The right helmet for the right ride

When it comes to choosing helmets I like to take my lead from the professionals and I’ve noticed that more and more of the serious offroad riders are upgrading their helmets at the moment.

Like most serious bikers, I own quite a few helmets. How about you? Do you just have one helmet or do you have different helmets for different riding situations? One of the sights I consider quite amusing, for example, is seeing a guy wearing a full face helmets on a cruiser style bike, where everything is supposed to be cool and laid back.

Ever heard of the BackRider Belt or the Child Riding Belt child riding harnesses?

Has anyone heard (or used) either of these two child riding harnesses?  Both the Backrider belt and the Child riding belt are made in Canada.  The Backrider Belt states that it has been tested according to Baby Car Seat tests by a professional engineering firm although the Child riding belt doesn’t say anything with that regard so I’m not sure about testing with that one.


Both products seem to be designed to work for children between the ages of 2 up to 10 or 11 (with a max weight of the child not exceeding 100 lbs).

Rain-Off waterproof overgloves – road tested

Many years ago, I owned a pair of waxed cotton overgloves and a pair of waxed cotton overboots. I also had the waxed cotton version of the Dri-Rider jacket, by the way. Showing my age here.

I really miss my overgloves and overboots. I could throw them on in heavy rain and keep my gloves and boots dry. Gloves take up to a week to dry out after heavy rain and boots can take a few days too.

Busting the popular helmet myths

Think you know what a motorcycle helmet can and can’t do for you? Take the quiz. From the August 2000 issue of Motorcycle Cruiser magazine. By Art Friedman.

TRUE OR FALSE?

1. Motorcycle helmets cause neck injuries.

2. Because of a helmet’s limited ability to absorb impact energy, it can’t protect you if you have a motorcycle accident over 20 mph.

3. The shell is a helmet’s most important component.