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Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: S.E. Michigan
My choice of helmet
2 years ago my wife surprised me with a new helmet, she bought it because she knew I'd like the colors.
A week after I got it, I was side swiped by a car, I hit a curb, and was thrown over the bars. Landed and slid on my face, chest, knees.
My helmet took the initial impact, as I landed face first, before I even managed to get my hands under me.
I tried to get my body to fall and slide the right way, but the force of the hit, and the speed of my body pretty much just tossed me around like a rag doll.
I'll never forget the sound of the pavement slide from inside the helmet, watching the pavement up close and personal, and wondering if somebody was going to run me over from behind before I stopped sliding.
The helmet, as you can see in the pic, kept my head intact and my face attached, in fact, I had no head or face trauma at all. If not for the lid, half my face would simply be a smear. You can't see it in the pic, but the gravel cut down into the helmet shell in some spots.
(My leather jacket was worn pretty good, but not to the point of exposing any skin, and my jean, knees, legs were pretty much just shredded)
Anyway, here's the after photo of my helmet, and this post is just a "share", not a sales pitch, or podium preach. Some recent threads reminded of this pic, and I thought I'd share it.
(on a side note, sliding across the pavement at about 40mph, standard jeans will wear clean through in approx 5 ft, skin won't last that long, and a helmet should certainly last longer.)
(the other pic I threw in just for the hell of it)