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Forgot my helmet at home

Old 01-28-14, 02:26 PM
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Forgot my helmet at home

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.
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Old 01-28-14, 02:48 PM
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Go sniff your co-worker's head. If it doesn't smell like cheese, then go ahead and borrow his/her helmet.

If your head smells like cheese, that's OK.
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Old 01-28-14, 04:08 PM
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Depends on route. If cars no, if no then tide
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Old 01-28-14, 04:26 PM
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ride without. only until recently were helmets even required in the pro events. wear a cycling cap, stop at a coffee shop and just stay there and look cool. no risk of injury.
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Old 01-28-14, 04:27 PM
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I'd ride it (a little more conservatively than normal) if I didn't have concerns about it, like a lot of car traffic or the descent being sketchy for some reason.
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Old 01-28-14, 06:40 PM
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First of all, I can't believe a 1/3 of people voted for what I thought was an obvious trick answer.

Ended up borrowing a helmet. Coworker actually had a spare in the office. Don't know why riding without a helmet feels wrong. It is like driving without your seatbelt. Decent ride, ended up riding a bit with another rider that I have spotted many times, but never going in the same direction.
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Old 01-28-14, 07:55 PM
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Go to Walmart and buy a cheap helmet that you can use as a spare.
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Old 01-28-14, 08:49 PM
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I didn't vote because the three options were all stupid due to too many variables, like if your wife has been bugging you to come home then go home, your bike will never replace your wife! If not, and there are no cars, then go without the helmet. If your paranoid about not wearing a helmet then borrow one if your coworker doesn't mind. Best suggestion here was to buy a spare helmet and leave it at work.
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Old 01-28-14, 08:49 PM
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Well first of all it won't happen to me because if I go on a ride or know I will be riding that day, the first thing on my mental checklist is my helmet. Now lets just say hypothetically speaking I really did forget it.... I would just not ride that day. It doesn't matter if there are no cars around or you're not riding very fast.

Try knocking your head on the pavement lightly from 3 inches away. If that hurt.... imagine falling off your bike and smacking your head on the pavement with a decent amount of force.

Oh.. and in regards to borrowing a helmet from someone. IMO wearing someone else's hat/helmet/shoes is just NASTY. I don't care how clean they are.
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Old 01-28-14, 08:50 PM
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I always forget my helmet unless it's a race day, organized ride, club ride or on a ride or two before a race. Do as your told, not as I do.
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Old 01-29-14, 05:06 AM
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A recent cycling study indicated that drivers behaved more courteously around unhelmeted cyclists.
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Old 01-29-14, 06:05 PM
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Educate yourself: read the manual, read the technical standards.

A bicycle helmet is made for very low speed impacts. As in less than 20 mph, and even then you will have a big concussion (300G) that is highly likely to screw you up for life.

And a 40 mph impact has 4 (four) times the energy of a 20 mph impact.
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Old 01-29-14, 06:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Tycho Brahe View Post
First of all, I can't believe a 1/3 of people voted for what I thought was an obvious trick answer.

Ended up borrowing a helmet. Coworker actually had a spare in the office. Don't know why riding without a helmet feels wrong. It is like driving without your seat belt. Decent ride, ended up riding a bit with another rider that I have spotted many times, but never going in the same direction.
That's what I would have done. The probability of crashing in your scenario is very low, but the potential impact and resulting injuries isn't worth the risk. You never know when you'll hit that wet paint, hit a rock or get a flat on the front tire, then go down and split your unprotected head like a melon. You don't need to be going fast for that to occur.
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Old 01-29-14, 06:45 PM
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A few years ago I had my wife drop me & my bike off for a job and I forgot the helmet in the car. I only realized it when I began packing and prepping for the night ride home. It REALLY felt weird after 20+ years of never riding anywhere without a helmet.
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Old 01-29-14, 07:15 PM
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I voted to ride without a helmet. If you do regular lunch rides at work, then consider buying a second helmet to leave permanently at work.
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Old 01-29-14, 07:28 PM
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Originally Posted by rangerdavid View Post
ride without. only until recently were helmets even required in the pro events.
LOL, and they're now required because cyclists were getting unnecessary head injuries.
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Old 01-29-14, 07:40 PM
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I'd ride without as an interesting change of pace.
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Old 01-29-14, 07:46 PM
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Originally Posted by jon c. View Post
I'd ride without as an interesting change of pace.
^^this


I mean, if it's your time to go, a helmet won't make any difference. Ride the damn bike.
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Old 01-29-14, 10:11 PM
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Originally Posted by VFerreira View Post
Educate yourself: read the manual, read the technical standards.

A bicycle helmet is made for very low speed impacts. As in less than 20 mph, and even then you will have a big concussion (300G) that is highly likely to screw you up for life.

And a 40 mph impact has 4 (four) times the energy of a 20 mph impact.
****/IBTM

Yeah, because if you hit a rock without a helmet at 20 mph, the concussion is less than 300G. Wtf.

Helmets aren't magic but they do provide some moderate protection against certain kinds of impacts. THey're so un-magic I wouldn't worry excessively about it but I would still wear one if possible.

Did this get moved yet?
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Old 01-29-14, 10:21 PM
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Here's what a bike helmet looks like when it hits the deck at around 17 MPH. Better my helmet looked like that than my skull.
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Old 01-29-14, 10:24 PM
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My wife insists I wear a helmet. I can brush-off the risk of injury from cycling. But the complications caused by injury while in violation of a wife's demand.... is too great [of] a risk. Not that I am afraid I would be killed because I wasn't wearing a helmet. But because I am afraid I might not perish.... and then have to live with both the injury and the wife.
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Old 01-29-14, 11:35 PM
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I'm surprised we survived our youth before helmets and seatbelts came along.
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Originally Posted by f4rrest View Post
I'm surprised we survived our youth before helmets and seatbelts came along.
In 30 years of riding, which includes lots of bmx and mtb in addition to road, I have crashed literally thousands of times and have never hit my head, but the crashes are generally at low speed. I have had exactly three bicycle crashes involving speeds exceeding 20 mph: once bmx racing, one mtbing, and one road biking. All three involved hard head impacts in which the helmet was destroyed and I sustained superficial head injuries. However, my brain was uninjured. Did the helmet save my life....I don't know, but probably did prevent concussion and possibly major brain damage. Do I always wear a helmet....no, but if there is speed involved.....always.

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Old 01-30-14, 03:00 AM
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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.
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^I once got run into on a beach trail by a drunk teenager on a bicycle. I was on my stout mountain bike hardtail, going about 8-10 MPH when she ran into me. My stout Pepperoni fork was destroyed, did not remember hitting my head, but when I was looking over my helmet many hours later, there was a crack in it. So, I must have hit my head while the helmet absorbed the impact.
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