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Old 07-07-11, 07:24 AM
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Motorcycle half helmet instead of a bicycle helmet

Does anyone wear a motorcycle half helmet when biking? They seem like a safer helmet to me, so I bought one of those instead of a regular helmet (haven't used it yet though, its being mailed)
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Old 07-07-11, 07:28 AM
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Being a motorcycle rider in addition to a bicyclist, I have both. The motorcycle helmet might be safer. I say "might" because I don't have any proof outside of speculation. They are quite a bit heavier and hotter than a bicycle helmet, however. I wouldn't want to wear my motorcycle helmet on my bike.
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Hot and heavy. If you ride an upright bike you'll probably be okay, but if you have much forward lean, your neck is going to get quite a workout. Venting in MC helmets is also done with very small vents. That works when you are shooting 60-70 mph air through it, but at 10-20 mph, you will not get much venting. Personally I wouldn't do it, but let us know how you like it after a few rides. I agree it is safer, but in the MC community, those are referred to as brain buckets...mostly a fashion accessory.
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They certainly would not be safer and in fact it would be far more dangerous then a bike helmet. The reason is that with the fatigue caused by a heavier helmet plus the heat build up you would be more likely to get in an accident then with a lighter helmet where you would be cooler, less fatigued, and more alert. Your chances of having a fatal accident on a bike is so small as is, and as most fatal accidents are not head related but caused by severe trauma because of a run in with a multi-thousand lb. motor vehicle where wearing any type of helmet makes little difference. Wearing a heavier helmet that increases your fatigue would be a bad choice.

I confess I'm ambivalent about the use of any type of helmet on a bike. In hot weather especially I think wearing a broad brimmed hat that keeps you cooler and reduces fatigue is a better choice. Being cooler will undoubtable lead to better decisions that would prevent an accident from happening in the first place.
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Originally Posted by chipcom
I wear this

What kind of purse and shoes do your wear with this helmet? I have a heck of a time coordinating my helmet with high heeled shoes and leather pants. Any pictures?
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Originally Posted by chipcom
I wear this

At least mine has viking horns on it.
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What kind of purse and shoes do your wear with this helmet? I have a heck of a time coordinating my helmet with high heeled shoes and leather pants. Any pictures?
When you wear a helmet like chipcom's, no one looks at your shoes so you can wear whichever heels you want.
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My son wears his skateboard helmet about half the time...
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