Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Long Island, New York
Bikes: a lowrider BMX, a mountain bike, a faired recumbent, and a loaded touring bike
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I don't know where this fits in, but in 1975, (on the east coast) Bicycle helmets costed $500.00. I was just ten years old. I wanted a helmet. I considered getting a football helmet, and this is where it gets weird. They told me I could get a free football helmet from the High School, on one condition, that I try out for the football team. I though this was ridiculous, on account I was only ten and weighed maybe 75 pounds. And then they made jokes about "don't drop the soap", etc, in the showers with the older boys.
I tried to talk my parents into buying me a football helmet, for about $60.00, at the sporting goods store, to bypass this rigamarole at the high school. I even tried to argue that $60.00 is a lot less than $500.00, but my mother just clammed up and wouldn't talk to me about the matter.
Eventually, two years later in 1977, I saved up enough money raking leaves and mowing lawns that I went out and bought the $70.00 "Skid-Lid" , which was a polycarbonate helmet, lined with poly-ureathane (and was latter declared RECALLED, due to a design defect), but it was the first helmet to break Bells Monopoly...
When I first started campaigning for a mandatory helmet law, I thought it would just be there to force dead-beat parents to shell out the money and buy their kid a helmet (for Christ's sake).
I never imagined that the law would be used to force people to wear helmets. I thought that anyone with a brain in their head would wear a helmet, without being persuaded . and I still think that today. Though I don't know why you need a helmet if your not on a main road and not going faster than jogging speed.
thats my two cents.