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
There is also no real world evidence that shows with any clarity, that cycle helmets prevent fatalities, yet he insists he has evidence that shows such a truth is valid.
Last edited by closetbiker; 05-27-12 at 11:31 PM.
"My two favourite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything" -Peter Golkin
It might "seem" that way to you, yes. But so what? How things "seem" to you is a reflection of your intelligence (or lack of it) not reality. In fact: cycling helmets were introduced for young children to deal with a very specific problem that adults don't have - their still growing skulls are relatively soft and therefore more vulnerable to low speed falls. And not only is this information something you could have found in seconds with google, it has been cited multiple times in the last few pages of this thread!Quote Originally Posted by njkayaker View Post
It would seem that, if they are beneficial to children, they are similarly beneficial to adults.
Once again: you should at least aim for a minimum standard of post so that you're not simply wasting people's time. For example if you're utterly ignorant, don't use that as an excuse for believing whatever fantasy most appeals to you and then attempting to present that fantasy as a logical argument.
2. Based on your posts, your not smart enough to be a trustworthy source eg: an engineer may have said "Yes, that can happen one time in a million". Or the engineer may have been (and my memory is that this was the case) one working for a helmet company, trying to save their reputation, making a statement outside of court and refusing to give numbers. I.e. junk.
I check in here about once a week. I see the anti helmet cult is still all wet from peeing into the wind about not wearing helmets.
Also, please link to the Brian Walker piece where he says as much. I was looking around for it and I can't find that he says what you say he does...
Last edited by mconlonx; 05-26-12 at 01:15 PM.
I know next to nothing. I am frequently wrong.
I agree that you're happy to distort facts, yes.I'm just happy to repeat it when idiots like you keep spouting black and white nonsense.
I.e. you haven't read the most obvious articles at the most obvious site:Also, please link to the Brian Walker piece where he says as much. I was looking around for it and I can't find that he says what you say he does...
Oh - and another cite the same site - the only helmet site by independent experts on the web:
In a recent Court case, a respected materials specialist argued that a cyclist who was brain injured from what was essentially a fall from their cycle, without any real forward momentum, would not have had their injuries reduced or prevented by a cycle helmet. This event involved contact against a flat tarmac surface with an impact energy potential of no more than 75 joules (his estimate, with which I was in full agreement). The court found in favour of his argument. So a High Court has decided that cycle helmets do not prevent injury even when falling from a cycle onto a flat surface, with little forward momentum. Cycle helmets will almost always perform much better against a flat surface than any other.
In other legal cases with which I have been involved, where a cyclist has been in collision with a motorised vehicle, the impact energy potentials generated were of a level which outstripped those we use to certify Grand Prix drivers helmets.
Once again; virtually all cyclist deaths - and serious brain injuries - involve collisions with fast moving cars and energy levels that can be HUNDREDS of times the level above. If you think, as many people here seem to, that a helmet will protect you in these circumstances, you're being an idiot - maybe fatally so. You'd do a lot better to wake up and pay some attention to safe measures that actually work.
(Actually, there are probably people here who aren't smart enough to why know that's funny. Hint: if a ton of car smacks into you 40 mph and your shoulder is level with the hood, your body is going to become part of the road surface.)
Last edited by meanwhile; 05-27-12 at 06:36 AM.
The fuzziness is on purpose. I don't think there's much certainty about anything concerning helmets, in spite of the great amount of research and statistics...
Some dissipation of impact force might occur from the action of a helmet breaking, but in most cases this is likely to be small. Helmet standards require the foam to start to compress at a level of force less than that which might be expected to lead to brain injury. While it is known that many helmets do not actually meet the standards to which they are supposed to be accredited, it follows that if the styrofoam does not compress at all, the direct linear force on the helmet was minimal and it's quite possible that the cyclist would not have received any injury if the helmet had not been worn. ...
In high impact crashes, such as most that involve motor vehicles or fixed objects like concrete barriers and lamp posts, the forces can be so great that a helmet will compress and break in around 1/1000th of a second. The absorption of the initial forces during this very short period of time is unlikely to make a sufficient difference to the likelihood of serious injury or death. It is for this reason that helmets contain stickers noting that no helmet can prevent all head injuries. ...
The next time you see a broken helmet, suspend belief and do the most basic check – disregard the breakages and look to see if what's left of the styrofoam has compressed. If it hasn't, you can be reasonably sure that it hasn't saved anyone's life."
^^^ So much wrong, or rather, so much other than what you claim it says. First, study he's relying on are kid's helmets, not adult -- might be differences, eh...? "...common for helmets to break without comressing" doesn't mean they all do. "...many helmets do not actually meet the standards...", but some do? Also talks about serious and deadly injury to riders... well, helmets are not designed to protect against such, so the fact that they don't, well that's a big, fat duh. At the end, where author sums up his thoughts, he talks about suspending disbelief. Works both ways -- when you see a broken helmet, check for compression of the liner before claiming it did nothing. If it compressed, there's a chance it did the job it was designed to do.
^^^ Well, in this article he does say this quote above, but otherwise, there's nothing in the article regarding what I asked about: compression of liner one way or another when a helmet shell breaks. You got reading comprehension issues, on top of that dearth of intelligence you display?
Talk about distorting facts to support your narrative. You da champ, moran.
I know next to nothing. I am frequently wrong.
Nonsense. Once again: the vast majority of cyclist deaths come from high speed hits involving cars and occur when the head and/or torso meet meet several HUNDRED times more kinetic energy than helmets are designed for. It is certain that in such cases a helmet will only be useful at the same statistical level as a rabbit's foot.The fuzziness is on purpose. I don't think there's much certainty about anything concerning helmets, in spite of the great amount of research and statistics...
This is true. Someone smarter than you would have realized however that MTBers are VASTLY more likely to fall off their bikes in car-less accidents - call it 100-1000 times more likely. So protecting against these sort of falls is 100-1000 more useful. If the danger level to me on the road from the sort of car-less accidents where helmets work went up by a thousand fold then I probably would wear a helmet. This is called "rationality." In other example of this abstruse mental skill, I do wear life jackets in small boats, but not on bus journeys or during inland hikes.And no one argues that mountain bikers should not wear helmets.
Last edited by meanwhile; 05-27-12 at 11:43 AM.
But as I said: all of that has to be weighed against the apparent risk from rotational and other injury, not to mention to the rest of one's body. The result seems to be that helmets are of very limited benefit to adults. That far, I don't think we disagree.
Just bought a Bell Avanti with a visor.
Pretty good so far, but I havent fallen off yet lol.
Voodoo Aizan 29er MTB AKA Charlie (Big Wheels :)
The even more serious point is that we kill people by lying to them about safety. Helmets are literally useless in any collision that is likely to kill. But cyclists are killed every year because they don't know that a disproportionate number of deaths happen at intersections, especially around heavy vehicles. A few minutes spent on education - simply learning where the blindspots of heavy trucks are - would save lives every year. Better road design and intelligent legislation would be better still. The idiotic belief in helmet as life savers provides a cop out for lobbies that would find some of the likely results inconvenient.
Last edited by meanwhile; 05-28-12 at 06:14 AM.
Now the anti-helmet clik muddies the water by telling us that pedestrians should wear helmets. I have yet to see a pedestrian speeding down hill at 45mph!!!!
What most people miss -- I was a medical case manager, and the reality is that those who chose to not to wear helmets, who unfortunately end up with head injuries, cost us all. Rarely does medical insurance cover all rehab, which can last for many years. Never does insurance provide "custodial care" that most head injury victims require, sometimes for many years.
We all, through public assistance, pay for this. It's not a simple "right to ride without a helmet" argument.