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    Can anyone here relate...

    ..to this.


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    Hells yeah. That was some of the most fun ever in my life. And we did not die while doing it
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    Hey! I think that's me in that picture!

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    yup, that is how it was..., and sometimes, (depending on the situation and amount of partying) still is...

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    Yea...

    Friends getting run over, others falling out of trees and dieing. Kids coming to school black and blue, but "we don't talk about such things".


    good times had by all...
    "Why is it that one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a barbecue?" Anonymous

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    Not that I agree with the soccer mom mentality, but I have a lot more respect for the guys I see that ride XC in full battle dress than the guys who do backflips without helmets. Maybe I'm just too suburban though.
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    that jump is awesome. Tree round + plywood = airborn

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    What's a coccyx?

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    Quote Originally Posted by samburger View Post
    Not that I agree with the soccer mom mentality, but I have a lot more respect for the guys I see that ride XC in full battle dress than the guys who do backflips without helmets. Maybe I'm just too suburban though.
    This is an age, before your time, sonny...

    It's a time thing...You couldn't relate! ...That is, unless you're a true red-blooded, born again, fire-breathing MTN biker!


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    Redheaded Stepchild samburger's Avatar
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    No offense, but you don't really know anything about me, my childhood, or how my parents raised me. I don't think you're in a place to assume whether or not I can relate to the picture.

    My only point is that wearing a helmet is safer than not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by electrik View Post
    What's a coccyx?
    I believe it's the tailbone.

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    Heck yes I can relate. That's currently my background on my home PC. I tell my kids it's me in the picture. They already think I'm crazy, so maybe I get a bit of street cred or something. Or not .

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    Quote Originally Posted by samburger View Post
    My only point is that wearing a helmet is safer than not.
    This is true. I imagine you wear one 24-7.

    Quote Originally Posted by pablosnazzy View Post
    yup, that is how it was..., and sometimes, (depending on the situation and amount of partying) still is...
    Yep, the only thing that's changed is more fire and beer.


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    Leave it to old people to ***** & moan about safety until a young person advocates it, when it suddenly becomes wrong
    just a n00b with an ego

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    The time's were great, music far superior to anything since and we didn't fear everything that moved.

    But the traumas of our time brought on the helmet and protective wisdom of today. And a good mom was a Kool-aid mom. Socceer, that was for sissies from that island where queens reign!
    I think its disgusting and terrible how people treat Lance Armstrong, especially after winning 7 Tour de France Titles while on drugs!

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    Quote Originally Posted by samburger View Post
    No offense, but you don't really know anything about me, my childhood, or how my parents raised me. I don't think you're in a place to assume whether or not I can relate to the picture.

    My only point is that wearing a helmet is safer than not.
    That's my point. You're viewing this from a totally different perspective. Back then, nobody wore any helmets. Most kids would probably have laughed at you for wearing one, if it looked half as goofy as the first prototypes. That's the irony of the whole thing! People who lived as kids back in the 60's and 70's, can totally relate to the picture without any hesitation.

    While your comment is about safety, that's great! We all can vouch for safety and be able to at least discuss the virtues of wearing a helmet, but that's totally NOT the point here. The point here, is in fact, just the opposite. We were so cavalier about safety and really more concerned about the excitement of the moment!

    That was just being a kid, back then! Safety was totally on the backburner!

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    Quote Originally Posted by samburger View Post
    Leave it to old people to ***** & moan about safety until a young person advocates it, when it suddenly becomes wrong
    Who you callin' old, ya yappin' little wet-behind-the-ears, whipper snapper, you!

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    Great picture! You don't even need the 70s. I was jumping ply wood laid out on cinder blocks when I was 8-12yrs old in the early 90s. Some of the best times ever! And of course we didn't wear helmets. Hell, I still don't wear one if I'm just on some light singletrack or something. Only if I'm riding rocky stuff or planning on some jumps/drops. Certainly not when strolling along casually on the road. This helmet 100% of the time crap is overrated(flame away).
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    Quote Originally Posted by cryptid01 View Post
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    Yep, the only thing that's changed is more fire and beer.

    the drunken party fire booter. oh yeah!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlimRider View Post
    That's my point. You're viewing this from a totally different perspective. Back then, nobody wore any helmets. Most kids would probably have laughed at you for wearing one, if it looked half as goofy as the first prototypes. That's the irony of the whole thing! People who lived as kids back in the 60's and 70's, can totally relate to the picture without any hesitation.

    Yea... well...

    The ones who survived can...
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    Quote Originally Posted by SlimRider View Post
    That's my point. You're viewing this from a totally different perspective. Back then, nobody wore any helmets. Most kids would probably have laughed at you for wearing one, if it looked half as goofy as the first prototypes. That's the irony of the whole thing! People who lived as kids back in the 60's and 70's, can totally relate to the picture without any hesitation.

    While your comment is about safety, that's great! We all can vouch for safety and be able to at least discuss the virtues of wearing a helmet, but that's totally NOT the point here. The point here, is in fact, just the opposite. We were so cavalier about safety and really more concerned about the excitement of the moment!

    That was just being a kid, back then! Safety was totally on the backburner!
    I'm guilty of doing many things like in the picture in the late 70s early 80s. I'm from middle of nowhere central Illinois. Helmets weren't a question because we didn't even consider the existence of such a thing. This was long before the internet and even more than a decade before cable TV (for me). There were no readily available stats to scare you into being safe. And there were no visible role models to copy either. I had no idea that there was such as thing as a bike shop, or that there were products being made specifically for doing this stuff. We mostly just made it up as we went along. Good Times, and no, young people will never be able to fully appreciate it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SlimRider View Post
    Who you callin' old, ya yappin' little wet-behind-the-ears, whipper snapper, you!
    Who you callin' a whipper snapper, grandpa?

    I only discriminate against those who discriminate against me...as far as I'm concerned, we're all just people until someone creates an imaginary barrier between us.

    Quote Originally Posted by 3speed View Post
    Great picture! You don't even need the 70s. I was jumping ply wood laid out on cinder blocks when I was 8-12yrs old in the early 90s.
    Hate to break it to you, but that's not possible. No fun has been had by any children since 1979. We live in a sad world.


    My friends & I grew up in a very quickly developing farm town & before I was in my teens, they had torn up the pasture in my back yard & starting building houses. The great thing about it for us was that it gave us stairs to ride down, 2nd stories to drop from (not a full story, but a weird half story deal that I couldn't explain if I tried), & ample scrap wood for building kickers & transitions. The only time we wore helmets was at the BMX races because it was required. To this day I've only had minor broken bones & no head injuries.
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    In the 1978-84 range when I was at my most stupid, we pretty much didn't know that helmets even existed. Well, other than borrowing my buddy's big brother's motorcycle helmet to ride around the driveway for a few minutes. Had I been sporting one for some of my more spectacular crashes, I'd probably be 20 IQ points higher.
    Personally, after seeing firsthand the effects of head injuries for the last 20 years, I'm glad that we have decent helmets as an option now.
    (And the dude jumping the fire should really have Nomex jeans and hat on )

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    Quote Originally Posted by samburger View Post
    Hate to break it to you, but that's not possible. No fun has been had by any children since 1979. We live in a sad world.
    Hahaha. You'd think that listening to some of these really old guys.

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    I don't think anyone was suggesting that the picture in the original post was advocating ditching helmets. When I was younger, I didn't wear one. No one did and it wasn't the norm. I do now. It came in handy when that car hit me.
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