keeps the pressure constant for several seconds and can handle multiple huvudislag during the same incident. Then start the air bag slowly emptied."

    "Inside the Chiefs are a black box. The box will save 10 seconds of data from the cyclist's motion in (and just before) a bicycle accident. The data is both interesting and valuable to us in our continued development. We would like you to send us your chiefs to us if you have been involved in a bicycle accident. We take care of the black box and recycling of the product. As a thank you discount on a new Chieftain."

    However, it may not work for most folders:

    "Chieftain is designed for bikes of the standard models, and is not intended for specialty bikes such as tandems, unicycles and more."
    "[For] bicycle tire size 26-28 inch"

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    Don't tell Mikael Colville-Andersen you used the phrase "cycle chic" in connection with a helmet.

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    Interesting idea. I would be down.

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    Doesn't look like the helmet inflated fast enough if it had been a head-on with a car. Head would have hit the windshield unprotected.

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    And here and there an application of airbag jacket in royal practice.
    Last edited by 2_i; 10-19-10 at 10:09 PM.

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    I'm really going to trust that this thing will deploy correctly, without interference from other objects, and stay in the right place all the way through the collision?

    I'm really going to trust that the sensor is smart enough to tell what's a collision and what isn't?

    I really have to wear my jacket if I want to protect my head?

    Even if it worked as designed, .1 seconds is way too long.

    This is a really, really stupid idea.
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    Won't help with the low branches on my way to work

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    Practicality aside, it's an interesting concept and execution. And don't forget this is only the first iteration. It took decades for auto makers to perfect the implementation and design of airbags in vehicles, and it's likely to take at least a few years for this thing to mature.

    I inquired the company about the helmet's compatibility with folding bike and here's their response: "Hövding would likely work together with folding bikes. But we cannot guarantee it, because we have only been using ordinary bicycles in our testing."

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    I think I won't hold my breath for it to mature. It's a solution to a nonexistent problem.
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    They've been bike snobbed.

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    I would definitely buy one! But cars should have airbags outside, too. And pavements!
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