Helmets are ugly

itboffin
itboffin Posts: 20,062
edited June 2009 in Commuting chat
Yes this IS a helmet debate!!! :twisted:

Thanks to my sportive commitments I now HAVE to buy a helmet which i'm not pleased about I'm not a helmet wearer, so I pop into my LBS and try on a selection of helmet of various colours styles and sizes and came to the conclusion that HELMETS suck, they make you look like a nob I guess that's why they are called helmets.

Very unhappy about having to shell out for something which i'm only going to use a couple of times a year and then only under duress, next year I will boycott all UCI sportives then they'll know ... :roll:

Stupid ugly plastic foam useless rubbish grrr mumble mumble
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  • always_tyred
    always_tyred Posts: 4,965
    Are you sure its not you that's ugly? I mean, you tried on lots of helmets and your noggin was the only thing in common. 8)

    In seriousness, helmets look absurd unless you happen to be wearing one cycling.

    And also bear in mind that no one is really looking at you. Particularly drivers.
  • Kieran_Burns
    Kieran_Burns Posts: 9,757
    Are you sure its not you that's ugly? I mean, you tried on lots of helmets and your noggin was the only thing in common. 8)

    In seriousness, helmets look absurd unless you happen to be wearing one cycling.

    And also bear in mind that no one is really looking at you. Particularly drivers.

    Yes they are.

    They are thinking "My God. He looks like a giant knob riding a bike. If my bobbys helmet was that big my wife would love me long time"
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  • itboffin
    itboffin Posts: 20,062
    Are you sure its not you that's ugly? I mean, you tried on lots of helmets and your noggin was the only thing in common. 8)

    In seriousness, helmets look absurd unless you happen to be wearing one cycling.

    And also bear in mind that no one is really looking at you. Particularly drivers.

    Yes they are.

    They are thinking "My God. He looks like a giant knob riding a bike. If my bobbys helmet was that big my wife would love me long time"

    :lol:
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    Rule #9 // If you are out riding in bad weather, it means you are a badass. Period.
    Rule #12 // The correct number of bikes to own is n+1.
    Rule #42 // A bike race shall never be preceded with a swim and/or followed by a run.
  • blu3cat
    blu3cat Posts: 1,016
    Stupid ugly plastic foam useless rubbish grrr mumble mumble

    Yep absolutely, although after face planting a van at about 20+mph, I was glad I was wearing my ugly lid.

    Can you get covers for 'em, ie 70's 'fro, army bearskin etc?

    F**k aerodynamics, I wanna pimp my helmet!
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  • Bassjunkieuk
    Bassjunkieuk Posts: 4,232
    Get an aero one, I mean your building a TT bike so in theory you have an excuse to legitimately own one.........
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  • roger_merriman
    roger_merriman Posts: 6,165
    itboffin wrote:
    Yes this IS a helmet debate!!! :twisted:

    Thanks to my sportive commitments I now HAVE to buy a helmet which i'm not pleased about I'm not a helmet wearer, so I pop into my LBS and try on a selection of helmet of various colours styles and sizes and came to the conclusion that HELMETS suck, they make you look like a nob I guess that's why they are called helmets.

    Very unhappy about having to shell out for something which i'm only going to use a couple of times a year and then only under duress, next year I will boycott all UCI sportives then they'll know ... :roll:

    Stupid ugly plastic foam useless rubbish grrr mumble mumble

    yes is rather anoying isn't it, capital to coast requires it so i had to go and get one, can't say i was enthused so it's a cheap one as like you i only expect to wear it a few times a year. I think the tour of the black mountains is okay, in that the info says one is advised rather than must, rather like the HI VIS and other such things.
  • prawny
    prawny Posts: 5,440
    Get this one, stripy jersey and a string of onions. For that full on original tour style

    beret_helmet.jpg


    Love it :D
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  • itboffin
    itboffin Posts: 20,062
    Get an aero one, I mean your building a TT bike so in theory you have an excuse to legitimately own one.........

    mrs itboffin is very patient but she draws the line at aero helmets i think she has a point on that one.

    helmet.jpg

    Er NO!
    Rule #5 // Harden The Feck Up.
    Rule #9 // If you are out riding in bad weather, it means you are a badass. Period.
    Rule #12 // The correct number of bikes to own is n+1.
    Rule #42 // A bike race shall never be preceded with a swim and/or followed by a run.
  • prawny
    prawny Posts: 5,440
    blu3cat wrote:
    Stupid ugly plastic foam useless rubbish grrr mumble mumble

    Yep absolutely, although after face planting a van at about 20+mph, I was glad I was wearing my ugly lid.

    Can you get covers for 'em, ie 70's 'fro, army bearskin etc?

    F**k aerodynamics, I wanna pimp my helmet!

    Not a from but ridiculous all the same 8)

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  • Bassjunkieuk
    Bassjunkieuk Posts: 4,232
    itboffin wrote:
    Get an aero one, I mean your building a TT bike so in theory you have an excuse to legitimately own one.........

    mrs itboffin is very patient but she draws the line at aero helmets i think she has a point on that one.

    helmet.jpg

    Er NO!

    Why on earth would a company called "Bell" make a helmet...........would be amusing if it had "End" on the other side :lol:
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  • DomPro
    DomPro Posts: 321
    haha nice one belljunkie, I've never noticed that lovely bit of inuendo.
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  • rally200
    rally200 Posts: 646
    prawny wrote:
    Get this one, stripy jersey and a string of onions. For that full on original tour style

    beret_helmet.jpg


    Love it :D

    or great if you want to look like Ross Kemp in one of his playing at soldiers programmes. (why can actors never put a beret on right?)
  • OldSkoolKona
    OldSkoolKona Posts: 655
    And also bear in mind that no one is really looking at you. Particularly drivers.
    Fricking hilarious :lol:
  • The Rookie
    The Rookie Posts: 27,812
    Helmets are ugly, but not as ugly as a cyclist who's done a face plant into asphalt at 25mph!

    Or for that matter into the front of an SUV
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  • bluesacs
    bluesacs Posts: 95
    So we have to look ugly all the time because there's a very small chance we'll look ugly sometime, maybe, most likely never.

    Let's live the beautiful life and throw the helmets.
  • itboffin
    itboffin Posts: 20,062
    You calling me ugly...? :evil:

    :D
    Rule #5 // Harden The Feck Up.
    Rule #9 // If you are out riding in bad weather, it means you are a badass. Period.
    Rule #12 // The correct number of bikes to own is n+1.
    Rule #42 // A bike race shall never be preceded with a swim and/or followed by a run.
  • bluesacs
    bluesacs Posts: 95
    Well I'm new to all this but I've heard about trolls and i thought looking at your picture...oh well the weather looks like it's turned for the weekend..what do you think?
  • itboffin
    itboffin Posts: 20,062
    I'm pleased about the change in weather for once if it rains this weekends Highclere sportive will be much more fun, those climbs and descents are hard in the dry but add a little water and the inevitable mud and its going to be a blood bath wooohahaha

    PS. 99% of my training has been in the rain, wind & snow :wink:
    Rule #5 // Harden The Feck Up.
    Rule #9 // If you are out riding in bad weather, it means you are a badass. Period.
    Rule #12 // The correct number of bikes to own is n+1.
    Rule #42 // A bike race shall never be preceded with a swim and/or followed by a run.
  • bluesacs
    bluesacs Posts: 95
    edited June 2009
    :D good luck and good riding
  • itboffin
    itboffin Posts: 20,062
    so i'm in Evans at the cut this morning trying on more helmets and I'm thinking to myself "you look like a giant penis" :lol:

    Yes I said penis so what! it's in context :roll:

    Here said it again...! stone him! !! !
    Rule #5 // Harden The Feck Up.
    Rule #9 // If you are out riding in bad weather, it means you are a badass. Period.
    Rule #12 // The correct number of bikes to own is n+1.
    Rule #42 // A bike race shall never be preceded with a swim and/or followed by a run.
  • il_principe
    il_principe Posts: 9,155
    Helmets are ugly, but not as ugly as a cyclist who's done a face plant into asphalt at 25mph!

    Or for that matter into the front of an SUV
    http://www.pinkbike.com/news/rachel-ath ... -2009.html

    Simon

    Fail to see how a helmet is gonna help in a face plant situation! And I speak as someone who has face planted whilst wearing a lid - unsurprisingly it did nothing to help.
  • prawny
    prawny Posts: 5,440
    Helmets are ugly, but not as ugly as a cyclist who's done a face plant into asphalt at 25mph!

    Or for that matter into the front of an SUV
    http://www.pinkbike.com/news/rachel-ath ... -2009.html

    Simon

    Fail to see how a helmet is gonna help in a face plant situation! And I speak as someone who has face planted whilst wearing a lid - unsurprisingly it did nothing to help.

    Aha!!

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  • Fireblade96
    Fireblade96 Posts: 1,123
    itboffin wrote:
    so i'm in Evans at the cut this morning trying on more helmets and I'm thinking to myself "you look like a giant penis" :lol:
    !

    Get a purple one. Job done !

    :lol:
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  • jedster
    jedster Posts: 1,717
    Helmets ugly?

    You are probably right but it's all about time, place and what you are used to.

    I doubt many of us put on the full lycra to go down the pub. Why? Cos we wear it for function on the bike rather than it's inherent aesthetic qualities... :wink:
  • il_principe
    il_principe Posts: 9,155
    jedster wrote:
    Helmets ugly?

    You are probably right but it's all about time, place and what you are used to.

    I doubt many of us put on the full lycra to go down the pub. Why? Cos we wear it for function on the bike rather than it's inherent aesthetic qualities... :wink:

    Oh you'd be surprised! :lol:
  • itboffin
    itboffin Posts: 20,062
    jedster wrote:
    Helmets ugly?

    You are probably right but it's all about time, place and what you are used to.

    I doubt many of us put on the full lycra to go down the pub. Why? Cos we wear it for function on the bike rather than it's inherent aesthetic qualities... :wink:

    Not been to one of our social events yet have you? :wink:

    Some people go home to get their lycra before coming to the pub FACT!
    Rule #5 // Harden The Feck Up.
    Rule #9 // If you are out riding in bad weather, it means you are a badass. Period.
    Rule #12 // The correct number of bikes to own is n+1.
    Rule #42 // A bike race shall never be preceded with a swim and/or followed by a run.
  • Christophe3967
    Christophe3967 Posts: 1,200
    Helmets are ugly, but not as ugly as a cyclist who's done a face plant into asphalt at 25mph!

    Or for that matter into the front of an SUV
    http://www.pinkbike.com/news/rachel-ath ... -2009.html

    Simon

    Fail to see how a helmet is gonna help in a face plant situation! And I speak as someone who has face planted whilst wearing a lid - unsurprisingly it did nothing to help.

    Until this week, all my offs were without a helmet. I've fixed that now - fortunately the helmet is undamaged. :)
  • jedster
    jedster Posts: 1,717
    Not been to one of our social events yet have you?

    no, I will one ofthese days
    Some people go home to get their lycra before coming to the pub FACT!

    Yeah but it's like a Freemason's convention - rolling up the trouser leg and baring a breast - it's not a NORMAL pub trip is it? IS IT? :shock: