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How Many Wear Helmets?

Old 04-03-06, 11:34 PM
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How Many Wear Helmets?

in light of the "helmets do work" thread, how many of you actually wear your helmets? Personally, ive spent all my money on the other gear and am gonna have to wait to buy the helmet so i ride with a guinness fitted black cap turned backwards.its my style man, diggit?
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You're not going to "diggit" when you get in a crash. And it doesn't matter how good at cycling you are, something bad will happen outside your control and you'll get hurt. You really ought to at least go to your local K-Mart and pick up a $10 helmet or something if you're strapped for cash. It's much, much better than nothing.

Always wear a helmet. And if you're worried about your "style", there are some pretty cool looking helmets out there as well.
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the style thing was just a joke, im just trying to get everyones opinion(next paycheck is friday im going to get a new helmet then)

I ride motorcycles, i understand the importance of wearing your gear, i ride around in full leathers reguardless of heat.
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I have "used" a skid lid 3 times in my cycling past. Twice on pavement, once when a rock punctured a hole in the shell on an mtb ride. I'd like to shamelessly thank Bell for their discount helmet replacement program (send your crashed one in with a story on how it happened for their research and they send you a new model for cheap), not sure if they stil do that. But I will always wear one with that in mind.
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Old 04-03-06, 11:51 PM
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on a lighter note. I cant believe road bikers to descend mountains at speeds up to 70 mph(fastest i know of but im new) with a little foam and plastic helmet and lycra. Ive done track dayson my motorcycle where we didnt even reach 80, and i was scared to wear anything other than full gear and a spine protector. If riding with a hat on(at the lame speeds i ride at) is any less dangerous then a 70mph mountain descent in a helmet that really dosent protect very much of your head, ill submit to your point.
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Originally Posted by Dead Roman
the style thing was just a joke, im just trying to get everyones opinion(next paycheck is friday im going to get a new helmet then)

I ride motorcycles, i understand the importance of wearing your gear, i ride around in full leathers reguardless of heat.
Haha, cool. Okay.
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Old 04-04-06, 12:22 AM
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Originally Posted by Dead Roman
on a lighter note. I cant believe road bikers to descend mountains at speeds up to 70 mph(fastest i know of but im new) with a little foam and plastic helmet and lycra. Ive done track dayson my motorcycle where we didnt even reach 80, and i was scared to wear anything other than full gear and a spine protector. If riding with a hat on(at the lame speeds i ride at) is any less dangerous then a 70mph mountain descent in a helmet that really dosent protect very much of your head, ill submit to your point.
You've got an amazingly point there. But I don't ride 70 mph and I still want to be safe at 30. But to each his/her own. I'm sure I'll still be whimpering if I spill at 30 with just a plastic shell and lycra, because I'm sure some part of me will haveroad rash. I just hope to ride carefully and not crash *knock on wood*
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Originally Posted by Dead Roman
in light of the "helmets do work" thread, how many of you actually wear your helmets? Personally, ive spent all my money on the other gear and am gonna have to wait to buy the helmet so i ride with a guinness fitted black cap turned backwards.its my style man, diggit?
After a few rides with one you'll start to feel undressed if you go out without one.
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in the past 3 years (since i got back into biking) i can count on one hand how many times I haven't gone out without a helmet

the odd thing, is that while i will wear my helmet when i'm on my road bike, i never wear it when i'm on my city bike. not quite sure why?

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symple physics dictates that a helmet will be a much more pleasant experience than without. I've been wearing the same helmet for years, its a light silver netti. I know you're supposed to still replace them every 3yrs due to uv damage etc, but still better than nothing.
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After one crash with a helmet. The damage the helmet took. Woe is me if it had been my head.
My policy. No helmet,no ride.
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Always. Every ride.

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Originally Posted by cyclezealot
After one crash with a helmet. The damage the helmet took. Woe is me if it had been my head.
My policy. No helmet,no ride.
+1, One header in the early 90's and I'm a big helmet fan. Just like putting on shoes, just how I ride -with a helmet!

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Eh I wear a helmet but I am not exactly sure why...sure they work for a given set of impact forces but as a cyclist you can far exceed those forces. Local cyclist died in a wreck 2 weeks ago and he was wearing a helmet...the other guy was wearing a van so the helmet didn't help much.

I do wear my helmet on every ride though.
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Have worn a helmet on all rides since 1993
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I do not take my bike out (either my road bike or my mtb) out without a helmet.
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I always wear mine. Back in 2003 I had a little incident with my head, a helmet and a rock. The rock and helmet both lost getting cracked in to multiple pieces. My I'm fine just as before I was. Just kidding, I'm really OK.
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I wont ride without a helmet, period - mountain biking or road biking. I totally agree with the comment about feeling like you're missing something if you don't put it on and start to ride. Once you get used to it (1 ride) you'll always put it on. I feel the same way about seat belts in cars. I didn't wear one in high school but started to in college (some 20 years ago) and now I won't move the car until my seat belt is buckled.

Besides that, some of the local parks near my house require helmets for bikers and roller bladers. I also wouldn't be much of an example to my children if I mde them wear one and I didn't.
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Originally Posted by the beef
You're not going to "diggit" when you get in a crash.
Here's EXACTLY why I try to inform people that helmets aren't of much worth. A helmet can make a minor injury more minor or even prevent it altogether. But serious injuries are usually (about 85% - 90% of the time) caused by vehicles and the energy is far beyond anything a helmet can do.

Bicyclists rode for a century without before helmets were invented and very few were seriously injured or died from injuries. But as soon as helmets were invented bicycling became the most dangerous thing a man could do.

Here's a clue - if you believe that bicycling is so dangerous that it requires body armor then perhaps you shouldn't be riding.
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Are any of us influenced by pictures like this?:



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!!!"

As a solo cyclist, I'll always wear the helmet, because it's not that I fear my spontaneous ejection from the bike, but the random ding from a wayward rearview mirror or flung bottle.

I'd much rather not wear a helmet, just like I'd much rather not wear a seatbelt in my car, but I can't guarantee that some schmuck won't home in on me at an inopportune time. Darn schmucks.

If I were on a closed road, with near 0 probablilty of person/vehicle rendezvous, I'd feel comfortable going without the helmet.
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I always wear a bicycle helmet now but when I started wearing one a few years ago I did feel like a geek. I also ride a motorcycle and know how a helmet can save you even in a "low" speed wreck. I would like to think I am going so fast that I need one (16-20 on flats) Ha,Ha. Being a old geezer and not wearing a helmet when I was a kid (I really dont think they even had them 35 year ago) it took me a while to feel that I needed to wear one since I made it through childhood with out splitting my head open, but that was luck. Now I look down at all of that skin exposed on fast down hills and think if I loose it now this is going to be a very, very ugly road rash .

Not to thread jack but is a really expensive helmet any safer than a cheap Giro Transfer for $28? The LBS guy told me they offer the same protection just more features/comfort on the pricier ones. So being the cheap bastard I am I have a $28 helmet for my $28 head.

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Originally Posted by cyclintom
Here's EXACTLY why I try to inform people that helmets aren't of much worth. A helmet can make a minor injury more minor or even prevent it altogether. But serious injuries are usually (about 85% - 90% of the time) caused by vehicles and the energy is far beyond anything a helmet can do.

Bicyclists rode for a century without before helmets were invented and very few were seriously injured or died from injuries. But as soon as helmets were invented bicycling became the most dangerous thing a man could do.

Here's a clue - if you believe that bicycling is so dangerous that it requires body armor then perhaps you shouldn't be riding.
Don't wear a helmet if you like, but I am not sure there are "minor" head injuries. Other parts of your body are more resilient and it makes sense to protect your bean. The "body armor or nothing" mentality seems utter BS. I agree that if you get hit hard by a car a helmet may be of limited use, but there are many other potential crashes out there.

I don't care much that people don't wear a helmet (it is their noggin), but actively encouraging other people to not wear them seems problematic.
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Originally Posted by Motophoto
Not to thread jack but is a really expensive helmet any safer than a cheap Giro for $28? The LBS guy told me they offer the same protection just more features/comfort on the pricier ones. So being the cheap bastard I am I have a $28 helmet for my $28 head.
It's arguable that all helmets offer protection to either ANSI or SNELL standards...even lowly Wal-Mart lids. It's also arguable that high-end helmets (like the Giro Atmos) are so perforated with vents and weight-savings, that they are designed to offer the MINIMUM protection allowed by ANSI.

The argument can come from two sides: People that can afford a $200 helmet are more than likely not novices and can be relied upon not to crash headlong into buildings or trees...but the schmo that scrimps on a helmet probably scrimped on his bike and will probably flail down the road until a car jumps out and whacks him. These people are who corporations fear, and thus provide a better level of protection in their low-end (read: heavy) helmets to limit the risk of frivolous lawsuit.

Maybe I'm cynical this early on a Tuesday.
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