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Location: Kinsale, Ireland
Bikes: Trek 7300 FSX, Jamis Exile, Jamis Coda Sport, Raleigh Technium, Dahon Vitesse, Dahon Matrix
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When Boeri ("It's your head.") markets a bike helmet, buy it!
I use two Boeri helmets that I acquired for Telemark skiing when I commute in Boston's extreme winter conditions. They keep my head warm and they protect like motorcyle helmets. But, they do NOT meet Snell crash-protection standards for motorcycle helmets. (Snell is a higher standard than DOT because it is based on actual testing). http://www.mmsp.org/helmets/snell.htm
Still, I feel more secure (and of course more toasty) commuting with these Boeris than with my summertime Giro Pneumo ("Lance wears it, need we say more?") -with all its artful scoops covered with scotch tape). http://giro.com/main.html
When I commute through ice and snow on my Marin Sausalito next month, I'll be wearing a motorcycle helmet that meets Snell standards and has a good price. Check this out. http://www.helmetcity.com/page/HC/PROD/S1/cs5white
So at least three questions remain.
Why doesn't Giro develop a winter-biking helmet that protects ears and neck?
Why doesn't Boeri adapt its 2005 Tactic alpine helmet for winter-biking (i.e. a frostbike lid that also meets Snell standards)? http://www.boeriusa.com/helmet_sub.p...c&style=Orange
Why don't bike-helmet manufacturers in 2005 market helmets that meet Snell standards (both for Ducati and Ellsworth ;-) ? http://www.ducati.com/racing/index.jhtml http://www.ellsworthbikes.com/
After all, reportedly 70 percent of all bicycle crashes result in head injuries. As Boeri would say, "It's our heads." Or as drivers in Boulder will starkly remind you, "It's tough learning the alphabet the second time around."
Last edited by Leo C. Driscoll; 12-26-04 at 10:35 PM.