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    Do you wear a helmet while commuting?

    I have seriously been thinking about starting to wear a helmet on my commutes.

    But I am still trying to get past the dorkyness factor. I already have a milk crate and I am about the only commuter I see in the mornings with lights. So I think that the helmet might just push it over the top. And I am only 24 and still stuck in the thought that "helmets are for dorks" from when I was a kid.

    I just read a story the otherday about a kid wrecking on a bike at 12 mph and broke his teeth and all that, and it got me thinking about starting to use a helmet..........

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    I hate wearing mine. It's always hot, and when the wind is blowing the ride is louder.

    Have there been 'crash test dummy' videos of a helmet making impact with cement? Or a car?

    What about real studies of what the difference is in accidents and recoveries with/without helmets?

    Are helmets endorsed and pushed by riders (professional and likewise)? Or only by the safety crowd?

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    Your threads are becoming confusing.

    A milk crate is far dorkier than a helmet. Plus, there are quite a few nice looking helmets.

    Yes, I wear a helmet. I do not particularly care if anyone else does or not.

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    I wear a helmet always. Honestly, its not by choice. It was kind of an agreement with my fiance. She strongly requests it. So I bought in to it. I always wore one mountain biking but saw little use on the road. I mean, accidents happen but a helmet only covers a minimal part of your body. Yeah it could probably help. So I wear one. I do want to get a nice road helmet to offset the dorkiness a bit. A visor on the front doesnt look very road mannered.

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    Man I must be a dork. I wear a helmet use light when it dark out. I do NOT and NEVER will have a milk crate on my bike. I do have fenders.
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    I almost always do. I didn't on the commute home today because I left my gloves and helmet in a classroom and when I came back to get them the door was locked

    My helmet is really light and fits me well, so I don't care that it's there. I second that milk crates are a lot dorkier than helmets (nothing against them though )

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    You did not ask this, did you?

    To get thoughtful, well-reasoned replies, better to post this poll over at A&S.

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    I always wear a helmet. I do not think it makes me look like a dork, but I would rather be the dork wearing a helmet than the dork in the hospital being fed through a tube.

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    Are you serious? The "dorkiness factor" is the only thing holding you back? Oy! Put it on!
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    Being a paramedic I thought I would ALWAYS wear a helmet, but I forgot it at work a few weeks ago and just didn't put it back on for about 2 weeks. I finally did, and I will probably wear it most of the time but could go without it.
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    I wear a helmet on my commute and any long ride. I will admit I don't wear one when I'm out doing errands. Lugging a helmet around a store is a pain.

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    man if you already have a milk crate, there is nothing you can do to increase the dork factor, so wear the helmet.

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    IMHO it's pretty pathetic that you have decided that a helmet is a safety plus, and for some reason you think that having people think you're dressed funny is sufficient reason to risk your safety.

    Two points here:
    1) Who gives a damn what other people think? Everyone's entitled to have a WRONG opinion.
    2) If you don't want to look dorky in the eyes of 99.8% of the US population, stop riding a bike.

    The only time I don't wear a helmet is if I'm riding no more than 1/4 mile to test an adjustment on my bike (IE down the driveway, down our residential road with no traffic a few hundred feet, and back). I also won't ride without gloves; I've never actually impacted my head, but I've scraped my hands down to the meat 3 times now and it SUCKS.
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    Helmet on pavement, but almost never on park trails.
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    I wear one, have to cross a bunch of railroad tracks that run at an angle almost parallel to the street. And some cities I have to bike thru, require helmets (but not strictly enforced) for adults. On Friday's, I usually take the bike paths for a leisurely ride home and take off my helmet on that stretch to enjoy the sun and ocean breeze.

    Plenty of different styles and colors/paint schemes to choose from. Snow and skate/bmx helmets give you additional options/look...most of them meet the same CPSC and ASTM F 1492 (just look for/at the sticker inside). Don't have to spend a lot for one either. Picked up a spare (Schwinn Thrasher?) at, "gasp", Wal*Mart for $20 and use it for local runs or on those days when I know I will be working late...has a built-in rear blinky that doubles as the helmet adjustment knob, plenty of foam and extra padding but lightweight, and the one size fits all adjustment system worked well for my head shape/size (final fit was on par with my Giro Atmos) and the air flow inside the helmet is decent/average, but not great when you consider it has 25 decent sized and placed intake and exhaust vents.

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    I always wear a helmet. Both for my own peace of mind (read avoid wifely nagging) and to set an example for my son. I've only had one small crash where the helmet came into play, but it just seems like a cheap piece of insurance that certainly can't make an accident worse.
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    A very poor excuse for not wearing a helmet. But just so you know being disabled will make riding a bike a bit more difficult

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    Get a giro atmos. That helmet with a bike that has a milk crate would be hilarious. That is if you can justify spending $180 to satisfy my sense of humor.

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    I finally got a helmet a few weeks ago, and honestly, it's not bad. However, I think I might turn into one of those guys who wears a headband under the helmet. Who knows what that'll start doing to my hair...

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    huh

    I fail to see how wearing a helmet will project you from knocking out your teeth!

    Bicycling helmets are very overrated as far as their ability to stay together on impact and/or protect your noggin. Nevertheless, I use one most of the time.

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    Took long enough for the psuedo anti helmet post to arrive. This thread will now degenerate into our standard helmet vs no helmet debate.

    -statistics show that....blah blah blah
    -helmets only help in low speed crashes
    -most crashes are low speed

    I think I forgot a few but quite frankly my brain is a tad numb.

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    I agree that helmets are overrated. You can still land on your face, break your nose, knock out your teeth etc. However, a friend of mine, who believes that if you don't wear a helmet you'll crash and die within 100 yards , gave me his old helmet and, at that point, I felt that since I already have a helmet I might as well wear it. It can't hurt (I think).
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    The one time I needed a helmet — I was clotheslined by an electrical cable strung between two traffic cones — I think it might have saved my life. I was going probably 25 mph and was literally hoisted off my bike as if by the hand of God — which then slapped me flat on my back. I hit my head. Hard. I fractured my skull in the same place as a kid, but that was on a skateboard going at a stroll. This would have been worse.
    I've seen the helmets of New York messengers displayed in bike stores post-crash.
    Helmets work. The remaining arguments are just details.

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    Bicycling helmets are very overrated as far as their ability to stay together on impact and/or protect your noggin.
    How about we say they're better than nothing? Much better i think.

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