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Old 05-31-07, 08:33 AM   #1
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Helmets with a bug shield?

Just spent a bit chatting to Nashbar and they've never heard of anything like that - but have seen people mention it here (though no links). Looking for a metal screen to block bugs (bees) from getting in the helmet, had something nail me the other day.

Does a company make them or do people create their own? I read about using something like pantyhose over the top but looking for something with more ventilation. Also I remember reading how pantyhose could be dangerous because the helmet might snare in a fall.

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I had a bee get into my motorcycle helmet once, luckily I remained calm (since I was going over 70 mph) and pulled over to the breakdown lane to remove the helmet and set it free. Amazingly it didn't sting me, must have been stunned or something.
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Old 05-31-07, 08:46 AM   #3
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Amusing story - I rode up to one of my favourite BBQ restaurants (Redbones in Sommerville, MA), and was locking my bike up when a small boy - I would guess about 3 or 4 years old, started admiring the bike and poking and prodding at various parts of it. He asked it if it went fast - I told him that through Boston and Cambridge, it was a lot faster than a Sports Car - he was impressed, then he asked about my 'Goggles' (I wear cycling glasses), I told him that when I was going fast, the goggles would protect me from bugs getting into my eyes, that they would deflect them down into my mouth, and I would get to snack while I rode. His eyes got real big - I offered to let him try the goggles - but he declined.
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Old 05-31-07, 09:58 AM   #4
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If I had one I wouldn't wear it. I only get bees stuck in my helmet or shirt once or twice a year, and getting stung once or twice a year is not a big deal to me, and definitely not worth the irritation of having something in front of my face all the time. If I were allergic obviously that'd be a different story.

Honestly I have bees and yellow jackets and other stingers bounce off me all the time, and it's pretty rare that they wedge anywhere, and REALLY rare that they hit the top part of my face. For whatever reason they seem to get into helmet vents, and apart from that getting into the top of my shirt is the next biggest target. Anywhere else they just bounce off. I recently switched to long-sleeve alertshirts to keep the sun off my arms on the hot summer days; with no collar to unzip as with jerseys, the bugs haven't been getting down my shirt either.

Sauerwald: the wind in your face and the bugs in your teeth, eh?
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This might be useful. Use mesh instead of solid fabric: http://www.rebel-cycles.com/rainhelmet.html

I have seen helmets around with a built-in mesh screen, I *think* they were from Canadian Tire (a hardware store in Canada). But if you've got a spare helmet lying around, may as well make your own.
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I wear this: ... but only to play hockey. But it keeps those nasty ice bugs out of my eyes.
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Ahhh - my fault, not clear enough. I was talking more specifically about the top vents, not face.
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This might be useful. Use mesh instead of solid fabric: http://www.rebel-cycles.com/rainhelmet.html

I have seen helmets around with a built-in mesh screen, I *think* they were from Canadian Tire (a hardware store in Canada). But if you've got a spare helmet lying around, may as well make your own.

Nice job Jeff. You can be sure I'll be asking you about that once the weather gets cooler again
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Nice job Jeff. You can be sure I'll be asking you about that once the weather gets cooler again
Even at -15C I didn't even need a skullcap to keep mt head warm. It worked very well, indeed.
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performance sells a helmet cover made from illuminite that's very breathable.
for a non-breathable alternative you can cover the vents with glad press n seal.
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when a bug flies into your mouth or helmet its God's way of telling you to eat more protein...
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It's kind of rare, but a feature started to found in bike helmets. I believe Louis Garneau has a couple of helmets with anti-bug netting...
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I realize you are not looking for a face shield but if you wanted one, here is an interesting site that shows you how to make your own
http://www.rebel-cycles.com/rainhelmet.html
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It's kind of rare, but a feature started to found in bike helmets. I believe Louis Garneau has a couple of helmets with anti-bug netting...
Horseback riding helmets have had screened vents for years. I can not figure why cycling helmets do not.
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I almost got one of these...

http://www.met-helmets.com/home.jsp?idrub=23

... the jury is still out to be honest, I may just get one to be on the safe side. I can very well imagine getting a wasp or a bee trapped in the helmet wold be very nasty.

But there are a few manufacturers that have them fitted now, not sure if you can get an insert for existing helmets?
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Or you could get some scrap mesh from your local window screen manufacturer and hot glue or double sided tape it over the vents. Good ventilation and protection.

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Bug screens on helmets to deflect them is one thing, but you still have to check the helmet before putting it on. Last month I grabbed my helmet from the handlebar and quickly put it on. I immediately started to feel this odd stinging sensation on the top of my head. I whipped the helmet off and there sat a mud wasp, obviously annoyed at being squashed between my helmet and head. Definitely ouch ouch ouch ouch ouch ouch ouch...

I'm just glad the cicada invasion remained in northern Illinois this past week.
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I had a bee get into my motorcycle helmet once, luckily I remained calm (since I was going over 70 mph) and pulled over to the breakdown lane to remove the helmet and set it free. Amazingly it didn't sting me, must have been stunned or something.
I buddy of mine had the same thing happen... next thing you know he is in the hospital.
His face swelled up pretty good. He found out he was allergic to bees and wasp.
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I have metal mesh on the front vents of my full face to stop rocks and mud..works great with winter road salt too.. It could easily be applied to the top vents as a bug screen....I guess the manu's would want 50bucks more per lid.
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This might be useful. Use mesh instead of solid fabric: http://www.rebel-cycles.com/rainhelmet.html

I have seen helmets around with a built-in mesh screen, I *think* they were from Canadian Tire (a hardware store in Canada). But if you've got a spare helmet lying around, may as well make your own.
Nice blood shot eyes in that one photo. Scary cager attack mode look.
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