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As a 50+'r, I wear my helmet:

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View Poll Results: As a 50+'r, I wear my helmet:
As a 50+'r, I wear my helmet whenever I bicycle
75.72%
As a 50+'r, I wear my helmet most of the time when I bicycle
13.87%
As a 50+'r, I wear my helmet some of the time when I bicycle
4.05%
As a 50+'r, I never wear my helmet when I bicycle
5.20%
What's a helmet?
1.16%
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As a 50+'r, I wear my helmet:

Old 06-02-08, 02:00 PM
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As a 50+'r, I wear my helmet:

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As a 50+'r, I wear my helmet:

Tell us why (or why not?).

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Old 06-02-08, 02:20 PM
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I know I have given the sensible answer- but I have busted too many helmets in falls to realise how much safer it is to always wear a helmet on the bike.

Saying that- Haven't had to buy a helmet since I became a roadie. I did buy one though as I like to have a spare one for the day that it does happen.
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The helmet is integral, so it's every time, no exceptions, will cancel a ride if I get somewhere without it, and won't ride with them as won't.

Why?

1. My first career was in the hospital business, and

2. I've eaten the pavement many times including once when my helmet bounced (with my brains safely nestled therein) three times before coming to rest. That one busted my shoulder and cracked a hip which to this day can predict bad weather and has left me vaguely asymmetrical. My brains are no more addled than they were pre-dump.
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Old 06-02-08, 02:43 PM
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I wear a helmet every time I ride, because the day before my 16th birthday I got doored and spent my birthday in bed recovering from a concussion and broken collarbone. Concussions suck.
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I always do ... but sometimes when I'm riding a sedate dirt rail trail, I feel like a wuss for doing so. Not that many other riders are wearing helmets. Especially when I'm riding my recumbent, where I'm not sitting all that high.

On a hard surface, I wouldn't dream of riding without one. No way do I want to go down off of an upright bike on asphalt without a helmet.

My helmet has never come into play during a ride. I've never banged my head, never damaged a helmet.
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I made my kids wear helmets so I had to (Do as I say AND as I do!). Also always wear gloves. Never crashed hard enough for the helmet to make a difference but tore up the palms on a pair of gloves during a fall earlier this year. Better the gloves than my hands.
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Originally Posted by DnvrFox View Post
Public Poll

As a 50+'r, I wear my helmet:

Tell us why.
I wear it because I am on the board of the local Bicycle Advocacy group.

Other than that, 40 years of experience weighs against the need for it except for times such as running down high speed mountains and it's uncomfortable.

However, when I lived in the desert, I did find that the helmet did tend to keep my head cooler when riding home in the summer because of the styrofoam insulation.

I have had one motorcycle incident where I was very glad I was wearing a full-face helmet when I noticed it shifting on my head as my face was on the pavement and was happy that my face was not getting torn up at that moment.
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I wear my helmet 100% of the time because my wife makes me and I'm more scared of her than the emergency room.
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To set a good example for my kids.
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Wow, I'm a real looser. I'm the only indiot so far who voted "most of the time." The truth is maybe once a year I won't wear it when I go to the grocery store around the corner, but that's probably the time I'd fall....
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Most of the time for me, too. I'll often Test Ride a repair out front w/no
helmet. Stupid me.

I just was in Chicago for three+ days and as excited as I was to see a
LOT of bicycle traffic, I was hard pressed to see many helmets...of course
it's also a non-helmet required for motorcycle state....
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I replied that I wear mine all the time. Truth be told, I do occasionally skip it when I ride a bike around my cul-de-sac to check out an adjustment or minor repair. I do wear it 100% of the time for any longer ride.

Haven't needed the helmet yet, but I've read enough comments here and in other places that I may be one of the lucky ones so far. My falls to date have been the slow-mo variety after failing to clip out on the side I'm leaning to.

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Originally Posted by Tom Bombadil View Post
I always do ... but sometimes when I'm riding a sedate dirt rail trail, I feel like a wuss for doing so.


Ever have a squirrel run itno your spokes? I haven't, but I've seen pics, and they aren't nice. Err - minced squirrel? One damaged rider.
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Ever have a squirrel run itno your spokes? I haven't, but I've seen pics, and they aren't nice. Err - minced squirrel? One damaged rider.
I keep trying but I always miss them.
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Darn, and I was hoping to get a good helmet war started here.
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Originally Posted by DnvrFox View Post
Darn, and I was hoping to get a good helmet war started here.
Shame on you! Shame! Shame! Shame!
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Originally Posted by Trsnrtr View Post
I wear my helmet 100% of the time because my wife makes me and I'm more scared of her than the emergency room.
YEP
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"What's a helmet" one response from guybierhaus

For shame!
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I'm with CACycling - I insist that my daughter wear hers, so I feel obligated to wear mine (although in all honesty I don't expect to ever need it - how far can you fall from a recumbent tadpole trike? )
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- how far can you fall from a recumbent tadpole trike? )
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Off of a cliff?

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I always wear a helmet because I'm afraid of having a severe head injury and not dying.
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Always...it's part of the look.
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Originally Posted by DnvrFox View Post
Off of a cliff?

I'm incredibly more likely to be struck by lightning than to fall off a cliff. I have a very well developed case of acrophobia. My wife knows that if I fall from a cliff, balcony, high window, ladder or whatever, to tell the cops to investigate thorougly, because it sure wasn't voluntary. Once (and NEVER again!) I went up to the observation deck of the Sears Tower. I never got more than 5 feet from the central core of the building, and didn't stop shaking until the elevator doors opened back down at street level.
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Although I started out with a desire to wear that helmet every time I got on the bike, this winters trainer sessions just got too hot. The helmet would protect my head however when I stand up to sprint and bounce off the ceiling.......................
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I always wear a helmet while riding. I know what sound a helmet makes when hitting the trail or pavement- don't want to know what my head would sound like hitting the same, or if I would be lucky enough to hear or remember hearing it!
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