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Old 11-22-05, 11:51 PM   #1
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Helmet denting my skull?!

Disclaimer: I'd like to keep this from being another helmet debate. Please refrain from obvious jokes about the situation unless they are clever...

I've been wearing my helmet religiously the past month or so. I'm a messenger in Boston, so that means I've been wearing my helmet 9 hours a day. Today I noticed that my forehead might be getting reshaped by my helmet. There are a couple dents in my head wear the helmet sits. Is my helmet actually doing that? Am I just paranoid? I loosened it up a bit just in case.

Is this a serious problem? If any of you have been experiencing it, do you have a trick for preventing my helmet from doing this and/or reverse what might have been done?
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Old 11-22-05, 11:55 PM   #2
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Botox injections.
Seriously, if the dents are still there hours later, buy a different helmet.
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Old 11-22-05, 11:58 PM   #3
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i'd say unless you're like 10 or younger your skull is pretty well formed and hardened, it could be the skin and muscle getting compressed and leaving a mark, ig it bothers you that much get a new helmet, if it doesn't bother you don't worry about it, if you want advice from someone who isn't an unemployed photographer ask a doctor or nurse
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Old 11-23-05, 07:05 AM   #4
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i'd say unless you're like 10 or younger your skull is pretty well formed and hardened, it could be the skin and muscle getting compressed and leaving a mark, ig it bothers you that much get a new helmet, if it doesn't bother you don't worry about it, if you want advice from someone who isn't an unemployed photographer ask a doctor or nurse
As an engineer, I agree with this photographer's opinion. I doubt it's your bones moving. Bones are pretty hard, and helmets are designed to fail before your bones do (that's the point).
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i have dents in my forehead too. in fact, all over my skull. you might just be noticing them now because you are focusing on your skull. after feeling again, yes, my brow ridge--barely noticeable to the eye but very noticeable if you feel my forehead--kind of feels like dents, right where my helmet sits.

as a community organizer, i agree with the opinions expressed by the engineer and the photographer. it's not your helmet.
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Disclaimer: I'd like to keep this from being another helmet debate. Please refrain from obvious jokes about the situation unless they are clever...

I've been wearing my helmet religiously the past month or so. I'm a messenger in Boston, so that means I've been wearing my helmet 9 hours a day. Today I noticed that my forehead might be getting reshaped by my helmet. There are a couple dents in my head wear the helmet sits. Is my helmet actually doing that? Am I just paranoid? I loosened it up a bit just in case.

Is this a serious problem? If any of you have been experiencing it, do you have a trick for preventing my helmet from doing this and/or reverse what might have been done?
Three things to try:

1. Loosen up the helmet some and wear a skull cap or do rag
2. Try another brand helmet. For example, Bells don't fit my noggin well, but Giros usually do.
3. Lyposuction to remove un-needed brain matter from the dented areas
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The denting is very noticeable to me because I have a shaved head. Mine usually go away after I haven't worn the helmet for a while, but since you wear yours so long the dents will probably be permanent.
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Old 11-23-05, 08:25 AM   #8
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Drink more milk, I'm worried for you.
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Old 11-23-05, 04:00 PM   #9
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I good bike shop should be able to pull out the dent, assuming it's steel. Or you could epoxy over it and repaint.
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The soft tissue under your skin is getting compressed, and the water that makes that tissue "puffy" is going away to never return.

No ... your skull is not giving.

yes ... the helmet mark might be long lasting, yet not permanent.

I had to wear a helmet all the time and I did have the infamouse "mark" around my skull, hair, and it was pretty noticeable for a long time.
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yeah get a cycling cap and grow some more hair, or a new helmet with more contact area.
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