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If you have too much cash and ventilation in your existing helmet....

Old 09-06-13, 04:09 PM
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If you have too much cash and ventilation in your existing helmet....

Come to Oregon where you can get one of these....

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They look like they should be on a polo player's head.
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Old 09-06-13, 04:35 PM
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Reading through their site, I still have a hard time believing that the wooden shell will perform its primary objective - staying in one piece/keeping the cushioning in place in the event of an accident.
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I actually tried to help Dan a little bit when he designed those. The lab I'm in at Oregon State has a 3D scanner and we were trying to model foam inserts and what not, bla bla bla... long story. And even though they are not for me I do know Dan has put a lot of work in them and they are kind of cool to see and hold. Talking to him about the testing process and procedures to get it crash certified was pretty neat as well. However at that price.... there are a lot of other things I'd rather have
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Reading through their site, I still have a hard time believing that the wooden shell will perform its primary objective - staying in one piece/keeping the cushioning in place in the event of an accident.
In all fairness, a good bike helmet often gets destroyed if you hit it -- the main thing is that you get sufficient cushioning during that hit. If you think about it, this is just a return to the 80's hard shell caving style helmets. I'm sure he could sell those in Portland -- most people here seem to prefer heavy buckets devoid of any ventilation and the wood angle will get people excited. It's not like people don't already drop loads of coin on stuff that's less functional but kind of cool looking.

The price actually strikes me as cheap when you consider what goes into making them. But there ain't no way I'll ever wear something like that.
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Originally Posted by banerjek View Post
In all fairness, a good bike helmet often gets destroyed if you hit it -- the main thing is that you get sufficient cushioning during that hit.
Of course they all get destroyed, but what you don't want is the shell splitting on the first impact and not keeping the padding on your head for subsequent noggin knocks - plastic shells on helmets don't provide any impact resistance, the keep the impact resistant material in place.
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is this already in the "cycling products that shouldnt exist? thread? it needs to be.
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What we need is wooden cycling shoes. Just mount your cleats to these bad boys -- they accommodate any bolt pattern....

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The fact that those helmets can pass crash test standards point just how low bike helmet standards are. Heck, given the hard wood shell, they probably do better on most tests...which says far more about our industry than it should. $10k bikes with all the latest wiz bang technology, and its difficult to buy a helmet offering more protection than a 15 year old cheap helmet.
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The fact that those helmets can pass crash test standards [/snip]
They haven't passed anything, yet - they insist that they can, but they haven't been officially tested.
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I think I see styrofoam under the wooden shell in that pic.
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You can wear it while you ride this


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Wooden shoes, wooden helmet. Seems appropriate for the Bamboo riders.
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Originally Posted by type36 View Post
Wooden shoes, wooden helmet. Seems appropriate for the Bamboo riders.

Ummm. Except that bamboo isn't wood.
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Ummm. Except that bamboo isn't wood.

Close enough. Plant, tree, grass, whatever.
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Originally Posted by banerjek View Post
What we need is wooden cycling shoes. Just mount your cleats to these bad boys -- they accommodate any bolt pattern....

Stiff sole too
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Thanks for posting this. I'm glad that I've had the opportunity to see one of these before I see one on the road. Now I won't be so inclined to stare incredulously or break out into a fit of laughter.
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Wooden helmets might be a new concept for biking, but Jeff Snyder has been making and wearing them for whitewater padding for at least 15 years. Not sure how many he ever sold.

He's wearing one in this vid, and in the intro I think he might be wearing a wooden visor while unicycling. Jeff is the standup paddler with the blue inflatable.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mm7vHPPdkzI
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