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Trying to locate fdjeux.com Selev team helmet(12 posts)

Trying to locate fdjeux.com Selev team helmetKRider
Jul 10, 2003 10:14 AM
I'm trying to find the Selev team helmet for fdjeux.com, the one with the clover leaf design. I found one on bikeprobicycle.com, and I emailed them, but they haven't responded.

Is there any other place to find one? I don't really care if I have to import it, that's fine, I would just like to find one and know how much it will cost.

I realize this is kind of like the message I posted the other day, but I'm looking specifically for the FDJeux.com team helmet.

Thank you!

KavuRider
Pic of the helmet I am talking about...nmKRider
Jul 10, 2003 12:16 PM
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Pic of the helmet I am talking about...nmMellowVelo
Jul 10, 2003 12:39 PM
You may be able to find one on EBAY etc occasionally but it is illegal to sell them or import them to the US as they have not undergone CSPC safety testing. Also if you raced in one, they would not be allowed (who checks safety qualifications for helmets at races though?)

They have passed Euro safety standards which are fairly strict but a few approved Euro helmets have failed CSPC testing. Cateye has a helmet that a few teams wear (Kelme wears it, Euskaltel & Coast used to) that failed recently but is approved in europe. Selev will not pay for testing to US.
Pic of the helmet I am talking about...nmKRider
Jul 10, 2003 12:53 PM
So there is no way to get one from a major dealer?

That really sucks.

Ebay doesn't have one now...

So I'm assuming that Selev (if I ever could get a hold of them) wouldn't ship one, huh?

There has to be a way, lol.

Thanx for the info though.

KavuRider
Pic of the helmet I am talking about...nmMellowVelo
Jul 10, 2003 1:14 PM
If you know someone in Europe who can buy one over there & ship it to you or if you are ever on the other side of the pond they are easy to aquire and very popular. They are ridden by a bunch of pro teams over there. MET helmets are the same way. Totalcycling.com sells them but will not ship them to the US because they haven't been tested to US standards. Again very popular in Europe but not allowed over here.
So are they too dangerous to wear?KRider
Jul 10, 2003 1:45 PM
Since they don't pass US standards, are they dangerous? Or are US Standards too high (ie overkill)? Would like to know before I embark on an odyssey to acquire this helmet.

Thanx!

KavuRider
Litigious AmericansStraightblock
Jul 10, 2003 2:40 PM
Some European helmets aren't sold in the US because their manufacturers want to avoid lawsuit-happy US consumers, not because the helmets haven't or wouldn't pass US testing. I was looking at Met helmets a while back and several of the retailers had a statement to this effect in their ads. Some would not ship Mets to the US at all. I ended up buying a Bell Ghisallo, not because I was worried about the certification, but because I didn't want to buy something from halfway around the world that I couldn't try on first.

Non-US certified helmets aren't illegal to own. If they were, the Helmet Police would have kicked in my door and confiscated my old leather hairnet. They're not approved for racing & some century & charity rides, though.

Is a helmet that meets European standards but hasn't been tested for the US market less safe? Maybe, maybe not. Would you put your head in it? That's up to you.
That's a good point...KRider
Jul 10, 2003 3:02 PM
I would think that they would have to have similar standards in Europe for safety, right?

You hit the nail on the head with American's being sue-happy. It sucks because I don't believe that is the majority, just the loudest group.

Reading your comment pretty much confirmed my decision, I still want the Selev.

You are right about not being able to try it on. But oh well, its gotta fit better than my current helmet (which has a broken retention system) and is giving me nothing but problems.

Thanx!

KavuRider
Still on the quest for a Selev helmet.
OK, but if you bust your head in the SelevStraightblock
Jul 10, 2003 3:36 PM
just don't sue me! ;P
That's a good point...filtersweep
Jul 10, 2003 7:46 PM
I have one in a different color scheme (the old liquigas colors- which are very cool- I just removed the decals) and it is a great helmet- lighter than a pneumo and not a dime a dozen (tonight, 4 out of 6 guys showed up in pneumos- not that they aren't great helmets too).

They are one size fits all- so if you are a small, you probably won't have a good fit.

I don't know if the same holds true for bike helmets, but my father was a football coach, and about HALF the cost of a football helmet covered litigation expenses and testing- AND- they were forced to DESTROY "old" helmets after a few years, put warning stickers in them, etc... I'm guessing if "certification" for bicycle helmets is anything like being "UL listed" it costs a small fortune (which is exactly why so many consumer electronics products have "wall warts" rather then internal power supplies- they can use an already certified convertor.
solutionsCritLover
Jul 10, 2003 7:51 PM
I also like items that are difficult to find in the US. I do a lot of investigating and always find what I'm looking for.

Option 1

It will be real easy if you know someone who speaks French.
1.Go to www.fdjeux.com - on the bottom is a square that say "L'equipe Cycliste"- click on the part that says "Toutes les info" -
2. on the window that opens click on "Boutique" and then there is a pic of the helmet.
3. Click on "commander" and it then opens another page with other items
4. go to bottom click on page 2 and the helmet is on that page. 5. Click on "commander" again and it opens up a PDF order form. Print it out and bring it to someone who speaks French. They should be able to help you. (The price listed is 99 Euro)

Option 2

Go to www.selevhelmets.com on the bottom of the page is the email - info@selevhelmets.com. The link for their main distributor in the UK has been down for a few months (my friend also wanted a Selev and I checked it out for him in April). Email them and ask for an email or phone number of their UK distributor or a reputable store there and at least you will be speaking to someone in English.

Good Luck!
Wow man, thanx!!!KRider
Jul 11, 2003 8:26 AM
Yeah, I went to FDJeux.com's site and I couldn't make heads or tails of it (High School French), lol.

Cool, I'll try both options, see which one works.

Thanx man!

Peace

KavuRider