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The Hövding bicycle helmet “airbag.”
The Hövding bicycle helmet “airbag.” Hövding

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Hövding Airbag for Cyclists


The Swedes have come up with a bicycle helmet that will let you ride with wind blowing through your hair but, in case of a crash, inflates like a car airbag and covers your head. You place a nylon collar around your neck – it zips up – and the USB-rechargeable battery lasts for 18 hours of cycling. When the sensors detect an impact, the airbag inflates in the shape of your cranium. The Hövding website has posted a fascinating video of a stunt cyclist. The only downside – aside from the hefty price tag – is that the Hövding is good for one crash only.

The list

Lonely Planet’s “Stuff You Should Never Take on a Trip”

Lonely Planet writer Leif Pettersen, who apparently likes to travel light and is a mite fussy, weighs in on what not to bring:

1. More than one suitcase

2. Guitars

3. Full-size pillows

4. Hairdryers/curling irons

5. Pets

6. More than two pair of shoes

7. Children

8. Over-sized souvenirs

The quote

Ultrarunner Dakota Jones on “I’m certainly proud of my ability to run far, but it doesn’t mean running is better than backpacking. It’s not like most of those backpackers couldn’t do the kind of running I do. A lot of them, in fact, are probably out there in such style for a specific reason.”

Compiled by Sam McManis/