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Bike helmets + zip ties?
evıs
Brisbane, Queensland
6225 posts
I have noticed this lately and have been informed they are to deter magpies in case you were wondering. Still u would think a helmet itself would suffice.
01:56am 28/01/10 Permalink
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evıs
Brisbane, Queensland
6226 posts
This has been a public service announcement.
02:01am 28/01/10 Permalink
parabol
Brisbane, Queensland
5659 posts
Still u would think a helmet itself would suffice

I'd imagine the zip-ties would produce a one foot safety zone around your head. With just a helmet you'd have the magpie making physical contact with your upper back or your helmet - sudden surprise while riding fast, or getting claws stuck is not good.

Maybe an actual bicycle operator can confirm this? This is all I can do from my arm-chair.
03:34am 28/01/10 Permalink
Dodgymon
Brisbane, Queensland
1503 posts
lol I have also notcied the increase in zip tied helmuts and was wondering wtf was wrong with the people that wear them.
Personally I find armadillo's would make better helmuts.
03:51am 28/01/10 Permalink
Raven
Melbourne, Victoria
4088 posts
Magpies go for anything they can grab when they get close enough - usually ears. The result if you get done is a ton of blood everywhere. Worst case they even get past your glasses and at your eyes - it does happen.

As said, the cable ties provide something of a buffer zone, as they'll attack the ends of the ties rather than the persons head. Of course, it's not foolproof.
06:19am 28/01/10 Permalink
BillyHardball
Brisbane, Queensland
10020 posts
I have a magpie on my trip home, and I jsut wear a helmet, and it's dangerous as all f*** - the magpie matches the speed of the rider and just sort of hovers near your head pecking at your face. It's f*****g scary as, especially when you're also trying to stay out of idiot traffic.
09:42am 28/01/10 Permalink
mission
Brisbane, Queensland
6217 posts
I'd just attach an auto tracking anti-magpie laser device to the back of my bike.
09:50am 28/01/10 Permalink
demon
Brisbane, Queensland
5119 posts
when i was a kid walking to school i used to get attacked by a pair of plovers & in a different season, a pair of butcher birds. both could give ya a nasty nip if you let them. i used to flail at them with a squash racket until my mum made me a hat with huge false eyes like a frog on top. the birds still swooped at me... but they never actually struck again. :D
09:55am 28/01/10 Permalink
Spook
Brisbane, Queensland
27844 posts
f*****g magpies

i was running last year some time, on my way home, totally exhausted, about to collapse, when all of a sudden

THWACK, it felt like a shoe had been thrown at me, i didn thave a clue what was going on.

i sort of stumble and put my hands up, blood everywhere pissing out of my ear and a smug looking magpie flying into land in a tree nearby

i couldnt get over how hard he hit me :(
10:23am 28/01/10 Permalink
sparrow
Brisbane, Queensland
806 posts
I have never been attacked by a magpie, even when others around me have. I think it's because they can tell I like them, and leave me alone :)
10:26am 28/01/10 Permalink
MatchFixa
Brisbane, Queensland
2039 posts
I just carry around a grenade launcher. Most times i miss with a direct shot but it's the splash damage that gets em.
10:28am 28/01/10 Permalink
CHUB
Brisbane, Queensland
6099 posts
I don't think there's anything funnier though then watching someone get attacked by a magpie.

A combination of ducking, spastic shuffling and flailing limbs around like a tard makes me LOL.
10:37am 28/01/10 Permalink
blahnana
Brisbane, Queensland
423 posts
Magpies are cunning f*****s, they know what bike helmets are after a couple of hits and they start going for the soft underbelly of the helmet (the face). It's very annoying, they're so far down on the evolutionary scale from us, but we've decided a few magpie pecks is fair trade for letting them live.

Who are the smart ones really?

I have to face one in the Spring when I head up the hill on KG road. Can't go fast up that hill, and the magpies love to hit over and over again. I try and use its shadow to duck when its diving, but it doesn't always work. Being distracted constantly isn't really an option.
11:14am 28/01/10 Permalink
blahnana
Brisbane, Queensland
424 posts
Oh, and as for the cable ties, I put 3-4 cable ties on my helmet every season, but I'm not really a believer ever since I saw some guy with like 20 of them being attacked hard by a maggie who couldn't have cared less.

Next season I'm going to try painting eyes on a helmet cover and/or my backpack and see how that goes.
11:17am 28/01/10 Permalink
Pinky
Melbourne, Victoria
4306 posts
I just carry around a grenade launcher. Most times i miss with a direct shot but it's the splash damage that gets em.

I was playing golf one day and a guy playing through in front of us was putting on the green. Right next to the golf course is some model aircraft club and this d*** was flying his a/c way too close to the golfer.

Golfer leaves the green all pissed off.

By that time we'd come around to another hole and we noticed the golfer was back on the same green, chipped in front of a group of four, so we were like, "WTF is going on here?"

Guy swings down his a/c again, golfer pulls shotgun out of the bag and blows the thing out of the sky.

Was funny as hell, but yeah, a little concerning. Greens keeper or someone from the golf club comes over and took the shotty of the dude and escorted him away. We were loving it from our 50m vantage point.
11:26am 28/01/10 Permalink
mission
Brisbane, Queensland
6218 posts
arrrrr what the?

you just made that up right?
11:28am 28/01/10 Permalink
thermite
Brisbane, Queensland
3848 posts
Of course it's made up, how do you fly an airconditioner?
11:32am 28/01/10 Permalink
MatchFixa
Brisbane, Queensland
2042 posts
contrary to carrying a M4A granader and blowing up magpies on splash damage in the middle of the city cause that is highly plausible
11:42am 28/01/10 Permalink
GumbyNoTalent
Brisbane, Queensland
6391 posts
A smart move would to have electrodes sticking out of the helmet, live electrodes... :)
12:03pm 28/01/10 Permalink
trog
AGN Admin
Brisbane, Queensland
29127 posts
I don't understand how the cable ties are attached?
12:05pm 28/01/10 Permalink
mission
Brisbane, Queensland
6219 posts
They are large ties that are tied around the structure of the helmet (most helmets have holes through them everywhere) and it's their long 'tails' that stick up.

I think.
12:08pm 28/01/10 Permalink
CHUB
Brisbane, Queensland
6104 posts
I don't understand how the cable ties are attached?
What's not to understand?

http://www.tuckahoe.com/images/bike-helmet.jpg

Bike helmets have a bunch of holes in them, you simply loop it around and have the end sticking up in the air.

Tada

EDIT: WTF, big enough picture./

LOL, now demon reposted it, fail.

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thermite
Brisbane, Queensland
3851 posts
12:10pm 28/01/10 Permalink
demon
Brisbane, Queensland
5122 posts
12:11pm 28/01/10 Permalink
lewd
Brisbane, Queensland
606 posts
so this is going back a bit.....1988 or 1989 even
courier mail gave out hats with dame edna everages face printed on top.

i've seen a magpie go sick on a postie once.
postie had to just wait it out as he was in heavy steady traffic.

if you're walking, and you know where the nest is, or can see the adults, best thing to do is face them the whole time.
12:25pm 28/01/10 Permalink
trog
AGN Admin
Brisbane, Queensland
29129 posts
oh right. Yeh that's pretty obvious in retrospect.
12:29pm 28/01/10 Permalink
pixem
Sydney, New South Wales
228 posts
this is pretty classic, as I saw this for the first time this morning and thought what is up with that woman and the porcupine helmet and told myself to investigate this when I got to work but forgot. Thanks for reminding me and answering.
03:44pm 28/01/10 Permalink
gamer
281 posts
demon i cant be bothered checking the size on that image you have in your post but dammmmnnn it loads slow for me... like 5minute load time slow wtfisupwiththat.
03:45pm 28/01/10 Permalink
spidz
Brisbane, Queensland
10471 posts
I don't get attacked by magpies, because they know I follow collingwood
08:49pm 28/01/10 Permalink
MatchFixa
Brisbane, Queensland
2051 posts
I don't get attacked either, because they know i have no time to bleed.
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tequila
Brisbane, Queensland
5608 posts
I'm always in my car and they just know better
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