I did a thing yesterday…

Screen Shot 2019-03-24 at 2.33.01 PM…I cycled to Guelph to buy a new helmet…only to realize that I had forgotten my wallet at home!!!!!!

Okay…there’s more to the story. Last Tuesday (March 19) Trek Bontrager announced a revolutionary new cycling helmet: “WaveCel: the biggest advancement in the protection against cycling concussions.” That is a really bold claim! And if true…it would be amazing! I’ve had two serious head injuries in my life. The first one was back in 1992 in Estonia when three guys took exception to me being in the country. The second one was during the cycling part of a Half-Ironman race…I went ass-over-handlebar and smashed up my helmet real good. I never want to be in that concussed state ever again.

Needless to say, the announcement of this revolutionary new helmet that helps protect against the forces of a rotational impact caught my immediate attention. I started doing some research and asking my cycling friends if they were doing the same. It quickly became apparent that Trek’s claims were being challenged by competitors. According to the challengers, they have not been able to independently replicate the results claimed by Trek-Bontrager.  Though they do acknowledge that…

…there is still a lack of an industry-wide standard from third party testing organizations to ensure accurate information for consumers…[1]

So I dithered for a time wondering if the helmet was worth the money. I reasoned thusly. If Trek’s claims are borne out to be true, then the helmet is totally worth it! If the claims are a bit exaggerated and the helmet does not perform as claimed…I still have a helmet that is just as good as my current helmet. In that case, I would have just paid a lot more than I would normally pay for the colour. You gotta admit the “radio-active yellow” is amazing!!!!!

In any case…I did have an amazing training ride to Guelph!

Let’s hope I’m never in a position where I test the claims made about the helmet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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