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Old 04-20-09, 06:08 PM   #1
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I'm going to ride today without a helmet. I'm so nervous. I could easily die.

Not.

(brought all my stuff with me today, it's very nice out, but forgot the helmet!).

As an associated question: how many of you would actually forgo a ride for lack of a helmet?

Although some of you may recognize me as one who writes pretty strongly about the *relative* unimportance of bicycle helmets in the area of personal safety, I usually ride with one just because it's a habit. I dont' fool myself into believing it's necessary for reasonable safety though and I have never and will never forgo a ride for lack of a helmet.
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Old 04-20-09, 06:12 PM   #2
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Sheesh, I was expecting a bad accident report or something equally gruesome.

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how many of you would actually forgo a ride for lack of a helmet?
Me. Well not me personally, but my parents.
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Old 04-20-09, 06:46 PM   #3
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I rode without one on Saturday. Explored some smaller streets and went up and down the MUP. Was fun. Riding today, though, I had it back on.
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No condom, no sex. No helmet, no ride.
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I never wore one until Junior came along, but now when I forget it, I feel more vulnerable than ever. It's like I know the planets are going to align to make me fall on my head the one day every six months I ride without it.
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Just stay on the sidewalk







Helmet....no big deal.
No mirror ? I walk
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I think it's a good idea for even the most die-hard helmet Nazi to go for the occasional bare-headed ride. That "vulnerable feeling" might just help you remember not to do foolish things while riding your bicycle.
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No condom, no sex. No helmet, no ride.
I'll bet you're the life of every party.
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The condom-helmet comparison doesn't work.

Why?
Because unless you're fluid-bonded, there's no way to have safe sex without a condom. And there are very few ways to reduce risk even a little. If your partner has an STD, there's no way other than a condom to mitigate your risk of infection. So if there's no condom, you'd better believe you shouldn't be having sex.

When you go without a helmet, though, there are plenty of other ways to mitigate risk. Wear high-vis clothing. Ride lower-traffic roads. use a bike with an upright position that affords better sightlines. Don't attempt to do stunts or ride aggressively in traffic. Get off and walk (!) if you don't feel comfortable.

I wear a helmet most of the time, and think it's a generally good idea, but acting as if helmetless riding is akin to condomless ******** shows a serious lack of understanding of risk management.
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I know someone that had a wreck without a helmet and has been really missed up since. So that being said everytime I go for a ride I wear mine. If I forgot it and was to far from home to return and get it, I would hit a local wally world for one to wear that day, not like there is not one in almost every town in the country.
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... acting as if helmetless riding is akin to condomless ******** shows a serious lack of understanding of risk management.
Almost every helmet thread on BF shows that numerous individuals don't have a ******** clue about risk analysis or risk management as it applies to bicycle helmets.
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I did a century yesterday, sans helmet. I wore a warm cap in the morning, then stashed it in my jersey when it got warm. Today I rode with a helmet. I suppose I should worry more about it, but I can't say I have a big agenda either way.
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IMO you'd have to be brain dead to shop at WalMart, so buying a helmet there seems pointless.
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IMO you'd have to be brain dead to shop at WalMart, so buying a helmet there seems pointless.
This thread is getting "better" with every post!
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IMO you'd have to be brain dead to shop at WalMart, so buying a helmet there seems pointless.
I bought all my helmets at GoodWill.
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IMO you'd have to be brain dead to shop at WalMart, so buying a helmet there seems pointless.
I bought my tire changing kit at WalMart; they had three levers in a patch kit for something like $4.
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I bought all my helmets at GoodWill.
...not like there is not one in almost every town in the country...
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I bought my tire changing kit at WalMart; they had three levers in a patch kit for something like $4.
Costs the same at your LBS and at least some of that money goes to your local economy...
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Costs the same at your LBS and at least some of that money goes to your local economy...
What LBS do you work for?
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What LBS do you work for?
I don't, but I shop there.
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Costs the same at your LBS and at least some of that money goes to your local economy...
LOL. My LBS sold individual bottle cages for $9. At WalMart, they cost $8 and included a free bottle! Enjoy your LBS if it has box store prices. Mine certainly doesn't.
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I don't, but I shop there.
Looks like you are working for them in the promotion department for free.
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Looks like you are working for them in the promotion department for free.
By that reasoning, uke is doing free promotions for Walmart. You could also say he's a full time employee at Target (Forge CTS) and Dealextreme (P7 flashlight), given the number of promotions he's given.
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Just an update to ease your minds. I had a very nice ride and wore a polar fleece beenie instead of a helmet and balaclava (it's pretty cool here still). I never even gave it a thought when I was riding! It did not affect my route, speed, attention to intersections, worry about overtaking cars, etc. Not one thought, not a single bit of anxiety or sense of danger. Amazing.
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I rode to work last fall without a helmet. Too lazy to go back for it
I used to ride without a helmet if I wasn't going to be going fast. Then I fell and got 28 stitches on the back of my head and a night under observation. That means they wake you up every 2 hours and make you tell them your social security number backwards. I've pretty much worn the helmet every ride since.
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