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Old 09-15-09, 08:06 PM   #1
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People wearing hardhats?

On Saturday, I was riding on the MUP. In the course of 35 miles, I saw 3 different people wearing hard-hats as helmets. They were all men in their 60s, with beards, on hybrid bikes.

Is this a growing trend or something? I've never seen this before.
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On Saturday, I was riding on the MUP. In the course of 35 miles, I saw 3 different people wearing hard-hats as helmets. They were all men in their 60s, with beards, on hybrid bikes.

Is this a growing trend or something? I've never seen this before.
Possibly day labor on their way to a job site?

My company does not typically use day labor, but many of the contractors working around us do, many of their people ride bikes to work and wear their hard hats.

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I've noticed guys wearing hard hats riding to work in downtown Indy - they're building a highrise hotel near the Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium.
CPSC approved hardhats???
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Possibly day labor on their way to a job site?

My company does not typically use day labor, but many of the contractors working around us do, many of their people ride bikes to work and wear their hard hats.

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Same thing around here. They're useless as helmets (they come off when you hit the ground), but it's easier to wear them than carry them.
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No, Velo, they come off before you hit the ground, and if you work up much speed, the blow off before you leave the seat.
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On Saturday, I was riding on the MUP. In the course of 35 miles, I saw 3 different people wearing hard-hats as helmets. They were all men in their 60s, with beards, on hybrid bikes.

Is this a growing trend or something? I've never seen this before.
See... that's where they were wrong. Shoulda been on recumbents!

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I've noticed guys wearing hard hats riding to work in downtown Indy - they're building a highrise hotel near the Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium.
CPSC approved hardhats???
Downtown construction sites tend to be very congested. I suspect the construction workers are required to park some distance away.
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Possibly day labor on their way to a job site?
Hmm, could be. They really did look like recreational riders though.
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Hmm, could be. They really did look like recreational riders though.
Maybe they were protesting the local club's mandatory helmet rules?

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If their job site is in the city with limited parking or pay parking it makes sense to leave the car at a trail head and bike the rest of the way into the job site. There will be near unlimited bike parking inside a construction site.
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On Saturday, I was riding on the MUP. In the course of 35 miles, I saw 3 different people wearing hard-hats as helmets. They were all men in their 60s, with beards, on hybrid bikes.

Is this a growing trend or something? I've never seen this before.
One of them is a regular on the SRT. We see him a lot on our rides. He just figures it will protect him. No sense laying out for a pricey one when the old job hard hard will do. He has it rigged up with a chin strap so that it does not blow off his head. Every time we see him we exchange greetings.
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If their job site is in the city with limited parking or pay parking it makes sense to leave the car at a trail head and bike the rest of the way into the job site. There will be near unlimited bike parking inside a construction site.
Doesn't even take a large city. I am currently working at a university were parking is in high demand. I leave my truck at the hotel and ride my bike the ~2 miles to the job site. We do take one crew van and one pickup in. But you have 11 guys being transported in those 2 vehicles.

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