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Old 04-23-18, 10:31 AM
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Looking for ultra-cheap, disposable helmet.

I haven't worn a helmet in about 15 years, don't even own one anymore, but I'm about to go touring in Australia, where the things are mandatory.

Does anyone know where I can purchase a super-cheap throwaway? I don't intend to bring it back, that space is going to be used for mandatory travel gifts for family, so when I pack up the bike, I'm just going to chuck the helmet in the nearest bin.
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Old 04-23-18, 10:42 AM
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Why not just go used on eBay, like this one?
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Just go to Walmart and buy one for $20.
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Old 04-23-18, 10:54 AM
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WalMart/Meijer/Dicks/etc...

Probably find them for about $18. Remember though, the mandatory part is wearing them (not just having them), if you are spending the money on a bike tour, buying one that actually fits is a minimal incremental cost to one you hate having on your head every day. Not that an $18 Schwinn is going to be that way, I've worn one for the last three years, but make sure it is right for your head.

Also, find a charity shop to give it to. Don't contribute to landfill waste if you can avoid it.
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Old 04-23-18, 10:59 AM
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Walmart. And don't throw it away after, give it to someone or leave it where it can be "found" by someone who needs it.
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Old 04-23-18, 11:01 AM
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https://www.bikenashbar.com/cycling/...-helmet-bh-slh
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I am sure you will find what you need.
Don't throw it in a bin either.
An L.B.S. or co-op would take it.
Have fun chasing kangaroos on your bicycle.
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Too bad the EcoHelmet isn't available yet (i.e., certified).

Paper bike helmet wins Dyson award - BBC News

I'm interested in the compactness and currently using an uncertified 'hair-net' vintage-style helmet.
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Old 04-23-18, 12:43 PM
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Originally Posted by skye View Post
I haven't worn a helmet in about 15 years, don't even own one anymore, but I'm about to go touring in Australia, where the things are mandatory...
Given the costs for checked baggage nowadays, it might make sense to pick up a helmet once you get to Australia.
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Old 04-23-18, 03:07 PM
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Given that they're mandatory there, I'd expect them to be easy to find locally.

I don't travel much - does anyone know, would a hotel accept an Amazon package and hold it for you?
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Old 04-23-18, 05:31 PM
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So likely you will need to purchase one there in Australia as the one you get somewhere else might not have the proper ratings for Australia as they have different cycling laws and standards. NEVER buy a used helmet, it is safety equipment and most used helmets are long past their expiration date or could have easily been abused and they won't tell you and you won't notice in the helmet.
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Old 04-23-18, 05:47 PM
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Goodwill.
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Originally Posted by veganbikes View Post
So likely you will need to purchase one there in Australia as the one you get somewhere else might not have the proper ratings for Australia as they have different cycling laws and standards. NEVER buy a used helmet, it is safety equipment and most used helmets are long past their expiration date or could have easily been abused and they won't tell you and you won't notice in the helmet.
Yeah, to be legal it should have an Australian Standards sticker on it, very unlikely you'll get pinged for it, but ever since NSW put the no helmet fine up to $400 or so the police there have been very keen to catch people for not wearing them. You can buy one pretty cheap from the big box stores like K-Mart etc. Oh yeah, make sure you have a bell too.... and be very careful about running stop signs and signals in Sydney, that's huge fine too... they had a government transport minister there who was on record as saying he hated cyclists.
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Old 04-23-18, 06:34 PM
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Originally Posted by wphamilton View Post
Given that they're mandatory there, I'd expect them to be easy to find locally.

I don't travel much - does anyone know, would a hotel accept an Amazon package and hold it for you?
Just wear it on the plane.
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Old 04-23-18, 08:16 PM
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They're all disposable, just crash in it first.
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Originally Posted by thumpism View Post
They're all disposable, just crash in it first.
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Old 04-24-18, 07:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Milton Keynes View Post
Just go to Walmart and buy one for $20.

Thousands of dollars to ride in Australia. $20 takes the cost over the limit. Cancel the trip.
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Old 04-24-18, 07:27 AM
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Helmets and bells are compulsory in Italy too. I always wear a helmet but never had a bell. I purchased a bell before the trip. I got to Italy. Few were wearing helmets and almost no one had a bell.
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Amazon. They sell garbage helmets that are COMPLETELY ILLEGAL to sell in the United States (but they do it anyway) with no safety ratings or markings at all. They are basically just light packing foam that crumbles at even the most basic touch.

They cost about $10 and are likely to do nothing whatsoever to assist your head in a crash. Fro $20 you could get a helmet at Wal Mart that actually works to protect your melon. But save the extra $10 and go for the completely useless piece of garbage. Totally worth $10. It's only your head. It'll grow back.
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Old 04-24-18, 07:58 AM
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Helmets and bells are compulsory in Italy... almost no one had a bell.
The state of New York has a law requiring bells or some form of noise-making device, too. ...and it gets followed similarly.
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Old 04-24-18, 08:07 AM
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Goodwill. You may find a pristine Hello Kitty model for $0.99. Watch out, they might stick you an extra dollar for My Little Pony. Seriously, last helmet I got was a new Giro in the box for $2. Rode like Merckx after I got that one.
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Old 04-24-18, 08:12 AM
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Helmets and bells are compulsory in Italy too. I always wear a helmet but never had a bell. I purchased a bell before the trip. I got to Italy. Few were wearing helmets and almost no one had a bell.
In my state the law says that to ride at night you must have a white light on the front of the bike, but that doesn't stop people from riding all ninja'ed out in the dark.
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https://www.walmart.com/ip/Schwinn-I...9d&athena=true

$17.63 at your local Wal-Mart. Problem solved.

Or, if you really want to splurge, for another 9 cents to keep your head from looking like a blueberry:
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Bell-Spor...elmet/46713180
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Old 04-24-18, 09:36 AM
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Originally Posted by Oneder View Post
Just wear it on the plane.
They might even let you board first if they think you're special needs.
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Old 04-24-18, 09:48 AM
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Just get the cheapest one you can find. They all have to meet the same safety standards and once they're cracked to have to throw them away.
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