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Old 07-07-12, 07:27 PM   #1
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I rode 20 miles before I realized...

I forgot to put my helmet on my head. I put my headband on, grabbed my helmet, remembered something (I forget what it is I remembered), put my helmet down, grabbed what I needed, jumped on my bike and left. The headband was tight so it felt like a helmet.

The heat wave broke and I was enjoying my head actually feeling cool after so many miles. And I realized that my chin strap didn't feel clipped. I reached for the strap and had a comical WTF!? moment.

I got back and found that I also forgot to zip my saddle bag shut too...
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At least you didn't ride 20 miles before realizing you forgot your bike lock keys! Seriously though, the heat wave must be getting to you.
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Old 07-07-12, 09:21 PM   #3
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I have forgotten just about everything needed for a long ride except my water at one point or another. It happens and being in a heatwave does scramble the brains a little so that definitely makes such occurances more likely.
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Same as first post. I put my headband on and forgot my helmet. I attributed the brain lapse to the heat yesterday.
I thought of all the times I may wreck is when the temp is above 100. I was intentionally very careful on the way home.
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At the risk of having 50+% of this forum flaming me - you do not need to wear a helmet.

Helmets are absolutely no use if you're hit by a vehicle. They're ok for protecting your head if you come off at low speed (12mph or less, I think) and have your head hit the ground, a wall, etc.

In fact, they give some people a false sense of security when they're on a bike.

Don't shoot the messenger!
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At the risk of having 50+% of this forum flaming me - you do not need to wear a helmet.

Helmets are absolutely no use if you're hit by a vehicle. They're ok for protecting your head if you come off at low speed (12mph or less, I think) and have your head hit the ground, a wall, etc.

In fact, they give some people a false sense of security when they're on a bike.

Don't shoot the messenger!
Your opinion? If you saw some of the crashes in the TDF and the damage done to Cavendish's helmet rather than his skull, you might not be so adamant that at speeds above 12mph they do no good. I will wear mine thank you...
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Old 07-08-12, 05:11 PM   #7
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At the risk of having 50+% of this forum flaming me - you do not need to wear a helmet.

Helmets are absolutely no use if you're hit by a vehicle. They're ok for protecting your head if you come off at low speed (12mph or less, I think) and have your head hit the ground, a wall, etc.

In fact, they give some people a false sense of security when they're on a bike.

Don't shoot the messenger!
Each to their own and all, but you are nucking futs
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Old 07-09-12, 04:33 PM   #8
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I don't believe it. If you had ridden a bike without a helmet you would be dead or a vegetable right now. About a million helmet nannies have told me so.
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Old 07-09-12, 04:37 PM   #9
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Fact: deaths per rider capita haven't gone down since the wide spread adoption of helmets. Can't remember where I read it. But, at the time it seemed unbelievable enough to me that I looked up the source and it appeared credible.
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I haven't forgotten my helmet since I put a mirror on it. One of the first things I do (without even thinking about it) when I ride, is check my mirror. If the mirror is missing, it's probably because the helmet is missing.
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The list of things I've never forgotten one time or another is fairly short. Bike, clothes, shoes... that's about it. Actually I may have forgotten one of those, but I've forgotten.
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I keep forgetting my second water bottle and having to turn back for it.
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Old 07-10-12, 03:55 PM   #13
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I was wearing my helmet the other day, getting ready to leave, I turned and bonked my head against an open minivan tailgate. It protected me against that which was good enough for me.

Anything between my head and the pavement is worth wearing for me. Even if all it does is keep me from losing a bit of scalp from skidding along the ground.

Mostly it was funny because I had an honest, "Wait, what the hell??? moment."
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it's true, if you wear a helmet your bike skills improve so much you'll never even need it and just ask Woulter Weyland how well helmets work sometime.
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The OP is not stating that you must wear a helmet. He obviously chooses to. You may not. We're all (or mostly all) adults here and can make our own choices and it's been debated to death. Let's not turn this thread into yet another debate on the "need" to wear a helmet. Otherwise, as has happened to so many other threads that simply start out by mentioning a helmet, this will have to be moved to A&S. If you MUST continue to debate the topic, please take it to The Helmet Thread.

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At the risk of having 50+% of this forum flaming me - you do not need to wear a helmet.
Ah, taking it to the helmet thread.
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The OP is not stating that you must wear a helmet. He obviously chooses to. You may not. We're all (or mostly all) adults here and can make our own choices and it's been debated to death. Let's not turn this thread into yet another debate on the "need" to wear a helmet. Otherwise, as has happened to so many other threads that simply start out by mentioning a helmet, this will have to be moved to A&S. If you MUST continue to debate the topic, please take it to The Helmet Thread.

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Agreed. No more discussions on helmet/no helmets. That is not open for debate in this thread. Thanks.
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I've done this before. One time I drove to a group ride and forgot to wear my helmet (it was in the car). The group did not mention it until a few miles in the ride. I was only going to ride for an hour so I stayed with it until I had to turn around (limited time that day). So many people in the group told me that I should stop ridding and walk back to the car. They should have said something to me before we started, I would have appreciated it. To this point I had never ridden without a helmet and I felt naked not having it when I realized it.
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Oh, by "helmet" I meant condom. I always ride with one.
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Oh, by "helmet" I meant condom. I always ride with one.
Thank you for sharing. You can talk about condoms in another forum.
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