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Old school Leather cyclign helmets(4 posts)

Old school Leather cyclign helmetsTrevo
Feb 5, 2004 12:14 PM
Iam going to purchase a Cinelli cycling helmet. I'm un able to find any info about old leather cycling helmets? DId they really work? Who made them? How much were they? I've seen one guy who was in the world messenger championships wearing one during the skid contest.
Thanks for the info.

re: Old school Leather cyclign helmetsFixedPip
Feb 5, 2004 12:51 PM
From Bike Helmet Safety institute website (

"... When I started racing in the 70's we called them "hairnets" and the nicest ones were made in Italy of beautiful soft leather. By then the interior of the strip was a foam, but it wasn't very protective. They also rotted from sweat. I asked the more experienced racers if the hairnet we were required to use in races was protective, and they said "they don't help at all in the initial impact, but they keep your ears from being ground off while you're sliding over the pavement." Years later lab testing showed that their assessment was exactly correct."

They're better than nothing, but not a whole let better. They don't absorb much of an impact and really offer poor protection compared to modern skid lids. They are also not legal for road races etc.

But they do look cool though...
Feb 5, 2004 1:23 PM
Yeah other then what you just told me all I new is that they looked cool.

trusty old cycling caps are cooler...Arnold Zefal
Feb 6, 2004 4:59 PM
and offer just as much protection. the 70's were great, you did not have to feel guilty about not wearing a helmet as you knew they were useless anyway. seriously, if you like the look of hairnets then collect them and hang them on your wall. ride with a good modern helmet.