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Old 08-08-07, 07:44 AM   #1
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everybody wear your helmet, always

it's funny. I rode a motorcycle up until this spring. Still own it just have not taken it out of the garage. I was always a gear psycho. I always wore a helmet, jacket, gloves and boots at a minimum, pants or a full leather racing suit if I felt the ride dictated it. BUt when I got my bicycle I bought a helmet, but hardly ever wore it.
This morning I threw it on, in a similar fashion to the way I had thrown it on several mornings in a row now. im really glad I did. The ground was a little wet and I was feeling fairly frisky so I was going at a good clip (18+) on my knobby mountain bike tires. into a gentle left the back tire slipped, remembering what i did from my motorcycle days, NEVER grab the brake while your leaned over. I decided after the next right (another gentle turn) I would slow down, back off a gear or so... I never got that chance. The next right spelled the end of that ride. down I went, classic lowside, rear tire lost traction slipped out from under me. The first part of my body to hit was my helmet protected head. The helmet is cracked inside now, which leads me to believe it did it's job, which is the most important part. time to buy a new helmet I guess.
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Old 08-08-07, 08:37 AM   #2
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Wow....bad news, but good that you were wearing helmet. I'm glad you decided to throw it on today. And yes, time for a new helmet. The rule is helmet needs to be replaced if it was in a crash (even if it wasn't cracked or "visibly" damaged).
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im glad that you walked away from the crash. you were lucky you had that helmet.better that cracked than youre noggin. i was out hanging a sign the other day and,about 20 kids came from the baseball field rippin around this corner on their bikes. well i had been there maybe 2 hours and,from all of the cars going by,i had heard the car tires crunching sand. so just when it popped into my head to yell down and,to tell these kids to slow down going around that corner thru the sand, the accident happens.

the boy tried to put on his brakes and,when they grabbed he went right over the bars,with the bike on top of him and,took two other kids out. just when im thinking that somebodys on the way to the e.r.,the kids all get up,the first boy is crying his heart out,but besides some road rash,he looked to be okay. but if i had gone over my bars like that,i would probably still be laying there.
i have gone out a couple of times without my helmet.but i didnt enjoy the ride,cause i was always tught and,on guard against something bad going down.
you have gotta have that helmet on,cause knowbody knows when, or where there gonna be eating pavement.
i have finally got some cycling gloves,which i have to train myself to make a necessity.because i know when i go down,im gonna stick a hand or two out to try to break my fall. so better the gloves get chewed up than my digits.
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i have finally got some cycling gloves,which i have to train myself to make a necessity.because i know when i go down,im gonna stick a hand or two out to try to break my fall. so better the gloves get chewed up than my digits.
Yep. To me the minimum cycling safety equipment in order of importance is as follows:
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2. Helmet
3. Gloves
4. Eye protection

Not that I always use the all of the minimum safety equipment. Probably should though.
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well several hours late, im sitting here at work, im a little woozy, but nothing terrible. I am also on several different medications right now, so it very well could be the drugs.
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I am glad that you are okay. I always wear my helmet, even if all I am doing is riding around the cul-de-sac with my Granddaughter. It has saved my life once too. Glad you are still with us.
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i have finally got some cycling gloves,which i have to train myself to make a necessity.because i know when i go down,im gonna stick a hand or two out to try to break my fall. so better the gloves get chewed up than my digits.
+1. I was out for an easy MUT ride on a converted SS, and misjudged a raised crack. Down I went, broke the fall with my hand, chewed through the heel of the glove with only a minor scrape and no blood loss. I hate to think how much meat I might have left on the pavement otherwise.

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To quote my doctor (a cyclist who recent suffered a busted clavicle thanks to a careless motorist), there's a medical term for cyclists who don't wear helmets. They're called "organ donors."
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I wear my helmet...

My buddy has ridden for a long time, and always wears a helmet. He's a medical examiner. He always says "Riding without a helmet is a no-brainer!"

Yeah, i typed that right.

He says that because he had a person on his table once, died in a bike/car accident. Only injury was a head injury and a few scrapes...not even a broken bone... Even the neck (the guy landed head first) was fine. The thing that killed him? The hit split the skull enough that the deceleration forced the brain completely out of the head. Hence "Riding without a helmet is a no-brainer"

Gross story, I know...but a good reason to listen. You might look stupid with a helmet on...but everyone kinda does. You would look even worse brainless on a stainless steel table.
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I've ridden motorcycles for 25 years now and I would never ride a motorcycle without helmet, so I can not imagine riding my bicycle without one. I see the yuppies riding their Harley's down the road without helmets or with the helmet lock on the frame and I think they are just 1 stupid driver or bad maneuver away from laying in a casket.
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He says that because he had a person on his table once, died in a bike/car accident. Only injury was a head injury and a few scrapes...not even a broken bone... Even the neck (the guy landed head first) was fine. The thing that killed him? The hit split the skull enough that the deceleration forced the brain completely out of the head.
Whoa, talk about a freak accident. That's stranger than fiction for sure.
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Maybe it's atypical, but around here, pretty much all adult cyclists (that I see on the road, anyway) wear helmets, so it just looks NORMAL. It looks funny to me to see someone without!

If only the kids were as sensible...
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contact your helmet manufacturer. Sometimes they like the old helmet back as it has been tested in the field and may give up some information. Also they may do you a deal on a new helmet. I was able to replace my Kompact for half price after I contacted the manufacturer.
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Helmet and gloves for sure. The first thing to hit is usually your hands, the head ain't too far behind.
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contact your helmet manufacturer. Sometimes they like the old helmet back as it has been tested in the field and may give up some information. Also they may do you a deal on a new helmet. I was able to replace my Kompact for half price after I contacted the manufacturer.
thanks for the heads up. I have already replaced my helmet (bought the exact same thing again) but I still ahve the old one, I emailed bell (maker of helmet) to see if they do anything
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It was too hot today to wear my helmet. I know, I know......

So I rode just over 41miles with a bare head. I should buy a new, more ventilated helmet.
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It's gloves* that I can't stand when it's hot.

Why don't they make nice airy gloves?
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It's gloves* that I can't stand when it's hot.

Why don't they make nice airy gloves?
They do! I wear Trek cheap-o's that have a mesh on top and thin leather palm with padding. I guess I am used to them, because my hands do sweat a bit on the palm, but at least I don't loose grip, like if I didn't have them on.
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I'm beginning to think I'm riding very weirdly. I never feel like I might lose grip. In fact, I try to keep my hands barely touching the bars (or sitting lightly) because I read something at one point which implied I should do this. Like holding onto eggs. So all gloves do is make me sweaty. Now, if I fell, that would be a different story. But right now I'm just not seeing that it balances out in favor of gloves. When it cools off I'll wear them.

Mine have mesh tops, but there might be something under the mesh. I'll have to go look at them.
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Why don't they make nice airy gloves?
Pffft. I wear gloves religiously and don't have any issues with the heat.
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How pleasant for you.
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How pleasant for you.
Check the location. Sure, you're hot now, but that won't last. We're hot and humid a lot more often than the plains.

Just think of how uncomfortable road rash is on your palms and compare that with a bit of sweaty palm. It only took me one hard and fast crash to get me to wear gloves full time (once I could comfortably put them on that is) . Call me a wuss, but I just don't like picking gravel, glass and assorted other detritus out of my hands.

There are plenty of the old school crochet back style gloves for that bit of extra 'air'



I've used a set of Fox Sidewinders offroad for years, in all kinds of weather, but in town I prefer my short finger Campagnolo's during warm weather. I generally will also use my old pair of Specialized Team DH gloves (aka "Spidey" gloves) in cooler weather.
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I've been wearing the mesh backed, finger cut out Nashbar gloves. Nice palm padding. Got a couple pair on sale. So far they are pretty much falling apart by end of year, so start next year with a new pair. I actually very clearly remember my first fall. Not too fast, but think chain jammed and rear wheel stopped....whatever, I went over the handle bars. For that brief second flying over the bar I actually remembered the padded palms and positioned both hands to hit blacktop first. Also figured sudden stopping with hands may break some bones so also immediately pushed off and into a roll. Finished on my back and laughing to myself. I'd put the gloves first on my safety list. Glasses second. Don't ride at night so light isn't on list; although I did installed a blinker tail light on seat post for those few occasions the sun has set before I expected. The helmet, I'm still a bad boy there. Only wear on organized rides that require it as a condition of riding.
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To quote my doctor (a cyclist who recent suffered a busted clavicle thanks to a careless motorist), there's a medical term for cyclists who don't wear helmets. They're called "organ donors."
Wow!, That has a certain level of clarity, doesn't it.
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I have a friend who is an ER nurse in So Cal. She says the nickname for the imported superbikes (Honda CBR990 etc.) for them is "DONOR-CYCLES" She says it's so sad because they get 3-4 a week. They give good, healthy organs though since most of them are under the age of 25.

I remember seeing a poor guy writhing in pain and almost unconcious being attended to by paramedics by out house when I was around 15 because he was doing 3 incredibly stupid things at once: Riding a bike at NIGHT (10 PM) with no lights, Not wearing a helmet, and riding in the far right part of the street where all the storm drain grates were. Really bad combination.

I never wore a helmet through age 21, logging thousands of miles but I was lucky. I never ride without now.

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