Had a good weekend with bike expo

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    Jul 18, 2011 12:46 AM GMT
    My partner & I spent all day Saturday & Sunday operating a booth at an area bike expo. We got a lot of riders interested in our SMART Ride to Key West this November. (SMART = Southern Most AIDS [& HIV] Ride Twenty-eleven)

    We did this same expo last year, too, also with good sign-up results. Plus I couldn't resist another of their closing hours show bargains, this one a Specialized S-Works helmet at half-price:

    19300?$Display$

    http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/SBCEqProduct.jsp?spid=58620

    I needed something with more ventilation for the Key West ride than my daily urban helmet, which almost gave me heat stroke on the last SMART Ride I did. This is one of the most open with the biggest "mouthport" I've seen, other than a full racing helmet. I'll give a report here when I've spent some time in it.

    Although this time I won't buzz my hair quite so close before the ride, because even the old helmet still left a waffle sunburn pattern on my head ( icon_redface.gif ), and this one would be worse.
  • SFGeoNinja

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    Jul 18, 2011 4:43 AM GMT
    Sweet Jesus, that's $185 for a bike helmet!!! icon_eek.gif
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    Jul 18, 2011 6:36 PM GMT
    davidp7 saidSweet Jesus, that's $185 for a bike helmet!!! icon_eek.gif

    Well, sure, my motorcycle helmets cost upwards of $500. But as I said, I paid half-price, so $90-something, a great value. It's a current model, not a close-out, the manufacturing date certification inside the helmet showing it was made only 2 months ago.

    As the saying goes: "What's your head worth to you?" Greater cost buys you greater protection and more useable features in most cases (I never buy "team graphics" models, which add even more cost without a safety benefit).
  • SFGeoNinja

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    Jul 24, 2011 3:57 AM GMT
    That's a good point. I've had several accidents where a helmet did in fact save my life. Even if the helmet was only worth about $35, that's a lot less cheaper than a concussion or death!
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    Jul 24, 2011 5:15 AM GMT
    davidp7 saidThat's a good point. I've had several accidents where a helmet did in fact save my life. Even if the helmet was only worth about $35, that's a lot less cheaper than a concussion or death!

    Well that's the thing. And why I have 2 bicycle helmets. I still use my urban commuter model, in hi-viz orange and reflectivity, with a built-in rear-view mirror, and a rear attachment point for a red light. I don't go so much as around the block on an errand without wearing it.

    This new helmet will be for the longer rides I take, where max airflow for coolness is a priority in Florida. I also got a mirror for it today. When I tested the helmet on Monday I felt very vulnerable, not knowing what's behind me. The mirror I got gives an even better view than the one built into my commuter model, so I may start using this Specialized helmet for my training sessions.

    I had major head trauma when I was 12 from a bicycle accident. I have no memory of it (actually retrograde amnesia from about an hour before the crash). In those days (1961) I'm not sure kids even had bike helmets available, I certainly never saw one.

    The concussion rendered me unconscious until the next morning in the hospital. My mental faculties were permanently impaired, and combined with other head trauma yet ahead of me in the years to come, is suspected of causing my current epilepsy.

    So yeah, wear a bike helmet, even you big boys. You scramble your brains well enough, like I did, and they never come back. icon_sad.gif
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    Jul 25, 2011 4:32 AM GMT
    The Specialized Propero Helmet is the same design as the S-Work helmet, but not as light as the S-Works. But, in my opinion, it's still pretty light compared to other helmets in its class. But if you paid $90, it's still a good deal.

    Also on another note, just because it's more expensive, it doesn't mean it's going to protect you any better. These types of helmets all meet CPSC standards, as required by law. What you pay for in price is better ventilation, adjustability, comfort, and less weight.

    You'll like that helmet though. The front vents are awesome and you can feel the airflow going through your head.