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  • I've never worn a bike helmet

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  • I used to wear a helmet, but have stopped

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  • I've always worn a helmet

    648 38.80%
  • I didn't wear a helmet, but now do

    408 24.43%
  • I sometimes wear a helmet depending on the conditions

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    Quote Originally Posted by Six jours View Post
    I have discovered a good solution for these folks. I slam on the brakes, make a U-turn, chase the offender down, and deliver a wild-eyed, spittle-flecked, screaming tirade about helmets, bike safety, and parentage. I have reason to believe that this has cured the helmet-yelling tendencies of several local cyclists.
    No one has ever dared to say this to me. I may be on some kind of list. Or might just be the kettlebell workouts.

    (Also I read "I slam on the U-turn brakes" for a second and was going to ask you what sort of retro mtb you were riding - they're my personal choice for safest bike.)

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    Screaming tirade-----------gee what a nice guy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
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    Screaming tirade-----------gee what a nice guy.
    And Mr I Fail At Maths also fails at Irony 101 and Remedial Sense Of Humour...

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    Quote Originally Posted by meanwhile View Post
    Ok: previously you claimed that driver training has no effect on accident rate, so you clearly accepted that what works for cars works for bikes. We now that driver training plausibly has a very large effect on accidents. So your rants are becoming stranger and stranger.

    - Would you really be happy if the US let untrained drivers on the road?

    - Would you fly on an airliner with untrained pilots?

    - Admitting that in London at least half of fatals are from HGVs, do you really think that simply knowing this doesn't increase safety? Are you saying that you are so stupid that you wouldn't use this information and stay away from them, especially if you were given tactics to do so and practiced them? And if you are that smart, why aren't other people?

    That we have an absence of statistics for courses - and that current courses may be poorly designed - is irrelevant to whether or not a course plausibly could cut deaths. Simply staying away from HGVs will do so in London - and probably other cities.
    All your dancing around the issue does not alter the fact that you cannot support your own quantitative claim about the risk reduction effectiveness of existing cycling courses.

    Your Bottom Line answer to the question of the validity of YOUR claim that cycling courses reduce the odds of serious accidents 2-4 times then is: you made it up, and at best, maybe a cycling course might plausibly alter cycling behavior of some unknown % of the students and do some good.

    Just like helmets, eh? Maybe, might do some good, but irrelevant that they are so poorly designed that credible positive evidence is non existent.

    Edit: Just to clarify, I made no claim that "driver training has no effect on accident rate". I pointed out that incorrect behavior occurs despite near 100% training that gives instructions that such incorrect behavior is unsafe or illegal or both. Thus I did NOT "clearly accept that what works for cars works for bikes."

    The point is that even if a cycling course gives out correct behavior instruction there is no certitude (as you seem to have) that the students, in the absence of any other changes in cycling environment, will either significantly alter their current behavior or have less accidents.
    Last edited by I-Like-To-Bike; 08-17-14 at 10:50 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CarinusMalmari View Post
    In Soviet Holland, where cycling training is, among other things, part of the elementary school curriculum, a lot of the behavioral problems you mentioned are barely or not at all present.

    -HGV vehicles have mandatory extra mirrors that eliminate most of the blindspots, still a Dutch 8 yo can tell you to take extra care around big vehicles.
    -Dutch Cyclist have a keen understanding where to ride their bicycles, and generally behave like that. "Cycling on highways" for example is an non-existent concept in Dutch culture.
    -Cycling drunk, well it's complicated, but most people understand it's not a good idea.
    -I was baffled to learn that salmoning was actually a thing in other countries. Everyone understands that it's not a good idea to ride on the wrong side of the road.
    -Lights; you mean there are people who don't understand the merits of lights?
    -Riding on pavements: It happens, but everyone knows they're not supposed to do it.

    So yeah, I think training does make a difference.


    There is a reason why the American driver's licence has limited legal value in NL. Mainly because American standards of training drivers are a joke compared to the Dutch equivalent.
    Claims that Dutch cyclist training at a very early age associated with a wide range of other measures taken to promote safe cycling in Holland produce positive results is a different kettle of fish then a false claim that existing cycling courses in the U.S. or Britain can reduce the odds of serious accidents for the students by 2 to 4 times.

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    I think it is a huge joke that some wont take even a slight step to protect themselves. On the other hand it is not a joke that they try to convince others they shouldnt.
    Last edited by no1mad; 08-17-14 at 02:22 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
    I think it is a huge joke that some wont take even a slight step to protect themselves.
    What brand is your bulletproof vest? People get shot every day. Lots of 'em. If only they had taken a slight step to protect themselves, as I'm sure you have, they'd be just fine. And toilet locks! Did you make sure to put locks on all your toilets when your children were young so they couldn't fall in and drown? It happens. And toilet locks are a real thing. Snake juice. Chainmail suit for dogs/wolves/sharks (shame it's ineffective against bullets or we could kill two birds with one stone here).

    Jesus hell man, there are so many dangers! If we just take a slight step to protect ourselves against each of them, we'll finally be ... say it with me now ... absolutely safe.

    No thanks.

    [Edit: Holy cow. Two posts in this thread and my sarcasm meter is off the charts. Gonna go ahead and eject. Leave it to the professionals.]
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    Where's the "i'm too young and attractive for helmets" option? Okay, really. I feel like I shouldn't even get involved with this thread, but I don't wear a helmet and never have.

    Part of what I like about cycling is being able to hop on a bike and go, a helmet and some saftey checklist are just more things that get in the way of me riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grey. View Post
    Where's the "i'm too young and attractive for helmets" option? Okay, really. I feel like I shouldn't even get involved with this thread, but I don't wear a helmet and never have.

    Part of what I like about cycling is being able to hop on a bike and go, a helmet and some saftey checklist are just more things that get in the way of me riding.
    This thread really needs Dante's warning,

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    You may not want a helmet when riding, but I hope you've donned your chain mail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FBinNY View Post
    This thread really needs Dante's warning, You may not want a helmet when riding, but I hope you've donned your chain mail.
    I think i'll be alright. What other people do is of no consequence to me, if a helmet makes them feel safer wear one! I'm not here to tell people what I think they should do, but i'm happy to share my viewpoint.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FBinNY View Post
    This thread really needs Dante's warning,

    AbandonAllHope.jpg
    Hilarious. And so very true.

    Side note: Somebody made a movie based on Dante's Inferno, but they did it entirely with paper dolls (no kidding). It's actually a really good attempt and stays very true to the original text. Check it out if you're at all into Dante; it was on Netflix last time I checked.

    Quote Originally Posted by Grey. View Post
    I think i'll be alright. What other people do is of no consequence to me, if a helmet makes them feel safer wear one! I'm not here to tell people what I think they should do, but i'm happy to share my viewpoint.
    This is exactly where I am. Reminds me of the old bumper sticker about the difference between tattooed and non-tattooed people: people that have tattoos don't care if you don't. The only reason I entered this fracas was to hear from the guys who shout "HELMET!" what they hope to achieve. No response thus far.
    Last edited by J.Oxley; 08-17-14 at 12:51 PM. Reason: Multi-quote responses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by baron von trail View Post
    I wear a helmet every time I ride. Shoot me.
    Dipping your toe in Helmet Thread? Go away, lightweight.
    I know next to nothing. I am frequently wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by I-Like-To-Bike View Post
    What I wrote clearly was that Meanwhile left the firm ground that he stood on when discussing helmet effectiveness, to fabricate a fantastic track record for serious accident reduction for some unspecified (or all) cycling safety courses. The issue isn't the benefit of knowledge and experience but the lack of evidence thatany existing cycling safety course or program of instruction imparts sufficient knowledge or experience to make any measurable difference in the safety record of its students.
    More experience riding a bike in different situations and weather = safer rider.
    I know next to nothing. I am frequently wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J.Oxley View Post
    Hilarious. And so very true.

    Side note: Somebody made a movie based on Dante's Inferno, but they did it entirely with paper dolls (no kidding). It's actually a really good attempt and stays very true to the original text. Check it out if you're at all into Dante; it was on Netflix last time I checked.



    This is exactly where I am. Reminds me of the old bumper sticker about the difference between tattooed and non-tattooed people: people that have tattoos don't care if you don't. The only reason I entered this fracas was to hear from the guys who shout "HELMET!" what they hope to achieve. No response thus far.
    I think that sometimes they are well-meaning but misinformed. Although it does sometimes seem like someone on an ego trip when a complete stranger shouts unsolicited advice.

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    Guys, chill out a bit.

    Even by helmet thread standards which are the lowest possible, this is crossing the line. Feel free to disagree, but don't get so worked up that it becomes about who can shout incompetent liar the loudest. What's next, bold full caps? If you really believe someone is that far off base, make note of George Carlin's advice below.

    Save the extreme rhetoric for when someone seriously proposes a mandatory helmet law. Until then stick to clubs and blackjacks, and leave the guns at home.
    Last edited by no1mad; 08-17-14 at 02:31 PM. Reason: removed quoted post that was deleted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mconlonx View Post
    More experience riding a bike in different situations and weather = safer rider.
    Certainly seems quite likely and is probably the correct basis of safety claims made by at least one proponent of a specific cycling safety program who also made extravagant claims about the risk reduction properties of his preferred cycling program. He compared a single safety survey of experienced riders (with an average age in the 40's) with a survey of the safety record of 8 year olds and attributed any difference in safety record to cycling characteristics that were never recorded or measured in either survey, but taught in the proposed safety class. The proponent of the program drew the conclusion that anyone taking the class would then have the same record as the the older experienced group assuming that anything taught would be absorbed and adapted by the students from graduation forever into the future no matter what the cycling experience, environment or situation.

    Interestingly neither survey inquired about whether anyone had taken the safety course in question or any other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meanwhile View Post

    The war, so far as I am concerned is won. If people here are silly enough to get themselves killed because they rely on foam hats rather than knowledge of what their local risks are and appropriate routing and tactics to avoid them, well, I've never liked stupid people anyway.
    The war is most decidedly not won. I agree with you that the safety value of helmets is dubious at best, but you're going to have to do a lot better than the "foam hat" argument. I personally hate helmets, and deeply suspect that they are mostly unnecessary, but when you're faced with stats that tell you that 90% of bicyclist deaths are due to head injuries of the un-helmeted, you have to do a lot better than "foam hat" snarkiness. Stick with facts if you want your cause to be taken seriously.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bragi View Post
    .... but when you're faced with stats that tell you that 90% of bicyclist deaths are due to head injuries of the un-helmeted, you have to do a lot better .....
    The problem with statistics is that when they're not misquoted, they're misinterpreted.

    The statistic you're referring to says nothing remotely similar to what you're inferring from it.

    Reread the document where you got it carefully and you might see that there are other conclusions. One thing to consider is that many if not most deaths of bicyclists are from gross bodily trauma, ie. fractures, bleed outs, and internal organ damage, which may or may not be accompanied by head injuries, but would be fatal, head injury or not.

    Also, the percentage of deaths among non-helmeted vs. helmeted cyclists, has to be factored against the percentage of riding without vs. with.

    I don't argue that some that die from head injuries may have lived if they'd been wearing a helmet, but the numbers are much slimmer than you were misled to believe by your source.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bragi View Post
    The war is most decidedly not won. I agree with you that the safety value of helmets is dubious at best, but you're going to have to do a lot better than the "foam hat" argument. I personally hate helmets, and deeply suspect that they are mostly unnecessary, but when you're faced with stats that tell you that 90% of bicyclist deaths are due to head injuries of the un-helmeted, you have to do a lot better than "foam hat" snarkiness. Stick with facts if you want your cause to be taken seriously.
    I find the increased safety of helmet wearing intuitively correct. I think most head injury results from sudden deceleration of your head as it impacts a car, the road, etc. In slower head impacts your brain is protected by the meninges layer that separates the soft tissue of your brain from the side of your skull. This layer forms a cushion and absorbs the blow and slows the deceleration of your brain as it heads towards the wall of your skull. In a harder/faster impact, the meninges layer is not enough to reduce the speed of your brain as it impacts your skull. To the rescue, we have bicycle helmets. The "foam hat" is softer than the hard surface you're impacting. The foam is deformed and collapses in the impact. This reduces the rate of deceleration of your head. As a consequence the meninges tissue in your skull has less force to absorb in the small time given.

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    Intuitively correct but not factually correct.

    EDIT: Upon reflect of FB's post below I agree with him, the post I was referring to is correct, yet in ignoring the probability of a head strike where a helmet is effective I think its more shallow and incomplete. However, if wearing a helmet makes the poster feel safer than he should by all means wear one. On the other hand, the shallowness of the argument doesn't convince me of any need to wear one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by howsteepisit View Post
    Intuitively correct but not factually correct.
    Actually it is ----- as far as it goes. But what isn't answered is the degree of reduction in impact G-force, the impact speed (energy) range at which it makes a meaningful difference, the effects of increased head diameter, the effect of fit and position on the head, etc.

    That helmets likely lead to improved outcomes in some (many?) types of head strikes is pretty hard to debate. What makes this thread so rancorous is that lack of specific data quantifying how much improvement, or the working energy range, and of course, the likelihood of an accident that falls within the parameters.

    In many ways it's a debate of faith vs. science between those who believe intuitively in the benefits of helmets, and those who don't.

    BTW- there's both intuition and science on both sides of the debate, but intuition and faith play the dominant roles.
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    Beyond the initial impact, wouldn't you think a helmet saves some skin? If you get knocked out, you really don't have control of what part of your body is grinding into the asphalt.
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