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    Beausage is Beautiful Fugazi Dave's Avatar
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    Once again: just wear a ****ing helmet already

    Friday night I got blindsided by a taxi running a red light here in Changwon. Totaled my bike, and I'm in the hospital until monday for observation. Mostly just bumps and bruises, some abrasions, but there also the fact that my helmet was broken in about a dozen places. Given the way it was broken, and given the way I slammed into the taxi (taking out his windshield in the process), this much is true: without it I'd either be dead or have a debilitating brain injury. As it is they kept me here under observation for a few days to make sure I didn't have an intracranial hematoma on my occipital lobe (initial CT scan was inconclusive). So far so good.

    When I get out of here I'll borrow my girlfriend's digital camera to photograph the helmet in question. It has assumed a general sort of distorted shape that a canteloupe might have were an elephant to trod upon it lightly.

    TL;DR version: WEAR YOUR ****ING HELMET.

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    Ouch...glad you're okay though, get well soon.

    How's condition of the bike?

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    Damn, is the bike ok?
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    The police have my bike and the last time I saw it was from about twenty feet away as they were loading my into the ambulance but from what I could tell the frame was shot (Erba! ;_; ), the fork broken, and the bars bent all out of shape. The wheels appeared OK from a distance. I'll know for sure next week probably.

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    is the aerospoke okay?

    just kidding. glad you were wearing your helmet.

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    Yes. Glad you were wearing your helmet. I've been saved from serious head injury several times by mine. I always put mine on, even if it's just to ride around the block.
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    This may even get me to change my stance on bike helmets ? I'd like to see the pics. Which brand and model were you wearing ?

    Then again, intersections are the most obvious & dangerous locations. I slow for them and look both ways, even when the light is in my favor. Being blindsided, there's no way that was your fault or that you even deserved it, and I hope you or anyone else doesn't take this post out of context going forward for the questions and comments I make in this post. But "blindsided" implies you were unaware, so were you looking ? I've seen too many cyclists assuming that because they have right of way, another's going to yield it to them and they don't look or at a certain point stop looking ? I know that when I ride, I am constantly looking and if there's even a doubt in my mind a car or even a pedestrian is going to demand precedence over me, I stop and let them go first. My assumption is they always go first, in the way I ride the bike. Probably why I've never been hit. I figure the one that gets me will be the drunk that would've run me over even had I been on the sidewalk and walking. A few extra minutes and slower speeds doesn't bother me that much.

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    Helmet people.

    Glad you are relatively ok.
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    Get well soon, hope you get back on the bike in due time. Thanks for posting this.

    Also, what brand/model helmet was it? I wanna buy it.
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    YEah when I was hit my helmet also shattered. I received a concussion, memory loss, and staples. Too bad I'll never know how I hit my head.
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    sigh... we all know its true. i just need a helmet i actually LIKE and that is COMFORTABLE, so i will WEAR it. glad youre ok.

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    The helmet I was wearing was a LAS Kripton. Like this: http://www.lashelmets.com/en/catalog/categories/kripton

    The overall fit and build quality are excellent - up there with my previous favorite the Specialized Decibel. Obviously the best helmet is the one that you wear, though.

    When I get out of the hospital I'll take some shots of the helmet.

    EDIT: Oh, and regarding bein blindsided - I was at a large, T-shaped intersection, I being on the road that crossed the top of the T (not the one that ended there). Oncoming traffic had a left turn arrow which then turned red and my direction got the green. I looked to make sure the intersection was clear, and then continued on. The taxi that hit me was turning left and ran the red light at speed in order to beat the traffic coming from my direction. His lights were off. I didn't see him until the moment of impact.
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    are you pursuing the taxi driver for damages?

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    Ouch, a night time collision. Taxi drivers are my favorite drivers (sarcasm).

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    In this case, I'd go after the taxi driver/cab company.
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    If the Korean justice system is anything like the one in the States, we'll be hearing about Fugazi's brand new ride, paid for by the taxi company... in about a year.

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    riding without a helmet in korea seems like it would be suicide. drivers, taxis, scooters, and buses run red lights on a normal basis

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    I am korean and I visit Korea time to time, and yea, the taxi drivers there are crazy...



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    I'm glad that you're ok. When I was hit by a car I hit my head on the pavement. A large chunk of my helmet broke off the back. I'm very glad that I had it on or my injuries would have likely been much worse.

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    Glad to hear that you are ok maan. Dude. Post those pics everywhere and wear it daily man. Ive been hearing HELLA stories lately about people who crashed without helmets. .....its like a warning.....

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    Seriously, I wouldn't trust it at all.

    phatomfingers would be interested in this.

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    Damn, i'm glad you're ok. Sorry about the bike.
    I visit Korea regularly, Seoul mostly, and i'd always wondered what it'd be like to bike there. You don't see many people, if any, biking on the streets. If they are, they're usually riding on the sidewalks. I don't blame them though, like others have said, traffic in Korea is insane. I've never been to Changwon, but I imagine it to be the same. They do, however, have these long bike trails, that alot of people ride, along the Han river which is really nice. There's also bike trails, littered about in Seoul, but for the most part people do not ride in the streets.
    Props to you for taking on the insanity that is Korean traffic. Get well soon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jameltoe View Post
    riding without a helmet in korea seems like it would be suicide. drivers, taxis, scooters, and buses run red lights on a normal basis
    Another place I can't imagine riding a bike is NYC in a higher traffic area and during rush hour (actually, I envision it more as a cattle drive that could stampede at any given moment where you get trampled ?), even with a helmet. I'd never live in one of those places in the 1st place.

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    Glad you are relatively ok and hopefully you will have a replacement bike soon and back out there.

    Question regarding the helmet....what is the sizing like? I was looking at ordering one and it appears to come in either "S/M" or "L/XL", I just need 60cm...
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    Quote Originally Posted by fuji86 View Post
    Another place I can't imagine riding a bike is NYC in a higher traffic area and during rush hour (actually, I envision it more as a cattle drive that could stampede at any given moment where you get trampled ?), even with a helmet. I'd never live in one of those places in the 1st place.
    Actually, rush hour is the easiest time to ride when all the cars are stuck in a traffic jam
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    Ouch...glad you're okay
    But in response to your thread title, um, NO!

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