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Old 10-19-11, 04:41 PM
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Skid Lids...

Anybody here wear them?

I'm looking to get some vintage headgear to go with my C&V bike, and I thought that the skid lids might fit the bill because they seem to offer some decent protection. I thought of going with a leather "hairnet", but I understand they don't offer any real protection.

What do you guys wear?
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Old 10-19-11, 04:43 PM
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Uh oh. Another helmet thread.
I wear a modern helmet. But..
that's just my preference.
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Old 10-19-11, 04:48 PM
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I am an avid MTBer and always wear one......................be forewarned OP, these threads traditionally go south..........way south
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Old 10-19-11, 04:51 PM
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Well, I was just hoping to get some opinions, not start a war or anything.

We'll see....
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It's made by Giro.
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The Skid Lid was considered to be one of the least protective helmets of its time.

The Bell Biker was just too dorky for anyone.

Leather hairnets didn't offer much impact protection, but they weren't too bad at minimizing scraping type injuries.

The V1-Pro was one of the first Snell approved helmets ~1985 - might find one of those around.


I'm talking about this Skid Lid from the early '80s.

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Lookit that thing. I suppose if your haid was made out of a chunk-O-wood, maybe.
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Old 10-19-11, 05:27 PM
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I think they are pretty cool

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Originally Posted by Giacomo 1 View Post
Well, I was just hoping to get some opinions, not start a war or anything.

We'll see....
You'll get a lot of opinions here. Maybe more than you bargained for
I like my Giro. Personally I would never wear a vintage helmet of limited protective value.
That's my opinion. That and three bucks will get you a cup of coffee at Starbuckers.
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I would be highly suspect of using any vintage helmet for crash protection. Plastics, foam and glue degrade over time and likely offer even less protection now than they did when new. Helmets used for motorsports have a defined expiration date and are inspected for compliance at many racing events.
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Lookit that thing. I suppose if your haid was made out of a chunk-O-wood, maybe.
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I go for the true vintage.
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I tossed out my patent leather "hair net" head gear long ago. I wish I had kept it just for display.

For a period correct helmet... The Bell V-1 Pro, but I think even after all these years, that would be suspect too. The EPS inner shell is not designed to live this long.

I buy modern, and buy with the attitude that every 3 years its time for a new one, or one headstrike. Buy light in color and light in weight and that fits.
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I started a thread about helmets that go with C&V bikes a while back, you should search for it. I got some good suggestions.

There are some people who will complain about a helmet thread, you have to emphasize that the thread is NOT a debate about helmet use, or safety. It is about helmet STYLE. Don't get off track if someone tries to bait you.

Personally, I wear a modern helmet. It's ugly. I'm still looking for one that doesn't look silly.
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I wore one for 5 years till the foam disintegrated! About thirty years ago, of course. It was the "better than nothing" mentality. Not for the squeamish with vivid imagination, especially if you've had close calls with guard rails. Of course the one time I had a serious accident (crashed trying to hop train tracks, landing on the back of my head) I wasn't wearing the damn thing. I doubt it would have prevented the concussion though...
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I'm looking to get some vintage headgear to go with my C&V bike
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Giro Prolight...modern but minimalist. Super light, great price at CC, FWIW...
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Giro Prolight...modern but minimalist. Super light, great price at CC, FWIW...
Several of the guys I ride with recommend and use this helmet.

For $99 at CC, you can't go wrong.

I just bought a new Bell Volt last year, or I would consider one as well.

The Volt makes one look like they have a mushroom head, but it is light, the colors are ok, the fit is outstanding, and most importantly the venting works beautifully.
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I discovered that if I put the mirror down, I can't see what I look like when wearing my Giro Atmos helmet.

Try it, it works.

Giacomo, just go the bike shop and try some helmets on. Buy what you like.
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I started a thread about helmets that go with C&V bikes a while back, you should search for it. I got some good suggestions.
Here's that thread: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...and-recommend/

Obvious ventilation issues aside, I think some Nutcase helmets come pretty close to feeling vintage. Have never tried one out, though...

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Sorry, got confused and posted this to the wrong thread.

How about the Giro Reverb retro styles?


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vintage? It's all up to you baby!

Grow your own!

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I wear a helmet when I feel like it and when I feel like the people i'm riding with would give me a hard time if I wasn't.
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Get what is comfortable to you.

I wear a helmet, though it's more comfortable without one.

And that's all I'm going to say on the matter.

Oh, wait, it isn't. I had one of those white Bell's with the red stripe.
I really liked that helmet. It made me think I was playing polo.
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