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How Many Wear Helmets?

Old 04-05-06, 04:15 AM
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You know, regarding that pic on the previous page. I think some of the top Pros are actually required to wear helmets by contract (insurance, etc), otherwise they get fined, or paid less, etc. I would almost think that would be the case. I think only on ocassion, they're allowed to remove them for whatever reason. You'd be amazed at all the things they can and can't do, based on their insurance policies and sponsor contracts.
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Old 04-05-06, 12:06 PM
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Every time I ride.

My wife broke a $130 helmet on the pavement while crossing railroad tracks at about 2 mph. It was a nice reminder.

bicycle $3500
helmet $130
being married to a wife with an intact skull....priceless
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Old 04-05-06, 11:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Rsix
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being married to a wife with an intact skull....priceless
She'll steal the brain anyways
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Old 04-05-06, 11:57 PM
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I always wear a helmet on the roads but at the park I don't because usually I am just strolling around but if I leave the park I put on the helmet.
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Old 04-06-06, 12:01 AM
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Originally Posted by Patriot
You know, regarding that pic on the previous page. I think some of the top Pros are actually required to wear helmets by contract (insurance, etc), otherwise they get fined, or paid less, etc. I would almost think that would be the case. I think only on ocassion, they're allowed to remove them for whatever reason. You'd be amazed at all the things they can and can't do, based on their insurance policies and sponsor contracts.
In Australia you can get fined and have insurance claims rejected if you are not wearing an approved (Tested and labelled so) helmet.

I got hit on Tuesday and had all the gear on, so I will receive a payout for approx $10k for bike damages alone. During giving a police report, one of the first questions asked is if you were wearing a Aust saftey standard approved helmet. I think if you answer wrong on that question the report finishes there. You have no case at all.

I still see lots of people riding along the beach etc without one straight past the police on footpatrol, if youare on the road, you'll get pulled over and a ticket. It is pretty common.
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Old 04-06-06, 12:22 AM
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I see the occasional guy with a full kit on riding in just a hat and no helmet. You know he has one why not just throw it on. I wonder if it diminishes his enjoyment some how. I saw some motorcyclists on the freeway the other day with their helmets strapped on the back?!? Can you imagine the feeling of being in a wheelchair the rest of your life when you had helmet a foot away that could have made a difference. What a regret to live with. I just can't imagine not using it if you made the investment already.
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Old 04-06-06, 12:44 AM
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What amazes me is I see people riding the hills around here with their helmet visibly mounted to their handlebar... presumably because their head is hot from the recent climb. At least their stem and cyclocomputer are safe.
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Originally Posted by urbanknight
What amazes me is I see people riding the hills around here with their helmet visibly mounted to their handlebar... presumably because their head is hot from the recent climb. At least their stem and cyclocomputer are safe.
I dont know where you live but I see it very often near Calabasas...

I guess its the new "cool" thing
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Old 04-06-06, 02:33 AM
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Originally Posted by ovoleg
I dont know where you live but I see it very often near Calabasas...

I guess its the new "cool" thing

Sadly ... I've seen it in commercials on TV, and in ads in magazines. There will be some sort of advertizement trying to promote some variation of "healthy living", and the person (usually a woman) on the bicycle will be dressed in the most inappropriate cycling attire, with a hairstyle and makeup fresh from the beauty salon, riding down the sidewalk at about 2 mph, with her helmet firmly attached to her handlebars.
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Old 04-06-06, 04:35 AM
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I don't where a helmet but I thinking I should get one, is 30 enough to spend on one and is there a particular one I should be looking at?
 
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Don't wear in the park? It was in a park going 12 mi/hr that I fell and broke my helmet.
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Old 04-06-06, 06:53 AM
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It is nice to see such consistency in responses. I too wear a helmet, virtually all the time. It is the law in Oz unfortunately.

When I lived in Britain I wore a helmet perhaps half the time, mostly to mount a helmet light. Check the statistics, helmets reduce scrapes and mild concussions but do not reduce the amount of brain damage and death for cyclists (collisions with motor vehicles result in forces several orders of magnitude greater than helmets can cope with). On the other hand, helmet compulsion does reduce the amount of people riding, leading to more obesity and reduced population lifespan.

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Old 04-06-06, 06:55 AM
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You know, regarding that pic on the previous page. I think some of the top Pros are actually required to wear helmets by contract (insurance, etc), otherwise they get fined, or paid less, etc. I would almost think that would be the case. I think only on ocassion, they're allowed to remove them for whatever reason. You'd be amazed at all the things they can and can't do, based on their insurance policies and sponsor contracts.
You really do have a quite inaccurate view of the bike racing business, based on the US sports where a single player is worth millions and millions to their sponsors.

Most pro cyclists make less than a primary school teacher, and have to train on last years bike, live in a crappy apartment in Belgium, and have no sponsorship contracts other than their crappy wages from the team.

Racers wear helmets in races because the UCI would disqualify them if they didn't. They used to let them discard them on mountain time trials or on a climb if there was a mountain top finish, but that changed in the last few years.

At least 50% of pros would not wear a helmet if they didn't have to.
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Can you imagine the feeling of being in a wheelchair the rest of your life when you had helmet a foot away that could have made a difference. What a regret to live with.
Can you imagine the feeling of being in a wheelchair for the rest of your life from a motorcycle accident, when you could have just not have bought your motorbike and sat indoors instead? What a regret to live with.
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helmets have become a rec rider fashion statement
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One good concussion convinced me to wear a helmet. I don't know if the helmet would have prevented the concussion, but i think so and I wish I was wearing one. I've had a number of injuries over the years and there is something very special about a head injury. As for weight or comfort issues, I've worn a full-face motorcycle helmet in 110 degree heat and I don't even feel a Giro on my head. And no, I don't feel invincible or take chances because I have one on, but having smacked my noggin both with and without, I'll take with every time.
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Old 04-06-06, 07:57 AM
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Old 04-06-06, 08:42 AM
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These are PROS and only freakin' Hincapie has the sense to don the lid. But, it's because they're pros that they're in the relative safety of a pack and have a follow car with flashing lights which screams "Watch out for cyclists!!!"
No no no no no no no no no. These guys still wear no helmet when training alone. Its just what they do. These guys crash multiple multiple times a year (EVERYONE crashes in the first week of the tdf), yet given the choice, they don't wear a helmet. Why?
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Didn't wear a helmet until I was 16 or 17, then I almost hit a car and started wearing one to protect myself from my own stupidity. Now if I go out without a helmet I feel uncomfortable to the point of distraction. It's never actually saved me from anything in a crash, and I've gone down hard plenty of times... I'd probably be safer wearing knee, elbow, and wrist guards, but I would never wear those things.
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Originally Posted by EURO
Can you imagine the feeling of being in a wheelchair for the rest of your life from a motorcycle accident, when you could have just not have bought your motorbike and sat indoors instead? What a regret to live with.
You miss the point. If you're going to invest in a helmet and just strap it on to your bike why buy the helmet at all? The regret would be not taking the 10 seconds to put it on vs. a lifetime of disability.
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Old 04-06-06, 09:55 AM
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I always wear a helmet any time I am on a bike, for my safety and for an example for my kids. I also ski and fall a lot more on skis than I ever do on a bike and was not wearing a helmet. Didn't make sense so I went and bought a ski helmet as well. I did get one with speakers in the ear pads, skiing with music is amazing. Don't have to worry about traffic.
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Old 04-06-06, 10:12 AM
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I used to be 50/50 helmet wearer. Sometimes with, sometimes without. And then I crashed with my white Bell "whiffleball" helmet. I hit a rock on the pathway, and I went down hard onto my head. No doubt there that it would have been worse without a helmet. From that point on I'm 100% wear. That was 12 years ago. I've crashed only on more time since then, during a group ride. Yep, all of us were wearing helmets, and all agreed it would have been painful and bad for someone without a helmet.
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Old 04-06-06, 10:27 AM
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I like the style of the helmet. I like going into a store and clicking my shoes on the ground and having my helmet on or clipped onto my bag. It makes a statement about carfree living in one of the country's most car-addicted cities (LA).
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Old 04-06-06, 11:30 AM
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I use the same argument for wearing a bike helmet as I do a motorcycle helmet (I ride a Honda CBR 600rr)... I wear a helmet because I can't live w/o my head. I can live w/o some skin on my arms, hence why it's ok to wear a helmet but only wear lycra shorts and jersey...

I do, though, use the same reasoning on my motorcycle... so I have to admit I dont' always wear jeans or a jacket when I ride... if I'm just riding to the gym or somewhere around town wher emy speed won't exceed 50mph, I may just wear shorts and a hoody... but I ALWAYS wear my helmet. I mean, if I'm crazy enough to wear a foam helmet and lycra shorts going 40+mph down a hill on a sub 20lb aluminum bike with less than 1" wide tires, I think I'm fully qualified to ride 50mph on a sport bike wearing shorts and a hoody... same argument, I can live w/o skin on my arms or legs, but I can't live w/o my head.

Just my 2 cents. I have leathers for riding the motorcycle, but I only wear them when I'm out riding, not commuting.

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Old 04-06-06, 12:13 PM
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After a lifetime of playing contact sports and many years (with a few nasty concusions) aggressive inline skating, I alway wear a helmet on my bike. I've had too many close calls with aggressive drivers/ falls while mountain biking to not wear one. I could pretty much care less if other people wear them...mostly because I could care less if someone I don't really know injures themselves in a way that could have easily been prevented.

That said, I don't really understand people who mtn. bike with no helmet. I've never had to use my helmet while road biking, but mtn is another story. When I'm going freeriding I wear a fullface becaue I'd like to keep my teeth.
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