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View Poll Results: Which would you spend $30 on: A helmet or a LAB safe cycling class?
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Road I vs. Helmet: Where would you spend your money?

Old 01-25-14, 07:15 AM
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Road I vs. Helmet: Where would you spend your money?

Let's say you can buy a helmet that meets all safety specs for $30 (you can).

Alternatively, you could spend that $30 to take a League of American Bicyclists Traffic Skills 101 course.

Which would you do?
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Old 01-25-14, 07:24 AM
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This is silly. Of course I take the helmet because BF has a huge knowledge base in the Helmet Thread. heh.

I'm first. Did I win?
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You probably can't take the class witout a helmet.
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Old 01-25-14, 08:20 AM
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Originally Posted by chaadster View Post
You probably can't take the class witout a helmet.
I'd like to think this would end this thread, but I'm sure it won't.
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Old 01-25-14, 08:39 AM
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I'd like to think this would end this thread, but I'm sure it won't.
Pretty please ??
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Old 01-25-14, 09:03 AM
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Originally Posted by chaadster View Post
Yaa' probably can't take dat there class ya know witout da helmet you know.
Huh. Trick question and I fell for it. You didn't. So you win.

..and FIFY.
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Road safety is nothing more than common sense and logic. I would suggest anyone comming to these forums know all the safety rules.
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Originally Posted by RoadTire View Post
Huh. Trick question and I fell for it. You didn't. So you win.

..and FIFY.
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Old 01-25-14, 10:52 AM
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I'm an LCI (#1076) and have to say get helmet. All the classes I've taught required a helmet to participate.
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Spend it on moving to a place where the bicycle has its Own Infra structure .

to separate your self from the Automobile traffic.
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Old 01-25-14, 11:34 AM
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Why not both?

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Goodwill has helmets, some nearly new. Inspect for cracks, try on for size, drop what 5$? Don't shave for a week, wear grunge, show up at course as an out of work street person who's got an angle on a bike commute gig workin' a taco stand other side of town, or just say $25? Forego a scam drop $25 in singles $ & change & offer to lump equipment, help with setup & takedown. Safety learning in BF? Uh..not really. Actually, I'd spend $25 on an experienced BF member near you who is also an instructor, take them to breakfast, go riding.
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Old 01-25-14, 01:50 PM
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I would use the $30 to buy a better bike light.

P.S. $30 is overcharge for a safety class, and probably not enough to get a high quality helmet (if you are going to wear one anyway).

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Old 01-26-14, 12:57 PM
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A class is nice, but you can learn what you need by reading. The League of American Bicyclists has lots of reading material and videos. As someone else wrote, you'll probably need a helmet in order to take a class; so that's where you should start.

http://www.bikeleague.org/ridesmart
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Stupid, stupid poll. Just save up another $30.
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I actually wound up doing both. I got the helmet about three years, before I got my bike. Rode about a year before my wife and I took the Traffic 101 class (in 2009). Scored 80% on the written portion, and I aced the road portion. In all fairness, I also had about four years carfree riding (twenty plus years ago) prior to meeting my wife.

We took the class, because my wife thought it would help her confidence on the bike.
My wife is great believer in taking classes.
When she decides to take a class, I also have to take the class. To date I have taken a computer class, the Traffic 101 class, and an iPad class. Mostly they were fun, as far as actually learning anything new; meh.

In the iPad class, I did learn how to take a screen shot. The computer class was a total waste of time and money.

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I would use the money to take a class on helmet selection.
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I actually wound up doing both. I got the helmet about three years, before I got my bike. Rode about a year before my wife and I took the Traffic 101 class (in 2009). Scored 80% on the written portion, and I aced the road portion. In all fairness, I also had about four years carfree riding (twenty plus years ago) prior to meeting my wife.

We took the class, because my wife thought it would help her confidence on the bike.
My wife is great believer in taking classes.
When she decides to take a class, I also have to take the class. To date I have taken a computer class, the Traffic 101 class, and an iPad class. Mostly they were fun, as far as actually learning anything new; meh.

In the iPad class, I did learn how to take a screen shot. The computer class was a total waste of time and money.
It's important for couples to do things together.

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I all ready own 2 helmets, there are riders who don't?
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I all ready own 2 helmets, there are riders who don't?
I own two as well. I wear the one I paid more than $30 for regularly. I guess the other one is for after I crack the nicer one in half on the pavement.
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I deleted posts that were steering this thread toward A&S. It's possible to answer the OP's question without going there.
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Originally Posted by skye View Post
Let's say you can buy a helmet that meets all safety specs for $30 (you can).

Alternatively, you could spend that $30 to take a League of American Bicyclists Traffic Skills 101 course.

Which would you do?
Since a helmet can be replaced and your skull/brain can not this is an easy choice.
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I'd take the helmet any given day.
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All the resources for traffic rules and tips are available on web/youtube. And if you already have a drivers license and experience, you've already got most of the rules for traffic.

+1 for helmet.
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