Helmets and falling off....

Discussion in 'Helmet Discussions' started by Hutch118, 26 Jul 2015.

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  1. Yazzoo

    Yazzoo Senior Member

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    Suffolk
    Wow, as a relative newbie I didn't realise helmets were such a dramatic subject!

    FWIW I tend not to wear a helmet if I'm just nipping to the shops or pub etc on the basket tank bike but I always wear a helmet on the roadie - think its habit mainly, compulsory for sportive and club rides and now feels odd to not be wearing one! I rode horses for years where its just automatic, however on occasion I've jumped on the odd horse without a hat if I'm teaching someone and need to show them, or bringing a horse in/out from the field etc. I'd never really thought about why I always wear one on the roadie but never the tank, maybe it's because of the speeds involved?

    Last time I fell off I was going down a hill, round a corner, too fast, hit some gravel and the bike slid out from under me and I hit the deck. First thing my mother said to me when I told her later that week, "I hope you were wearing a helmet!" - which I was, however not on my hip, knee or elbow - the parts which made contact with the ground!

    Obviously I'm aware that different factors in different falls/accidents/collisions etc will produce different areas of contact with different materials. I've not done the research in to the topic myself but I find the whole argument that helmets are a myth put about by cycling shops to rob us of our hard earned all seems a bit paranoid!

    Anyhoo I've never looked at another cyclist and consciously noticed whether they were wearing a helmet or not - I'm normally concentrating on trying to look cool and not like I'm at all struggling whilst they coast easily by. . .
     
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  2. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    Helmets seem to fall into two camps. There seems to be very little middle ground available for a person who wants to make their own mind up on when to wear one.
    Any shop that tried pressure selling, on safety grounds, wouldd soon be left.
     
  3. TinyMyNewt

    TinyMyNewt An execrable pun

    Location:
    South coast, UK
    Not sure what you mean by 'very little middle ground'? Everyone already does make up their own mind. The only trouble is that those who decide not to wear a helmet keep on getting hassled and preached at by those who have decided everyone should wear one just because they do.
     
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  4. w00hoo_kent

    w00hoo_kent One of the 64K

    Whereas nary a peep can be heard from the other lot...
     
  5. TinyMyNewt

    TinyMyNewt An execrable pun

    Location:
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    Exactly. I don't think I have ever gone up to someone who was wearing a helmet and suggested they should think about not wearing one.
     
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  6. Profpointy

    Profpointy Guru

    lots of robust responses but rarely start the exchange
     
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  7. glasgowcyclist

    glasgowcyclist Charming but somewhat feckless

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    How many threads have been started by someone imploring helmet-wearers to stop?

    GC
     
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  8. Yazzoo

    Yazzoo Senior Member

    Location:
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    I'm sure the OP was just a well meaning person with good intentions!
     
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  9. glasgowcyclist

    glasgowcyclist Charming but somewhat feckless

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    Sometimes the worst kind.

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  10. TinyMyNewt

    TinyMyNewt An execrable pun

    Location:
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    The groups I ride with regularly are used to the fact that I ride bare-headed. But I can absolutely GUARANTEE that when I ride with a new group, or a new person joins in, at least one person will mention helmets to me. I've had, 'Do you not wear a helmet then?', 'Don't you like a helmet?', 'How can you ride without a helmet?', 'You're brave!', 'Did you leave your helmet at home?', and even 'Where's your helmet young woman?'

    It's rude and patronising, and I'm sick of it. Wear a helmet if you want to, but keep your 'I implore you' bollocks to yourself.
     
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  11. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    Free choice has gone out the window on this. Which is annoying at times.
     
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  12. TinyMyNewt

    TinyMyNewt An execrable pun

    Location:
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    But it hasn't! Everyone is free to choose.
     
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  13. Herbie

    Herbie Veteran

    Location:
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    Helmet threads have probably been done to death on here .....I wear one though but in my younger days I didn't
     
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  14. Scoosh

    Scoosh Velocouchiste Moderator

    Location:
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    MOD NOTE:
    This thread, like most Helmet 'discussions', has descended into unseemly name-calling and abuse.

    It is now Locked and a number of posts have been Deleted. I would encourage those whose posts have been Deleted to consider why and not to repeat their comments and style of posting.

    Thank you.
     
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