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Helmet Mohawks in 10 Minutes

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Now I know what you're thinking - "If I wanted a great new style in 10 minutes, I'd just go to Supercuts!  Why try to Do It Yourself?"  That's about what my sweetie says every time I cut my own hair.  Actually what she says is: "I can't believe you tried to cut your own hair *again*.  It's a total mess and you better go pay them to fix it before my friends see you."  So the compromise was I'd just wear a hat for the next month. 

I think this all goes back to my mother.  I was 9, it was the height of the hair-metal '80s and I really really wanted a mohawk.  Of course my mom wouldn't let me!  The compromise was I got to give my cat a Mohawk.  Well, I think I just did it and then we compromised that I wouldn't ever ever do it again.

During one of these hat-wearing episodes a few months ago I ran into my friend (and master of DIY) Julia Hasty on a ride.  Julia was sporting a well loved DIY helmet which rather drew my attention.  Julia said "I strapped some plastic aquarium plants to my helmet".  All I could think was - "That. Is. So. Hot."

Later - in an unrelated fit of ornithological wonderment I was reading up a bit on the Australian Magpie.  Perhaps the most notable thing about this bird is its attitude.  During mating season it becomes highly aggressive to unsuspecting humans (or, Australians at least).  It will dive-bomb and gouge the head and neck Hitchcock style!  I read this on Wikipedia so it must be true.  Then I happened upon a most interesting note in the article: "wearing a broad-brimmed or legionnaire's hat or using an umbrella will deter attacking birds … the use of cable ties on helmets has become common and appears to be effective".

I had little more than my hat to keep these ideas in my head so I guess it was no surprise that night when I woke up thinking "I AM GONNA HAVE A MOHAWK LIKE I ALWAYS WANTED!  BUT ON MY HELMET!  AND WITH CABLE TIES AND IT IS GONNA BE TOTALLY HOT AND IT IS GONNA TAKE ONLY 10 MINUTES AND IT WON'T NEED ANY MOISTURIZING CONDITIONER".  Of course I had to wake up my sweetie and tell her right away.  She said "you are a total mess and you better pay them to fix you before my friends see".

So you can see it really makes a lot of sense to give your helmet a great hairstyle, and its totally hot.  And seriously, it only takes 10 minutes in DIY-time (which any DIY'er knows means half an hour).

 
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spange1 year ago
This is cool, but be aware that this make the helmet more dangerous. Helmets are smooth and have a skin of plastic over it to prevent the helmet from "grabbing" on to anything. This lessens the chances of neck injury. Adding to the helmet increases the chances.
Twitcheth2 years ago
The correct Aussie term for being dive bombed by a magpie is "getting swooped" And trust me helmet mohawks are the best deterrent for the critters ;)
Howd you make the cool pink tall one?
sglider122 years ago
This is my result. I freaking love it! Great idea man!
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Kaiven4 years ago
I saw this and thought "Paintborg"
Paintborg is a guy that lives in Croatia and plays paintball. He probably has the coolest helmet/face mask I have ever seen...

dvnfntn Kaiven2 years ago
Borg recently passed away.
He was an amazing person and paintballer.
RIP BORG
Kaiven dvnfntn2 years ago
Whhhhaaaaattt????!! What happened?
Sorry for replying to a comment this old, but you are right that helmet is awesome.
Mattrox2 years ago
Finally!!! A solution for the dorky helmet look!
i made thee one with the cable ties on a skateboare helmet and now theres a bug gap so i might try a diff one
gladys452 years ago
this is quite common in Australia, to stop Magpies (hilariously evil bird) swooping riders.
haley2803 years ago
i prefer the fuzzy luk cuz its much much safer!!!belive me it iS!!
How so? Can you explain that please?
I wouldnt suggest the one useing cable ties... I did it, and when i crashed for the first time with it, it wasnt pretty. I fell and the my head hit the groung, all the cable ties bent and one hit me in the eye. im okay now but thats just not a safe idea, and i leared the hard way.
dan (author)  Spencer1231!3 years ago
yikes! i did not think that would be possible. maybe if we keep the length of the cable tie a bit shorter then it can't reach all the way to your eye.
FAILORD
Jujitsu-Man3 years ago
Check out the Mohawk Helmet I made. It takes more than 10 minutes, but still very easy to make. The URL is this
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Jumbo Ninja3 years ago
If you use Velcro on the round helmet you could have interchangeable Mohawks instead of being stuck with one!
Camisado4 years ago
That guy with the pink mohawk helmet looks really badass.
it's a chick
Really? Uh, ok.
Zem4 years ago
Awesome! I have a friend who LOVES zip-ties, I'll have to show him this. 
Hey, Where do you find those types of helmets? The ones where the mohawk was glued on. All i can find are these stupid looking ones like the picture below and when i do find the cooler looking ones, they are too small or "youth".
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dan (author)  Yerboogieman4 years ago
the round style is made for skateboarding, snowboarding, wakeboarding, general non-bike use.  anyplace that has that type of gear will have it, usually not hard to find at the big chain stores.

hydronics4 years ago
actually Gabriel Tiller made the Dino helmet for Jay after she busted her front teeth out in Canada..... :) http://bikeportland.org/2008/01/07/guest-article-crash-knocks-out-teeth-community-helps-put-them-back/
Just remember that certain chemicals in glue can damage your helmets integrity. It not worth looking cool if your skull cracks open the first time you need the helmet.
helmets with plastic shells, especially thermoplastic shells can react to many normally harmless chemicals. So do your homework first when picking an adhesive. 
dan (author)  crashtestracing4 years ago
good point.  the 'foam' part of the helmet is the sensitive part.  the shell can handle most glues.  so avoid getting glue on the foam.

the foam can be damaged in different ways. some helmets, like the road helmet shown with the cable ties the foam is the most important part of the structure. The shell being just something that protects the foam from damage in light impacts in this case. But with high impact helmets, like ones for motor sport and i believe skateboarding/ BMX, the hard outer shell is really important and can be easily chemically damaged, even just by paints and adhesives.

Its best to do your research on your specific helmets construction before you begin. Im sure most of them will react well enough with most chemicals. just no reason to be lazy about it is all.
cporter94 years ago
 Love that cable tie mohawk.
Kaiven cporter94 years ago
The orange/yellow/black looks really good! I think you have good taste :P haha
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