Cutting Through The Anti-Helmet Nonsense

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Summary

Obviously this design is much too large to be practical. The circumference is bumped up to 45cm. (Perhaps more if we added MIPS.) The weight is a problem, in particular because the bulk of it is above the head's center of gravity where weight is most bothersome. Vents would not work well, if there were any. But most importantly, in a crash the leverage this helmet would exert on your head and neck would be increased dramatically by that thicker foam, upping the dreaded rotational energy to the head and perhaps making it not an anti-concussion helmet at all.

Obviously this design is much too large to be practical. The circumference is bumped up to 45cm. (Perhaps more if we added MIPS.) The weight is a problem, in particular because the bulk of it is above the head’s center of gravity where weight is most bothersome. Vents would not work well, if there were any. But most importantly, in a crash the leverage this helmet would exert on your head and neck would be increased dramatically by that thicker foam, upping the dreaded rotational energy to the head and perhaps making it not an anti-concussion helmet at all.


TakeAways

The nonsense that has raged for a few years now over the value of helmets is astounding. The odd thing is that the folks who are most against helmets have discovered that using one to hold your GoPro Action Camera while riding your bicycle is essential. But of course attaching things to the outside of the helmet makes them just that much less safe. Ironic, is it not?

So first of all let’s send you to a site that has all the latest in information and none of the anti-helmet bias:

For those who hate helmets I am researching the best site for tinfoil hats. Will get back to you on that at a much later date.