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helmets that don't look like mushrooms...

Old 04-11-07, 08:53 PM
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yeah i saw the shain and thought it was nice looking..still can't find a place to try it on..
buying one online without knowing how it will fit is like getting a mail ordered bride....
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Old 04-11-07, 09:28 PM
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Originally Posted by deathskid5000
yeah i saw the shain and thought it was nice looking..still can't find a place to try it on..
buying one online without knowing how it will fit is like getting a mail ordered bride....
Meaning it could be the best decision of your life right?
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Old 07-09-07, 12:48 AM
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I just bought a barely-used Limar 909 on craigslist. So far so good.
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Old 07-09-07, 02:39 AM
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Originally Posted by jjvw
Here you go, sir.

what are these kind of helmets called again? and does anyone know who sells 'em?
there is a company in Japan doing them in black or brown leather. made here and about $100......
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Old 07-09-07, 08:27 AM
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they are called soft helmets.. and Ive seen them around in some stores..but they are basically worthless..

except for looking super awesome bad!
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Old 07-09-07, 08:46 AM
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Originally Posted by nateintokyo
what are these kind of helmets called again? and does anyone know who sells 'em?
there is a company in Japan doing them in black or brown leather. made here and about $100......
They're called hairnets, precursors to todays helmets, most are replicas & there are many places to buy them online. They look good, protect bad


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Old 07-09-07, 08:47 AM
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....there isn't a more "technical" term for these that are bike-specific? I haven't been able to find anything good on Google with what I tried....

the ones I saw here have fairly sturdy foam in them. they seemed like they'd take impact better than bare skull (which is what I'm running right now)
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word on the hairnets-----thanks Sam
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Old 07-09-07, 08:50 AM
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Originally Posted by nateintokyo
the ones I saw here have fairly sturdy foam in them. they seemed like they'd take impact better than bare skull (which is what I'm running right now)
lol. The only thing they accomplish is protecting your head from road rash. Just get a real helmet.
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Old 07-09-07, 08:53 AM
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sage advice......maybe I can rig some Charmin and a beanie.

I actually do like helmets. And I have worn them for years....but recently fell out of the habit.
The traffic has been fast lately and I am feeling my car=competition urges flaring up so maybe it is time for a new lid.
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Old 07-09-07, 10:06 AM
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http://pwbeat.publishersweekly.com/b...utler_300b.jpg

I've also heard of people wearing hockey gear for protection
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Old 07-09-07, 10:09 AM
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Originally Posted by TreeUnit
I've also heard of people wearing hockey gear for protection
wow thats stupid.
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Old 08-24-07, 01:11 PM
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so uh someone mentioned giro "monzas" a while ago... any feedback from folks with who've worn them?

hello, i'm zippered: i have a small head and don't want my new helmet to look like a mushroom.

thanks!
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Old 08-24-07, 01:24 PM
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i tried on a giro monza and it look f**kin shroomerific. it was pretty high profile
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so uh someone mentioned giro "monzas" a while ago... any feedback from folks with who've worn them?

hello, i'm zippered: i have a small head and don't want my new helmet to look like a mushroom.

thanks!
Ever tried a rock climbing helmet? Kinda shaped like your dome, not too high profile and has slits ("schlitz!") for a headlamp for those late night pub rides. Granted, you'll look like a spelunker and the helmet will not be as protective as a bike helmet but you'll be fairly original and they typically cost less.
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Old 08-24-07, 03:20 PM
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i dunno...that look is kinda catching on....and just so we're all clear...theyre goombas, not mushroom heads...GOSH!
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Old 08-24-07, 03:33 PM
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So i haven't read all of this thread, but i'll contribute anyways.
*don't flame if i'm repating someone else*

Skate/BMX helmets are usually fairly inexpensive, and don't look too goofy. They do tend to get a little warmer than a "bike" helmet though.

The two that are best bang for the buck are TSG or ProTec. I prefer the "old" style ProTec, they're a little more comfortable IMO, though not quite as protective. (dual density foam liner pads / no hard foam)

Check out a local skate shop, you can usually get one for <$40. And the come in a fair # of colors, and have plenty of room for stickers (if you're into that)
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Old 08-24-07, 04:20 PM
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I found that Pro-Tecs and other multi-impact skate lids really feel like you're wearing a hard hat. The ski/board helmet I have isn't much better ventilated, but it feels better.
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Originally Posted by Heyduke View Post
Ever tried a rock climbing helmet? Kinda shaped like your dome, not too high profile and has slits ("schlitz!") for a headlamp for those late night pub rides. Granted, you'll look like a spelunker and the helmet will not be as protective as a bike helmet but you'll be fairly original and they typically cost less.
hard shelled climbing helmets are designed more for preventing falling rocks from puncturing your skull, with less of a focus on force distribution from a fall. Also most of them offer significantly less side-impact protection than a bike helmet.

but i guess it's better than nothing
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Old 08-24-07, 11:55 PM
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I've got a Schwinn Missing Link, which is a bike helmet shaped like a skate helmet. Not expensive, either.
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specialized air-8

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I have this and I like it lots. Specialized Decibel. They have a new version out --the 2D-- so the ones in the pic are pretty marked down.
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Old 08-25-07, 08:52 AM
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I saw a new Bern in a ski magazine that looked pretty cool. I love the shape of those Berns w/built in visor but it's not enough ventilation for me.

I guess I'll stick to my Bell Sweep R until something else comes out. The Fox Flux helmet isn't too bad looking.

For those who like the sk8 look, both Nashbar and Performance have the Giro one on sale for $19.99

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Old 08-25-07, 10:31 AM
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Originally Posted by dblock View Post
i tried on a giro monza and it look f**kin shroomerific. it was pretty high profile
d'oh!

Originally Posted by Heyduke View Post
Ever tried a rock climbing helmet? Kinda shaped like your dome, not too high profile and has slits ("schlitz!") for a headlamp for those late night pub rides. Granted, you'll look like a spelunker and the helmet will not be as protective as a bike helmet but you'll be fairly original and they typically cost less.
almost an interesting idea for the light (i do like night rides, not necessarily from pubs, but anyway)... however as mentioned, they are designed for a different purpose.

Originally Posted by marcusprice View Post
i dunno...that look is kinda catching on....and just so we're all clear...theyre goombas, not mushroom heads...GOSH!
geek!

the specialized air-8 is more what *i'm* looking for... since i have an in for ordering wholesale, cost is less of a factor than what companies i can choose from. the problem is that i can't try them on first!

i'm so way overdue on replacing my current (specialized) helmet it's not even funny. i had an accident almost 2 years ago where i dont think i hit my head, but have managed to drop it on numerous random occasions since then. not good. plus a couple months ago i shamefully left it hanging on my handlebars while trying to go about 100 meters to catch a ferry and took an undignified spill on top of it when a stick jammed into my front spokes.

ps. since i do ride at night, is it a really such bad idea to have a black helmet? can you put reflective tape on helmets if they don't have it built in? i was considering getting a grey one, but i also ride in the winter and the rain, so it would blend in then too. something something fashion function.

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