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    Leather helmets

    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?

    Just curious...

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    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
    shell helmets.
    They're a nice collectors piece, or conversation piece
    but I sure wouldn't use one.
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    Protected scalp, not brain.

    Known as "hairnets" in the trade

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    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?

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