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Old 02-01-08, 03:45 PM
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How could your Helmet be improved, or show you helmet 'mods'

As a design student for my final thesis I am focusing on bicycle commuters as a niche group. Last semester I developed a convertible trolley/trailer for short range grocery shopping. This semester I have decided to continue on theme of urban cycling, but have changed my focus after being struck by an idea.

Last semester I decided to ditch my helmet one morning on a hurried ride to school. I was feeling self conscious about having messy helmet-hair for a presentation that day, and I am often self-conscious of looking like a bit of a bike dork with all my cycling gear on (although I fully am). To make matters worse I just pieced together a new bike a few days before and it wasn't exactly working 100%. While plowing along a flat section I dropped my chain on an up shift. I looked down for a split second and then suddenly my entire face went numb. I found my self standing upright over my top tube- I then took a step and peeled my face off the canopy of a pick-up truck. Anyways to make a long story short I really regret not wearing my helmet that day -- It could have saved me a bit of a headache and a black eye.

For my project I am interested in tailoring a helmet specifically for commuters. So I would like to know how could your helmet be better?
Post a picture of the modifications you have made to improve your helmet.
Beyond incorporating lights,bluetooth,mirrors,headphones, what features do do dream your helmet had?
I would love to see photo's or sketches of peoples ideal cycling helmet.

Thanks for you interest, within a few days I should have a blog of the project up and running.

This is one of my favorite helmet mods of all-time.
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Old 02-01-08, 03:59 PM
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I don't have any photos, but my first bike helmet was one of the first Bell helmets, white with the two red stripes, a low serial number even.

The breathing was terrible. I noticed that the problem was not the vents but how the styrofoam beneath it was shaped. So I ported the helmet, making each hole much more aerodynamically efficient. It worked beautifully. In celebration of that, I replaced the red stripe with a nice celtic design. It's the earliest decorated helmet that I know of.
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Old 02-01-08, 04:11 PM
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I have a black helmet and put a bunch of strips of reflective tape on it that is black too. Looks completely normal and invisible until it is hit with a light and then WOW, does it shine! Maybe a helmet that is painted with the stuff.
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Originally Posted by Glynis27 View Post
I have a black helmet and put a bunch of strips of reflective tape on it that is black too. Looks completely normal and invisible until it is hit with a light and then WOW, does it shine! Maybe a helmet that is painted with the stuff.
pics or it doesn't exist.
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Old 02-01-08, 05:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Glynis27 View Post
I have a black helmet and put a bunch of strips of reflective tape on it that is black too. Looks completely normal and invisible until it is hit with a light and then WOW, does it shine! Maybe a helmet that is painted with the stuff.

I have done exactly that with my Nashbar Cyclocross frame commuting bike. It does light up, even in sunlight if the sun is nearly parallel to your view of the bike. There lies the rub.

LOS, line of sight! It can't hurt by having it. It doesn't even begin to alert someone at a tangential trajectory.

I want someone to make a helmet that fits my really big, watermelon sized head with a sqishy, maybe inflatable headband. Ahem, affordable too.

BTW, my current helmet is slathered in 3M reflective tape, front back and sides.
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reflective tape is definitely a a great addition to any helmet, Giro has done some nice detailing in reflective tape on their womens helmets (skyla) that was invisible until struck with light. Bell also had some nice reflective detailing on one version of their metro helmet.



I want someone to make a helmet that fits my really big, watermelon sized head with a sqishy, maybe inflatable headband. Ahem, affordable too
I think their is some great materials out there that have yet to be applied to cycling helmets such as D3o, and Beta gel. here's some links the material are very quite impressive.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Grq2NzI9nNI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u171-byIUV4
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Old 02-01-08, 09:16 PM
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Not really a mod so to speak, but with all of the Camo and Camo themes in every other sport and industry, it surprises me that I've never seen a Camo painted helmet. Everyone else is doing it!!

I really do like Sheldon's Eagle. Nice touch.

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Louis Garneau makes a "multi-sport" style helmet under the name Kombat which comes in a leafy print that might suit what you are looking for
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Old 02-01-08, 11:53 PM
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what about "light" full face helmets such as the Giro Switch Blade (R.I.P.) -does this seem like over kill for commuting?
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Originally Posted by jharte View Post
it surprises me that I've never seen a Camo painted helmet.

No surprise. They are camoflaged so you can't see them. Isn't that the point?
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Old 02-02-08, 08:08 AM
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I'd like to see a helmet come with LED inserts front and rear. I don't like buying lights for each of my bikes and I wear the same helmet on all of them. Also, as a lamppost locking beater bike riding commuter I don't want to have to remove lights from the bike where I park. Helmets are expensive and LED's are now cheap so it would be an easy step for the manufacturers.

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I don't know if anyone but Bell with the Metro has made a utilitiarian "commuter" helmet - everything they've got as addons are good ideas, but from what I hear the mirror is not great. It'd be nice if they had a GOOD mirror. I glued a Cycleaware Reflex to the left mounting tab of the visor for my Metro.
Other than that, all I have is a blinkie and a rain cover.
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I have a Bell commuter helmet. It has most of what I want. It's beefier with some kind of coating on the bottom to protect it if dropped. It has a place where you can put a blinkie on. It's got a visor. The ventilation is a bit wimpy, but that helps when it's cool. I think that's a good thing. If it's going to get really hot, I'll just put on my regular helmet. It would be nice if it had a mounting bracket, or a place to put a mounting bracket, on top. That would allow a really secure helmet light mount. I'd like to see nicer helmet pads, and a better strap system.

+1 on the mirror
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Sheldon's mod is clearly the best ever. No mods on my own, but I think it might be cool to be able to have a helmet with a built-in helmet cam mount (or built-in helmet cam, for that matter). Not sure how it would affect safety, but that's beside the point here, right?
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Whenever Mrs.Cyclaholic saw me wearing this she'd say "go go gadget HEADLIGHT!" and walk off giggling.... it wears thin after the eleventy trillionth time you hear it.








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all great stuff people thanks for the suggestions.
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No so much modifications to my helmet, but I have a mirror, light, rear blinky, and camera. I had to make mounts for everything but the headlight and mirror. The headlight comes with a system, but it is strapped on. The Mirror mount digs into my forehead if it's no on just right. The Blinky and the camera are mounted using a Velcro straps, and some homemade jigs. It would be nice if a helmet had integrated mounts or a mounting system.

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No so much modifications to my helmet, but I have a mirror, light, rear blinky, and camera. I had to make mounts for everything but the headlight and mirror. The headlight comes with a system, but it is strapped on. The Mirror mount digs into my forehead if it's no on just right. The Blinky and the camera are mounted using a Velcro straps, and some homemade jigs. It would be nice if a helmet had integrated mounts or a mounting system.

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The Giro switchblade was discontinued, and not without reason. I've seen all sorts of Camo helmets in the BMX/dirt jump scene.
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The weather here right now is in that annoying middle temperature range. Too cold in the morning to let the helmet vents breathe... to warm in the afternoon to close 'em up.

I'd have vents that you can open and close quickly on the fly.
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I like few big vents large enough to fit a shackle lock. I like the idea of closable vents.
The buckles get smaller with every year. Some of us do ride in winter and wear thick gloves. We need larger glove friendly hardware.
Many new riders dont know the front from the back or how level it should be; maybe some orientation graphic is needed, a horizontal line with an arrow.
The rear sticky-outy bit has to go.
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How about integrating a pair of small audio speakers in the helmet? It can be connected to an iPod. Safety issues? Sure, but it's not directly plugged into your ears...it's just like having U2 playing in the air around you. Things are noisy enough as is...you might as well hear things you like. It'd make the commute more pleasurable.
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DiNotte 200L-AA-S, Mars 3.0 and Take-A-Look mirror. Only set up this way for extensive periods of night riding, such as winter commuting or epic full-moon adventures. My night-time singletrack setup is to just use the DiNotte on the helmet. The mirror and tail light stay behind.

All this is paired with a handlebar mounted 300 Lumen halogen light and a blinky near the seat post.
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Heh, D3O would make my headgear more intelligent than me with all those intelligent molecules.
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It's already been said, but a place to clip a blinky on the back would be great (I have a taillight on the seatpost and one on one of my panniers, but I'd like to have one on the helmet as well).

Also already said, but more reflective material: I bought a few rolls of the 3M tape from a place I found out about here on BF (that I just saw is going out of business - dang!). I put black tape on the styrofoam material along the back and blue and white wherever I could fit pieces. You can hardly see the tape most of the time, but it gives quite a bit more visibility when light hits it.

Finally, a big plus one on speakers! I will not wear earbuds on the bike (that just seems crazy to me!), but speakers would let you hear outside sound while still enjoying a little music.

Just my cent-and-a-quarter (I think you have to be a member for 5 years before you can give a full two cents)...
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