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Old 10-01-21, 07:01 PM
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I landed mostly on my head


Tonight I was finishing a 25 mile ride on the MUP. As I was crossing one of two final roads I needed to make a 70 degree left turn to stay on the path. There was a lot of loose sand on the road this when I turned left the bike went under me and I hit my head hard on the road. Nice road rash on both knees. Some on forearm. Was able to ride back to my truck then discovered my keys had left my middle jersey pocket. Rough day but this helmet is a keeper.
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Old 10-01-21, 07:16 PM
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And thatís a perfect reason to buy and wear a helmet (nice job!). Just think, that could have been your scalp. I hope you are okay after that.
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Old 10-01-21, 07:20 PM
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Just some road rash, I could feel the helmet compress and take up the shock. Ive already ordered a new one. It certainly did its job!
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Originally Posted by boozergut View Post
Tonight I was finishing a 25 mile ride on the MUP. As I was crossing one of two final roads I needed to make a 70 degree left turn to stay on the path. There was a lot of loose sand on the road this when I turned left the bike went under me and I hit my head hard on the road. Nice road rash on both knees. Some on forearm. Was able to ride back to my truck then discovered my keys had left my middle jersey pocket. Rough day but this helmet is a keeper.
Glad to hear you are fine.
Wearing the helmet is always good.
How does your head feel?

Were you clipped in? How fast were you going? Did you brake while turning?
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Old 10-02-21, 05:46 AM
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Originally Posted by anga View Post
Glad to hear you are fine.
Wearing the helmet is always good.
How does your head feel?

Were you clipped in? How fast were you going? Did you brake while turning?
Head feels great. I was using spiked mountain bike pedals. Just a sharp left turn on a road with a lot of sand on it. Probably around 15 mph.
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Originally Posted by boozergut View Post
Head feels great. I was using spiked mountain bike pedals. Just a sharp left turn on a road with a lot of sand on it. Probably around 15 mph.
The bike falls too quickly to take any evasive action.
Only luck matters.
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Seeing the decals curling off your helmet reminded me of a helmetless friend fell biking home from work. Although she didn't initial hit her head, the bike ended up on top of her head and held it against the pavement as she slid down a steep hill. The skin was scraped off the side of her head.
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I've slid out just as fast at least 6 times. None were anywhere close to my no helmet head. Or maybe it was, but your helmet sticks out 2". Three times I landed like a cat on all fours, palms and the soft spot under my knees. All 4 had skin dents of course. Ripped the blue jeans I think.
Nothing but spike pedals for me, since they replaced rubber blocked ones.

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Old 10-03-21, 10:25 AM
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Glad you are ok. I too had a very bad accident about 20 yrs ago where I landed almost directly on top of my head. My Giro helmet did its job and I do believe had I not been wearing one I could have been paralyzed. Kask looks worthy of your return business!
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Rats.... A fall is a fall... glad you made it!

I have always disliked ridding with a helmet but they have saved my arse as well as my head more than a few times...
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Old 10-04-21, 08:36 AM
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Wow, I never wore a helmet when I was younger and had plenty of spills. I could not even imagine riding without a helmet these days. Stay safe!
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Wow, I never wore a helmet when I was younger and had plenty of spills. I could not even imagine riding without a helmet these days. Stay safe!
I've had plenty of spills on gravel, mud and ice but never had any impact on my head.

These days, if I had a spill that contacted my head, there'd be a lot damage to all the equipment and gadgets up there than just my noggin.
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Old 10-05-21, 06:01 AM
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I spent part of the next day truing a bent wheel....
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Originally Posted by boozergut View Post
Rough day but this helmet is a keeper.
I hope you don't mean that literally, as in "I am going to continue using this very helmet." It's damaged and should be replaced.
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No, I have a new red one now, Ill toss the blue one...
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I approve this message. Wear a helmet.
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Old 10-07-21, 08:22 PM
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Originally Posted by boozergut View Post
No, I have a new red one now, Ill toss the blue one...
Red helmets are faster than blue helmets, but not as fast as white helmets.
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I've had two times where I had an overhanging branch strike my helmet while I was riding at speed (It's easier to do than it sounds on fast winding country roads--just slightly above eye level and around a curve). Turned what would have been at least nasty gashes into 'wow, that's a weird experience". I wear my helmet at all times on a bike, weird stuff happens.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
Red helmets are faster than blue helmets, but not as fast as white helmets.

Yellow just screams "I have a yellow hat!"
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Originally Posted by boozergut View Post

Tonight I was finishing a 25 mile ride on the MUP. As I was crossing one of two final roads I needed to make a 70 degree left turn to stay on the path. There was a lot of loose sand on the road this when I turned left the bike went under me and I hit my head hard on the road. Nice road rash on both knees. Some on forearm. Was able to ride back to my truck then discovered my keys had left my middle jersey pocket. Rough day but this helmet is a keeper.

They should outlaw sand.
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I had the same experience a few years back but was not lucky enough to land on the top of my head. Instead I hit the ground pretty good with my cheekbone. No fracture but was quite the sight (and a great conversation starter) for a while. My sand was one of those red plastic disposable cups that was flattened on the road. I was turning to the right as my front wheel hit it and slid like ice. I was focused on a big semi backing up ahead and didn't see it.

Glad you're ok, mate. Also, don't toss the helmet - give it to a local advocacy/bike safety group to use as a demonstration.
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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post
I've had two times where I had an overhanging branch strike my helmet while I was riding at speed (It's easier to do than it sounds on fast winding country roads--just slightly above eye level and around a curve). Turned what would have been at least nasty gashes into 'wow, that's a weird experience". I wear my helmet at all times on a bike, weird stuff happens.
Way back in elementary school, we had a "bike safety" presentation, and they had a drawing for a few bike helmets. My friend won one. He was so proud of that thing that he wore it outside for recess and "field day." During the softball toss, a ball came down right on top of his head... helmet FTW! Now *that* is a weird helmet experience!
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I've had two times where I had an overhanging branch strike my helmet while I was riding
this happens to me regularly, so I also wear eye protection
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
this happens to me regularly, so I also wear eye protection

I think this is a New England thing--lots of low branches overhanging the roadway. I wear shatterproof glasses, so I think I'm covered there, but my strikes have always been to the top of my head. I'm guessing you are either taller than I am or ride higher on the saddle.
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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post
I think this is a New England thing--lots of low branches overhanging the roadway. I wear shatterproof glasses, so I think I'm covered there, but my strikes have always been to the top of my head. I'm guessing you are either taller than I am or ride higher on the saddle.
well, I'm in the woods more than on the road. but country roads w/ narrow shoulders force me closer to the side. like on Martha's Vineyard. I think they don't trim as much?
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