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Old 11-18-2012, 11:27 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Hmmm....I rode a road-bike for ten months to supplement my MTB training....got hit twice by a car - not the same one mind!....quickly returned to just riding in the dirt.
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Old 11-18-2012, 09:30 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Many years ago on my bicycle, I got hit by a car that ran a red light and I wasn't wearing a helmet. It is by the grace of God that I am still alive. My body shattered her entire windshield.

10 years later I was riding my MTB downhill on a road at about 20+ mph, prolly closer to 30 35 as I was really pushing it and my rear derailler started clicking so I glanced back to see what's up and suddenly I was flying through the air. There was a triangular cover for a hole in the road that had three prongs sticking up. Basically, as soon as I glanced back, my front tire hit it. I went flying over the handle bars and my helmeted head smashed into the edge of the curb so hard I went unconscious. Once I came to and got my wits about me, I took off my helmet and where it had hit the curb, there was a 45 degree curb shape crushed into it. Had that been my head and not my helmet, I would be dead, instantly. It caved in the helmet basically the full thickness of the padding. I know for a fact that I would have died there as there was no one around when it happened.
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Old 11-18-2012, 10:39 PM   #13 (permalink)
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In fact; losing a tooth is a pretty good indication you hit your head on something hard at some point and the helmet probably saved you serious head injury. Please wear your helmet.

I hear you. Actually the helmet went unscathed. I face planted into the bonnet of a car and scratched the Duco with my tooth.

I wear my helmet now 'cause it's the law, and they'll smack your bum if you break it. Helmets are leagues ahead in design now too, so they are not as big a pain in the bum to wear.

I sure did enjoy flying about without one though - I am glad I had the chance to do it.
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Old 11-19-2012, 01:11 AM   #14 (permalink)
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I don't care if you wear a helmet or not........

You already know what they are for and what they do.
Your kids will care,your care giver will care(you know,that nice lady in the white coat that changes your diaper and rolls you over to avoid bed sores)

But I don't care....

But your gonna wish you did if your still able to string afew words together,but maybe you won't know any better then.
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Old 11-19-2012, 06:54 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Over here it's an $80 fine for being caught without one (dont ask me how I know) .

I can def see the sense in wearing one in the appropriate places i.e. cycling on busy roads in amongst traffic or mountain/road racing "BUT" ,there are places and times where a little discretion could be used .
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Old 11-19-2012, 07:39 AM   #16 (permalink)
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... Please wear your helmet.

It's pretty unlikely your helmet is what caused you to lose that tooth. In fact; losing a tooth is a pretty good indication you hit your head on something hard at some point and the helmet probably saved you serious head injury. Please wear your helmet.
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I don't care if you wear a helmet or not........

You already know what they are for and what they do.
Your kids will care,your care giver will care(you know,that nice lady in the white coat that changes your diaper and rolls you over to avoid bed sores)

But I don't care....

But your gonna wish you did if your still able to string afew words together,but maybe you won't know any better then.

I'm a proponent of helmet wearing.

On the motorcycle, I feel much more comfortable due to the protection from wind, dirt and bugs that the full-face provides. Bicycle helmets cause me no discomfort at all and I can't see any reason that I shouldn't wear one.

What I don't understand is why some people insist that it's their business to see that I am protected from myself.

Crusin, I've read many of your posts and have lots of respect for you. I'm not attacking you. It's just that your example was handy. I appreciate your good intentions, but I don't understand why you care so much about me.

In real life, in person, face to face, it isn't so unusual for a stranger to say, "I'm glad you're wearing a helmet" and when they do I tend to bristle slightly. Perhaps it's my own defective personality that causes that, but I really do get annoyed. A front desk clerk at a hotel once said something like that to me and she was quite put back when I thanked her for brushing her teeth and wearing sensible shoes. I think it's most annoying when the "thanks for wearing a helmet" remark comes from someone that has never been in a helmet appropriate situation themselves.

I admit to having my own strong opinions and I don't hesitate to categorize no helmet morons as asshats for advertising their stupidity or ignorance but it's not my business to tell them that. I feel no incentive to ask someone to, or thank them for wearing a "bash hat".

Maybe this should be a separate post but the changing seasons has this observation fresh in my mind:

Around here, riders of a particular brand of Motorcycle will not wear helmets, period. The weather's getting cold and they'll get all bundled up in their insulated, black and orange, jackets. They'll wear ski hats, hoods, and masks to keep their heads from freezing but they will list all sorts of reasons for not wearing a helmet.

I think that's illustrative of a certain, limited intellect.
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Old 11-19-2012, 07:49 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Over here it's an $80 fine for being caught without one (dont ask me how I know) .

I can def see the sense in wearing one in the appropriate places i.e. cycling on busy roads in amongst traffic or mountain/road racing "BUT" ,there are places and times where a little discretion could be used .
Or, perhaps "common sense?" Naw...that would never work.
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Old 11-19-2012, 07:00 PM   #18 (permalink)
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SlowPocono,

I don't care about you; as you stated, I don't know you. However, I do know the pain that can be caused to the person with a head injury and even more the pain it can cause their family if that person suffers a head injury causing them to be in a vegatative state for the rest of their life and the family is left with unsurmountable bills as a result. But the money is a mere drop in the ocean compared to the mental anguish they feel. I''m sorry I offended you with my compasionate remark, but if that offends you then I think. . . I'll stop right there.
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Hey crusin, no offense taken. I know and understand that you mean well. I tried to make that clear in my previous post.

My rant is directed at the general attitude that engenders that type of remark from perfect strangers. "thanks for wearing a helmet" and "please wear a helmet".
I don't walk up to strangers and say, Please don't smoke or thank you for not huffing paint.
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Hey crusin, no offense taken. I know and understand that you mean well. I tried to make that clear in my previous post.

My rant is directed at the general attitude that engenders that type of remark from perfect strangers. "thanks for wearing a helmet" and "please wear a helmet".
I don't walk up to strangers and say, Please don't smoke or thank you for not huffing paint.
Say what I say: Please wear a condom, or well, I hope you're on the pill.
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