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Ever forget your helmet?

Old 08-10-13, 04:25 PM
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Ever forget your helmet?

And only realize it when you're halfway into your ride? Well you can certainly guess who did today. First time ever....not a good sign. I was already 20+ into a 45 mi. ride, so I just went with it. Definitely rode with plenty of caution though. I figured that the odds of my number coming up this day was pretty slim, so what the heck. Still, felt a bit naked.
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Old 08-10-13, 04:50 PM
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Originally Posted by stilltooslow View Post
And only realize it when you're halfway into your ride? Well you can certainly guess who did today. First time ever....not a good sign. I was already 20+ into a 45 mi. ride, so I just went with it. Definitely rode with plenty of caution though. I figured that the odds of my number coming up this day was pretty slim, so what the heck. Still, felt a bit naked.
And somehow, you survived...
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Old 08-10-13, 04:52 PM
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I rode most of my life without one. It ain't nothing but a precaution.

I've left home without my phone and felt naked.

Now try driving two hours to a place you want to ride and realizing you forgot your shoes...
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Old 08-10-13, 04:54 PM
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That's why you don't get shoes... They're just another accessory that you can lose. (Although I've heard they help a lot and I have never tried them)
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Old 08-10-13, 04:55 PM
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Never forgot my helmet but did forget my water bottles and did realize it until 20 miles out and nowhere to get any. In mid summer had to call my wife to bring me some so I could make it home.
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Old 08-10-13, 04:59 PM
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not this week
Originally Posted by ahsposo View Post

Now try driving two hours to a place you want to ride and realizing you forgot your shoes...
i've done that one too. Years ago i went to fix a friends motorcycle where she left it about 40 miles away. After i fixed it i sent my ride home with tools and SHOES. By the time i caught the car i was nearly home
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Old 08-10-13, 05:11 PM
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Nope, I have it hanging on my handlebars. Not only is it a precaution but it covers my bean's thinning hair and keeps the sun off for the most part.

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Old 08-10-13, 05:23 PM
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I learned that if I am going to wear a cycling cap under my helmet, to never put it on until I'm ready to also put the helmet on, or I will forget to put my helmet on since it feels like something is already on my head.
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Old 08-10-13, 06:07 PM
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Originally Posted by youngbeginner View Post
That's why you don't get shoes... They're just another accessory that you can lose. (Although I've heard they help a lot and I have never tried them)
Because you are an idiot? Are you in the right forum, son? Maybe you belong in FG/SS.

I rode with out cycle specific shoes today on my hybrid and after an hour I was missing my Sidis with my Dr. Scholl's insert. For long rides, this is why cycle specific stuff has evolved. Up to an hour I can put up with almost anything on flat to gently rolling roads. After that I want my shoes, my nice pad, etc., etc.
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Old 08-10-13, 06:09 PM
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Yes, on a solo MTB ride. I had a lot going on at work and was distracted. I realized I'd forgotten the helmet about 10 minutes into the ride and went back to get it. A ranger was driving by, saw me without the helmet and came over to give me a ticket. I told him that I'd forgotten it and came back to get it. He didn't believe me so I told him to put his hand on the car hood to feel that it was still warm from the engine. Then he started lecturing me about helmet use as I was getting the helmet. I put it on and and left while he was in mid lecture.

Having had a crash that resulted in being unconcious, I'm wearing a helmet. It won't prevent crashing or concussion but its better than no helmet.
Besides its required for racing.
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Once, made about 1/2 mile down hill turned around and went back to get it.
I did ride my entire childhood with out a helmet, except the football helmet for Evil Kenevil jumps, but why press my luck
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Forgot my helmet once... realize when I was going 35mph down a steep hill, I slowed down drastically a and went straight home... I was probably quarter way into my ride though.
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Yes, I have forgotten it several times, but within about half a block of the house I realize my mistake. It just feels too damn good without it to be right.
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Old 08-10-13, 08:05 PM
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I dont think I have ever forgotten mine. I don't see how a could forget it, it always sits next to my glasses and gloves so all 3 always go on.
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Old 08-10-13, 08:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Rootman View Post
Not only is it a precaution but it covers my beans thinning hair and keeps the sun off for the most part.
Hah!....gotta admit, I think I was at least as concerned with the potential sunburn on my balding pate as I was about falling.
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Old 08-10-13, 08:38 PM
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Hah!....gotta admit, I think I was at least as concerned with the potential sunburn on my balding pate as I was about falling.
I've got scars all over from excisions and freezing of basil cell and squamous cell cancer, so I use sunscreen religiously and cover up as much as I can. What little bit of time I am outside while not on a bike I also wear a hat. If I'm on the bike I might as well get dual use, sun coverage AND impact protection.
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Originally Posted by Rootman View Post
I use sunscreen religiously and cover up as much as I can.
And that'a exactly how it happened.....I keep my helmet off until I finish my sunscreen protocol, so putting it on is the last thing I do. Just forgot that final step today. And BTW, my head is definitely a bit sunburned tonight as a result.
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Yeah, on a winter ride. Put my balaclava on but forgot to put on my helmet. Didn't really notice because of the balaclava. After an hour I went to adjust my helmet because it felt sorta funny, and realized it wasn't there.

Felt silly and naked. But continued my ride, and vowed never to be so forgetful again.
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I keep it hanging on my bike, otherwise I would forget it. I did put it on backwards once as I was getting ready to leave the last rest stop on a century ride.
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I have forgotten my helmet and shoes but only when I was driving to a central sport to meet. Never left home missing anything.
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Originally Posted by rpenmanparker View Post
Yes, I have forgotten it several times, but within about half a block of the house I realize my mistake. It just feels too damn good without it to be right.
Hahaha same for me!
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Old 08-10-13, 09:42 PM
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Just a few days ago, I was a few miles into my ride and realized I didn't have my helmet on. I just pretended it was the 80's. It was a great ride without it, didn't even slow on the descents. Cars even seemed to give me more room.
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One time I made a pit stop at my LBS and left without my helmet. Five minutes into the ride I felt an unusually cooling/breezy sensation on my head and realized I left my helmet at the counter. Definitely felt like a doombass as I was riding back to retrieve it.
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I forgot my bike once.
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Leaving your hydration bottle is probably a bigger hazard than forgetting your helmet.
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