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To Helmet or not to Helmet

Old 07-06-13, 09:59 PM
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To Helmet or not to Helmet

That is the question.

Do you live your life on the edge or are you the type that would prefer to be wrapped in bubble wrap at all times?


I separated it into a few age groups just to see if it makes a difference.

I put this into the C&V section cause i wanted to know what the demographic of C&V was.

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Old 07-06-13, 10:01 PM
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Personally I don't, did 70 km with friends the other day including riding through downtown traffic and sometimes hitting speeds of 55km/h. didn't wear a helmet through 8 years of skateboarding seriously for sponsors and whatnot. Only time I wear a helmet is for ice hockey and this is cause they force you too, plus it holds a visor to help protect the eyes.
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Peer pressure. I've got no mind of my own...no need for a helmet.
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On more than a couple of occasions (certainly one memorable afternoon on Slickrock about 20 years ago) wearing a helmet saved my life. If I hadn't, my brains would have been splattered all over street & trail like so many rotten tomatoes.
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After going down without a helmet one rain slicked July evening, hard, I won't leave the house without one. My head is worth it, ymmv.
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Let's see how long it takes for this one to get mindlessly dumped into the A&S thread.

At any rate, I generally do not wear a helmet while doing "vintage" stuff, because I don't take any risks on those rides. The last time I fell off a vintage bike, they weren't considered vintage. (On my local "vintage" ride, FWIW, perhaps 25% of the participants without.)

On my modern bike I wear a helmet, because it's a cyclocross bike and I'm essentially a novice cyclocrosser - I have to wear one while racing so I might as well get used to it while training, and I'm probably going to fall off from time to time anyway.
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Can't really answer the poll, radio buttons aren't up for the task.

In town- no. In the Country- yes. I like to explain to people that I'm not planning to crash, so it's up to them to keep me on two wheels. Couple that with no helmet and I find I have a lot of space on the roads.

I'm 32.
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Old 07-06-13, 10:48 PM
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Yeah, I just need one of them "Baby on board" signs on the back of my jersey.
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Old 07-06-13, 11:18 PM
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I actually like wearing a helmet in the winter, but in the summer (Phoenix) I find that I sweat so much I can't keep the sweat out of my eyes. We went for a ride on the 4th about 8:30 pm to watch the fire works and it was still 105/106 outside.
I find the same to be true while dirt biking (Motorcycle). I've had a couple of mild heat strokes wearing a full face dirt bike helmet on longer desert rides. One needs to be careful and weigh the variables in extreme heat. Your mileage will vary.
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Old 07-06-13, 11:18 PM
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Love the wind in my hair. Hate to hafta scratch my head with a helmet on....And that's the only time my head needs scratching. I'm 62.

Since I live close to the state border it depends on whether I ride in Washington state (which has a helmet law) or Idaho. When I ride in Washington state I wear my mid '90s Nashbar bucket which gets a comment now and then which I overhear when riding by.....Like: "That guy is riding in a time warp!"
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Yeah, i guess this isn't really a C&V question at all, is it? (although some of my helmets are def C&V )

I wear one 'cause i crash a lot. I hate wearing them; but i know I need to
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Originally Posted by mapleleafs-13 View Post
That is the question.

Do you live your life on the edge or are you the type that would prefer to be wrapped in bubble wrap at all times?


I separated it into a few age groups just to see if it makes a difference.

I put this into the C&V section cause i wanted to know what the demographic of C&V was.
To someone who's done his share of extreme things, and spent the last year+ battling a head injury, the dichotomy you put forth (edge-boy v. bubble-boy) is funny stuff.

With your tongue in cheek humor thus acknowledged, I'll just say, bust your bean one good time, and you'll never wonder if helmets are stupid again. Honestly- and I'm not kidding- if I could wrap my noggin in bubble wrap for skiing next winter, I probably would!

You. Are. Your. Head.

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Old 07-07-13, 01:23 AM
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You know this is one of the longest running circuses of crazy on the BF, right ?

................The A+S Helment Thread
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i did not, i generally only frequent the C&V forum so i have not seen that one.
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yes for all ages all the time
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my head isn't worth it.
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As of 2012, I made the choice to wear a bike helmet. Up to then, I've not worn one for cycling. (But had always used one for motorcycling.) I know people who are here today because of a helmet. And those who survived head injury without one. Not all of them recovered.
My decision was not merely for personal protection, but also weighing the consequences on my loved ones.
I believe we should have the right to choose.
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Depends. When I'm out on a fitness ride, doing 50+ km/h at descents with 18-wheelers buzzing past, I have it on (a helmet doesn't help an iota when I'm hit by an 18-wheeler, but it may help if I manage to dodge that 18-wheeler and land in the 2-meter-deep ditch instead). When I go to get a cold beer from the groceries after aforementioned fitness ride I don't bother with helmet - I'm not going much above 25 km/h and traffic in town tends to be somewhat more civilized.

Anyway, the last time I fell was when taking a hairpin turn on a icy road in january. Only damage was a smashed headlight (damn plastic gets so fragile in low temperatures) and bruised knee.
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Here we go again, lol!,,,,BD
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My helmet saved my life in 2002! These days, and then too, for that matter, I always wear a helmet. To that, as a leader in our local Bicycles for Humanity Chapter, add that I am an example to other riders, be they young or old.

Helmets are a good idea. Aside from their protective value, they make being seen a bit easier, thanks to their bright colors. Personally, I cannot think of a single decent reason to not wear a helmet when riding a bicycle.
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If you're riding vintage, don't you gotta wear an old inferior helmet to keep the look authentic?
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My helmet is currently cracked thanks to an accident.
I got caught in my cleats at an intersection on top of a hill, due to a car spotted very late.
I chose not to hit the car - as a helmet in that situation may not help.
That necessitated falling with my bike backwards down the hill - creating the kind of impact where the back of your head really hits the asphalt hard.
With a helmet - it knocked me senseless (or a little more senseless as the case may be).

Gotta get a new helmet.
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It's not really a bucket. It's a helmet. A bucket might be uncomfortable, d****d heavy, and cover my eyes.
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Originally Posted by License2Ill View Post
If you're riding vintage, don't you gotta wear an old inferior helmet to keep the look authentic?
True, same goes for outfit .
Using my brains, so yes wearing a helmet (except for commuting). Same goes for skiing.
Don't want to lecture, likelihood of an accident might seem to be low, when it happens then (head) traumas are pretty severe without a helmet. Most accidents are caused by the riders themselves, but if you are confident enough I'd still like to rule out any possibility of someone else taking me down.
So take your chances.
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I hate the helmet discussion in life and online, but I'm an absolute helmet nazi, except when the ride doesn't warrant a helmet. (There's a joke in there if you look carefully) riding hard, going out into the countryside, exploring and adventuring I wouldn't go without it for anything. For the mile and half to work through largely car-free streets, or the zip five blocks to my girlfriends house? I never even think about taking the helmet.

Without starting a debate. On those long, spirited trips the practical value of the helmet is huge. By which I mean keeping the sun off, the rain off keeping your head warmer when it's cold. (Love the visor, don't care how uncool that is for a road ride.) I would encourage some of the helmet skeptical to give it a thought next time you think might be caught in the rain, sun or cold.
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