I gave it passing thought once, but I just saw a photo of some Scottish bicycle race of recent and one of the racers was wearing a leather helmet... so I was curious -- do these offer much protection? Are they mostly for fashion? This is what I speak of: http://store.yahoo.com/momovelo/leatherhelmet.html
Anyone have any thoughts or opinions on these?
They slide ok on pavement, do absolutely nothing to
protect your head from a blow received in a fall. There
are some French riders who wore them as a sign of
protest after UCI mandated helmet use in all races.
They were the only thing available for racing up until
mid 70's when Bell, skid-lid et al. started producing hard
They're a nice collectors piece, or conversation piece
but I sure wouldn't use one.
Protected scalp, not brain.
Known as "hairnets" in the trade
I am currently looking for those leather helmets from the pre-UCI days. Not to wear, to display. Any ideas on how to get one?