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And now for something completely different…

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We’ve been incommunicado for a few months due to the rigors of school and work,

but now that summer is almost here we’re planning to post a little more regularly.

As a little taste of things to come, here’s a little piece we put together a few years ago.

We hope you dig.

 

Song:  No One Wears Helmets in Portland

Scene: A street in Portland, whereon many cyclists can be seen pedaling.

Chorus: No one wears helmets in Portland!
We’re far too busy looking cool!!
Cyclist 1: We’d rather suffer bruises,
Cyclist 2: Or other physical abuses!!
Cyclist 3: Instead of looking like a total tool!

Chorus: So no one wears helmets in Portland!
Those who do are a psychotic bunch of squares!!
Cyclist 4: Subdermal hematomas,
Cyclist 5: Or even a coma!!
Cyclist 6: Are more preferable to messing with our hair!!

Chorus: Yes, no one wears helmets in Portland!
Traffic laws don’t apply to us!!
Cyclist 7: Cars yield to us you see,
Lest we gesture menacingly,
Or cross our arms, pout, and make a fuss!!

Chorus: No one wears helmets in Portland!
It’s an expression of individuality!
Cyclist 8: I’m protected by my beard!
Cyclist 9: I’m keeping Portland weird,
Even if I become a casualty!

Chorus: No one wears helmets in Portland!
We won’t come to such a grisly end!
Cyclist 10: I can’t talk on my phone,
Wearing this unwieldy dome,
Or message on facebook with my friends!!

 

Best,

 

The Complete Headcase Crew

The MacGuyver Solution

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With the new year we’ve got a killer new DIY fashion solution: tape!!  Get in touch with your inner MacGuyver by grabbing some tape and covering your helmet with it.  You can go the bright and colorful path, as Anna did, or if friction concerns you, cover your head case with low friction tape (as found here or here), though that will limit your color choices somewhat.

If neither of those options appeal to you, you can do what one Portlander did to his Nutcase helmet: cover your helmet in aluminum tape.  Not only will it cover your head with an awesome chrome case, it’s also flame and weather resistant and conductive for heating and cooling efficiency.  As if that were not enough, it will also protect you from telepaths and aliens.  We’ve included a few more photographs below for your viewing pleasure.

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On the subject of our previous post…

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East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, working in conjunction with Kohl’s department store, handed out free helmets to kids.   Check out the story here.

During this time of giving, give the gift of safety…

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There’s no denying bicycles make fantastic gifts for children.  If you decide to present the special child in your life with a bicycle, please take a look at this article from The Vindicator (sounds like a vigilante superhero, doesn’t it?) and make sure to give them a great helmet as well.

Researcher wants to compare Colorado cycling injuries to those in Portland

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There’s a pretty interesting story out of Colorado that involves both Portland, cycling and helmets.

The University of Colorado Health recently released a study that documented the fact that from 2006-2012, there was an 80 percent spike in cyclists who were treated for injuries in Larimer County hospitals.

According to the story at TheDenverChannel.com, 30 percent of the people brought into the hospitals during that span were wearing a helmet. An even worse number is that of the nine deaths in that six-year span, six people who died were not wearing helmets.

How does this all relate to Portland? Well, the Colorado cities of Fort Collins and Boulder, along with Davis, Calif., and Portland are ranked at a platinum level for being bike-friendly. Dr. Terri Marty, who was behind the study, wants to compare her findings with the other three platinum-level cities.

Got an extra grand lying around? Check out Gucci’s cool dome!!

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This hip helm by Gucci has been around a little while, but it would be remiss of us if we didn’t give it a little love.  We especially dig the addition of the visor/blast shield.  Hopefully it provides better visibility than Luke Skywalker’s did…

Check it out here.

No, this helmet is not a superhero, but it sure sounds like it could be

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Every cyclist’s worst nightmare is getting hit by a car.

When it happens, it’s not unheard of for drivers to drive away. Maybe they didn’t know they hit a cyclist. Maybe they know and they’re trying to get away.

The Helmet of Justice won’t let that happen.

In a story over at DigitalTrends.com, this helmet is made up of seven cameras and upon a crash, these cameras leap into action and capture everything that happened.

Chaotic Moon, the company that made the helmet, hasn’t announced that it will start mass-producing the helmets. However, the company could sell the idea to some of the major bike helmet manufacturers.

Check out the rest of the story.