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Old 10-01-12, 12:39 PM   #1
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Non-dorky looking bike helmet?

I don't usually wear a helmet (they look dorky) but want one for rain or when I'm riding at night. mostly for safety reasons but also to help keep my hair dry, if it has few or no vents. I'm thinking of getting this one. it looks less dorky to me than the typical bicycle helmet. maybe its the black color. any other suggestions? I don't want to spend more than $30 or $40.

http://www.amazon.com/BONEShieldz-Bo...ds=boneshieldz
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Old 10-01-12, 12:42 PM   #2
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That still looks dorky. You can always tape the vents if you believe it will keep your hair dry.
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Old 10-01-12, 12:49 PM   #3
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Get a skateboarders' helmet. Not "uncool" at all. And you will protect your melon.
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Old 10-01-12, 12:54 PM   #4
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bike /skate helmets do have less holes.. top of the Bern helmet line
uses a Carbon Fiber shell.. uber hip then..

Prestige pricing , the more you pay and every one knows what you spent,
the Hipper it is..
Example: Gucci, Ferrari, that is the Rapha business model too ..

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Old 10-01-12, 12:54 PM   #5
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dork is the new emo and poseur!
i love dork! i saw some kids ones at the Store That Shall Not Be Named,
and i wanted a couple sooooo bad: spiderman, and some dino thing with spikes.

years ago i had a gumby strapped to mine and lawsy, you would not believe the flack
i got from the dudes in spandex. said i made cyclists look stupid. the girls liked it, so what is the
prob, bob? i like girls. and those guys never said word one about my ragged shorts, ragged t-shirt,
and ragged sneakers ( i'm a poor boy).

have enough self confidence in yourself to say the hell with everyone else, i'm goin' my ​way.
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If you're so concerned about your hair getting wet, there is only one solution- shave your head. Seriously.
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[h=2]Non-dorky looking bike helmet? [/h]
No such thing exists.
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Old 10-01-12, 01:43 PM   #8
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Non-dorky looking bike helmet?

No such thing exists.
I think dorkiness is a requirement in order to obtain CPSC approval.
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Old 10-01-12, 01:45 PM   #9
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If your main reason is to keep your head dry, then wear a normal hat.

A helmet with no vents is not going to keep your head dry, quite the opposite. Instead of rain it will get damp from perspiration...
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If you're so concerned about your hair getting wet, there is only one solution- shave your head. Seriously.
You will save yourself a lot of time in the long run. The other route to go is to grow it out until only a truly biblical deluge could soak it all the way through.

Also, the reason why even cheap skate helmets have vents is that any protection from rain you get will be wiped out by scalp steam collecting underneath unbreathable plastic.
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A few years ago I saw a picture of one sort of like a big Beret, black of course .
Tres Chic.
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Old 10-01-12, 02:08 PM   #12
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better dorky than dead...
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better dorky than dead...
Let's not turn this into a pro vs anti thread. There's A&S for that.
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Old 10-01-12, 04:25 PM   #14
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All helmets are dorky.
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Old 10-01-12, 09:05 PM   #15
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I just ordered this one, I think it's cool.
http://www.amazon.com/Giro-Reverb-He...I1JX53N4DCF3GH
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Old 10-01-12, 11:34 PM   #16
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I just ordered this one, I think it's cool.
http://www.amazon.com/Giro-Reverb-He...I1JX53N4DCF3GH

definitely cool! this one's going on top of my list.
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Old 10-01-12, 11:37 PM   #17
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For rain you can use a helmet cover.
http://www.mec.ca/AST/ShopMEC/Cyclin...ver-unisex.jsp
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oh almost forgot about the vents. the vents on the Giro look pretty big. thats the only thing. the rain cover looks like a good solution for that. or else I'll go with a skater helmet because the vents are small and there's less of them.
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You want big vents. Your head will sweat and your hair will get wet anyway.
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I have the Reverb in black/red. It's an awesome helmet. Much less dorky than your typical "racing style" cycling helmet. Air flow is superb. Very comfortable. The brim rocks. Surprisingly light in weight.
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Non-dorky looking bike helmet?


No such thing exists.
Actually, in the OP's case, it's probably not the helmet.....

Just get a regular helmet and a rain cover. Both will probably still be less expensive than trying to find something that specialized. Alternately, you could wear a shower cap.
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http://www.louisgarneau.com/us-en/pr...sories/H-COVER

The one I have has lasted for years and is still in mint condition.
I leave it on all winter.
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Old 10-02-12, 05:58 PM   #23
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Actually, in the OP's case, it's probably not the helmet.....

Just get a regular helmet and a rain cover. Both will probably still be less expensive than trying to find something that specialized. Alternately, you could wear a shower cap.
Yeah, for some of us the dork factor is pretty high before we put the helmet on....
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The most commonly seen non-traditional helmets in Madison are Bern, Nutcase, and skateboarding helmets.

This winter I'm breaking out something novel: a vintage leather football helmet. Prior to that I used a surplus police riot helmet.
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I've seen at least one horse-riding helmet that was pretty nice. Woulda snagged if it had been my size.
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