A few months ago, Paul DeCouto and his brother, from Cycle Care, came up with an idea to get some of the older and less safe helmets off of the island’s roads.
Through that process, they discovered that a lot of the China-made helmets pass the inspection tests at the factory, but tend to quickly deteriorate once they are in a Bermuda environment and climate.
“ When we take the older helmets, we destroy and cut them with a carborundum blade and find that the cheaper Chinese ones tend to splinter and break apart,” Mr. DeCouto said. “ We also find that the inner lining of some helmets tend to harden up as they get older, minimizing the protection that the helmets give.”
From his observations, a lot of Bermudians believe that the older their helmet is, the less likely it is to get stolen, which is why some people keep the same helmets for 10 years or even longer.
“ If customers trade in a Nolan helmet in any condition [at Cycle Care], they will receive a $100 discount. If it is not a Nolan helmet, they will get a $50 discount,” Mr. DeCouto said. “ We want to keep this campaign going for as long as possible, it is win-win for both us and the customer.”
According to him, they have over 2,000 and close to 4,000 helmets in the shop.————————————————————————Any content which is considered unsuitable, unlawful, or offensive, includes personal details, advertises or promotes products, services or websites, or repeats previous comments will be removed.
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