New Helmets Your Choice: Cardboard Or Airbag
First let me start by saying I (almost) always wear my helmet, mostly because it’s the smart thing to do and they’ve saved my skull a few times. I also hate wearing a helmet. It’s not about comfort or weight with me, but rather vanity. I’m not talking about wanting to look good – just NOT like a mushroom-headed dork with funky hair afterwards. Seriously, I can’t remember how many times Starbuck’s baristas or grocery store clerks have chuckled (or at least taken a double-take) at my sweaty, tri-mohawk when the helmet comes off.
There are a few interesting products that I’ve discovered on the blog network. The first is this cardboard bicycle helmet that I’ve seen on Cyclelicious. Apparently, this helmet by London designer Anirudha Surabhi, exceeds British helmet safety standards. It’s bulky, so it doesn’t really address my mushroom-head issue. However, it is interesting in the sense that it is cheap to produce, which means it can be available to those who can’t afford safety. I just wonder how long it would last after a long, summer ride in Texas. At least they can be recycled when you’re finished. Here’s a video from Carlton Reid:
Inflated, this goes beyond my mushroom head problem. Fortunately, it is only inflated in an accident (see video below). This is an awesome idea, but slightly flawed in design since you have to wear this cumbersome, neck-brace apparatus. They’ve moved the bulk from your head to your neck which, in my opinion, is worse.
However, this idea has tons of potential. Living in an age where everything gets smaller, I can see this getting reworked into a more usable, wearable product. I also see that, once the bulk is reduced, the technology can be used to make thinner, less-bulky helmets. If we could remove most of the foam and replace it with an inflatable bag, mushroom-head would be eliminated.
Cool, but until they can invent the helmet that styles your hair on removal, I’ll still have to deal with the funny looks and double-takes at my local destinations.