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    helmet saved my butt

    I was cruising down a fairly technical trail at a pretty good clip today when my front tire got caught in a rut. I'm pretty good at falling so I went down smooth unfortunately there was a tree right in the path of my rolling with sharp broken branches sticking out everywhere. I took two right to the head, one hit my helmet and cracked it the other scraped across my face scratching my riding glasses. If I didn't have both of them on I would be in the E.R. right now or worse. Ya, I got a little banged up but nothing major. I'm not riding without my helmet ever again. This is the first time I've really needed a helmet in 20 years of riding, I'm glad I had it on.

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    Glad to hear you made it out ok. As soon as I went from riding sidewalks to trails, I bought a helmet and always wear it when I drop in. My biggest fear is taking a bad fall and getting hurt.

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    If it saved your butt, you are wearing it wrong Somebody had to say it.

    Seriously, glad you were reletavely unhurt, and yes, ALWAYS wear the helmet and glasses.

    Lon

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teufelhunde
    If it saved your butt, you are wearing it wrong Somebody had to say it.

    Seriously, glad you were reletavely unhurt, and yes, ALWAYS wear the helmet and glasses.

    Lon

    You beat me to the first part, and I whole heatedly agree with the second part...

    And Tyler, you proved a point I made to my son and one of his friends today, you may only need the helmet once. If you don't have it, then what?
    Remember when we were kids and our Mom's said we could not play in the mud? I'm making up for it now!!

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    "I was cruising down a fairly technical trail at a pretty good clip today ... there was a tree right in the path of my rolling with sharp broken branches sticking out everywhere."

    If you weren't wearing a helmet, would you have been riding that dangerous, technical trail at that same speed? Or would you have been more careful? Can't really tell the future til you try it and see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HotBlack
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    If you weren't wearing a helmet, would you have been riding that dangerous, technical trail at that same speed? Or would you have been more careful? Can't really tell the future til you try it and see.
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    Took a buddy out for his first mtb ride at a noob unfriendly trail. He kind of shunned the helmet as dumb. But luckly he wore it because by the end of the ride, there was a nice dent in the front of the helmet!

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    It's funny how the majority of cyclists wear helmets but most of the motorcyclists that I see during my ride to the trail wear non

    Well, aside from the few Mr Olympia type bodybuilders that I see on the trail with nothing but shorts and shoes on, most of us have sense to protect out noggins

    Glad you made it out ok Tyler

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    Interesting stuff, ive been meaning to get a helmet az im becoming more aggressive almost everytime i ride, jst dont have any extra money at the moment to spend. I suppose a hospital bill for head trauma would cost quite a bit more though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HardcoreHardtail
    jst dont have any extra money at the moment to spend. I suppose a hospital bill for head trauma would cost quite a bit more though.

    I think a doctor once charged me $5 for a band-aid so yeah, it's def a lot cheaper then a visit to the ER.

    I've seen Bell helmets at costco for around $15 or so. Not the fanciest lid but still meets safety standards and is def worth it considering it's cheaper then a meal at your local restaurant

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    A trail doesn't have to be gnarly and dangerous to knock in the brains. I've cracked one helmet on a bike path wreck. Jamming home after a ride... gravel + pavement in corner + high speed = front tire not interested in playing any more. Instant down at 20+mph. Helmet split.
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    It doesn't take a whole lot to be seriously injured. I don't know how anyone can ride and not wear a helmet. I remember a guy at a local pub stepped outside to have a smoke. Lost his balance and hit his head on the pavement. He died 3 days later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wg
    A trail doesn't have to be gnarly and dangerous to knock in the brains. I've cracked one helmet on a bike path wreck. Jamming home after a ride... gravel + pavement in corner + high speed = front tire not interested in playing any more. Instant down at 20+mph. Helmet split.
    Yep. All my worst spills (injury-wise) have been on relatively tame trails. For me, less technical/gnarly means I'm going faster, and speed makes any fall much worse, and cuts down reaction time.

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    Hotblack, Maybe I can't tell the future, but now in my mind at least I'm certain A helmet is a good idea every ride where as before I wore it sometimes, this crash changed my point of view on the subject, maybe was the blow to the head I got.

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    There is a pile of styrofoam that used to be a helmet hanging as a reminder at my local bike shop.
    The guy missed a corner at high speed and was launched headfirst on a big boulder.
    The helmet has literally exploded in pieces all hanging from the mesh.
    Its a miracle that he can still ride... I always wear my helmet since i saw that.

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    my helmet has never helped me in a crash. it has, however, protected me from fallen trees laying across the trail that have rung my bell even with the helmet on...I duck beneath them but sometimes I just can't get low enough. a 12" truck to the noggin while riding is no fun...glad I had the lid on those times.

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