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    Tour Helmet Rule

    Did they change the rule this year (or last year???). They used to allow the riders to discard their helmets if they were finishing on a mountain top and if that final climb was a certain distance. I did not see anyone tossing out their lids on Le Alpe. Maybe this has been in effect for a while now...color me clueless!

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    I believe that 2005 was the last year they could toss the lid on an uphill finish....I think...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bacchusbill View Post
    I believe that 2005 was the last year they could toss the lid on an uphill finish....I think...
    I think you are correct.

    I kinda liked the old rule. Something about the helmetless head made it more personal.
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    On the other hand, there've been a few crashes this year (Pereiro and Evans come to mind) where the rider was probably quite happy to have had a helmet on. I know, not uphill mountain stage finishes, but still...

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    ^^^^Brings to mind a Q. Am I the only one that on long climbs takes off his helmet and hangs it on the hood until the top of the climb?
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    Might be 2004 being the last year, Axel Merckx and Johan Van Summeren got stung by the rule in March 2005 and were removed from the Paris-Nice race. So everybody requires a helmet from start to finish even if it isn't a UCI sanctioned race.

    I could see a helmet manufacturer coming up with something lighter with more vents for the mountain stages, but does it have to meet some minimum requirement or passing a crash test?

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    I think I read somewhere that the Ionos or maybe the Atmos actually keeps your head cooler than no helmet at all. Airflow and all that.


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    Quote Originally Posted by yellowjeep View Post
    I think I read somewhere that the Ionos or maybe the Atmos actually keeps your head cooler than no helmet at all. Airflow and all that.
    I might be making that up but I do seem to remember something
    the Ionos is so cool that it comes with a skull cap to keep your head warm.
    all i know is that my head doesn't sweat no matter how hard i go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yellowjeep View Post
    ... maybe the Atmos actually keeps your head cooler than no helmet at all. Airflow and all that.
    Um, I can't say my Atmos is that tricked out.


    Not suffering enuf perhaps? I'll punish myself w. some hills tomm. Temps heating up a bit too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wideAMG View Post
    the Ionos is so cool that it comes with a skull cap to keep your head warm.
    all i know is that my head doesn't sweat no matter how hard i go.
    Lucky you. When I climb it's like taking a shower in my own sweat

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    I don't like hanging my helmet on the hoods because then it swings around and annoys me.
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    I forget I even have it on my head after a little bit so I wouldn't bother. Plus, after a crash that ruined my entire summer, I'm not going to ride my road bike without a helmet...

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    ^^^^^^I talking on long climbs, If I crash a 5 mph I'll be ok. At that point it wouldn't really be a crash. It would be falling over.
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