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cbeck
September 30th, 2006, 10:25 PM
Does anyone actually think they look good in their helmet?

I'm just wondering because I see other people in helmets and I think, "Yah, they look slick"... but then I look at myself and think, "but I look like a dork."

I can't decide if I've been living with an ill fitting helmet, or a bad self helmet-image! :rolleyes:

Kathie Fry
September 30th, 2006, 11:20 PM
I think I look totally cute in my helmet!

http://www.skatelog.com/photos/skaters/kathie-fry/trail-skates-barrier110x200.jpg


And check out Katie Ketchum (http://www.skatelog.com/skaters/katie-ketchum/) in her "Women Kick Ass" helmet - who could be cuter then this?

http://www.skatelog.com/photos/skaters/katie-ketchum/xg20030814-230x300.jpg (http://www.skatelog.com/skaters/katie-ketchum/)


And how about Borja Fernandez (http://www.skatelog.com/skaters/borja-fernandez/) of Spain.... he is HOT HOT HOT in or out of his helmet!

http://www.skatelog.com/photos/skaters/borja-fernandez/lg-2004-09-vert-0386-392x350.jpg (http://www.skatelog.com/skaters/borja-fernandez/)

Anybody else want to share their photos of girls and guys looking great in their helmets?

- Kathie

Jointlock
October 1st, 2006, 01:09 AM
I think I look decent in my helmet. I have a protec (black mat finish) and I like it. Square 8 helmets are really comfortable....I could kick myself for not getting it when I was in Manhattan last.

Kathie- we have never met, and I would say we are about the same age, (and I do pretty well with the ladies) and let me say that from the pics I have seen of you I would say "cute" is the wrong word.

You are smokin HOT!!!!

You have noooooooooooo worries.

Chris:D
p.s.- I would post a few pics of myself, but couldn't figure out how to do it on the site. Any suggestions?

fablemaker2
October 1st, 2006, 02:01 AM
I keep thinking about putting all the stickers from product tosses on my helmet...but then, "why look like everyone else"?

My latest thought was to hot glue all of my old wheels, spacers, and axles to my helmet. I think that would be rad. I'm not skating to score chicks:D

Jointlock
October 1st, 2006, 02:07 AM
I don't skate to score chicks either. I skate so that by the time I turn 45 I can do every slalon trick in the book. I just meant my standards are high, and Kathie IS a hottie.

BWI-Sheldon
October 1st, 2006, 03:45 AM
Does anyone actually think they look good in their helmet?

I can't decide if I've been living with an ill fitting helmet, or a bad self helmet-image! :rolleyes:

May you should never need to know, but G-d forbid, somtimes people look great in any helmet they are wearing. :cool:

It is why we wear them, who cares what it looks like.

(but mine happens to match my skates, and has a cool sweeping speedy kind of look that makes me look faster than you........)

cbeck
October 1st, 2006, 04:48 AM
but mine happens to match my skates, and has a cool sweeping speedy kind of look that makes me look faster than you

lol! Obviously you haven't seen the lightning bolt sticker I put on my skate. ;)

Jibberish18
October 1st, 2006, 05:40 AM
I think I look like a dork in my bike helmet (extended in the back) but I still wear it because A) I don't care about how I look to others and B) It can save my life. I just got my girlfriend a Pro-Tec Classic White Helmet for her birthday. Looks cute on her! It matches her protective gear, which I got her also. And it's pretty comfy. It's probably gonna be my next helmet!

Chris
p.s.- I would post a few pics of myself, but couldn't figure out how to do it on the site. Any suggestions?

Theirs a thread on this section about posting pics of yourself. And I'm pretty sure Kathy tells you how to post pics in another section. If you're having trouble, PM me and I'll help you out.

online inline
October 1st, 2006, 06:00 AM
Here's a link to a permanent post on RaceReports.net which explains how to get onto Imageshack and post a pic onto a messageboard like Askaboutskating or any other messageboard:
http://www.racereports.net/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=182

The post on RaceReports is under "Sticky Topics - General Information - Please Read" in case youu go looking for it.

Kathie Fry
October 1st, 2006, 12:33 PM
The instructions on the RaceReports Web site explain how to link to a photo. Here are some instructions for imbedding an image in a vBulletin forum (vBulletin is the software used for the SkateLog Forum):

How to Post an Image in a the SkateLog Forum (http://www.skatelogforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=476)

- Kathie

artisan555
October 2nd, 2006, 07:12 AM
you know, everybody seems to think they look dorky in their helmets; but think about it, have you ever gone past somebody either biking or skating and thought, "he looks like a dork in that helmet." no. you see someone in a helmet and you take it for granted. that's what everybody thinks about you too.

on the other hand, the times when i DO think, "that person is an idiot in their helmet" is when they aren't wearing it properly. i see so many people (children in particular) wearing their helmets raked back, exposing their foreheads. at that point you may as well not wear the helmet at all. when i was in the hospital the guy next to me was blind sided by a car while he was riding his bike. he only had some bad road rash and some strained joints, but nothing more serious. however, his head went fore-head first into the wind shield. we note that his nose was not broken, his skull was not fractured, but his helmet was a total wreck.

gbo
October 2nd, 2006, 09:42 AM
I saw a young lady skating yesterday without a helmet. Wanted to tell her that one great way to improve her looks would be to wear a helmet.

BWI-Sheldon wrote:
(but mine happens to match my skates, and has a cool sweeping speedy kind of look that makes me look faster than you........)

Huh. You might have me on the matching but - that would be all. :p

gbo

gbo
October 2nd, 2006, 10:04 AM
cbeck wrote:
but then I look at myself and think, "but I look like a dork."

Because I am a physicist and work as an engineer, looking like a dork is second nature to me. :rolleyes: So, looking like a dork when skating just seems natural, an extension of my workaday life. ;) And, I work with guys who wear green camos tucked into their boots to work everyday. Not quite the epitome of fashion, either.

Now, I can understand this concern about dorkiness from people who have jobs in the fashion industry but I'm pretty sure that I won't hear anyone I work with voice this concern.....

Actually, it's the after-helmet look that gets me looking for the paper bag to cover my head with. My hair all plastered to my head. :eek: Beautiful!

gbo

6APPEAL
October 2nd, 2006, 06:21 PM
I've been wearing helmets for so many years racing bicycles that I think I look funny if I'm not wearing one while riding or skating. The only ones that look dorky to me are the folks wearing agressive/skateboarding helmets when they are not buckled or the straps adjusted correctly. You might as well not be wearing a helmet.

BWI-Sheldon
October 3rd, 2006, 03:22 AM
I forgot to mention the #1 important reason to have a helmet.

The place to show off you Bib# sticker after a marathon. :cool:

No matter how cool I think I look, I don't stand up to three other people in my group who were at the St. Paul Inline and still keep their stickers on :mad:

Sheldon

cbeck
October 3rd, 2006, 03:56 AM
Some interesting comments! I did want to clarify, I'm certainly not concerned about lookng dorky, since I've been wearing the same helmet biking going on five years now, and a similar one before that. It's just when I see someone else in a helmet, I think, "hey they look cool, why doesn't mine look that good on me." Must be something psycological. Analysis, doctor? :D

(I know, five years, time to retire!)

artisan555
October 3rd, 2006, 04:42 AM
oh chris, is that all you're worried about? you really look fine in your helmet, you'd just look better in it if you wore it right ways around! :D

BWI-Sheldon
October 4th, 2006, 03:05 AM
Me in my helmet. It helps to cover some of my frightening face during a sprint.:)

http://home.comcast.net/~kratzmark/rollerblaze/images/sheldon1.jpg

online inline
October 4th, 2006, 04:38 AM
I forgot to mention the #1 important reason to have a helmet.

The place to show off you Bib# sticker after a marathon. :cool:

No matter how cool I think I look, I don't stand up to three other people in my group who were at the St. Paul Inline and still keep their stickers on :mad:

Sheldon

yeah, well a speed skating buddy told me that only a real barney keeps the bib# on after the race, and from then on, i've kind of looked at it like showing off, which i guess it is.

Kathie Fry
October 4th, 2006, 04:53 AM
Great picture BWI!

- Kathie

SeJoWa
October 4th, 2006, 08:08 PM
cbeck wrote:

Actually, it's the after-helmet look that gets me looking for the paper bag to cover my head with. My hair all plastered to my head. :eek: Beautiful!

gbo

I've gotten used to people breaking up when they see my sans helmet after some skating... it helps to be really serious when zipping around.

http://www.wagna.net/Original/2006/01%201612%20IMG_7160_tiny.JPG

Kathy, I wouldn't have thought that landrollers and poise were combinable!

Love the idea of gluing on all the discarded skating paraphernalia! OI is cringing at the aerodynamic implications!

What I'm really going to do say during a Monday night skate is fix the Monty Python killer rabbit on top.

http://www.starstore.com/acatalog/Death-Teeth-Rabbit-l.jpg :D

BWI-Sheldon
October 5th, 2006, 04:10 AM
Tonight I lay in bed typing while laying on my right side only.

Today I am glade I had my helmet, wristguards, left kneepad, left elbow pad, and spandex shorts.

At 17 mph, I missed a dip in the path on an extended underpush, and I knew I was going down.

Slid on my palms (RB Lux wrist guards = great for slides) at least 30 feet. Not a scrape.

Left elbow hit hard but the elbow pad took the impact. Lost only 1" x 1" on skin on the elbow after the pad slid up. Tegaderm!

Knee pad slid, slight scratches on lower leg.

Butt/Thigh got a raised welt that is oozing around 7" X 6" which would have been worst if not for slippery spandex.

But that is not why I like my helmet. That happened 2 miles later. I was crossing the lightrail train tracks exactly when it was too late to stop after hearing the warning bell. I had to get across fast. (I didn't have a ticket to ride on the front windshield) I was so glad that I didn't get hurt again that I forgot about the crossing gate on the other side, which came down and smacked me in the helmet.

Still leaking red stuff from before, and humiliated in front of motorists, you’d think that was it.

A mile later I got a stone stuck in my wheels going up a steep hill.

Three miles later a dump truck made an illegal turn and almost plastered me on his grill.

Yeah I like how my helmet looks. I hope I will use it in a few days.

artisan555
October 5th, 2006, 06:33 AM
nope. don't use your helmet again. if it took a major shock, your helmet's structure is now compromised and it may not take a second impact without shattering. a helmet protects your head by absorbing a shock and distributes the energy across the structure of the helmet. if the helmet didn't shatter on this impact it might shatter on the next one, causing you an injury. check with the manufacturer to see how much energy your helmet can withstand.

ofcourse if it was just a little bump ignore everything i've said.

fablemaker2
October 5th, 2006, 11:24 AM
Actually, even little bumps can affect it, depending on where the bump occurred. The weakest point on the helmet, when bumped, could result in the styrofoam (or whatever other material is used) to have even a hairline crack.

Jointlock
October 5th, 2006, 12:26 PM
dump it and buy a new one. You guys don't understand how it works, it has nothing to do with it crackin/shattering if used again. Head injuries are caused primarily by your brain continuing to travel in the direction of movement after your body (skull) stops. Your brain smashes into the inside of the skull. Even a helmet that has never suffered an impact or drop (and seems fine) can be defective if treated incorrectly. Have you ever seen a motorcyclist with a spare helmet(for their future passengers use) stuck on top of a sissy bar? The repeated vibration can cause the impact/vibration against the inner absorbing liner to compress thereby destroying the integrity of the helmet. The only way any non new motorcycle helmet can be deemed safe after a minor impact/abuse is to have the manufacturer x-ray the helmet. Since the technology is the same (but cheaper) on skate/bike helmets dump it and spend the $40 to protect your most precious possession. Any google search of motorcycle helmet manufacturers or the AMA (Amer Mtrcycle Assc) will give the full explanation of how injuries occur, and how helmets work.

Jibberish18
October 5th, 2006, 02:20 PM
Tonight I lay in bed typing while laying on my right side only.

Today I am glade I had my helmet, wristguards, left kneepad, left elbow pad, and spandex shorts.

At 17 mph, I missed a dip in the path on an extended underpush, and I knew I was going down.

Slid on my palms (RB Lux wrist guards = great for slides) at least 30 feet. Not a scrape.

Left elbow hit hard but the elbow pad took the impact. Lost only 1" x 1" on skin on the elbow after the pad slid up. Tegaderm!

Knee pad slid, slight scratches on lower leg.

Butt/Thigh got a raised welt that is oozing around 7" X 6" which would have been worst if not for slippery spandex.

But that is not why I like my helmet. That happened 2 miles later. I was crossing the lightrail train tracks exactly when it was too late to stop after hearing the warning bell. I had to get across fast. (I didn't have a ticket to ride on the front windshield) I was so glad that I didn't get hurt again that I forgot about the crossing gate on the other side, which came down and smacked me in the helmet.

Still leaking red stuff from before, and humiliated in front of motorists, you’d think that was it.

A mile later I got a stone stuck in my wheels going up a steep hill.

Three miles later a dump truck made an illegal turn and almost plastered me on his grill.

Yeah I like how my helmet looks. I hope I will use it in a few days.

Dude I'm speechless.

online inline
October 5th, 2006, 04:36 PM
What I'm really going to do say during a Monday night skate is fix the Monty Python killer rabbit on top.

http://www.starstore.com/acatalog/Death-Teeth-Rabbit-l.jpg :D

A guy at our indoor speed practice did this last year. It really wans't as funny as you'd think it would have been.

For fun i have two ideas: show up on easter in a bunny costume on skates. second, i tried to get some interest in a "plaid shirt night" for our indoor speed skating team, but i only got blank stares. Then my relay partners asked to be re-assigned.

HEY YOU GUYS ARE OFF TOPIC AGAIN!!!

speedysktr
October 5th, 2006, 04:42 PM
I think I look cool with my helmet.

I think wearing a helmet is a sign that you care about skating and being able to skate more than any vanity issue. In short, if you can't take your skating seriously, how do you expect me to take you seriously as a skater?

Pepper Montana
October 5th, 2006, 05:12 PM
Yeah I like how my helmet looks. I hope I will use it in a few days.

I agree that you need to replace your helmet. The one you have should be enshrined and adored somewhere in your home. That was one hell of a skate! great story!

online inline
October 5th, 2006, 06:41 PM
I think I look cool with my helmet.


You do?!?

Just kidding.

I do too, and that's precisely why i say to buy one that you really like - becuase then you're all the more prone to using it even when the "newness:" has worn away. We all know how crucial it is to have that protection as you;re on the way down and wondering if this may be the one....

I use the Giro eclipse, which i think is about the lightest one made by Giro, short of maybe the Pneumo or other bankbuster.

Clemens
October 5th, 2006, 07:35 PM
"that person is an idiot in their helmet" is when they aren't wearing it properly.
You see the bare forehead symptom a lot on the small motorbikes in Italy. So it's not only skaters trying to be fool&cool.

My helmets are totally uncool. I bought the cheapest I could get from those models which were tested successfully by independent consumer magazines. And I have some even free helmets - like those we get as bladeguard equipment for the skatenights.
None of them make me look Kathiehot, so I distract from that fact by some accessoires, see here and there

Conclusion (or illusion?):
If there is a dork under my helmet, at least he got a brain.

6APPEAL
October 5th, 2006, 07:38 PM
Check your helmet manufacturer website. Most give huge discounts when replacing broken helmets. Guess how I know! :p
John

TRS-SKATER
October 5th, 2006, 08:22 PM
ill get my real helmet laterzhttp://www.argos.co.uk/wcsstore/argos/images/0103055A65UC227002M.jpg
Basacliy the same as mine but no stickers lol :D

fablemaker2
October 6th, 2006, 12:10 PM
You see the bare forehead symptom a lot on the small motorbikes in Italy.
Actually, in the 7 years I lived in Napoli and then Catania, I saw lots of helmets crooked around arms whilst driving. The law didn't state where you had to wear your helmet:D .

artisan555
October 6th, 2006, 02:51 PM
i suppose they liked to keep their helmets handy in case they needed it as they were about to crash. . .:eek:

Jibberish18
October 9th, 2006, 01:07 PM
A few pics for encouragement.

http://img373.imageshack.us/img373/5402/pict0147fr8.jpghttp://img373.imageshack.us/img373/5750/pict0148ui5.jpghttp://img347.imageshack.us/img347/3774/pict0149qq8.jpghttp://img140.imageshack.us/img140/9135/pict0150hk3.jpg