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#1 2012-12-08 6:06pm

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did Haro mouthguards really work?

I see many riders in the mid 80's to early 90's wear full cut open face helmets, and then slip one of those plastic Haro mouthguards over the front. I know Ron Wilkerson did this, and he rode pretty hard. my question is, the mouthguards looked pretty flimsy. did they really work and save your mouth upon impact to concrete, or were they mostly just a show piece/fashion statement?


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#2 2012-12-08 6:23pm

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Re: did Haro mouthguards really work?

I raced in the early 80's and a mouthguard and goggles was required for racing, for freestyle in the 80's not sure if required by AFA. But, they weren't the cure all for face plants...but they minimized damaged to your teeth from getting whacked with a bar end or a pedal or for that matter your knees...etc.

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#3 2012-12-08 8:10pm

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Re: did Haro mouthguards really work?

I raced with these BITD, never thought it was doing anything but keeping dust and grit out on my teeth...big_smile


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#4 2012-12-08 8:14pm

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Re: did Haro mouthguards really work?

i liked my jofa better


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#5 2012-12-08 8:29pm

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Re: did Haro mouthguards really work?

I wore one bitd when I raced NBL with my open face JT ALS-1, because it looked better than the Jofa.

It didn't bother me 'cause I would turn my head and slide the helmet down the dirt.

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#6 2012-12-09 12:16am

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Re: did Haro mouthguards really work?

I used one for many years. Id say it saved my chin numerous times. Just doesn't keep the dirt out of your teeth lol


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#7 2012-12-09 12:57am

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Re: did Haro mouthguards really work?

lol

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#8 2012-12-09 5:58am

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Re: did Haro mouthguards really work?

Air to face, a mouth guard won't help. It keeps kicked up rocks out of your teeth and would protect your mouth after a small wipe out and a stray handle bar end but not a large face plant type of impact. I never could deal with a full face so I used a JT mouth guard and never lost a tooth or had my lip busted open. I usually just smacked my nuts into the top tube. lol

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#9 2012-12-09 7:41am

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Re: did Haro mouthguards really work?

Worked better than the face masks that clipped on Oakley goggles.


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#10 2012-12-09 7:53am

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Re: did Haro mouthguards really work?

Outrunm wrote:

Worked better than the face masks that clipped on Oakley goggles.

I had both mouth guards and clip on shields.
My breating was better with a mouth guard & Jofa fit me better than a JT. Haro fir nicely if you had a beak on your Oakley goggles.

Thank goodness I never hit my chin when I crashed (at least I don't remember hitting my chin)...
I do remember a tire mark on my helmet after one group crash.

My think is, Full ace helmets don't fit my wierd head very well. The last one I tried on, that was actually big enough to encase my huge brain, protected my nose nicely...

I race autocross when not on the bike. I could use a new helmet for that - an open face...

WAY better protection than a ProTec that I have now...

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#11 2012-12-09 9:00pm

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Re: did Haro mouthguards really work?

A childhood friend on mine had a bad crash when he was trying to bunnyhop over my bike. He hung up and fell face 1st to the ground. If he didnt have the mouthguard, he might have lost his teeth. He ended up w/ a soar jaw.

Back in the 80`s Ron Wilkerson had a BAD crash at an event in Kansas( i think). I remember reading about it in freestylin or BMX Plus as a kid. After he recovered, He wore full face ever since. Just about everyone who rode ramps went full face after that.


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#12 2012-12-10 7:37am

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Re: did Haro mouthguards really work?

Just some current helmet rule trivia:

USABMX requires that you wear A helmet.
It doesn't need a safety endorsement.
It can be a $5 30 year old garage sale helmet.
They RECOMMEND a full face.
I emailed USABMX & suggested they clarify their rules, and was basically told "we'll take it under advisement..."

UCI requires a full-face helmet, and goes so far as to give the dimensions of the visor they require.
I don't remember them requiring any safety standard either.

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#13 2012-12-10 8:52am

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Re: did Haro mouthguards really work?

If i remember correctly, in 1987 the NBL rule was if you didn't have a full face helmet, you must wear a snap on mouth guard/protector. (I don't ever remember goggles being a rule)
I ran a JT and Haro mouth guard for about 4 seasons, i used to bite on the strap while nervously waiting for my next motto big_smilelol

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#14 2012-12-10 8:52am

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Re: did Haro mouthguards really work?

A friend of mine Jason Bruton,he raced for Diamondback for a little bit ,had his face shredded by one in a crash . I thought I heard they were outlawed after a few people had their faces torn up .I could be wrong ,wouldnt be the first time .


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#15 2012-12-10 10:49am

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Re: did Haro mouthguards really work?

retired_rider_89 wrote:

If i remember correctly, in 1987 the NBL rule was if you didn't have a full face helmet, you must wear a snap on mouth guard/protector. (I don't ever remember goggles being a rule)
I ran a JT and Haro mouth guard for about 4 seasons, i used to bite on the strap while nervously waiting for my next motto big_smilelol

That was correct. NBL required a mouth guard, and ABA didn't.

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#16 2012-12-10 2:59pm

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Re: did Haro mouthguards really work?

TonyC wrote:

retired_rider_89 wrote:

If i remember correctly, in 1987 the NBL rule was if you didn't have a full face helmet, you must wear a snap on mouth guard/protector. (I don't ever remember goggles being a rule)
I ran a JT and Haro mouth guard for about 4 seasons, i used to bite on the strap while nervously waiting for my next motto big_smilelol

That was correct. NBL required a mouth guard, and ABA didn't.

Yep I raced NBL and I remeber the mouth guard was required! retired_rider_89 I think you are correct, the goggles must have been optional.

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