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Old 02-24-16, 10:06 AM
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Helmets

I'm new to commuter biking and I want to have a helmet but I am frustrated with bringing my helmet into work. What do you do with your helmet when you get to work/destination?
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Old 02-24-16, 10:13 AM
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I just clip my chin strap around my bike lock and leave it hanging. Yes, in principle someone could steal it, but I've never had that happen. The kind of people who would steal random stuff off a bike are also the kind of people who wouldn't be interested in a used helmet.
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Old 02-24-16, 10:18 AM
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Originally Posted by Charlesw723 View Post
I'm new to commuter biking and I want to have a helmet but I am frustrated with bringing my helmet into work. What do you do with your helmet when you get to work/destination?
I bring it in to work. One can always find a place to stash a helmet, unless maybe you are a toll booth operator. It's other places you might ride to: restaurants, post offices, grocery stores, etc. where helmets are clunky and/or get in the way. My wife hates shopping with our helmets in the shopping cart because two helmets take up space where food (she eats a lot) would go. So I run the long cable through the strap loop of each helmet and lock them with the tandem. I see people just leave their helmets hanging off a handlebar, or lying in their front basket, but I did most of my riding in NYC. Even if a thief couldn't sell a stolen helmet it wouldn't stop someone from ruining your day by lifting it if you just put it out there on a platter for them.
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Old 02-24-16, 10:20 AM
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I carry mine into work with me, makes an excellent carrier for my gloves, computer and lights that I cannot leave on the bike for fear of theft.
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Old 02-24-16, 10:51 AM
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You can hang it from your handlebars or top tube or lock it to you bike.

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Old 02-24-16, 12:17 PM
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Like Arcanum, when I lock my bike up, I just hang my helmet by one strap off the nub of the steerer tube sticking above the stem. But I'm in a pretty safe suburb, and especially it's safe at work, our whole facility is fenced in with 24hr security/surveillance and the bike rack is in the parking deck. Sometimes if I don't feel like it I don't even lock the bike.

I can't imagine why bringing your helmet inside your work would make you frustrated, but if you can't just leave it hanging on the bike, maybe buy a super cheap/small/light cable lock (I once bought one from a 99c store for I think $1.99) and lock your helmet to your bike frame through a vent hole.
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Old 02-24-16, 12:37 PM
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I just don't wear a helmet any more. The range of accidents it would actually help in are small - a 1" piece of styrofoam might protect your head if you get thrown off your bike, but it's not going to save you if you're getting run over by a 2 ton automobile.

There have been studies that say that a helmet can help if you have a head impact, but what we haven't seen is that being backed up by studies showing fewer injuries in locations where helmet use is higher. Studies have shown no correlation between a country having higher helmet use, and a country having fewer bike deaths / injuries.
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Old 02-24-16, 12:58 PM
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I think the correlation runs the other way rather, countries with higher bike use are countries with lower bike casualty rates (those facts reinforce each other), and countries where biking is safer are countries where people use less helmets (because they're less relevant). Look at youtube videos of city biking in holland or other european cities. Almost nobody is wearing a helmet (and almost nobody is wearing spandex, or even generally athletic clothing)
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Old 02-24-16, 01:00 PM
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Originally Posted by PaulRivers View Post
I just don't wear a helmet any more. The range of accidents it would actually help in are small - a 1" piece of Styrofoam might protect your head if you get thrown off your bike, ..
Seems like a worthwhile incident to defend against.

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There have been studies that say that a helmet can help if you have a head impact, but what we haven't seen is that being backed up by studies showing fewer injuries in locations where helmet use is higher. Studies have shown no correlation between a country having higher helmet use, and a country having fewer bike deaths / injuries.
Perhaps because police reports don't bother collecting the data.
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Old 02-24-16, 01:07 PM
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I don't see why it is a big deal to bring it in with you or just strap it to your bike. I bring my bike and everything into work with me, so it's not something I think about...and if I am going somewhere else during the day, I won't bother wearing one. It's not a death wish to forgo the helmet
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Old 02-24-16, 01:11 PM
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Can we please not turn this into A&S thread #12328152 ...

Helmets can be stored any place you would otherwise store a jacket.
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Old 02-24-16, 02:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Arcanum View Post
I just clip my chin strap around my bike lock and leave it hanging. Yes, in principle someone could steal it, but I've never had that happen. The kind of people who would steal random stuff off a bike are also the kind of people who wouldn't be interested in a used helmet.
Depends a lot on where you live. I never leave anything on my bike that could be removed without tools here in NYC.

I just bring my helmet inside and put it on my desk. OP, do you work somewhere that you can't do this, or don't have a locker?
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Old 02-24-16, 05:28 PM
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Originally Posted by gsa103 View Post
Can we please not turn this into A&S thread #....
Maybe that's the intent?
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Old 02-24-16, 08:53 PM
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Originally Posted by PaulRivers View Post
I just don't wear a helmet any more. The range of accidents it would actually help in are small - a 1" piece of styrofoam might protect your head if you get thrown off your bike, but it's not going to save you if you're getting run over by a 2 ton automobile.

There have been studies that say that a helmet can help if you have a head impact, but what we haven't seen is that being backed up by studies showing fewer injuries in locations where helmet use is higher. Studies have shown no correlation between a country having higher helmet use, and a country having fewer bike deaths / injuries.
In my admittedly limited experience compared to the overall riding hours of the collective cyclists in this country, i have found it is way more common to fall off your bike than be hit by a car.
Falling because a tire pops, falling because two bikes get caught up, falling because a wheel gets caught in RR tracks, falling because a car cuts you off, falling because a wheel runs off the path. Etc etc etc.
All those can easily result in hitting your head and causing a cut/abrasion.

I would rather a helmet absorb the impact and scraping instead of my skull.

To each their own, but your point of view is akin to someone not wearing a seat belt while driving because that wont save your life if Big Foot Monster Truck drives over your car. The seat belt wouldnkeep you safe in hundreds of other scenarios, but you wont wear it because it wont help all the time.
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Old 02-24-16, 08:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Charlesw723 View Post
I'm new to commuter biking and I want to have a helmet but I am frustrated with bringing my helmet into work. What do you do with your helmet when you get to work/destination?
What exactly is frustrating? Is it difficult to find a place to store it? Do coworkers laugh at you? Something else?
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Old 02-24-16, 10:32 PM
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
In my admittedly limited experience compared to the overall riding hours of the collective cyclists in this country...
I am going to follow the other posters request to not respond and go further down the path of...well actually to describe how absurd it gets would be to go down that path anyways.

There is another common point of view on the topic though.
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Old 02-25-16, 10:09 AM
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I wear mine all day. You never know when you might slip and hit your head.
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Mine is clipped to my top tube at this very moment. Looking out the window to make sure it still there....

...okay, good. Frustrations alleviated.

Anything else we can help with? Bunions? Halitosis?
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