I love riding my bike, but my purple plastic helmet is a definite impediment to fashion. It messes up my hair, and what am I supposed to do if I decide to wear red one day? I might — gasp — not wear a helmet at all. Thankfully, the Swedes have now invented this thing. At last, cyclists everywhere can protect their heads and their sense of style.
It's a collar with an airbag that inflates around your head. It actually works, as evidenced by the incredible video below, in which a car driving at 12 MPH crashes into a bike dummy.
Cycling helmets serve but one singular purpose: protecting your cranium when speed and gravity conspire against your cycling prowess. But a helmet that's damaged -- even slightly damaged -- can fail when you need it the most. Compounding the problem is the fact that it's very hard to detect hairline cracks or other flaws in a cycling helmet that result from routine wear and tear. That's why researchers at Germany's Fraunhofer Institute have engineered the first bicycle helmet that literally makes a stink when it becomes damaged.