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I just found out that the Hövding invisible bike helmet has gone into production and is now for sale. I saw a video about this idea a while back and thought it looked pretty interesting. It's quite expensive — £300 — and also it uses electricity, so it's not obviously better than a conventional bike helmet. I'm not a cyclist so I can't evaluate it further than that, but it's certainly interesting.

If you're a cyclist reading this, I'd love to know what you think.

Date: 2014-09-14 10:30 am (UTC)
pseudomonas: (Default)
From: [personal profile] pseudomonas
When I was cycling, I didn't wear a helmet because I found the extra weight made me lock my head forwards instead of constantly flicking from side to side and looking over shoulders, and I judged the extra awareness to make me safer than the helmet; so this device might be the best of both worlds for someone in that situation.

Date: 2014-09-14 01:18 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] fred_mouse
I'm completely habituated to a standard helmet, having now used one for say 30 years. I think it would take quite a bit of time to get used to having something around my neck, and that having something that *had* to be done up all the way would potentially freak me out.

And I'm not sure that it wouldn't be worse in terms of heat holding in the middle of summer, which is a real problem here.

Date: 2014-09-15 01:37 pm (UTC)
damerell: (cycling)
From: [personal profile] damerell
I am, but I'm one of those who is pretty well convinced the ordinary kind is useless, so I can't see myself dropping 300 notes on an inflatable one.

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