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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 05-12-06, 09:43 PM   #1
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Am I the only person who rides fixed gear and wears a helmet?

Instead of what appears to be a beanie hat with the brim tilted to one side.
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Old 05-12-06, 09:47 PM   #2
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I wear a beanie hat with the brim tilted to one side AND a helmet. Double the protection.
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Old 05-12-06, 09:48 PM   #3
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I sometimes wear a helmet even when I'm not riding.

I'm usually drinking pretty heavily at those times.
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Old 05-12-06, 09:48 PM   #4
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helmets are SMRT
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Old 05-12-06, 09:53 PM   #5
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Apparently not.

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Old 05-12-06, 10:06 PM   #6
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lately i haven't been wearing a helmet, and i feel stupid for it. my cycling cap just breathes so much better in the heat.
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Old 05-12-06, 10:08 PM   #7
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i wear my "beanie-hat" with the brim straight and down. that way it keeps sun, rain, and sweat out of my eyes and still allows me to see. i think that's the intended purpose.
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I wear a helmet, sometimes. I've been fortunate enought to have been wearing it two of the three times I've been hit by a car. The third time was a doosie, and I wasn't wearing a helmet. I had to send my bike to Joe Bell to get the frame realigned.

I wear my helmet if I'm having a bad day, and when I'm kitted up in my super hero costume for a road ride.
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Old 05-12-06, 10:36 PM   #9
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I wear a helmet unless i'm just tooling around or taking a quick ride over to a friend's place.
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Old 05-12-06, 10:40 PM   #10
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I'm new to the always wear a helmet crowd. I always grab it for the short rides because those are the ones I'm the most careless on.
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Old 05-12-06, 10:42 PM   #11
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if i know I'm going to be riding all over town [ala saturday afternoon] then yes, I generally do wear a helmet.

if I'm riding to the store [7 blocks], my local bikeshop [4 blocks], coffee shop [5 blocks] or other super close destinations I rarely ever wear it.

however, if it's rush hour I try to wear it regardless of the length of the trip.

honestly though? it's been so warm that wearing it is a real drag and I've been leaving it home more than I should.

If I'm not wearing a helmet, then yes, I do wear a "beanie with a sideways cap". cycling caps are really well designed for their purpose.
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Old 05-12-06, 10:43 PM   #12
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I have a Giro Atmos (flat black). It's the only helmet that I like the looks of, so I payed way too much for it. This insures that I wear it all the freakin' time. It bugs my wife when I wear it to bed.
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Old 05-12-06, 11:17 PM   #13
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Instead of what appears to be a beanie hat with the brim tilted to one side.
uhm beanies are stupid helmets are not
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Old 05-12-06, 11:22 PM   #14
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i wear mine for any ride that's more than a few blocks.
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Old 05-12-06, 11:29 PM   #15
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I always wear one. I feel really weird without it on my head.
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oh cool, I can use this again:
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oh cool, I can use this again:

Is that double or triple protection?
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Is that double or triple protection?
With beer, it's 1/2 the protection.
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Old 05-13-06, 12:27 AM   #19
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I always wear my helmet, no matter how short or long the trip is gonna be. I have been in too many situations, where people act f*** ******** in front of me. I have recently lost my front wheel to a Mercedes Benz and two years ago I crashed hard, wrecked my bike, broke my collar bone because of some stupid f**** pulling a stupid move.
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With beer, it's 1/2 the protection.
You're right, those beer cans need helmets
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Old 05-13-06, 12:33 AM   #21
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I wear a motorcycle helmet. Oh, and no pants. Helps with visibility.
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Old 05-13-06, 12:33 AM   #22
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so many friends, family and acquaintances have been getting broken off on their bikes lately, i've taken to wearing one religiously. and i'm not a religious man.
wear your helmets. and stay in school.
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Old 05-13-06, 05:54 AM   #23
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Last November, my bike went out from under me and my face hit the ground. It wasn't until I examined my helmet that I realized that it probably saved me a trip to the ER or worse. The thing is that I considered not wearing a helmet that day, as I often did for short, around town rides.

The problem is that I immediatly replaced it with a white Bell Ukon. (in addition to riding fixed gear, and a roadie, I'm also a commuter who likes to be "visible").

Then I got aero bars on my road bike and discovered that the visor made it hard to see forward. So I removed the visor. Now I have the dorkiest looking helment ever.
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With beer, it's 1/2 the protection.
I think you meant 10/2

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Now I have the dorkiest looking helment ever.
Uh, most of them are detachable, as in re-attachable.
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Old 05-13-06, 06:29 AM   #25
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I am now wearing a helmet, just to many bad Boston drivers (I swear they are aiming for me).

I hate being hot, and its not the most comftroble thing, but I have been to the ER from a crash, don't want to go back.
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