[CR]follow-up on helmet dates:


Date: Fri, 20 Jul 2007 22:37:48 -0400
From: Harvey Sachs <hmsachs@verizon.net>
To: Classic Rendezvous <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>, "R.S. Broderick" <rsb000@hotmail.com>
Subject: [CR]follow-up on helmet dates:

Robert Broderick has been quietly scanning ads from bike rags, and sent me some of the early helmet images he has:

first (or early) ad, for production helmets available:

MSR helmet: June 1974; Bike World. Bell: Nov. 1974; Bike World. CCM (hockey style, not good, Feb 05 Skid-Lid Travesty, Oct 1975, Bicycling Bailen: June 1979, Bicyling (although I think they came out several years before, I can't be sure of that. Small ad.

Thanks, Robert!

Certainly, one can wear a real helmet and ride (some) on-topic pre-1984 bikes with a clear conscience about being correct. But, before Eddie Alpert shouts at me, for bunches of reasons related to uncertainty about how plastics age, I don't recommend it. Except very rarely (like Cirque, when I will go out with an early Bell for the fun of it), I always ride with modern helmets.

harvey sachs
mcLean VA