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  • I've always worn a helmet

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  • I didn't wear a helmet, but now do

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    I've watched this thread for a while and it's pretty clear that you're better off if you don't hit your head on things.
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    Quote Originally Posted by prathmann View Post
    Of course the statistics only represent those who seek professional medical care after a crash. Those under 19 are more likely to still live with parents who want to have a doctor check out their injured child and those over 25 are likely to have a spouse with similar concerns. The 20-24 group is more likely to be living alone (or with less concerned roommates) and may be less likely to seek treatment for minor injuries that they expect to heal on their own.

    Another consideration is that the figure is dealing with very low numbers (2 injury cases for 20-24 year olds vs. 10 cases for 25-29) so random fluctuations can be significant.
    So that's adding in hypothesis c,d, and e. All of which I agree with are plausible hypothesis.

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    Six

    I do admit that a helmet will not prevent an ankle sprain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
    Six

    I do admit that a helmet will not prevent an ankle sprain.
    If you step on it, it can cause an ankle sprain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
    Six

    I do admit that a helmet will not prevent an ankle sprain.
    Jesus Christ on a popsicle stick. Where the @#$! did that come from?

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    No point to bring religion into this
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    Quote Originally Posted by Six jours View Post
    Jesus Christ on a popsicle stick. Where the @#$! did that come from?
    ...you kiss your mother with that mouth ?
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    Mine's dead.

    Yours was pretty lively, though.

    And thanks for asking!

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    Quote Originally Posted by elcruxio View Post
    I imagine this is the case with most European cyclists and the reason most normal day to day cyclists don't wear helmets. Cycling is only as dangerous as you make it.
    Very much so the case. It's been shown in various ways in Denmark and Netherlands that cycling 'en masse' is far safer than individually, regardless of wearing a helmet or not. Motor vehicle drivers tend to be more aware of the 'school of fish' presence. Living in Denmark for the past 7 years, I've noticed that the majority of hospital-needed cycling injuries in Copenhagen are due to drivers hitting cyclists because the drivers are not paying attention at cycle crossings, driveways, etc. - ie, not using their mirrors effectively, or not even bothering to turn their heads and look. And the injured contain a fair mix of helmeted and non-helmeted cyclists. Wearing a helmet or not is *not* going to prevent that sort of accident. Sorry, but my money is on the multi-ton vehicle versus the styrofoam/plastic helmet.

    Correction: my money is on the cyclist who is aware of their surroundings and does not put themselves into that situation in the first place. And you need brains for that, not rely on the helmet to do your thinking for you.

    I don't wear a helmet because I ride a velomobile - effectively a suit of armor compared to bicycle helmets. Does not mean it should be mandatory, when it is clearly a safer, faster, and more comfortable means of cycling transportation? Of course not.

    Personally, the important issue is governmental enforcement of helmet use. I do not agree that it is their job to do that. Helmet use, as stated here ad-nauseum by both 'sides', really comes down to a personal preference. Some think it helps, some think it does not. There is a fair amount of anecdotes and information available on either side to support helmet use or not. There is ample common sense to support helmet use or not. Let the people decide what is best for them, not the government.

    Otherwise this entire thread is little more than soap-box grandstanding that tastes more like politics than actual debate.
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    Wake me up when America becomes a "school of fish" cycling mecca.

    How stupid is this: "Correction: my money is on the cyclist who is aware of their surroundings and does not put themselves into that situation in the first place. And you need brains for that, not rely on the helmet to do your thinking for you." Of course a person needs to ride defensively, but the way it's worded I would take it to mean you never wear a seatbelt in your car and disarm your air bags because your the best defensive driver in the world and thus invincible! Good luck with that. Just because you're a good rider, which I don't doubt you are, doesn't mean not to wear a helmet just as it doesn't mean you drive without seatbelts and airbags on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rekmeyata View Post
    Wake me up when America becomes a "school of fish" cycling mecca.

    How stupid is this: "Correction: my money is on the cyclist who is aware of their surroundings and does not put themselves into that situation in the first place. And you need brains for that, not rely on the helmet to do your thinking for you." Of course a person needs to ride defensively, but the way it's worded I would take it to mean you never wear a seatbelt in your car and disarm your air bags because your the best defensive driver in the world and thus invincible! Good luck with that. Just because you're a good rider, which I don't doubt you are, doesn't mean not to wear a helmet just as it doesn't mean you drive without seatbelts and airbags on.
    Defensive riding is potentially much easier than defensive driving depending on the infrastructure. Also slower speeds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rekmeyata View Post
    Wake me up when America becomes a "school of fish" cycling mecca.

    How stupid is this: "Correction: my money is on the cyclist who is aware of their surroundings and does not put themselves into that situation in the first place. And you need brains for that, not rely on the helmet to do your thinking for you." Of course a person needs to ride defensively, but the way it's worded I would take it to mean you never wear a seatbelt in your car and disarm your air bags because your the best defensive driver in the world and thus invincible! Good luck with that. Just because you're a good rider, which I don't doubt you are, doesn't mean not to wear a helmet just as it doesn't mean you drive without seatbelts and airbags on.
    Good drivers drive without airbags all the time. Airbags must be removed for many race series. They usually need seat belt upgrades (harness) also. They usually don't wear a helmet for their commute, however.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rekmeyata View Post
    Of course a person needs to ride defensively, but the way it's worded I would take it to mean you never wear a seatbelt in your car and disarm your air bags because your the best defensive driver in the world and thus invincible! Good luck with that. Just because you're a good rider, which I don't doubt you are, doesn't mean not to wear a helmet just as it doesn't mean you drive without seatbelts and airbags on.[/COLOR]
    Good drivers drive without airbags all the time. Airbags must be removed for many race series. They usually need seat belt upgrades (harness) also. They usually don't wear a helmet for their commute, however.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
    Good drivers drive without airbags all the time. Airbags must be removed for many race series. They usually need seat belt upgrades (harness) also. They usually don't wear a helmet for their commute, however.
    ???
    Suggesting that normal drivers should remove safety equipment so strange.
    Saying that "good drivers" don't need airbags when they are using 5-point harnesses (and helmets! ) is silly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elcruxio View Post
    Defensive riding is potentially much easier than defensive driving depending on the infrastructure. Also slower speeds.
    ???

    You seem to think that people are talking about helmets in place of defensive riding.

    No one has ever said that.

    Many Europeans ride at a slow pace. That mighbe safer. Are you suggesting that people in the US be required to ride slow?

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    You know what's silly? Helmet use for ALL cycling styles and conditions.

    Normal drivers vs auto racers

    and

    Normal cyclists vs bicycle racers

    are interesting comparisons to me.

    Also full face helmet usage is interesting to me.

    All interesting PPE stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by njkayaker View Post
    ???

    You seem to think that people are talking about helmets in place of defensive riding.

    No one has ever said that.

    Many Europeans ride at a slow pace. That mighbe safer. Are you suggesting that people in the US be required to ride slow?
    I think the lower speeds mentioned in the post you quote is in the auto DD vs bicycle DD comparison.

    Some MUPS here have speed limits primarily aimed at cyclists.
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    But still it remains no matter how great your bike handling skills and how defensively you ride, schidt happens and down you go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
    I think the lower speeds mentioned in the post you quote is in the auto DD vs bicycle DD comparison.

    Some MUPS here have speed limits primarily aimed at cyclists.
    DD? Dunkin Donuts?

    He could have been talking about car speeds. Where the car speeds are slower are often congested urban areas.

    In southern Germany, major roads (not highways were cyclists can't ride) are narrow with wide trucks driving at high speeds (though, often, there's a sidepath).

    And a lot of Europeans ride slow. I suspect that many people here often ride faster and much farther than the majority of "safer" Europeans (that is, people here often think that groups of cyclists and environments that are different are exactly the same).

    The only way US riders can be as "safe" as Europeans is by moving to Europe and riding like Europeans (unless they are living in a US city that is like a cyclng-friendly European one. Then, they would only need to ride slow.)

    (I'm not arguing for MHLs. No one here is. )
    Last edited by njkayaker; 01-06-14 at 07:54 AM.

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    DD = defensive driving

    I think the other poster is saying speeds of defensive cycling make it potentially easier than defensive driving.

    Some in this thread are fast. My average commute speed over a year was 12mph. Yes, you're right. Generalization is bad. Defining groups is bad. Everyone should choose their own PPE levels unless engaging in a race or other organized ride that may require certain equipment.
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    As I understand it, by far the largest portion of bicyclist fatalities involve cars. I personally think it's idiotic to believe that a few ounces of foam protect you when struck by a car, but whatever. A better point of debate, IMO, is why fewer European cyclists appear to be getting struck by cars compared with American cyclists. If we can figure that out we might actually get someplace - but I suspect the "answer" will be the usual foolishness about how American drivers are evil greedy Republicans who hate the environment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elcruxio View Post
    Defensive riding is potentially much easier than defensive driving depending on the infrastructure. Also slower speeds.
    Wrong, try again; that's just a lame excuse to justify your agenda against the use of helmets. Again I don't care if you don't use a helmet just as I don't care if you use seat belts or turn off the airbags, just don't come up with lame excuses not to wear them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
    Good drivers drive without airbags all the time. Airbags must be removed for many race series. They usually need seat belt upgrades (harness) also. They usually don't wear a helmet for their commute, however.
    correct, but we're not talking about racing, we're talking about everyday riding, and I was making a comparison to cars safety with using seatbelts and air bags vs bikes with helmet use...safety items found on each mode of transportation that can be used.

    In most cases it's safer to race a car on the track then it is to drive on the street.

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    Most bikes don't come with helmets. In the USA most don't come with lights or audible warning devices either, yet automobiles do.

    And yes, racing automobiles or road bikes on closed courses is safer than the alternative. Auto Racing on open roads is quite rare. Road bike racing on open roads happens several times a year and races on partially closed roads happening ALL the time.

    I think SOME of my everyday riding warrants helmet use, definitely not ALL.

    I would think those that rationalize everyday helmet use with "anything could happen" have too little in the way of personal protection. If anything could happen I'd really want a full face helmet and some kinda knee/elbow protection.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Six jours View Post
    Mine's dead.

    Yours was pretty lively, though.

    And thanks for asking!
    ...did she make you wear a helment ? She was always nagging me about it.
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