Plastic hats for cycling

This sub-forum all discussions about this "lively" subject. All topics that are substantially about helmets will be moved here, if not placed here correctly in the first place.

The title of this board : I prefer -

Plastic Hats for Cyclists
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53%
Cycling Helmets
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35%
Other ( please post your suggestion )
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Total votes: 43

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Plastic hats for cycling

Postby Graham » 28 Sep 2010, 1:59pm

What is wrong with the title "Plastic hats for Cycling" ??

It is factually correct and doesn't carry the emotive baggage of the "helmet" word . . . . where in common-usage "helmet" implies safety, protection, sensible behaviour.
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Re: Plastic hats for cycling

Postby gaz » 28 Sep 2010, 6:35pm

Whilst sorely tempted to suggest [Polystyrene Hats] or even [rude word removed] I think Cycle Helmets would be most dignified.
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Re: Plastic hats for cycling

Postby Edwards » 28 Sep 2010, 6:58pm

I agree with gaz that Cycling helmets does seem better.

Will everything to do with the contentious subject be transferred to here. I hope so.
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Re: Plastic hats for cycling

Postby Cunobelin » 28 Sep 2010, 6:58pm

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Re: Plastic hats for cycling

Postby thirdcrank » 28 Sep 2010, 7:34pm

Cunobelin wrote:Image


There is little new in the world. Back in my schooldays - early 1960's, there was an article in the Yorkshire Evening Post heralding the introduction of a similar item for the person doing point duty in City Square in the middle of Leeds. I never saw it in use, and a few years later when I was in a position to ask about it, I discovered that it had "not worked" from the outset (presumably because it had been sabotaged.)

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Re: Plastic hats for cycling

Postby Basil W Bloke » 28 Sep 2010, 9:56pm

Magic Hats?
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Re: Plastic hats for cycling

Postby Tonyf33 » 29 Sep 2010, 1:33am

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lol, cycle hlemets will do :lol:

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Re: Plastic hats for cycling

Postby brother nathaneil » 29 Sep 2010, 9:19am

Helmets are what they are called, so that's what I voted for. Whether that implies protection or not is irrelevant to the title in my oppinion. Calling them anything else implies that that they don’t work and is antagonistic for the sake of it. Whether they work or not is a matter for discussion, hence the forum change I guess, but they are definitely called "helmets" :roll:
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Re: Plastic hats for cycling

Postby byegad » 29 Sep 2010, 9:50am

I own two cycle specific Polystyrene Hats and one skate board specific Helmet. The difference is that the helmet has a hard shell and covers as much of my head as the helmet I bought in 1969 with my BSA Bantam.

I used to wear a 'Cycle Helmet' on my commute and stopped when I bought a recumbent bike in 2005. I found that falling off, something I did quite a lot while I was learning to start and stop, (I was developing a balance problem, of which more later.) didn't bring my head into contact with the ground, even when I fell just right (wrong?) and my shoulder missed the kerb edge my head didn't hit the pavement. After reading a massive amount on helmet effectiveness and in some cases dangers, I decided to stop wearing one on uprights too.

I was advised to avoid two wheels in April 2008 due to my balance issues so now ride my Trice QNT (Which I bought in 2007.) and the Kettwiesel which I bought as I started to sell my DFs. In winter I found the higher speed* descending that the trikes allow caused me problems with wind chill on my head, even with a cap and woolly hat on, made my sinuses act up so I bought the Skate Board helmet which has very limited vents and ear protection to keep my head warm. It worked so I keep it for winter rides.
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Re: Plastic hats for cycling

Postby horizon » 29 Sep 2010, 12:32pm

Cycle helmets (not cycling helmets)
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Re: Plastic hats for cycling

Postby meic » 29 Sep 2010, 1:44pm

I LIKE the title.

Plastic hats is what they are. Helmets is what they pretend to be and I dont see why we should do the manufacturers' mis-information for them.

I DO have a proper helmet at home but dont need one for cycling in.
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Re: Plastic hats for cycling

Postby MartinC » 29 Sep 2010, 1:48pm

I'm not sure that helmets is an accurate description but it will do - something else may be more correct but will just be a distraction for the helmetistas. It does grate a bit that we grace them with a title they haven't justified.

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Re: Plastic hats for cycling

Postby keepontriking » 29 Sep 2010, 2:17pm

Simply 'Helmets'

That also legitimises tangential discussion on helmets for motorists and pedestrians which are often a valid offshoot to discussion on the cycle variety.

On the other suggestion, why plastic?
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Re: Plastic hats for cycling

Postby [XAP]Bob » 29 Sep 2010, 5:49pm

keepontriking wrote:Simply 'Helmets'

That also legitimises tangential discussion on helmets for motorists and pedestrians which are often a valid offshoot to discussion on the cycle variety.

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Re: Plastic hats for cycling

Postby MartinC » 29 Sep 2010, 6:03pm

keepontriking wrote:Simply 'Helmets'


Good suggestion.