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Old 07-30-17, 02:51 PM
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Naked Bike Ride !

Can't remember the last time I rode without my helmet, but today I felt naked without it.
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Old 07-30-17, 03:56 PM
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This could turn into an A&S *shudder* thread in a heartbeat...

Depending on my type of ride I sometimes skip the helmet.

My worst oversight was the time I drove two hours from home and found I'd left my shoes at home. Turned around spent four more hours in the car so I could have my ride the next morning. I bought a spare set of shoes for the trunk after that.
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Old 07-30-17, 04:25 PM
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I sometimes skip the helmet for short errand rides around the neighborhood, especially when I'm in a hurry. Probably not a great idea. The worst drivers I encounter on any ride are always within a mile of home. I always ride with head on swivel and eyes on stalks until I'm at least a mile away from here. Not that I get complacent beyond the killing zone, but drivers in this immediately neighborhood are awful.

Main reason I wear a helmet, besides the obvious, is to hold my spare lights and, occasionally, video camera. Two or more separated points of light enhance perception of our relative distance, direction and speed. So I always wear helmet lights. When I ride without a helmet sometimes I'll clip a rear red blinker to the back strap of my ball cap.

Makes a better target for the idiots who drive on my block.
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Thread moved from Foo to A+S with 3 day redirect.
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Old 07-30-17, 10:23 PM
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Originally Posted by ahsposo View Post
My worst oversight was the time I drove two hours from home and found I'd left my shoes at home. Turned around spent four more hours in the car so I could have my ride the next morning. I bought a spare set of shoes for the trunk after that.
Wouldn't have happened if you'd switched your gas and brake pedals to SPD.
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Old 07-31-17, 01:47 PM
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Only time I rode without a helmet was when I was working on my bike and then took it for a quick ride to the post office to check out my adjustments. I kept instinctively looking up & to the left where my helmet mirror should have been.
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Old 07-31-17, 03:01 PM
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I always wear my helmet on commutes and trails.

I never wear my helmet for around-town errands (1-2mi down the straight, flat main street in my town)
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Old 07-31-17, 04:59 PM
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I wear a helmet, but the rare times I forget it, I just ride and don't even think about it. It's not essential for riding or safety.
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I read that most accidents happen less than 8 miles from home. So I moved further away!!
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Originally Posted by RubeRad View Post
I always wear my helmet on commutes and trails.

I never wear my helmet for around-town errands (1-2mi down the straight, flat main street in my town)
Tends to be my situation too... Always for commutes... heck, we are battling irritated motorists for road space... you'd better "gear up."

Off road... well I always manage to fall at least once... sigh... (all power to you super technical folks... I ain't one)

But local errands on local residential streets... I love being "naked."

Back when I was much younger (say about 40 years ago... ) my big "naked" thing was riding ninja at night... no lights, no helmet... just cruising the local streets in the cool of night... cars were so bright and noisy it was easy to avoid them. And at around 10 PM or so, the drunks still had not taken over the streets. I very much enjoyed my little late night jaunts.
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Originally Posted by Milton Keynes View Post
Only time I rode without a helmet was when I was working on my bike and then took it for a quick ride to the post office to check out my adjustments. I kept instinctively looking up & to the left where my helmet mirror should have been.
I almost never bother to put mine on when test riding a customer's bike after a repair. Drives me crazy on the last 2-3 blocks where there is occasional traffic and I don't have either of my mirrors.
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Old 08-11-17, 07:24 PM
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Originally Posted by genec View Post
Tends to be my situation too... Always for commutes... heck, we are battling irritated motorists for road space... you'd better "gear up."

Off road... well I always manage to fall at least once... sigh... (all power to you super technical folks... I ain't one)

But local errands on local residential streets... I love being "naked."

Back when I was much younger (say about 40 years ago... ) my big "naked" thing was riding ninja at night... no lights, no helmet... just cruising the local streets in the cool of night... cars were so bright and noisy it was easy to avoid them. And at around 10 PM or so, the drunks still had not taken over the streets. I very much enjoyed my little late night jaunts.
I felt the same. For local rides where i wouldn't be crossing a major street and could stick to side streets I'd sometimes leave the helmet. Notice I said "felt".
May 17th I crashed on some bad roadwork less than a minute from my place. Last thing i remember was seeing the square dig out of the road and thinking. "that is deeper than they should be and the edges aren't rounded, I may have to hop this." Next thing I know I'm staring up at the sky thinking something went REALLY wrong. A few weeks later (after the concussion symptoms had abated) I got the courage to check my helmet. There's a small dent (like someone jabbed a pen into it) just above the temple.
Needless to say i won't ride without a helmet again - it might have saved my life and definitely saved me from brain damage.
FWIW, just my experience and opinion based on it. Not criticising or calling anyone out. YMMV.
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