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Old 01-30-14, 01:54 PM
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Originally Posted by pgjackson View Post
How many times have people wiped out in time trials, all by themselves on the open road? Not much. Pros crash frequently because they ride at top speed in huge packs literally inches from other riders all around them. One guy swerves a tiny bit and the whole peleton goes down.
And getting hit by cars...and hitting barriers or curbs. My point was that even procyclists wear helmets to be safer.

And in the TT's they wear them because it makes them faster. The wind tunnel tests have shown that wearing a TT helmet is more aero than not wearing one.
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Old 01-30-14, 02:15 PM
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Originally Posted by pgjackson View Post
What do you think that little helmet is going to do for you in a 55mph crash? Even if it was designed to protect your skull in a 55mph crash, your neck would probably be shattered anyway. Giant motorcycle helmets aren't designed to protect at that speed.
you're right, helmets should be reserved only for situations of moderate safety concerns, probably somewhere between 5 and 25 mph. same with motorcycle helmets; no point of wearing them on the highway.
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Old 01-30-14, 02:16 PM
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Originally Posted by BillyD View Post
I forgot my helmet home once a couple years ago. I was meeting a friend for a ride and I said to myself "Meh, when's the last time you even fell forchristsakes, much less hit your head? You WUSS!!" So off we went.

Sure enough, we're riding a mup I'm unfamiliar with and my friend makes an unexpected turn, and as I rapidly turn to keep pace I touch his back wheel and down I went. Hit my head pretty good. Had dizzy spells for the next week, even thought I was Batman for a couple days, so obviously I had a mild concussion.

Murphy's law is always at work.
The moral of this story is: don't ride with other people.
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Old 01-30-14, 02:32 PM
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Originally Posted by BillyD View Post
I forgot my helmet home once a couple years ago. I was meeting a friend for a ride and I said to myself "Meh, when's the last time you even fell forchristsakes, much less hit your head? You WUSS!!" So off we went.

Sure enough, we're riding a mup I'm unfamiliar with and my friend makes an unexpected turn, and as I rapidly turn to keep pace I touch his back wheel and down I went. Hit my head pretty good. Had dizzy spells for the next week, even thought I was Batman for a couple days, so obviously I had a mild concussion.

Murphy's law is always at work.

sounds like user error
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Old 01-30-14, 02:37 PM
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Originally Posted by VFerreira View Post
And a magnum 41 between the eyes is less damaging than a magnum 44 between the eyes.
Excellent, relevant comparison.
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Old 01-30-14, 02:57 PM
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Originally Posted by VFerreira View Post
And a magnum 41 between the eyes is less damaging than a magnum 44 between the eyes.



Just don't kid yourself into thinking that putting a bicycle helmet increases your survival odds in any meaningful way when doing 55 mph, or crashing into cars. Like the OP.

I sometimes wonder what might protect you more in some bigger cities .....a helmet or Kevlar body armor
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Old 01-30-14, 02:59 PM
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Originally Posted by spectastic View Post
you're right, helmets should be reserved only for situations of moderate safety concerns, probably somewhere between 5 and 25 mph. same with motorcycle helmets; no point of wearing them on the highway.
Yes, this is very debatable. If you have ever visited a motorcycle forum, helmet discussions always go nuclear. But the fact is, helmets are not designed to protect in high-speed impacts. At that point, the neck becomes the weakest link.
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Old 01-30-14, 03:04 PM
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Originally Posted by donrhummy View Post
And getting hit by cars...and hitting barriers or curbs. My point was that even procyclists wear helmets to be safer.

And in the TT's they wear them because it makes them faster. The wind tunnel tests have shown that wearing a TT helmet is more aero than not wearing one.
Pros wear them because they have to. Its a new rule. They went about a century without wearing helmets. I would bet a paycheck that if the rule was overturned about 95% of them would stop wearing them. My point is, a pro in the middle of a crowded peleton cruising at 30+mph is much more likely to crash than a recreational rider out on his own doing 17mph. You almost never see a pro crash on a TT because there is nobody to crash into. Just saying.
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Old 01-30-14, 03:22 PM
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I always ride with a helmet now, but I think back to all my solo training rides in the 80s and 90s with just a cycling cap on my head, and wonder how i survived...
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Old 01-30-14, 03:33 PM
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Originally Posted by pgjackson View Post
Yes, this is very debatable. If you have ever visited a motorcycle forum, helmet discussions always go nuclear. But the fact is, helmets are not designed to protect in high-speed impacts. At that point, the neck becomes the weakest link.
I was being facetious. To me, this is not a debate, it's common sense. Wear a helmet to protect the head, or leave it completely vulnerable to crack open like a melon. I don't like to think about it, so I just wear one, and it doesn't make me any more reckless than if I had no helmet on.
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Old 01-30-14, 04:46 PM
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Originally Posted by spectastic View Post
I was being facetious. To me, this is not a debate, it's common sense. Wear a helmet to protect the head, or leave it completely vulnerable to crack open like a melon. I don't like to think about it, so I just wear one, and it doesn't make me any more reckless than if I had no helmet on.
I agree, so long as you aren't doing it because you believe you are protected. It is a big issue among motorcyclists. Dudes on sportbikes doing crazy things, but think they are protected because they wear a helmet and leathers. You need to know what your safety gear is intended to protect. All the equipment in the world isn't going to protect you hitting a tree or curb at 55 mph. That flimsy little styrofoam cooler of a bicycle helmet provides little protection at high speeds. Yes, you are safER wearing one, but not safe. When people say they hit 50mph on their bicycle, but they had their helmet on...it's still pretty dangerous.

By the way, I always wore a helmet on my motorcycle. A little bit of protection is better than no protection.
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I don't need a helmet to ride a bike but I always wear one whenever I'm posting here.
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Old 01-30-14, 05:18 PM
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You can mitigate specific risks, and in many cases you should. But you're a fool if you think you can take all the risk out of cycle, or out of life in general.
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Old 02-03-14, 08:18 PM
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Originally Posted by f4rrest View Post
I'm surprised we survived our youth before helmets and seatbelts came along.
When I was 13 I was riding my mountain bike in front of my friend's driveway jumping up the curb.. just messing around while I was waiting for him to get ready. I took the curb at an angle and didn't quite make it... my front tire slid off and I went shoulder and then head into the sidewalk HARD.

Luckily for me I was wearing a helmet. I wasn't able to stand up for 15 minutes because everything was spinning around me. If I wasn't wearing a helmet that day I wouldn't be here typing this right now.
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Old 02-03-14, 08:43 PM
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in my experience, if you are riding in an area where there are no other bicycles, the odds of actually needing the helmet are greatly reduced.....
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Old 02-03-14, 08:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Tycho Brahe View Post
I am about to go on my usual lunch ride (21.7mi 2,328ft according to Strava) and I noticed I left my helmet at home.

My route has no cars most days since it is closed to vehicles, but there is the occasional employee. Normal max downhill speed is 45, but I have gotten up to 55. I can tone the speed down.
Last time I went riding without a helmet, it was on a no vehicle bike path with no hills and speed limit of 15 mph. A pedestrian stepped in front of me and I swerved and hit a steel beam that was set in the ground. This resulted in spending three days in the hospital. I will never ride without a helmet again.
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Old 02-04-14, 07:36 AM
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Originally Posted by Leukybear View Post
A helmet has actually saved my ass before. I'm a believer. I have a smashed catlike whisper hanging in my garage to remind me.
Although I know this old timer who's been doing it this entire time with either a modern golf or cycling
cap while being kitted out.
Doing it wrong.
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Originally Posted by mrtuttle04 View Post
Last time I went riding without a helmet, it was on a no vehicle bike path with no hills and speed limit of 15 mph. A pedestrian stepped in front of me and I swerved and hit a steel beam that was set in the ground. This resulted in spending three days in the hospital. I will never ride without a helmet again.
last time a pedestrian stepped in front of me without looking THEY ended up on the ground
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Originally Posted by muzpuf View Post
last time a pedestrian stepped in front of me without looking THEY ended up on the ground
This pedestrian ended up on the ground and in the hospital with me. She is making a claim against my insurance but it looks like my insurance company is going to fight it. Thankfully another bike rider was behind me and saw the whole thing. He stopped and gave me his name and number so I could use him as a witness.
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