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    Do you recognize this helmet? Where can I get another one?

    It's more than 15 years old, but I love it.


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    I'm guessing you won't be able to find a new one. I couldn't find anything on my brief search on Specializeds' website. They make new models all the time, it's unlikely they still make that model. Is there a part number of some sort on it? Or anything more specific than the brand?

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    Looks like a helmet without the shell. Just tear it off, apply stickers!

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    If you take off the "I" and the "Z" it reads...

    Yeah, it looks exactly like an old one I have, minus the shell. Which is just taped on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
    If you take off the "I" and the "Z" it reads...

    Yeah, it looks exactly like an old one I have, minus the shell. Which is just taped on.
    "spec ali ed" ??

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    Yeah, it has no shell. But I like it for a lot of other reasons.

    Regarding the letters, I moved the letters around on the other side. It feels majorly dorky now that I'm 35, but I'm leaving them. Y'all can guess what it says. Two words. Use all the letters.

    I admit it marks me as a poser.

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    I would strongly recommend against using a fifteen year old helmet due to deterioration of the foam. Also, if I remember correctly, helmets sans hard shell outside have disappeared due to crash tests showing that "naked" helmets can snag on pavement causing neck injury. Someone out there must care about you, buy a nice new modern helmet and protect your noggin!

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    Quote Originally Posted by metabike View Post
    I would strongly recommend against using a fifteen year old helmet due to deterioration of the foam. Also, if I remember correctly, helmets sans hard shell outside have disappeared due to crash tests showing that "naked" helmets can snag on pavement causing neck injury. Someone out there must care about you, buy a nice new modern helmet and protect your noggin!
    I roll with a vintage Bell Tourlite bicycle helmet. I admit that permaybehaps it may not offer all the protection that it may have 25 years ago. (when it was new) I like the way it looks much better, than what is currently available. I feel that it offers more protection than a helmet I ain't wearing
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    Quote Originally Posted by metabike View Post
    I would strongly recommend against using a fifteen year old helmet due to deterioration of the foam. Also, if I remember correctly, helmets sans hard shell outside have disappeared due to crash tests showing that "naked" helmets can snag on pavement causing neck injury. Someone out there must care about you, buy a nice new modern helmet and protect your noggin!

    The snagging part is true.... the think layer of plastic on newer helmets is slippery enough not to cause any twisting of the head during impact.

    The deterioration of the foam is not true. Polystyrene is one of the longest lasting plastics available. If you don't think so, I offer you the centuries long lifespan of a disposable styrofoam cup.

    There are two reasons to get a new helmet. You survived an impact with your current helmet and there are now compressed sections in the (formerly expanded) polystyrene. The second is the funky smell of the fabric liner from all that sweat you soaked into it.

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    Not to be argumentative, but...construction and density are deciding factors in the foam padding of helmets. Just because EPS doesn't biodegrade (it's not metabolized by bacteria) doesn't mean it doesn't degrade via other mechanisms. In the end, it's your own decision what you believe - a decent helmet is inexpensive (even some really good ones are if you wait for one of Nashbar's winter clearance sales) and most are very comfortable (I did have a Lazer a few years ago that sucked but other than that). You might call me stupid and a sucker for believing the helmet manufacturers, materials experts, etc. but for the $50 investment every 3-4 years, even if everyone is wrong about the foam issue, I figure that my brain is worth it.

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