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what to do with old helmet

airbagairbag Posts: 201
edited June 2012 in The bottom bracket
I''m buying a new helmet tomorrow if all goes well. I could just throw the old one in the bin.

But that's not me.

I'm a science student, so some form of experiment is in order methinks. Preferably - for obvious reasons - a cheap one.

Ideas?

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  • morstarmorstar Posts: 5,747
    Try riding into a wall head first.
  • jgsijgsi Posts: 5,038
    morstar wrote:
    Try riding into a wall head first.
    adding:
    someone else crash test dummy
    lots of cheap booze
    video for YuTube
  • afx237viafx237vi Posts: 12,630
    edited June 2012
    Put it in a hedge for a bird to nest in.

    Been watching Springwatch.
  • Cleat EastwoodCleat Eastwood Posts: 7,508
    use it as a hanging basket.
    The dissenter is every human being at those moments of his life when he resigns
    momentarily from the herd and thinks for himself.
  • redjeepǃredjeepǃ Posts: 531
    If you really want to do an experiment on it, then why not place it on a concrete path with as many raw eggs under as you can fit / afford. Find a reasonably heavy weight and determine the height you have to drop it from before you crack the eggs.

    Using the mass of the weight and the height you need to drop it from, calculate the strength of the helmet.

    I expect you to show your workings. Extra marks will be awarded for originality and graphs..... :D
  • upperoilcanupperoilcan Posts: 1,180
    use it as a hanging basket.

    This ^^^^^^^^^^^^
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  • MattC59MattC59 Posts: 5,408
    Fruit bowl ?
    Science adjusts it’s beliefs based on what’s observed.
    Faith is the denial of observation so that Belief can be preserved
  • garrycgarryc Posts: 203
    I had an old Specialized helmet from the 80s. I thought it would be interesting to see how strong it was. I put it on a concrete path and hit it as hard as I could with a sledge hammer, I landed the blow right on the top, really hard, it just bounced off. I did manage to break it in the end but it took ages.
  • 4kicks4kicks Posts: 549
    Put a melon (or small water melon) inside it, & fix t in place (tape?)
    Tie a cord to the top of the helmet and the other end to a convenient rafter or roof fitting, some 1m or 2m from a concrete wall. Get a buddy to fix a camera with tripod just by the wall, swing the helment/melon aparatus back as far as you can back away from the wall, give it a giant push towards the wall & see what happens.
    Fitter....healthier....more productive.....
  • cornerblockcornerblock Posts: 3,228
    edited June 2012
    Write your name, age and address on a laminated card, tie this to the helmet and throw it in the sea, and who knows one day you may get a pen pal from the other side of the world. It could also provide a handy little resting place for a sea bird who may be having a tough day in the air.
  • disgruntledgoatdisgruntledgoat Posts: 8,957
    Put a house brick in it, drop it out of the window and claim on the crash replacement scheme.
    "In many ways, my story was that of a raging, Christ-like figure who hauled himself off the cross, looked up at the Romans with blood in his eyes and said 'My turn, sock cookers'"

    @gietvangent
  • DavidBelcherDavidBelcher Posts: 2,684
    Paint it dark green, bung it on an old roller skate and use it to give a lonely pet tortoise a bit of company (nicked in part from a Viz Top Tip). ;)

    David
    "It is not enough merely to win; others must lose." - Gore Vidal
  • LeicesterLadLeicesterLad Posts: 3,908
    afx237vi wrote:
    Put it in a hedge for a bird to nest in.

    Been watching Springwatch.

    I thought I was the only one. You are my hero.
  • sungodsungod Posts: 15,262
    get some chunks of bone and some calves/sheeps brains from butcher, plus some blood

    decorate helmet with the above, garnish with some hair

    embed in front of white van somewhere you know will get good passing traffic

    retire to safe distance to observe reaction

    /it's raining, bored, on a conference call that is adversely affecting my mood, soz
    my bike - faster than god's and twice as shiny
  • nevmannevman Posts: 1,611
    sungod wrote:
    get some chunks of bone and some calves/sheeps brains from butcher, plus some blood

    decorate helmet with the above, garnish with some hair

    embed in front of white van somewhere you know will get good passing traffic

    retire to safe distance to observe reaction

    /it's raining, bored, on a conference call that is adversely affecting my mood, soz

    Ha, now we know-Sungod is Dom Joly....I`m on the PHONE.
    Whats the solution? Just pedal faster you baby.

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  • mattshropsmattshrops Posts: 1,134
    ...... put it back in your Y fronts and be on your way grandad :D
    Death or Glory- Just another Story
  • Cleat EastwoodCleat Eastwood Posts: 7,508
    no literally stick it down your shorts and just brag. :D
    The dissenter is every human being at those moments of his life when he resigns
    momentarily from the herd and thinks for himself.
  • MattC59MattC59 Posts: 5,408
    Age catches up with us all, how about viagra ?
    Science adjusts it’s beliefs based on what’s observed.
    Faith is the denial of observation so that Belief can be preserved
  • airbagairbag Posts: 201
    afx237vi wrote:
    Put it in a hedge for a bird to nest in.

    Been watching Springwatch.

    think it's going to be this, except it will be a small ledge outside my window (that is frequented by birds) for easy observation. I sort of wanted to make some form of dynamic friction measurement using a sanding belt and a spring balance, but no joy. Come to think of it, the previous occupant left a cable lock in the same place...

    In other news, the new hotness arrived today - lazer O2 team katkowa edition, much cheaper than the normal colourschemes for some reason - team katkowa haven't been revealed as nazi's have they? I don't want a nazi helmet. Otherwise, very comfy, very non-mushroomy, am happy :)
  • CiBCiB Posts: 6,098
    Buy another old helmet of the same make, model, size, probably off Ebay. Join the two together side by side with a hook, attach a couple of bungees to the lower sides and then offer them to the girl in your office known to all & sundry as Norma. Norma Snockers, works in admin probably. She'll be chuffed to bits at your thoughfulness and you can expect a reward from her commensurate with your act of kindness & caring. Good luck with it all.
  • Cleat EastwoodCleat Eastwood Posts: 7,508
    CiB wrote:
    Buy another old helmet of the same make, model, size, probably off Ebay. Join the two together side by side with a hook, attach a couple of bungees to the lower sides and then offer them to the girl in your office known to all & sundry as Norma. Norma Snockers, works in admin probably. She'll be chuffed to bits at your thoughfulness and you can expect a reward from her commensurate with your act of kindness & caring. Good luck with it all.

    Haha - anyway I didnt think you knew what a helmet was. :wink:
    The dissenter is every human being at those moments of his life when he resigns
    momentarily from the herd and thinks for himself.
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