Most of us can agree that the riding season passes by too quickly. After a couple of road trips with your friends you can chalk up the season as a success, but there’s always more to ride. As mountain bikers, we think back on our rides and often associate it with the bike we were riding at the time. Dylan Forbes takes that line of thinking a step further and thinks, “what helmet design was that?”
In 2012, while visiting family in Newfoundland, Dylan was given an opportunity by a friend in the form of a deal. His lifelong friend, Mark Squires, pitched to Dylan that if he did a custom paint job on his welding mask, he’d cover the costs of Dylan’s compressor, paints, and airbrush.
Fast forward to current day and Dylan’s memories are jogged by looking back at his personalized helmets. From the welding mask that reminds him of his lifelong friend, to his first custom bike helmet that caused endless frustrations when dealing with vents and curves of the outer shell. To him, each helmet means something different and is filled with fond memories.
This year, his helmet was dedicated to Taylor, Dylan's first dog. Like all pets, she was incredibly important to him and would go on bike rides, come to work - they were nearly inseparable. Taylor passed away in 2018 which inspired Dylan to apply a portrait he’d done of Taylor to a new medium. A fresh helmet for the season was the perfect way to carry the spirit of his dog, Taylor, with him on every ride.Presented by Rocky Mountain
Video by: One Antler Productions
Still photography: Mitch Gulliver and Mark Mackay