|bike helmet w/built in rear view mirror||Rubberbandman|
Jun 17, 2003 7:38 AM
|From Dupont I received Engineering Design which is basically an advertisement newsletter. One of the highlighted products is a bike helmet with a built in rear view mirror designed and mfged by Reevu of the UK and Pactucco of France.
The design is interesting. The crest of the helmet houses a periscope-like system of 3 mirrors that bends the rear image over the wearers head.
The article doesn't mention release dates or if the helmet has passed any safety tests.
I didn't check it out but here is the website for Reevu, www.reevu.com.
|Seen it (yawwwn)||Alexx|
Jun 17, 2003 7:57 AM
|Unfortunately, it's designed primarily for upright cyclists. Get on your drop bars, all you'll see is treetops. Oh, BTW, it's butt-ugly, too.|
|Have one (yawwwn)||Ray Sachs|
Jun 17, 2003 9:25 AM
|Being the "I'll try anything once" type, I bought one shortly after they came out. It's a sort of cool idea but not all that well executed. The optics just aren't that good - not even CLOSE to the images on their website. I know, a real shocker! Cars look a lot closer than they are and it's just plain tough to make stuff out in the mirror. I prefer any of the several glasses or helmet mount mirrors that I've used to this system. It's also heavy. I generally use if for commuting and its no problem there, but I took it out on a 30 mile ride when I first had it and my neck was noticeably tired from holding it up. It worked OK from the drops, but you do have to keep your neck up - maybe thats why my neck was tired. I still use it to commute, but I also mounted a take-a-look mirror on the helmet and use it way more than the built in visor mirror.
So, I wholeheartedly don't recommend this helmet. But if somebody wants one anyway, I'd be willing to make you a deal on one.
|Have one (yawwwn)||Rubberbandman|
Jun 17, 2003 10:05 AM
|I didn't realize they were selling the helmets. I have no interest in obtaining one but out of curiousity, what are they retailing for?
Jun 17, 2003 3:44 PM
|(more than they are worth)|
|There are (or were) two levels||Ray Sachs|
Jun 18, 2003 4:48 AM
|By the time I dealt with the currency exchange and shipping from UK, the cheaper one (which I got) was about $80 or $90 and I believe the more expensive one (more vents, lighter?) would have been about $130-$140. In retrospect, not worth it, but not all that expensive for helmets these days. I'm not aware of them being sold in the States yet, but shouldn't be a problem buying from a UK source.
But, like I said, don't bother.