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PostPosted: Sun Jun 09, 2013 4:21 pm 
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I'm not looking for a debate here. You won't convince me that it should be anything other than personal choice.

However, I missed yesterday's ride purely because I don't hold with the "dress code" and unless I want to not go on any more retro rides it looks like I need to waste some money and get a new one. I do have an old one for when I go tractor riding, (I wear it whenever off road) but it causes me to sweat gallons on the road.

Is there any we can get stock from the USA or Australia? The reason I ask is that even though the model of helmet may be the same, because the Europe/UK safety test is so slack, manufacturers cut costs and materials for the market here.

So, what is recommended? It will likely only be used on retro rides. It must be light, vented and unobtrusive. I really don't want the pleasure of cycling to become a chore.

Thanks as ever.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 09, 2013 4:23 pm 
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What "dress code" is that?


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 09, 2013 4:54 pm 
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The hat I wear is a Bell and it's light, vented but certainly not unobtrusive despite being black, it's job is to protect me and not a fashion item............ do you mean the dress code is for a 70's hat?

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 09, 2013 5:08 pm 
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I think the only acceptable one is the hairnet crash hat type.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 09, 2013 5:20 pm 
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I'm confused. Wasn't aware of any dress codes re safety equipment. Or attire for that matter. But I am new to this hence my wanting this clarified to prevent any future faux pas.

Can somebody explain what this OP is about?


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 09, 2013 5:30 pm 
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Iwasgoodonce wrote:
Is there any we can get stock from the USA or Australia? The reason I ask is that even though the model of helmet may be the same, because the Europe/UK safety test is so slack, manufacturers cut costs and materials for the market here.


That's pretty pointless. The US standard is still very low compared to any impact likely to do more than tear the scalp, and when consumer associations tested randomly sampled helmets bought in stores in they found a very high failure rate.

Basic rules of helmets -

- They won't protect you from a hit with a car that's likely to kill you, so don't take extra chances

- Make sure you get one that fits and that you wear it properly - otherwise the foam liner will not compress in an accident; the need to try a helmet on before commiting really makes buying from abroad very difficult

- The lighter and more vented a helmet is, the more likely it is that the shell will break before the liner compresses - sorry; this is just the ways things are: stronger shells are heavier - at least unless you use more expensive materials and moulding technologies. (Which can reputedly raise the manufacturing cost of a $150 helmet to as much as $10!) On the bright (haha) side, some people I know in the US claim that on really hot days they are cooler wearing the helmet because it keeps the sun off their heads.

Best suggestion: go into the biggest bike store you can find and buy the best looking ventilated helmet that you can find **that fits you.** Maybe read this first so you know more about what to look for

http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j& ... 4661,d.d2k


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 09, 2013 6:22 pm 
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They are all fairly crap. Only any use for pushing thin branches out of the way as you hack through the woods.

Get one that fits and that you like the look of.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 09, 2013 6:47 pm 
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probably non UCI compliant


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 09, 2013 8:45 pm 
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The History Man wrote:
Can somebody explain what this OP is about?
http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewto ... p;t=236596


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 09, 2013 9:14 pm 
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torqueless wrote:
The History Man wrote:
Can somebody explain what this OP is about?
http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewto ... p;t=236596


Aha, human rights infringements! Just put a bloody helmet on! If that's the biggest thing you've got to worry/argue about lucky you.

(This minor rant is aimed not at any individual but merely represents the views of this attendee of a very pleasant road ride yesterday where common sense prevailed and who was blissfully unaware of any issues concerning the wearing or otherwise of protective headgear.)


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