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ever ride without your helmet?

Old 08-05-07, 02:39 PM
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ever ride without your helmet?

not sure why (probably temporary insanity) but today i didn't feel like wearing my helmet. so i didn't. just wore a cycling cap. i felt pretty naked for the first 15 minutes until i got out of town to the country roads, then i forgot about it and felt fine.

anyone ever leave the helmet at home?
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Old 08-05-07, 03:03 PM
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I really only wear my helmet during races, group rides and cooler days, otherwise, I go with a cap or capless (for that 80's feathered hair look for maximum poseur points)
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Old 08-05-07, 03:09 PM
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yeah, I'll go helmet-less if I'm toodling to the store/bar/friend's house. Otherwise, I don the skidlid...
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Old 08-05-07, 03:19 PM
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i once fell off a play-bike just messing around in front of my house and ended up with a level 3 concussion. I don't know how I did it because I don't remember doing it. In short I wouldn't go out on the open road without one; weird **** happens lol.
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Old 08-05-07, 03:20 PM
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i've never gone for a ride without my helmet. when i see people without helmets i'm just dumfounded. it's something easy enough to do and well worth it even given the slim chance you'll go down. i always wear a helmet, it's just something i don't mess around with
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Old 08-05-07, 03:27 PM
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Originally Posted by jonathanrules View Post
i've never gone for a ride without my helmet. when i see people without helmets i'm just dumfounded. it's something easy enough to do and well worth it even given the slim chance you'll go down. i always wear a helmet, it's just something i don't mess around with
I'll bet you are.
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Old 08-05-07, 03:32 PM
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My coworker on the ambulance complimented me today. Said she knew she'd never have to pick me up for a head injury. She never sees me riding without a helmet.

That said, there are always exceptions: I regularly peddle bikes from my front yard to the backyard, and vice-versa without bothering to don a helmet. A few times I've left my helmet behind bars at the sheriff's office, haven't wanted to go back for it, and so I've ridden the two blocks home without it. I'm willing to ride around helmetless while I'm adjusting brakes or handlebar position. On very rare occasions, I've been known to simply have a mental lapse and forget the helmet. I usually catch myself pretty quickly though, when that happens.

Don't get the idea that it's easy to spot me riding without a helmet. I make it a practice to wear one when I'm riding. Watch me long enough though, and you'll spot the inevitable exception to the rule.
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Originally Posted by xccx View Post
not sure why (probably temporary insanity) but today i didn't feel like wearing my helmet. so i didn't. just wore a cycling cap. i felt pretty naked for the first 15 minutes until i got out of town to the country roads, then i forgot about it and felt fine.

anyone ever leave the helmet at home?
i have left without my helmet a few times and just kept going. a girl i work with who also bikes told me that is the sign of a damn good helmet that you didnt notice until you got down the block, shes right, its a giro.
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Old 08-05-07, 03:40 PM
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Originally Posted by JonathanGennick View Post
Watch me long enough though
I have been...
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Old 08-05-07, 03:42 PM
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Originally Posted by ElJamoquio View Post
I'll bet you are.
what are you the spelling police?
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Old 08-05-07, 03:43 PM
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Funny you ask because I rode yesterday, for the first time in years, without a helmet. I took my out of town brother in law out for a ride and since he didn't have a helmet I went for solidarity.
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Old 08-05-07, 03:43 PM
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I just put on new wheels and was going to just go out for a mile to make sure everything was cool but then tooled around for a while after I realized I didnt screw up. I felt like a jerk without a helmet though.
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Originally Posted by jonathanrules View Post
what are you the spelling police?
Also capitalization and grammar. I let you slide on those.

Actually it was more of a 'casting stones' type thing than anything else.
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Old 08-05-07, 03:50 PM
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I left my helmet in my vehicle once...didn't realize it until I was down the road a bit....I had to deal with alot more sweat in my eyes...never realized how much those helmet pads soaked up until that day....I wear my Giro all the time.
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Old 08-05-07, 03:53 PM
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Life on the edge, eh?
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I used to on occasion until one day I got in the back of the head with a side door mirror on a van. I saw stars and had a bump on the back of my head for weeks.

I will take off the helmet and hang it from the bars when climbing if it's really friggin hot.
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I consider doing this every few years or so and then someone on my group ride crashes as if to remind me how stupid of an idea it was.
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As an example for my 8 year old, I always wear a helmet even when we go on the short 2 block ride down the street to the play ground.
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When ever I am on my road bike, I wear a helmet, but for my screw around bikes (bmx for the bar, or my bike I use for comutting to and from campus) I never where a helmet, although I probably more at risk with those bikes because I always jump around
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When I have to play in traffic I do. When I'm working on climbing it's optional. This year I've been doing most of my training without the helmet.
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when i'm in the city in traffic i never wear my helmet. when i ride out in the suburbs and during races i always wear my helmet.
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Old 08-05-07, 04:42 PM
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I rode my last 6000 miles WITH a helmet until last week. I decided, "what's the point?". I never even had a close call in 6000 miles, besides when I switched to clipless for the first time. At this point I'm very confident with myself and my bicycle handling abilities. I don't ride in traffic or do anything crazy, mostly just grinding mile after mile out in the countryside, solo. I'm going to be leaving the helmet behind until my next group ride.
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Life on the edge, eh?
There is a difference between living life to the fullest and living life as a vegetable after you have busted your melon!
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^ Like driving, it's never how good a rider you are...you drive how many thousands of kilometers? It's always that one time.

I always use my lid...it's like my seatbelt, i feel uncomfortable without it.
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