I've never worn a bike helmet
I used to wear a helmet, but have stopped
I've always worn a helmet
I didn't wear a helmet, but now do
I sometimes wear a helmet depending on the conditions
"Think of bicycles as rideable art that can just about save the world". ~Grant Petersen
Cyclists fare best when they recognize that there are times when acting vehicularly is not the best practice, and are flexible enough to do what is necessary as the situation warrants.--Me
I just saw a young lady yesterday, fairly new at cycling roll up to a stop sign, attempted to unclip but failed, fell over and smacked her helmeted head on the pavement hard enough to crack the styrofoam liner. I was the not far behind her so obviously I stopped to help. She was holding the side of her head but she was ok...ok in more ways then one if you get my meaning. Anyway, had she not been wearing a helmet I would have to call 911. She was kind of upset with herself and cycling about not being able to unclip so I talked with her for awhile to encourage her. Ahh, to be unmarried and 30 years younger...
I don't care what Mick says, time is not on my side.
Sound the clarion for mandatory platform pedal laws, that incidentally come equipped with safety reflectors unlike the high zoot pedal systems sold at the finest cycling salons that also hawk high price helmets.
Ok, you freakin' helmet nazis, listen the freak up. I'm sick of your stupid, inane belief that everyone needs to hear your uninformed, illogical and, frankly, stupid beliefs about magic foam.
Today, I'm having a nice ride with my daughter, popping along the MUP, just enjoying each other's company. Fellow passes us, he's wearing a cool jersey, I tell him hey, nice kit, speed up a bit to get a closer look. We chat all friendly-like for a couple of minutes, I'm about to take my leave, and he says:
"Can I give you a piece of advice?"
I shoulda said no. I just shoulda said no. But, I thought he was going to tell me to keep my daughter locked up because she's a looker, which she is, even though I'm her dad. I can't claim any contribution there. But what the freak does he do? "Y'know, you really should wear a helmet, because-"
I stopped him right there. I cited him 24 seconds of chapter and verse on the research, told him my decision is based on logical analysis of the research, and I don't care if he wears a helmet or not, I'll thank him to ride his ride and I'll ride mine. At that point, I drop back to rejoin my daughter, he slows down and starts telling me how a goddamn stupid piece of foam saved his old, shriveled and worthless stinking ass.
Once again, I told him I've already heard it, and I'm not buying his stupid sales pitch. At which point he rides on ahead, and about minute later, I watched him blow by a stop sign on a busy road crossing the MUP. All I could do was laugh. My daughter just shakes her (unhelmeted) head.
You goddamn stupid helmet gits, you bloody well don't get it, do you? You're all blithering idiots. So **** off.
Thanks for listening. That was fun.
I think, as was noted, it may be a bit of a double-edged sword. People who don helmets are, presumably, starting from a position where you can probably assume they have some care about safety. What my fear is, is that they overestimate what a helmet can do, mostly because it is constantly drilled into everyone's head that "helmets save lives". Even in the best of cases, I don't think most people here think they save lives as a common occurrence (especially since most fatal accidents occur with cars and with severe bodily injury as well); most of the debate seems to center around whether it may sometimes, and whether that warrants wearing one. But that isn't the public perception, due to the way they are presented by public groups. This can lead to some serious risk-compensation behavior, I think moreso and more dangerously than people simply overestimating their abilities. People overestimating themselves happens in all activities, and there isn't a whole lot you can do to effectively stop it (an alarming number of people still think they can drive adequately while intoxicated, something we've gone to great pains to fight against). But the helmet risk-compensation factor is an additional variable that we can control, simply by educating the public to their limitations. Accuse me of being anti-helmet if you wish, but that really is my major goal. Past that, I don't much care if someone decides to don one, although I do see it as mostly unnecessary.
Long-winded, but I think I needed to expand on that a bit.
"The bicycle is the noblest invention of mankind. I love the bicycle. I always have. I can think of no sincere, decent human being, male or female, young or old, saint or sinner, who can resist the bicycle."
- William Saroyan
Hey skye, you bring back memories of the guy who chewed me out for not having a bell.
Still, they are a bit more insulated from the world at large than those who think that cycling is an inherently safe activity, with just that infinitesimal margin of helmet usage, than those who choose not to use a helmet. Like newbies who have a penchant for falling over at a stop because they are otherwise engaged.
Do helmets provide or not provide some rudimentary protection within their design parameters for people who might engage the protective abilities as tested?
I know next to nothing. I am frequently wrong.
*lesser probability of higher speed collisions/crashes with its associated greater severity injuries,
*less collisions in traffic caused by the "racing" handlebar/posture encouraging looking down at the ground rather than forward,
*fewer collisions due to road debris and storm grates as a result of more forgiving wider tires,
*fewer collisions caused by reckless cyclists encouraged by their choice of equipment and its intended purpose to ride on bike paths and among pedestrians as if they are a dang race.
Yes use of racing equipment should be outlawed on public roads and MUPS and bikepaths, or at the very least discouraged with cycling club mandates and derisive talk of idiocy and Darwinism just like the helmet mongering acolytes proselytize; - If "safety at all costs," no matter how foolishly defined, is the be-all and end-all answer for all cycling issues.
Ok brother ringing my bell, "On your left"....
if you were to simply stumble walking down the street would you use your face to stop yourself?
oh and skate boarding isn't bike riding, that's what we call apples and oranges.
yep, I can see why some of you need helmets, what with those stubby little arms flailing about.
Last edited by Rx Rider; 06-24-12 at 11:23 PM.
1980ish Free Spirit Sunbird fixed * 1996 Mongoose IBOC Zero-G * 1997 KHS Comp * 1990-ish Scapin * Lemond Buenos Aires Triple
and you thought you were just being metaphorical...........
There have been many days when I haven't felt like riding, but there has never been a day when I was sorry I rode.