After finding it impossible to find a safe helmet to accommodate her son's turbans, Tina Singh decided to create her own solution.
From her work as an occupational therapist who has helped patients with acquired brain injuries Tina Singh knew it was important for her children to have a well-fitting helmet. Despite plenty of helmets being designed for kids, she could not find any that would work with her son's turbans.
In her attempts to find a helmet that could fit she tried sizing up and removing foam from the inside of the helmet but this would make the helmet less effective in a crash. Tina Singh told CBC
: "I was frustrated that there wasn't a safe option in sports helmets for my kids."
After two years of working and testing out different designs, she has reached a production-ready version of the helmet, featuring a domed portion at the top. The helmet has received a passing grade from SGS, an international helmet testing company, and is currently being prepared for an initial launched in Canada.
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Though not all provinces have this law.
It constantly throws me off to think how many things stand in the way of a "normal" experience in life; or are just a major inconvenience.
I use mainly TLD Stage, it has great space around the ear. (I scratched a bit of EPS...)
Drop frame is okay too (but not perfect), sometimes it moves around and I don't hear anymore because the cochlear implant was moved.
I use also a Smith Forefront, I just had to put the plastic ajustement behind the mips and much higher. Those thing are my worst enemies as when you tighten them it tighten right on the cochlear implant antenna (which pushes on the magnet under the skin which is bedded in the skull).
Basically if the helmet has no occipital tightening it's easier. Most of the occipital tightening are plastic and stiff... Though roadies helmets have BOA occipital tightening so it's a small cable (like a shoelace), I'd love to see that on MTB helmets.
I am a MTB coach, so I wear a helmet basically all the time during spring/summer/fall...! My head hurts sometimes the evening, but hey... I wanna ride !
Here's hoping Bell can do something with that patent! Where do you coach, by the way? I'm a NICA coach myself.
That said, it’s definitely better than no helmet at all, and I suppose if you’re used to wearing a Turban all the time you’re already quite aware of reduced head clearance.
But...id rather have a neck injury than a grey matter injury. So yea, fair enough.
I would’ve paid $500 for a comfortable hard hat when I was wearing them for 12 hours at time.
Yeah, just did. I like the motorcycle variant better.
I have a sensitive neck from catching the top of my hard hat on whatever throughout my life. Usually some low hanging thing I couldn’t see.
I’m nervous about having a light or GoPro on my head at this point.
Good point man!
When I asked if it had been tested, I wasn’t thinking of impact. I assumed that.
Riding a bicycle at speed is not an ideal time to discover a headroom issue.
That’s THE question!
Hard hats have a suspension system that flexes like a big spring if you get hit straight on top of the head. It works, I found out the hard way..
But that’s about all they’re good for. There’s no chin strap, there’s nothing holding them on your head but a padded band with adjustable tension.
So yeah, they’re great for a brick dropped from a second story, but that suspension system keeps them high above your head. It’s antiquated.
A modern pro football helmet is light years ahead of this. In all ways.
I’m wondering if, for a helmet, the head/hair wrap could be moved towards the back. Then a cool looking FI aero style helmet would work. That could be a trend setter for one and all!
If no helmet was the only other option, then something needs to be done.
Sikh's aren't allowed to be seen with their turbans off in public. So in theory yes, but there's much opportunity for it being a pita to wear the helmet until you can find somewhere private to put your turbin or patka (I just googled that) back on.
Punjab Karen living in north America forces her kid to wear some weird cap: "go get them Lioness! Thank you for forging the way to inclusion in this wild and prejudiced cowboy land
Ó MALHÃO, MALHÃO... QUE VIDA É A TUAAAAAAA???? Ó MALHÃO, MALHÃO QUE VIDA É A TUAAAAAA??
COMER E BEBER, Ó TRINTINTIM, PASSEAR NA RUAAAAA!!!!
done, I hope we are good now...
That said, most helmets seem to be designed for bald people. If you've got a lot of hair and don't want it to cover your ears (as it gets hot) so you need everything to exit the helmet behind the ears, it gets tight. The biggest size helmets do work (unless you wear dreads) but you do keep a big gap left and right.
…. Wait I don’t need a helmet!
I could easily continue along but you get the picture.
I forced my kid to celebrate Christmas this year. Sorry for putting them in that situation @cykelmastaren
You're going to eat more vegetables, oh and also worship an imaginary creator and never cut your hair etc.
Why is it so often that people have to ask irrelevant questions using disrespectful terms to bring something down? Almost always in a scenario that doesn't affect them in the slightest. Disclaimer: I'm assuming you're not Sikh, as that would preclude you from asking the question in the first place.
My comment was meant to be questioning why there aren’t more South Asian riders. I now realize that this opens up the can of worms that is the demographics of mountain biking.
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