Poll- Do you wear a helmet?

Discussion in 'Cycling Equipment' started by genesisscubakid, Jun 26, 2008.

  1. Dr.Hairybiker

    Dr.Hairybiker New Member

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    My, aren't WE passionately opinionated!

    Well, shame on me, I guess. Shame on me for posting when I know better than to get into these conversations. But I'll say one more thing: I'm not new to bicycling. I've got a whole bunch of mileage in my legs, and I've been riding regularly for a long time. And I know several gentlemen who have been riding regularly for more than 50 years, and they seldom wear helmets. It is only recently that wearing helmets in the pro peleton became mandatory. Experience goes a long way towards avoiding accidents, and it's always better to NOT get into accidents, than to be prepared in case one occurs.

    You feel better wearing a helmet? Fine, wear one. I won't mind. Don't run with scissors either. I probably won't be wearing one, don't let it bother you. I don't own a cell phone either. Maybe someday I'll catch up with the times.
     


  2. genesisscubakid

    genesisscubakid New Member

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  3. Rustyhole

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    driver to policeman: "I don't understand. I'm not new to driving. I've got a whole bunch of mileage under my foot, and I've been driving regularly for a long time. And I know several gentlemen (& women) who have been driving regularly for more than 50 years, and they..."

    "Experience goes a long way towards avoiding accidents, and it's always better to NOT get into accidents, than to be prepared in case one occurs." ... how's that go again...really??

    easier said than done, but if you are unlucky and in an accident why not be prepared so you can say... damn that helmet saved my life (or serious injury) rather than your family/doctor saying "if only..."

    ounce of prevention = pound of cure

    about the only argument you've made is that it's your choice to wear a helmet and I agree, but most people don't choose to be in an accident, they just happen and if a helmet helps me in that situation great, if not, at least i tried. Not wearing one is like giving up and not even the cool breeze thru my hair will change that.
     
  4. ClemmonsHoo

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    Never had a serious wreck, so yes. It's yes because Murphy's Law states that the second after I remove it, I will get hit by a truck.
     
  5. Erzulis Boat

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    Who cares? Nobody gives a shit if I pull some legendary stack sans helmet.

    What's the bit about "misery loves company", like some meth tweak trying to get you hit the pipe so that you suck as bad as he does? Or, maybe to balance out some inferiority complex by insisting everyone is equally dorky by sporting some lid with peace sign on it?:D

    Just kidding........sort of.
     
  6. 9.8mps2

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    "How's it gonna look if you get killed with "Born to kill " on your headgear and a peace sign on your body armor ? What's this supposed to be - some sort of sick joke ? " heh heh

    As far as anticipating and avoiding accidents let's not defy physics...an ounce of prevention is worth precisely an ounce of cure . They just have different specific gravities ...
     
  7. Farmguy

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    just a thought, I was just in my first road bike accident last friday, after 20 yrs I was due I guess. Riding along a route I ride once a week, check HR 90 % :Dspeed...23 mph :D
    Next thing I remember (2 miles later) was a guy holding my head asking me if I was OK :eek:, seems a dog decided to chase my front tire and almost caught it. I have no memory of the crash so from the bike and my body it looks like I hit the dog and went over the handlebars landing on my head then shoulder then sliding and rolling along legs, they found me still clipped in both pedals laying on my stomach trying to get up.

    Damage....collarbone broke, bones overlapping a bit with a chunk 1 inch long floating around
    Road rash on face, arms, shoulders legs.
    Bike has a 2 bent shifters, pointing towards each other > <
    and a helmet with one side pretty well crushed and no sore spots on my head. :p:p:p:p:p:p


    NO cars within 1/2 mile of me..........

    If a helmet that will let me walk away from that, I will never ride without.


    Ride Safe guys, its not if, just When


    ...I forgot the best part...I killed the F*****G dog and I have pics to show it :D
     
  8. Bigbananabike

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    Hey, I've NOT got a cellphone and have NEVER had a cellphone and hope to never have one in the future....but I'll ALWAYS ride with my helmet on:)




     
  9. Powerful Pete

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    Well. I have two young daughters and I intend to do my best to see them grow up.

    I wear a helmet.

    And actually, I also own a cell phone.

    Have a nice day. Stay safe and ride. :)
     
  10. kdelong

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    I never wore a helmet for 39 years and I was lucky never to have needed it. Maybe it was advancing age or realizing my own mortality but I bought one in my 40th year of riding and will not ride without it. While I do support helmet use, I do not support government mandates requiring helmet use.
     
  11. BigUgly

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    Always. Not just for my own protection but for my two boys aswell. I can't tell them to wear one if I don't. Plus I'm a very active member in our local cycling club and it's rule #1 no helmet no ride. Plus it's just the right thing to do.
     
  12. snowleopard

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    99.5% of the time.

    A few strolls in the park on hot summer days being the exception. Or remote mountain roads while going up, I'll pin it to the front of the bars. But only if it's really hot, like over 90.
     
  13. DirtTurtle

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    My philosophy is, you often dont choose when you are going to crash, why should you choose when your going to wear ur helmet. I crashed in a club race about 2 months ago at around 45kmh, got up with only a scraped hip. They asked, did you hit your head, i said no not all, later on i find my helmet was cracked right through. Testament to the use of the helmet, didnt even know my head hit, now without i could say otherwise.
     
  14. Peter@vecchios

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    Agree. Personal choice. May help, will never hurt but I don't look down on anybody that doesn't wear a helmet. AND I have been hit by a car, from behind, while riding. NO helmet but no damage to my noggin that would have been prevented by a helmet. I wear one, don't like it(it IS a high end Giro), I really liked the feeling of riding w/o one. I wear one now, used to wear one anytime I was in a bunch but before my wife demanded I wear the thing, didn't wear one when alone. Don't care how whizbang they are, it's cooler w/o one on on a hot day.

    But it's up to the rider. Whether or not the guy next to you wears one has no impact on you.
     
  15. Peter@vecchios

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    With all the passion for helmets I think another question to ask, "do you think helmet use should be mandated by law?"

    I do not. It would be a 'nanny law', those laws to protect us from ourselves. Laws that protect us from others are spot on, like second hand smoke and not driving while yaking on a cellie but not helmets on bicycles. If that were to happen, better put motorcyclists in helmets first.
     
  16. tonyzackery

    tonyzackery Well-Known Member

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    Probably already mentioned but...

    Scenario: person not wearing a helmet falls and sustains a serious head injury requiring hospital stay and incurring significant medical costs. Serious injury could have been avoided by wearing a helmet. Person has no insurance to pay for costs. Who pays the bills? You and I (taxes, increased insurance rates, increased hospital costs to insured individuals to offset the uninsureds).

    Helmet law doesn't only benefit the individual wearing the helmet. Same rationale is used for seat belt laws.
     
  17. Peter@vecchios

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    Agree, start with motorcyclists. BUT make it 'serious injury 'may' have been avoided by wearing a helmet'.
     
  18. geerfree

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    Why risk serious injury when you can just strap on a helmet, and take away most if not all the risk. Laws regarding that would be a good idea, just my opinion.
     
  19. bigride

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    always wear it
    especially after last years little accident that put me in the hosp. for a week:eek:
     
  20. NEWEST 4.0

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    I live in atlanta and I see some people riding without their helmuts when the park. I had a nasty accident in a park about 4 months ago where I flipped over on my mountain bike. If I was not wearing my helmut I am pretty sure I would have suffered severe head trauma. Helmut was totalled. Better that then me
     
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