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help with helmets

Discussion in 'Adaptive and Disabled Cycling' started by dylski, 4 May 2015.

  1. dylski

    dylski New Member

    Can anyone help me we are going to be getting a quest 88 dresden wheelchair bike for my 7 year old disabled daughter and i need to get her a helmet. The problem is that she has quite a wide head and a flat head at the back we have been to many local bike shops but with no success does anyone know of any specialist helmets or makers of bespoke helmets as we are running out of options. We may have to get a horse riding helmet made specially made which is going to cost me more than £500 . Can anyone HELP
     
  2. summerdays

    summerdays Cycling in the sun Staff Member

    Location:
    Bristol
    Does the bike come with a head support anyway? If so it may interfere with the position of the helmet. Are you sure you need a helmet for her? If you do could you use one of the softer padded helmets?
     
  3. If you google Helmets for the disabled. A whole host of things turn up. It may help.
     
  4. summerdays

    summerdays Cycling in the sun Staff Member

    Location:
    Bristol
    @mickle have you got any suggestions?
     
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  5. Cunobelin

    Cunobelin Legendary Member

    Location:
    Gosport
    The Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute is a pro helmet lobby in the US

    They do a couple of pages that may be of interest:

    Bike Helmets for Unusual Head Shapes

    Protective Headgear for Special Needs and Developmental Disabilities

    Helmets for Large Heads

    My only concern is that most of the options for "special needs" are less than aesthetic, and also compromise the effectiveness as they are not cycle specific. Also if you have to "bodge" the fit ... it is proven that the use a poorly fitting helmet that can cause injuries

    Secondly with my experience in riding recumbents, @summerdays is correct, helmets only really work with a "neck rest".

    YOur choice of course as you know your daughter's skills and needs, but you will need to weigh up the need for a helmet in the first place if it compromises the ability to use the bike (if your daughter needs the head support)

    You will need to decide where you are going to make compromises
     
    Last edited: 4 May 2015
  6. dylski

    dylski New Member

    Thanks for the replies everyone yes my daughter will be using head support we have looked at bmx/skateboard helmets as they are rounder at the back.
     
  7. dylski

    dylski New Member

    I just wish i didn't have to make comprises with helmets as if she had a normal head shape i wouldn't have to
     
  8. summerdays

    summerdays Cycling in the sun Staff Member

    Location:
    Bristol
    How did the BMX ones fit? there is a brand or two that have an adjustment wheel at the back, as BMX helmets without that adjustment are difficult to get a good fit but most don't have that adjustment wheel. Sorry I can't remember the brand name though.
     
  9. Dylski, Call me. 01904 636 812

    Go through to disability extension and ask for mick.
     
  10. dylski

    dylski New Member

    Bmx ones no better really i believe bell are doing 3D head mapping in the USA but not sure if this is for bike helmets or motorbike and bit too far away
     
  11. dylski

    dylski New Member

    Will get the wife to ring as back in work tomorrow
     
  12. summerdays

    summerdays Cycling in the sun Staff Member

    Location:
    Bristol
    I have remembered the brand name after seeing it mentioned elsewhere on the forum:

    Uvex - but I suspect Mickle will have more useful information for you.
     
  13. dylski

    dylski New Member

    Have looked at uvex looks promising thanks a lot