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Old 08-21-01, 11:09 PM
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What do you do with your helmet? (possibly stupid question)

I'm referring not to "commuting to work" here, but "commuting to the store/post office/errand of your choice". I get to where I'm going and there's just not anything real convenient to do with one's helmet. It gets awkward to carry it around in one's hands, especially if one is wrangling a shopping basket full of mouthwash and shampoo at the same time. If I strap it to my bag, I inevitably knock my rear view mirror off. I've seen people lock their helmet to their bike, but I've never gone in for this. I get paranoid visions of people slashing the straps out of sheer malice. I usually end up looking like a dork and walking around the store wearing the darn thing.
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Old 08-22-01, 12:18 AM
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I usually just lock mine to the bike. Never had a problem. I don't live in a particularly high crime area though. I've left my bike unattended using the helmet strap as a 'lock' on more than one occasion (but never for very long) and it's still been there when I got back. Maybe I've just been lucky so far. <touches wood>

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Old 08-22-01, 01:19 AM
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I do the same as Allister. It seems to work at university (and I've had a number of other things stolen from here before).

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Old 08-22-01, 05:28 AM
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I too usually just keep it with the bike. Around here I don't think helmets are a big seller in the underground market.
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Old 08-22-01, 06:14 AM
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Lock it to the bike. I find cheaper helmets with fewer and larger holes are easier to attatch than up-market racing helmets.
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I just buckle it and hang it over my arm like a purse. Of course, it can be embarassing if it doesn't coordinate with my outfit.
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Sometimes, I just hang it from the bike, or I go for the dork look, and wear it into the store. When I do that, I can almost always strike up a conversation with someone and promote biking!! People always seem to wonder what the mirror is, and it just goes from there! Sometimes looking like a dork is a good thing!!
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I too lock it on a bike. I have a cable lock on my bike (to secure the sadle) and I lock it with that.

I must say though that once Thing that is a pain with cycling is to always load/unload (panniers, lights, etc) when doing small errands. Then again we don't have to worry about parking space.
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Old 08-22-01, 02:13 PM
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What's wrong with looking like a dork?

Lock it.
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If I'm on the bike I've already got my flashy Sidi shoes on so ain't no hiding. I just wear the helmet.
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I generally wear it unless the weather is really hot, then I just put it on my bike. I do live in a high crime area, but I reason that a) there's not much of a black market for helmets as previously stated and b) I think the risk taking personality of thieves means they don't wear helmets. That leaves vandals and pranksters, but if someone wanted to mess with my bike I can think of worse pranks. For example, I was in a bike shop and a guy came in to say that thieves had removed the pads from his brakes.
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Originally posted by PapeteeBooh
I too lock it on a bike. I have a cable lock on my bike (to secure the sadle) and I lock it with that.

I must say though that once Thing that is a pain with cycling is to always load/unload (panniers, lights, etc) when doing small errands. Then again we don't have to worry about parking space.

One word: Backpack.

On that note, my biking backpack has an elasticated strap on it where I can carry my helmet without it dangling around. It's sometimes useful, but I feel a bit like a tortoise, and it does still bump into things. Like others, for dash-in-and-out errands I wear it (I sometimes even park my bike in the shop - after asking of course - people can be surprisingly accomodating).

Look like a dork? You get used to it - and I've had 32 years practice

Actually, that was much more than one word...
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Well, I figured since I've got helmet-hair already, what's the point in takin' it off?

I usually just walk around the store with it on. It really doesn't matter to me. One less thing to worry about. If that doesn't get anyone's attention, the darn blinkie I forgot to turn off, will!
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Originally posted by technogirl
Well, I figured since I've got helmet-hair already, what's the point in takin' it off?

I usually just walk around the store with it on. It really doesn't matter to me. One less thing to worry about. If that doesn't get anyone's attention, the darn blinkie I forgot to turn off, will!
I LOVE to go into the store wearing EVERYTHING I wear on my bike (deodorant ).

Once I stood in line to pay a bill in the grocery store with my blinkie attached to my belt, about two inches above my butt (just a-blinkin'). No one ever told me, "Excuse me, your butt is blinking."

Once I asked the cashier, "Hey, do you have any paper towels? I'm sweating into my eyes, and it's burning like crazy!"

She shook her head in little vibrating movements and quickly handed me change.
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Helmet hair isn't really a concern for me. I have this just barely to my shoulders really thick, really curly hair. When I wear a helmet without a headscarf under it, big poufs of curls stick out on either side. Think Bozo the clown. So, I always wear a bandana or something under my helmet.

I'm not really worried about the helmet getting ripped off. I figure, who's going to want my sweaty, icky helmet. But like I said, I get these paranoid fears about someone cutting the straps or something, just to vandalize. Probably my fears are vastly disproportionate to the actual probability that this will happen.

Like I said, i normally just wear it, but I've been somewhat sensitive about wearing it ever since a couple of months ago I was in Target and some teenager gave me a hard time about this. I know, I know, stupid to let a teenager bother me...
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Originally posted by Pete Clark
Once I stood in line to pay a bill in the grocery store with my blinkie attached to my belt, about two inches above my butt (just a-blinkin'). No one ever told me, "Excuse me, your butt is blinking."
Pete, you are one of a kind!

I lock my helmet to the bike, and put all my gear in the panniers, which have a convenient handle on top to carry them like cowboy saddlebags.

And, no Pete, MY but doesn't blink!
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Old 09-03-01, 01:28 PM
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Originally posted by Allister



One word: Backpack.

Im with Allister on this one, I jam my quick release saddle and hydrolicly sprung seatpost and my helmet into the backpack when I go in, the only time i have problems is when I have to stash larger items that i pick up. I have to remove the helmet from the bag to fit the item in, in these cases I strap the helmet to the outside of bag.


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Old 09-03-01, 08:51 PM
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My helmet is going to be attached to my backpack when I go in anywhere. For one thing , I hate the helmet I have and I feel like a doofus wearing it when I'm not on the bike. I want a Giro but I have to settle for a banged up Schwinn. :thumbdn:

Hey, I really should start leaving it on my ride. Maybe some kid will grab it and toss it in a dumpster for me , thereby forcing me to buy a new one! Hmmmmm.

I want a good fitting, nifty looking Giro but I hate the thought of laying $50+ bucks on the counter for a piece of crushed styrofoam with a chinstrap.
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Originally posted by Jon T.
I want a good fitting, nifty looking Giro but I hate the thought of laying $50+ bucks on the counter for a piece of crushed styrofoam with a chinstrap.
I understand the fealing but perhaps you would feel more enclined to buy one if you think of a helmet as a way to get your skull only slightly bruised instead of split in two with your brain lying on the asphalt (I am always one for cheerful thoughts)
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Originally posted by PapeteeBooh


I understand the feeling but perhaps you would feel more enclined to buy one if you think of a helmet as a way to get your skull only slightly bruised instead of split in two with your brain lying on the asphalt (I am always one for cheerful thoughts)
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I've riden in enough high crime areas (see south central LA) to know to leave sacrificial items on a parked bike. In 30 years I have had one cheap Cateye bike computer stolen (LA) and one tire slashed (Denver Federal Center). Let them steal the water bottles, I find new ones free on the road side. Like most others I lock the helmet along with the bike. The only dorks are cyclists without helmets. I avoid them like I avoid cars with three different colors of body panels.
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I keep wearing it where ever I go..
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I have a gigantic messenger bag, so I will either throw it in there or clip it around the strap of the bag so it sort of hangs in front. In the warmer months I will often lock it up so the sweat can dry out a little.
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Sometimes I attach it to straps on the backpack and it hangs down- I look like an off-duty parachutist. Other times I just lock it to the bike and no one has ever bothered it. I've even used it as an "in-sight bike lock" strapping it to the rear wheel and seat tube so the bike can't be hopped on and ridden away while I'm in line at the newsstand.

Once I stood in line to pay a bill in the grocery store with my blinkie attached to my belt, about two inches above my butt (just a-blinkin'). No one ever told me, "Excuse me, your butt is blinking."
-better a blinking butt than a stinking butt- (is that a "rebuttal"?) man, it's late.
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i usually either clip it onto my bag strap (beside the gloves), or wear it. as far as dork factor - i have some kind of object dyslexia, so just keeping it on my head doesn't gather the anywhere near the kind of wondering audience i can gather when i take it off, and then put it down and forget it somewhere/drop it while juggling change/pack it tidily into the bottom of the bag underneath all the groceries/put it on backwards/pinch the skin under my chin clipping it up/you get the idea.
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