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Old 06-16-11, 12:19 PM   #1
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Cardboard Bike Helmet Better than Plastic

http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2011/...-than-plastic/
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That's a really good idea. Probably cooler than a styrofoam helmet.
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Very cool!
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You would think...perhaps I'm wrong, that cardboard would be cheaper thus the helmet should cost less then a standard helmet? either way by getting away from Styrofoam your not using as much oil, and if you use recycled cardboard then your not cutting trees either. Now what they should do is make the plastic cover out of bamboo which is very renewable but that would drive prices up.
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now that Styrene plastics have shown carcinogenic side effects, may be a plus..

that is if the corrugated cardboard making glues are free of formaldehyde ,
many are not.

may be able to carry ping pong balls, also..

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What about an all-natural approach?
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I think I'll stick with my Lazer helmet.
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now that Styrene plastics have shown carcinogenic side effects, may be a plus..

that is if the corrugated cardboard making glues are free of formaldehyde ,
many are not.
That's only a problem if you eat it, since I doubt you will be eating helmets anytime in the near future I doubt that will be of any concern.
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BRB gotta make some popcorn.
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BRB gotta make some popcorn.
You may be on to something. If you could keep the popcorn bound to each other that could protect your head. And as a side benefit if you break down on the road and are stranded for a day you then could eat your helmet and not worry about carcinogenic side effects from eating styrofoam. Then you could offer replacement popcorn inserts in case you do eat it.
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I try to always ride with a mouthful of popcorn.
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"Kranium is a bike helmet that is made from the same cardboard used for the boxes you find at the supermarket. This material, along with some clever construction, turns out to be a lot better at absorbing impact than the more usual polystyrene-filled lids."
Wouldn't it also be a lot better at absorbing sweat and rain and disintegrating quickly as a result?
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Wouldn't it also be a lot better at absorbing sweat and rain and disintegrating quickly as a result?
Nope. They figured out a way around that:

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What about rains and sweat? No problem. Surabhi’s helmets mix the cardboard with a “waterproof acrylic compound” which makes them just as rain-resistant as the helmet you have now.
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I try to always ride with a mouthful of popcorn.
At least that keeps the bugs out.
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Cool concept.
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At least someone is thinking outside the box on helmet design. bk
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That would work. Put popcorn in a large ziploc bag and duct tape it to your head. Simple and cheap protection.
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At least someone is thinking outside the box on helmet design. bk
I think they were actually thinking INSIDE the box. A Cardboard box at that.
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Sure if you want to look like an escapee from a Breaking Away fan convention



Do the guys that dress up like Storm Troopers look down on people who dress up like Dave Stoller?

Wait a minute, of course they do. We're called bicyclists I'm a Breaking Away fanner
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Do the guys that dress up like Storm Troopers look down on people who dress up like Dave Stoller?

Wait a minute, of course they do. We're called bicyclists I'm a Breaking Away fanner
At least they wore helmets, most pros back then either didn't or wore those leather hair nets. Most pro riders didn't even wear helmets until about 10 years ago.

You can still get those leather helmets new if you want to go retro: http://www.gadget-fever.com/leather-...ck-p-5821.html
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Popcorn makes an excellent package padding

Interesting concept, I see some potential in it.

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Hmm, just throw away your helmet and wear the box!

Really, take away all the hype, what does this tell you about the safety potential of that helmet you're wearing right now? Just saying, this thing couldn't replace a real safety helmet, like a football or hockey helmet, motorcycle helmet, kyaking helmet, etc. Bicycle helmet tests are so rediculous that cardboard can pass. Pathetic, really.
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Hmm, just throw away your helmet and wear the box!

Really, take away all the hype, what does this tell you about the safety potential of that helmet you're wearing right now? Just saying, this thing couldn't replace a real safety helmet, like a football or hockey helmet, motorcycle helmet, kyaking helmet, etc. Bicycle helmet tests are so rediculous that cardboard can pass. Pathetic, really.
And how many tests do kayak, hockey or foot ball helmets pass?

I do agree that the current tests for cycling helmets leave a lot to be desired.

However the cardboard is not a bad idea and probably performs better in many cases than the current styrofoam stuff.

Years ago I was part of a car building project, we built 5mph bumpers out of plywood and empty beer cans, worked great and met the requirements.

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