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Check out some off-beat fixie accessories from Berlin

Wow! These are… interesting. They’re “fixed gear helmet masks” from Smirk Masks of Berlin – each one a unique creation.

Smirk Masks is the brainchild of Mirco Erbe, known to the world as Smirk. He started out as a graphic artist and became art director at a big German TV station before jacking it in and starting to make masks. He began the business a year and a half ago, taking early inspiration from hockey masks.

“We do masks for every performer, or whatever else you need it for,” says Smirk. “We also do custom masks. You can use all our masks to ride your fixie if you like, although that was just an idea we had to give the people the chance to look as cool as their bikes.”

The Smirk Masks creations aren’t safety helmets. Smirk has looked into that and the cost would be prohibitively expensive – and the masks aren’t cheap to start with. The “Run Bunn’ Run” rabbit head mask, for instance, costs £633.

The masks are mostly glass-fibre, sometimes with the addition of leather and other materials, and Smirk says they’re aimed at, “Everyone who wants to hide himself. Everyone who needs to be another character. Everyone who wants to attract attention. Everyone who wants to be a hero. Everyone who wants to be a monster.”

As well as fixie riders, that might include bands, DJs and artists, for example. Each mask is one of a kind, created from scratch; Smirk guarantees that he’ll never reproduce any design for anyone else in the future.

”The reaction has been positive,” says Smirk. “Everybody likes the masks/helmets, more or less. It's funny, each individual has their own favourite mask, but not everyone can afford one because it’s all handmade and we try to achieve the best quality. That means our masks are quite expensive… but worth every penny.”

For more information go to the Smirk Masks website or visit the Facebook page.

Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over the past 20 years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for seven years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.

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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 4 years ago
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I do like that orange one, but what would be the reaction if i turned up to a TT in it?  4

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Raleigh [1665 posts] 4 years ago
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Looks good for redirecting Laminar flow  4

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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 4 years ago
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Just a thought, but if you wanted to give him some free advertising you could try and get a road.cc team in this

http://road.cc/content/news/57148-bicester-millennium-and-silverstone-gp...

And ask to borrow some mask's  3

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yenrod [106 posts] 4 years ago
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I don't need to look any more of a jerk when I go out...the neighbours are used to it...  3

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pedalpowerDC [334 posts] 4 years ago
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Looks like a fabulous way to make "fixie" riding even stupider and more unsafe! This looks like the next fastest way to get a hipster to ask his mother for her credit card number.

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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 4 years ago
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I noticed this one on the facebook

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=230812420338410&set=a.1031902397...

Press right for another couple of shots of it. I could see Pendelton pulling something like that off well at the Olympics, would need some slight adjustments for the UCI, but still

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JohnS [198 posts] 4 years ago
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They all look very, very sweaty.

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OldRidgeback [2620 posts] 4 years ago
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Wearing one piece motorcycle leathers and one of those masks will certainly get you noticed, but it won't be particularly comfortable or practical. I suppose that if you're a fixie rider, the money you save on having gears can be set aside to buy the mask.

It takes all sorts I suppose.

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veseunr [257 posts] 4 years ago
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Just imagine yourself proudly sporting this on it's maiden voyage and a hairy-arsed truckie shouting

"Wipe that smirk off, gimp"  4

Not for me  31

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fatbeggaronabike [815 posts] 4 years ago
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Are these "masks" being shown on the right forum site? I admit I have seen similar in a certain area of Hamburg.

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stealth [254 posts] 4 years ago
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In the future, car drivers will not see you scream either...

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Glossies [29 posts] 4 years ago
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Only one thing missing..... Dimpled surface!
I must admit though, they do look laterally stiff whilst being vertically compliant.

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robert_obrien [118 posts] 4 years ago
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One for the helmet safety discussionistas. All the disadvantages of helmet without any protection. It's basically a plastic burka. Is it legal in France?

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Pierre [95 posts] 4 years ago
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This lends more weight to the equation bicycles + 'art' = dumb.

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PhilRuss [388 posts] 4 years ago
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[[[[[[ "Worth every penny", eh? Hmmm, but strangely not worth every pound, perchance.
P.R.

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CapriciousZephyr [85 posts] 4 years ago
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I'm sure people trained in things like graphic art and design can make valuable contributions to consumer product design, but why on earth are they paid any attention, let alone given praise, for coming out with dangerous nonsense?

"Oh, could I please have a non-protective helmet with a sharp corner next to each eye and right under my nose? £600? Gladly, sounds like a bargain."

I'm really bored of seeing "concepts" that are "designed" to look "cool" with no regard for practicality, or sometimes even basic physics. A total waste (of time, energy, resources, anything else involved). Stuff from the world of comic books should stay on paper, in my opinion.