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What Made You Start Wearing A Helmet?

Old 12-06-08, 04:52 PM
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I started wearing a helmet when I bought my first bike (back in 1987). Never thought twice about it; it just made sense to me.
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Old 12-06-08, 04:55 PM
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Traffic, frankly, scared the hell outta me when I started riding again after a layoff of almost 20 years. So before I started riding again, I got a helmet. Good thing, too, because I went over the handlebars six days later and did a faceplant. Ironically, I was riding on a sidewalk at the time because I was still afraid of cars. If I had been riding on the road probably wouldn't have crashed.
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Old 12-06-08, 05:02 PM
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Riding in my youth in San Francisco, we never wore helmets. Riding down hills at dare-devil-break-neck speeds was incredibly stupid as I reflect back on it. But, hey, that's what we all did. Poor brakes were augmented by stucking our feet in between the tire and seat post. Duh....dumb inner city kids anyway. Heh...

When I got back into 'cycling' six years ago, the fellas at work said, "either you wear or helmet or you ride by yourself. We're not going to clean your brains off the roadway". Well, that got my attention. Now, I can't ride without one. As one of the other posters said, I feel naked without one.

I insist that anyone who rides with me wear a helmet. I keep spares for just that reason.
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Old 12-06-08, 05:04 PM
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I felt unfashionable without it.
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Old 12-06-08, 05:21 PM
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I saw a demonstration on what happens to an unprotected head in a crash on a dummy dolls head more than 30 years ago.In a freefall from 5 feet its an ugly event.

When I started road cycling in the mid 80s I bought a helmet the same day I bought my bike.

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Old 12-06-08, 06:03 PM
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post tbi (1977 vw vs telephone pole accident), i got hit bicycling by cadilac, 1979. i was with-out helmet. at that point i still was not allowed to drive again, so bicycled everywhere.
my dad, pro-safety supporter who worked for Dupont chemical, got me a new white Bell Biker.
wore it consistantly, and made several updates. i was hit by cars (and hit trees-mtb too) but had no real issue untill 1999.
i was left-hooked by age 85 female who "had her signal on". post E/R and 2 years rehab, on road again. police at accident stated that w/out helmet i would have been removed from there in a different manner.
my dad planted the seed to use helmets. gorky at first, won't ride with-out them now!
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Old 12-06-08, 06:45 PM
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Wore one as a kid at parents urging and continued that for a while. Got my license drove everywhere went to college started commuting on a falling apart mtb and remembered how much I loved riding. I subsequently purchased a road bike and didn't think much about a helmet until a pickup truck clipped me on a country road maybe 2 weeks if not less from the time I got my bike. I swore from that point on that I would wear a helmet if I was doing anything other than riding to class on campus (2-3 minutes in campus with no cars)
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Old 12-06-08, 06:51 PM
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It makes me look sexy. I still keep my old mushroom (Bell) helmet and use it from time to time.
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Old 12-06-08, 07:14 PM
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Old 12-06-08, 07:52 PM
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I never used to wear a helmet.Then I had a crash where I wrecked my shoulder (rotator cuff torn completely) and realized just how easy it is to get hurt and how little control you have over outside circumstances. I've worn a helmet ever since.
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Old 12-06-08, 08:04 PM
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I wanted to participate in a local overnight club ride. Helmets were required. I was about 28 years old I think. 1987ish. Not too many helmet choices up to that point anyway. BELL made one model? I wear one to this day.
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Old 12-06-08, 08:08 PM
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The many years spent protecting my noggin in low underground tunnels made me value skull protection.
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Old 12-06-08, 09:20 PM
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I'm not sure what reason made me to start wearing a bicycle helmet, probably the fact that I had been wearing a helmet whenever I rode a motorcycle years before it was made mandatory, it could have been the memory of the one time I hit my head while bicycling without a helmet, that helmet styles reached the point that they were good looking enough for me to wear one, or a combination of the forementioned.
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Old 12-06-08, 10:49 PM
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I started wearing a helmet sporadically in the 80s as a teenager because some serious cyclists that I looked up to generally wore helmets. It became compulsory in this country some later and then I almost always wore a helmet.

I moved to Britain (where helmets aren't compulsory) in the last decade and reexamined the benefit of wearing cycle helmets and started wearing helmets most of the time but not always. After moving back to Oz, I almost always wear a helmet, except when I am riding in Europe, where I never wear a helmet now.
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Old 12-06-08, 11:12 PM
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My first ride on a mountain bike trail. Within the first mile, all those low hanging tree limbs talked me into it. Now I wear one when I commute on pavement.
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Old 12-06-08, 11:13 PM
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When I first started riding I don't think there were any cycling helmets. Even when I finally bought one in the 90's I almost never wore it. When I decided to commute to work on busier and higher speed roads about three years ago, I thought it would be a good idea to use a rear view mirror. So I got one that attached to the helmet and started using both. For some rides I still prefer to not wear the helmet though.
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Old 12-07-08, 12:43 AM
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Originally Posted by cyclezealot View Post
It matches my club kit.. The real answer... crack your helmet on a curb, you'll never go without..
My uncle cracked his helmet on a curb at zero mph while getting off of his bike. He told me about it when I later got myself a new bike, and strongly recommended that I get a helmet and a mirror.

He's the main doctor in his town in the middle of farm country. I think he's worth listening to.
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Old 12-07-08, 08:23 AM
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I wore helmets when they became available. Prior to their availability, I got nicely splattered a couple of times. Severe concussion, minor fracture, memory loss, blood loss. EZ decision. I'd wanted one before, but only hockey helmets were really available. Then MSR came out with one so I got it. Killed that helmet, but it protected my head!
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Old 12-07-08, 11:14 AM
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Originally Posted by mandovoodoo View Post
I wore helmets when they became available. Prior to their availability, I got nicely splattered a couple of times. Severe concussion, minor fracture, memory loss, blood loss. EZ decision. I'd wanted one before, but only hockey helmets were really available. Then MSR came out with one so I got it. Killed that helmet, but it protected my head!
I always wanted a helmet, even before they became available , too. I could not afford the Bell helmet at the time, and I waited and bought a yellow "Skid-Lid" in 1977, for about $70.00.
The Skid-Lid was polycarbonate shell with polyureathane lining, it had a strange shape, never since repeated, where the "ventilation" was provided by an opening in the shape of an letter "X".

Before that, I had tried to get a high-school football helmet, but I wasn't big enough to make the team. They wanted me to join the football team before they would let me have a helmet.
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Old 12-07-08, 11:18 AM
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I didn't use one on the bicycle until after I low-sided my motorcycle with a helmet on. I realized that I would regularly go faster than that on bicycle. The helmets at the time didn't offer much protection compared to a motor cycle helmet, but I too ended up with the white Bell mushroom. Now I've got the Bell Faction, better protection for sliding on the back of my head. Looking into the full face ones now, keep thinking that a face plant at 20 would not be good.
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Old 12-07-08, 12:28 PM
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Brain surgery after falling down some stairs. I have to protect the aftermarket hole in my skull.
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Old 12-07-08, 01:06 PM
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When I started riding a "real 10 speed" as a teenager in the mid-70's, my mom bought me a Bell helmet, one of this white egshell things. I wore it everytime I rode, and I still own the thing. I can't recall ever getting on a bike since then without putting on a helmet.
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Old 12-07-08, 04:46 PM
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Old 12-07-08, 05:30 PM
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I guess I have to say after reading Bicycling Magazine, I was convinced (even without reading the report) I needed one (even though I, or anyone I had known, had never hurt my - their - head-s while riding a bicycle) by the description of the TRT report in the mag.

It took me a while before I actually read the report, and then when I did, I had some questions I had to discover the answers to.

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Old 12-07-08, 05:55 PM
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I have a really ugly face so i wanted to cover it up some.
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