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    My Duty to Ride dwightonabike's Avatar
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    Wigs are safer than Helmets

    According to this slate.com article:

    http://www.slate.com/id/2149334/

    Chicks on BikesWhy wigs are more protective than helmets.
    By William Saletan
    Updated Friday, Sept. 15, 2006, at 9:18 AM ET

    (For the latest Human Nature columns on obesity, genital mutilation, and living death, click here.)

    Bicycle helmets may backfire by encouraging cars to drive closer to the cyclist. Theory: Wearing a helmet makes you look like you know what you're doing, so drivers assume you can operate in tighter space. Evidence: A traffic psychologist rode a sensor-equipped bike around Britain, and when he wore a helmet, cars passed more than three inches closer, on average, than when he didn't. He was also hit by two vehicles while wearing the helmet. Bonus finding: When he dressed as a woman, drivers gave him more than five inches of extra space. Psychologist's interpretation: Helmets protect you in a low-speed tumble but may backfire in serious car traffic. Accident-prevention group's rebuttal: Wear your helmet, and we'll educate drivers to give you more space. (For Human Nature's update on the dangerous distraction of car navigation systems, click here.)

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    This topic was discussed recently I believe. Im still under the impression that the drivers realized it was a guy, and just thought he was crazy and to be avoided.

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    100th thread on the topic. Thanks for letting us know.....for the 100th time...

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    Hey, if a search doesn't bring it up, what are you going to do? I don't spend all day monitoring the forums. No apologies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dwightonabike
    Hey, if a search doesn't bring it up, what are you going to do?
    3 of the 7 top hits for a search 'helmet' (at the time I just did the search) turned it up. But I understand a wariness to do a search for the word 'helmet'

    http://www.bikeforums.net/search.php?searchid=2807562

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    Quote Originally Posted by dwightonabike
    Hey, if a search doesn't bring it up, what are you going to do? I don't spend all day monitoring the forums. No apologies.
    No, apologize now! Now! Like yesterday, or maybe the day before yesterday. At 2:23am. Get to it!

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    This is old info.
    I have been wearing a wig and a dress when I ride my road bike for the past 45 years.
    I am telling you very very few people get near me.
    And people throw me free stuff,just yesterday I got a whole six pack of free beer tossed to me.

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    Remember, the fraction of cycling injuries caused by collisions with cars is small. A wig won't help you if you hit a pothole the wrong way or slip on patch of sand.

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