A British guy named Jeff Woolf just might be a genius.
In a story over at Gizmag.com, Woolf figured out a way to make a bike helmet that can fold relatively flatly. He’s calling it the Morpher.
Woolf is trying to get his new helmet to pass safety standards here in the United States. Hopefully it happens!
If you’re just simply not finding a bike helmet that captures your unique Portland point of view, you just might be in luck.
Over at Designboom.com, Danish company Yakkay is doing something unique. According to the story, Yakkay:
produces bicycle helmets are a take on modern hat classics. combining safety with appearance, the helmets allow wearers to adapt them according to their personal style. the shell of the helmet remains the same, ‘hat’ covers’ are available to switch things up. if you want a new look, don’t change your helmet, just change the cover.
Bike sharing is a hot topic a lot of bike-friendly cities and there seems to be one problem: If you’re going to use one of these bikes that are shared, are you carrying your helmet with you? Probably not.
How do you fix that? The smart people at MIT have figured out a way to sell disposable bike helmets out of vending machines. A group of designers from England have actually figured out a way to make those disposable helmets.
As the article says, these helmets are not the most fashion-forward helmets out there, but they do provide a layer of protection if you end up falling off your bike.
Ryan Lipscomb is probably glad he didn’t listen to people who think bike helmets don’t really help.
According to Treehugger.com, the Wisconsin resident was wearing his helmet while riding his bike. Then, the unthinkable happened.
“I didn’t see it coming, but I sure felt it roll over my head. It feels really strange to have a truck run over your head.”
The folks over at Treehugger.com filed a story about designer Kyle Ferguson who designed an eco-friendly bike helmet for Lacoste.
According to the story, the helmet is described as:
Comprising sustainable materials like organic wool, thermoformed bio-plastic, low-density cork and soy-based foam, Ferguson’s helmet is, in his own words, “well-suited to leisurely rides around town, running errands, or commuting.”
Yep, you read that correctly — an invisible bike helmet.
Check out this news story.
According to Mashable’s story, it sounds like it’ll be awhile until this sort of technology comes to the United States.
Would you think about buying this?
It might seem shocking to some, but there is a very vocal crowd who passionately believe that helmets don’t prevent head injuries. In fact, some even go so far as to say that they increase their likelihood because drivers give helmeted cyclists more “space.” Others argue that a helmet makes it more likely that you’ll whack your head on a branch or a side view mirror because it makes your head larger.
If these arguments sound a little ridiculous, that’s because they are. The website Bicycle Helmet Myths and Facts does a fantastic job of aggregating these myths and then showing how faulty their logic is. Check it out here.