POC Trabec Helmet Review

Received my POC Trabec helmet the other day. Fits as comfortable as I recall it fitting at Interbike. Had a short ride with it in 100 degree heat and I’m quite happy with it. A friend had mentioned it doesn’t look like it’s very well vented, but I find it to be vented adequately. As you can see in the last picture there are three channels that run front to back. The channels on each side of the center are ventilated by two vents hidden under the visor. The center channel is ventilated by the vent directly above the visor.

On the scale, my Medium/Large helmet weighs 344 grams with the visor and 304 grams without. Not exactly a featherweight. The Trabec Race is slightly lighter but I don’t have it in front of me to measure how many grams it shaves by using more aramid fibers.

And while the design is funky, an aspect which I like and accentuated by choosing the two tone green color, POC helps prevent funky odors by using Polygiene permanent odor control technology in all their 2011 helmets. Also noteworthy is the inclusion of a second set of pads and a carrying bag, not to mention the requisite manufacturers sticker if you wish to give them some free advertising.

POC Trabec

POC Trabec

POC Trabec

POC Trabec

POC Trabec

POC Trabec

POC Trabec

POC Trabec

Being in a bike lane doesn’t mean you’re safe

Here’s another gem from Reddit. Guy was ticketed in NYC for not riding in the bike lane. This is not illegal. You are not required to ride in a bike lane if it’s not safe to do so. There are many reasons to avoid the bike lane. Debris, obstacles, visibility issues, etc. It appears they’re particularly hazardous in NYC. Here’s a video which explains why.

Don’t lock your bike to small trees

Back story from reddit: Guy from the Kensington area of Brooklyn claims to have videotaped the heist in which a thief chops down this Ginko Biloba tree outside his residence to steal a worthless walm*rt bike shaped object locked with a cable lock. Cable locks are notoriously easy to defeat in seconds with bolt cutters or within a few minutes with cable snips. I’m still surprised that someone would spend the time and effort to chop a tree down with an axe to steal a bike worth practically nothing. Apparently the video is forthcoming.

I’m pretty sure I’d intervene if I saw bike theft taking place, but not if the thief is swinging an axe around.

tp://www.reddit.com/r/bicycling/comments/huksi/how_far_will_ny_thieves_go_to_steal_a_50/