On Sun, 08 Jul 2007 16:47:42 -0500, A Muzi <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>>> Tim McNamara wrote:
>>>> As I have said before, I often wear a helmet when riding. It makes
>>>> important members of my family happier (my mother, my wife, etc.).
>>>> Other than aggravating my neck and making sweat run in my eyes on hot
>>>> days, it doesn't inconvenience me. I have no expectation that it will
>>>> provide me with protection nor that it will cause me harm, but the
>>>> feelings of the people I care about are more important to me.
>>> Since your helmet doesn't have to meet any safety standards, and you
>>> have no faith in it anyway, why not try carving away most of its foam to
>>> make it as light as possible while still looking the part?
>> Michael Warner <m...@westnet.com.au> wrote:
>>> I might try this with an old cracked one, which is already illegal here :-)
>> I did that, and it worked quite well. An hour with the dremel gave it
>> significantly better ventilation (I first did one side, then went for
>> a ride to get a somewhat fair comparison). It went from around 280
>> grams initially to around 180 grams when I was done, but still wasn't
>> as light as the old Specialized "Sub 6" helmets (Specialized claimed
>> they weighed less than 6 ounces, which is, what, 170 grams?).
>If the weight was done by the same people who do bike marketing, that's
>170g less shell, straps, buckle and adjuster.
My ancient 1994 Bike Pro catalog says:
"Specialized Sub 6 Pro"
"The Sub 6 Pro is the successor to the Sub 6. The Sub 6 was a soft
shell helmet that had no plastic micro shell or Lycra cover but was
left as a dark Grey foam exterior. The next season the Sub 6 Pro was
released as a micro shell version of the same shell, The Sub 6 is made
in 4 shell sizes Small, Medium, Large, and Extra Large. Available in
two colors Purple Carbon or Silver Carbon. The Medium size weighs 232
My spreadsheet claims that 232 grams is about 8.18 ounces.
Others have doubted the sub-six-ounce claim:
" . . . the Sub-6 of yore was lighter, even if it wasn't quite the 6
ounces (160g) its name implied."http://www.cyclingnews.com/tech/?id=...specialized_S1
Arguably, the 160 grams in that quote isn't a typo. Six ounces is 170
grams, but the helmet claimed to be _sub_ six ounces.