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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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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.

Thanks to a bike helmet, this guy survives after his head is run over

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Photo courtesy of Treehugger.com
Photo courtesy of Treehugger.com

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.”

Check out the rest of Lipscomb’s story.

This helmet is environmentally-friendly and cool

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Photo courtesy of Kyle Ferguson.
Photo courtesy of Kyle Ferguson.

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.”

Check out the rest of the story.

Yes, invisible bike helmets do exist

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The folks over at Mashable posted a really cool story about Hövding, the invisible bike helmet made by a Swedish company.

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?

This just in … Helmets actually work!

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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.