Sun-Hammer Helmet Fix

E and I headed out cycling a bit too late yesterday, and the temperature jumped up 10, then 20 degrees, in a matter of miles on the way home. Standing at a stoplight I felt the sun crushing my male pattern baldness scull. After woozily commenting on seeing black dots and stars after every light, Elizabeth suggested I use leftover Coolaroo screen from the house windows to make inserts. I cut each Coolaroo screen to fit each space, then “welded” it in place with Bondic. After test-standing-about in the 100 degree afternoon sun, it was as cool as a cowboy hat. A brimless cowboy hat. It should also help alleviate the bug-scoop aspect of the helmet.

I will test drive it this week and see if the high desert Sun Hammer is shrugged off.

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Screens for the top 5 vents, shading the sun from crashing against my baldness.

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Inside the helmet..

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Coolaroo screening cuts 90% of sun, and still allows air-flow, and the Bondic weld creates a seamless plastic bead melding the screen to the helmet’s foam liner and plastic shell.

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This is one of the coolest little tools. Bondic. UV activated plastic weld. Better than glue, but not a glue.

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Coolaroo screens over the bay window. So little UV comes through that our air-plant that hung inside the window died last summer (while we were stuck in Montana).

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The view from inside out is still clear, but the afternoon glare off the neighbor’s house and our driveway is cut down by 90%.

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The whole east side of the house Coolaroo’d means we don’t need A/C til temps climb to triple digits, and then our little wall unit handles the whole house. That and a whole house fan to bleed off the day’s heat, as the high desert of Salt Lake cools off by 30 degrees or more most nights.

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