That was hilarious! But I can't see myself wearing a big hair wig over my helmet...lol. But maybe a helmet cover that takes away the shine might work.
I think Simon was the first to sport this look at the Mad Hatters Ride :)
The best way is to avoid them! Fill out the 2011 swoop map on this site and share!
Had my first swooping this morning, will put it on the map ASAP :)
Yeh I saw that Adelaide Cyclists and the swoop map got a mention in the paper the other day. I was planning on suggesting you put a more prominent link on the home page for anyone who read the paper and went looking for it, but it's probably a bit late now.
In the UK, if you went near a fulmar's nest, it did the same.
It would dive-bomb you from 8 m up, then at the last second, release a big dollop of birdsh*t and pull out of the dive . The s*it kept travelling, though, (momentum! Inertia!) fast, in a straight line. Straight into the middle of your chest, embedding itself in your woollen sweater.
Fulmars nested on cliffs and small islands, so the number of cyclists affected, was small.
Yell at them! http://vimeo.com/28004846
I use cable ties. Looks as dorky as hell, but seems to work. They don't like swooping into them and so just stay over head and swear at you. That said, some of them work out how to come in low under neath the ties. But it's not that common.