Bike Helmet vents and skin lesions

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Bike Helmet vents and skin lesions

Postby GingaNinja » Thu Jul 01, 2010 3:13 pm

Hi, general warning that helmet vents can expose your skull to sun increasing significantly the risk of skin lesions.
I have been off the bike for two weeks due to stitches in my skull after removal of skin lesion exactly where the bike helmet vent is, as it parts my hair and exposes my skull to the sun.
I will now be permanently wearing a cycling cap under my helmet -- 8) Euro cool.

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Re: Bike Helmet vents and skin lesions

Postby rustychisel » Thu Jul 01, 2010 4:48 pm

are you really a 'ranger???? It's you're own fault.


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Re: Bike Helmet vents and skin lesions

Postby sogood » Thu Jul 01, 2010 5:16 pm

I think you meant scalp, not skull.

Otherwise, either grow hair or wear a bandana/cap under the helmet. I prefer bandana as one never knows what the cap's brim can do in an accident.
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Re: Bike Helmet vents and skin lesions

Postby AUbicycles » Thu Jul 01, 2010 10:18 pm

sogood wrote:grow hair

Good one sogood "I think I might grow some hair today".


GinjaNinja, I think its a good tip - some helmets have a net behind the the vents (think fly screen) that may also help provide some shade.

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Re: Bike Helmet vents and skin lesions

Postby sogood » Fri Jul 02, 2010 9:32 am

AUbicycles wrote:
sogood wrote:grow hair

Good one sogood "I think I might grow some hair today".

That's what toupees are for. Instant "growth. ;)

As for those screens behind helmet vents, I think they are more aimed at preventing bees from entering than flies.
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Postby gorilla monsoon » Mon Jul 05, 2010 3:51 pm

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Re: Bike Helmet vents and skin lesions

Postby fatherofmany » Tue Jul 06, 2010 11:03 am

I am concerned about the big Skin C. So being follicly challenged I just cover up with waterproof sunscreen. All the exposed bits get a cover, including my scalp before the helmet goes on. Winter rides see me in a bandana, sometimes short night rides but it's way too hot any other time.

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Re: Bike Helmet vents and skin lesions

Postby sogood » Tue Jul 06, 2010 11:05 am

Bandana is good for summer too. Halo brand can be recommended. They help in wicking the sweat away.
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Re: Bike Helmet vents and skin lesions

Postby Jean » Tue Jul 06, 2010 12:26 pm

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SweatVac skull cap. SPF40+, doesn't make your head hot, an excellent sweat band, US$16 & free international postage. Never leave home on my bike without it or its winter equivalent.

Lots of styles and colours available, even bandanas if you need to stroke your inner Pantani.

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