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 There present invention is a Continuation in Part of U.S. Ser. No. 09/471,355, filed on Dec. 23, 1999, and herein abandoned.
 1. Field of the Invention
 The present invention relates generally thermal protection for headgear and decorative helmet covers, and, more particularly, to a thermal and decorative cover for a bicycle helmet.
 2. Description of the Related Art
 As any responsible bicycle rider will attest, the use of protective head gear is essential in preventing serious injury or even death should an accident occur. As head injuries are the most serious injuries associated with bicycle riding, use of helmets has been proven to drastically improve ones chances for survival should an accident occur. However, convincing people, especially children, to wear them is often a futile experience. Children often complain that the look of the helmet does not fit in with the image they are trying to present. Additionally, when wore during cold weather, they do not do a good job of keeping one's head warm due to the many air channels present. A stocking cap underneath does not fit and may impact the safety performance of the helmet system.
 A search of the prior art did not disclose any patents that read directly on the claims of the instant invention; however, the following references were considered related.
 U.S. Pat. No. 5,887,289 issued in the name of Theoret discloses a safety cap with a removable fabric cover for aesthetic value and thermal insulation.
 U.S. Pat. No. 5,603,728 issued in the name of Pachys describes a scalp cooling/heating apparatus.
 U.S. Pat. No. 5,557,807 issued in the name of Hujar et al. discloses an article of headwear including cooling or warming means for the head of the wearer.
 U.S. Pat. No. 5,525,290 issued in the name of Carpenter describes a method of manufacturing a decorated helmet.
 U.S. Pat. No. 5,395,400 issued in the name of Stafford et al. discloses headgear for receiving exothermic heat packets.
 U.S. Pat. No. 4,995,117 issued in the name of Mirage describes a bicycle helmet with adjustable ventilation systems and attaching ear cups.
 U.S. Pat. No. 4,133,055 issued in the name of Zebuhr discloses a protective helmet with a thermal liner.
 And, U.S. Pat. No. D 348,750 issued in the name of Egger describes the ornamental design of a covered cycling helmet.
 Accordingly, there is a need for a means by which a bicycle helmet can be visually modified to aid in encouraging children to wear them along with providing a means to keep one's head warm while wearing a bicycle helmet during cold weather.
 It is therefore an object of the present invention to provide an improved slip-on, elastic, fabric cover for bicycle helmets and the like that is designed to be both thermally insulative as well as decorative.
 Briefly described according to one embodiment of the present invention, slip-on, insulating and decorative cover for bicycle safety helmets is a device by which bicycle helmets are provided with an overall covering complete with integral ear flaps. The invention is intended to make a fashion statement along with the additional benefit of increased warmth while it is worn during the winter season. The ear flaps can be folded down to protect the ears and keep them warm in cold weather. The ear flaps have slots in them, thru which the helmet straps are routed. This feature helps keep the invention secured to the helmet. The decorative cover is readily attached and easily removed from the bike helmet to allow for removal during warm weather or for washing of the invention.
 The use of the present invention allows one cover up a conventional bicycle helmet to make a fashion statement and also allows one to keep their head warm while using a bicycle helmet in cold weather.
 It is another object of the present invention to provide a device that conforms to the contour of a bicycle helmet and the like.
 It is another object of the present invention to provide a device that is self-securing.
 It is another object of the present invention to provide a device that can be easily slid on and off the bicycle helmet.
 It is another object of the present invention to provide a device that is washable.
 It is another object of the present invention to provide a device that comes in a variety of colors and patterns, to suit wearers' taste and facilitate individuality.
 The advantages and features of the present invention will become better understood with reference to the following more detailed description and claims taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, in which like elements are identified with like symbols, and in which:
 The best mode for carrying out the invention is presented in terms of its preferred embodiment, herein depicted within the
 1. Detailed Description of the Figures
 Referring now to the figures, a slip-on, elastic, fabric cover
 A main body retention means
 Finally, as best shown in conjunction with
 2. Operation of the Preferred Embodiment
 To use the present invention, one merely affixes the fabric cover
 As designed, a device embodying the teachings of the present invention is easily applied. The foregoing description is included to illustrate the operation of the preferred embodiment and is not meant to limit the scope of the invention. As one can envision, an individual skilled in the relevant art, in conjunction with the present teachings, would be capable of incorporating many minor modifications that are anticipated within this disclosure. Therefore, the scope of the invention is to be broadly limited only by the following claims.