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Old 12-10-07, 12:10 PM   #1
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Always wear a helmet

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Old 12-10-07, 12:18 PM   #2
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The only time I don't wear one is when I'm doing a check ride after working on the bike. When I do that, though, I only ride around the parking lot next door. for all other rides, I wear my helmet.

I've been hit twice. The second time I went down pretty hard and I know that the helmet saved my head. The helmet itself cracked, but my head was fine.
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Old 12-10-07, 12:40 PM   #3
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If I'm riding a stationary exercise bicycle, I don't wear a helmet.

Otherwise, if I don't have a bicycle helmet that is in perfect condition, I don't ride my bicycle.
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Old 12-10-07, 01:29 PM   #4
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I'm mixed. Most times I do, but there are times I don't. Road and club rides I always wear one. Riding around town to the market, beach ect. I don't.
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Old 12-10-07, 02:14 PM   #5
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I always wear a helmet on my commute or other trip longer than a mile or so away. I always wear a helmet around home, when my kids could see me. And of course on group functions that require it.

I don't always wear one on short daytime trips near my office to run errands or pick up lunch, or ride on a nearby path. Sometimes I just want to rebel against those who consider helmet use the first rule of bike safety. (I think it's maybe second or third, after such things as being visible and predictable and observing right-of-way rules.) And sometimes I just want to feel the wind in my hair.
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Old 12-10-07, 02:22 PM   #6
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Attaching my helmet light to my scalp proved too painful so the helmet stays.
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Old 12-10-07, 02:38 PM   #7
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The only time I don't wear one is when I'm doing a check ride after working on the bike. When I do that, though, I only ride around the parking lot next door.
The first time I got hit by a car was doing this, except it was doing loops around the neighborhood.
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Old 12-10-07, 02:45 PM   #8
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I wear a helmet on longer rides and commutes, and most of the time that I am in traffic.

I don't wear a helmet for bike paths and park rides, which I do from time to time with my wife... lower speed rides where not a lot of any other traffic is involved.

I tend not to wear a helmet on the local side streets when I am just cruising about just to get air, and stretch my legs.

Since on street traffic riding is what I do most often, most often I wear a helmet.

It really comes down to what mix of traffic and what speed I intend to be riding that makes the difference as to whether I "helmet" or not. I too enjoy the wind in my hair and recall the days when helmets just didn't exist for cyclists.
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Old 12-10-07, 03:21 PM   #9
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Anyone care to take a bet on how long this will take to degenerate into the standard helmet thread?
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Old 12-10-07, 03:26 PM   #10
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Oh yes, I will always wear my helmet. I got hit this last summer, exactly one week after I got my helmet. The helmet was actually a gift from my mom; we were at a LBS and she convinced me to try some helmets on, I found one that I thought looked (surprisingly) nice, and she bought it for me. Thinking of family, they were always telling me I should wear a helmet, and my arrogant responses; I definitely hit my head and if hadn't of worn a helmet I would have been extremely embarrassed to say the least, or perhaps I would of had too much brain damage to understand the concept.
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Old 12-10-07, 03:52 PM   #11
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Anyone care to take a bet on how long this will take to degenerate into the standard helmet thread?
I'm going to go with 7 posts from now.
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Old 12-10-07, 03:58 PM   #12
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Old 12-10-07, 04:09 PM   #13
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I used to all the time, don't much anymore.

I used to when I had upright bikes, but I ride mostly recumbents now. Since going over the bars on a recumbent is pretty darn difficult to do even on purpose, I don't feel there's as much need for a helmet as I'd have with an upright bike.

The times I do wear a helmet, it is often more for sun protection for my head/ears than it is for crash protection. Once I find a good hat that can do that, the helmet will likely just collect dust.
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Old 12-10-07, 04:15 PM   #14
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I will use a helmet on single track but not usually around town, on my local commutes it is just something I do not do. It is not to say the helmet has benefits but I must say I am in agreement with ken kifer may he rest in peace. Helmets certainly have there place it is just not on my head unless I am in the mountains on an exciting single track.
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I don't wear a helmet. I'm usually on the grass/bike path, never ride on the main roads, and hardly ever riding faster than 15mph. I don't see that I am in any more danger than if I was just running or walking. If I was more hardcore and riding in heavy traffic, high speeds, or stunting, then I'd put it on, or if rules or laws required me to.
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Old 12-12-07, 02:00 PM   #17
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nope. don't wear one. just don't feel it's necessary.
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I wear a helmet when I'm on my bike. I tried to always wear one on my head but it looked ridiculous while I was in church during the sunday mass.
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Old 12-12-07, 02:19 PM   #19
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Whenever i commute I always wear a helmet. Ever since I clipped my pedal and fell off my fixed, my helmet was the only thing that saved me. Besides, I dig the helmet hair more than the wind-blown look.

Only times I don't wear a helmet is if I'm going max 5mph and am riding casually on a parking lot/flat surface for a very short distance.
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Old 12-12-07, 03:36 PM   #21
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The only time I don't wear a helmet is when i'm not on my bike.

The day that I convince myself that the cons outweigh the pros, I'll stop wearing one.
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Was that a hipster? (yes, I know, an ass assumption, but I must know)
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There should be a seperate forum about wearing helmets. It should have a sticky thread for the perpetual argument for and against, a "post a picture of your lid" thread, a NHJ (no helmet jackass) thread, and a HWJ (helmet wearing jackass) thread.

We all know helmets kill more people than they save anyway.
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These threads tend to inspire me to ditch my helmet. Have not given into the urge yet.
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