Boris No-helmet.

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by dondare, 12 May 2008.

  1. dondare

    dondare Über Member

    The Evening Standart wrote to me today asking me what I thought of Boris cycling without a helmet. I don't suppose that they'll print my reply; or if they do they'll edit all the meaning out of it, but I'm going to buy the rag tomorrow just in case. I'll let you know.
  2. col

    col Veteran

    So what do you think?
  3. It's not much use there, is it? Whatever you think about the effectiveness of helmets, it has to offer more protection to your head if it's actually on your, er, head.:ohmy:
  4. MERV

    MERV New Member

    The Mile End Road
    Is Boris going to abolish stopping at Red Traffic Signals?
  5. John the Monkey

    John the Monkey Frivolous Cyclist

    He could do worse than look at the system in Le Mans, which has specific "Sauf Cyclistes" exemptions for certain signals and one way routes - at least that way, both motorists and cyclists know where they stand...
  6. ufkacbln

    ufkacbln Guest

    No refelctive belt, knepads, elbow pads or gloves either (all formally reccomended by the road safety lobby as essential for safe cycling
  7. Mr Pig

    Mr Pig New Member

    North Lanarkshire
    I've had a few tumbles. I've never hurt my head but my helmet has cracks and lots of scuffs on it! Basically, if I hadn't had the helmet on my head would've taken the hits so yes, I think they work. I'm still wearing the same helmet though, I really should buy a new one.

    Six of us out on the hills on Saturday, only two of us with helmets on...
  8. Mr Pig

    Mr Pig New Member

    North Lanarkshire
    Maybe Boris's hair would save him?
  9. redjedi

    redjedi Über Member

    If your helmets has cracks in it, then it's no longer of any use.
    Get a new one.

    Doesn't one of the helmet companies offer cheap/free replacements if you crack your helmet in an accident?

    I don't think there's too much to damage in there :rolleyes:
  10. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    Maybe Boris' helmet is hidden under his hair?
  11. Mr Pig

    Mr Pig New Member

    North Lanarkshire
    Yeah, I know, I just keep putting it off. Buying a new bike soon so I'll maybe see if they'll throw in a free lid ;0) They should, considering we've bought six bikes off them!

    Boris for Prime Minister I say. I think he's great :0)
  12. Twenty Inch

    Twenty Inch New Member

    Behind a desk
    Not necessarily true. Sometimes your helmet hits when your head wouldn't have done.
  13. Mr Pig

    Mr Pig New Member

    North Lanarkshire
    I don't know. These things tend to happen so fast you know nothing about them. One second you're on the bike, the next thing you know you're on the ground wondering where the pain is coming from! What happened in between is a blur.
  14. Jaded

    Jaded New Member

    I fell off last year and bumped and slid. I had grazes all down my right side and a very slight cut on my right eye, where the corner of my glasses are. They are about 6 mm wide there. The helmet I have is nearly 10 times wider at the same point. Tell me that my injuries would have been less if I'd been wearing a helmet. You'll have a hard time convincing me.
  15. Mr Pig

    Mr Pig New Member

    North Lanarkshire
    I think it's a bit like wearing a seat belt in a car. There will be the odd occasion where you are worse off for having it on but in the majority of accidents you'll be better off wearing it.
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