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The Great Helmet Debate

Discussion in 'Advocacy and Cycling Safety' started by Maggot, 6 Jul 2007.

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  1. Yes, always

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  2. No, never

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  3. Soemtimes

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  4. No, but I am such a steaming hippocrite I always make my children wear one

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  1. Maggot

    Maggot Star of BBC 5Lives Ballot Box Brigade

    Location:
    Cheddar
    I have never been the first topic on an internet forum before,so I thought I'd kick off with the old chestnut.......

    Do helmets make you less likely to be hurt in an accident :blush:
     
  2. Noooooooo! Not the helmet debate!!

    ... but yes, I do wear one but I don't think everyone should and I'm not convinced it would be effective in a serious incident.
     
  3. redfox

    redfox New Member

    Location:
    Bourne End, UK
    How about no and I don't make my children either?
     
  4. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    I'm the same as Rhythm Thief. Not convinced of the benefits, but neither am I at all convinced of the reasons not to wear one. So I do. Unless I forget.
     
  5. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK
    I wear one much more since I bought a helmet cam...

    I do, generally, but I'm quite happy for people not to. I'm sure for every "my helmet saved my life" tale, however true, there are dozens of "my helmet didn't stop me breaking my wrist" tales, or "my helmet would have been bugger all use as the bus drove over me" tales.

    It should be a case of well informed personal choice. I cringe at the number of badly fitted helmets I see worn on the back of the head - no doubt instilling confidence in the poor saps wearing them...
     
  6. Cab

    Cab New Member

    Location:
    Cambridge
    My main reason for wearing one at the moment is also the helmet cam.

    An interesting phenomenon has been the way that drivers treat me with the camera visibly on top of my head; they're giving me more space. Which is odd, as I used to find that just wearing a helmet drivers used to give me less space.

    Bus drivers around here especially seem wise to the helmet cam. Three or four times now in a fortnight I've had them smile and wave into the camera.
     
  7. electricdave

    electricdave New Member

    Location:
    London UK
    I dislike helmets mainly because I can't find one that doesn't give me headaches (guess I have an odd-shaped head) and I don't much like the human-en-croute design of the majority of them.
    Having said that, I do feel that after 6 years of commuting in London with only one major wipeout (my own fault), I might be tempting fate a little bit by not wearing one. If my commute distance increases, I'll probably reconsider getting one, especially as I now have a little girl to think of.
     
  8. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    I have the same problem Dave, both with bike and motorbike helmets. I'me not sure whether it's the size of my head or the shape.

    I find Bell helmets the best fit, and they don't cause me any head pain.
     
  9. electricdave

    electricdave New Member

    Location:
    London UK
    Thanks for the tip Paul, I'll start there if I decide to get one!
     
  10. Yorkshireman

    Yorkshireman New Member

    I think that I still have one (in `as new condition`) somewhere in the garage. For comfort I prefer a baseball type cap in the summer and a `thermathingy` beany in the winter, don`t always wear one though.
     
  11. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Staff Member

    maybe i could get a false helmet cam (a bit like a pretend alarm box on your house) that might act as a deterrant at less expense :blush:
     
  12. Cab

    Cab New Member

    Location:
    Cambridge

    There was a bloke on the local news around here last year using one of these, put a lot of footage online apparently. I think theres a certain notoriety to these cameras in and around Cambridge, at least among bus drivers.
     
  13. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK
    It's very simple. You will need the roll out of a toilet roll, some black sticky black plastic, a few old buttons (small black, not brass blazer types!), glue and a few rubber bands... :blush:

    Mine was noticed the other day, by some lads in a car - I think one of them took a picture of me! I have to say, they followed me very sedately down the road, not racing for the pinch points as is the norm...
     
  14. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Staff Member

    you are lesley judd and i claim my £5 :blush: :laugh:
     
  15. asterix

    asterix Comrade Member

    Location:
    Limoges or York
    After commuting for years in Ipswich, Felixstowe, Manchester, Southampton and York without a helmet and no significant injury, I do now wear one in town.

    2 years ago a dimwit opened his car door across a green painted cycle lane without looking and put me in hospital. Compensation is being claimed but the insurance company is saying I was negligent for not wearing a helmet and trying to reduce its liability thereby.

    Nevertheless, I still perfectly safe with no helmet when in traffic-light areas, particularly France.