Wear your helmet!

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  • 03-30-2007
    Nagaredama
    Wear your helmet!
  • 03-30-2007
    Kentarre
    Ugh, those almost made me puke in my mouth.
  • 03-30-2007
    RobsterCraw
    Obviously he wasn't wearing a Dickies hat. Bravo, smart guy.
  • 03-30-2007
    AKgoldenbullit
    If you don't wear a helmet in this sport you deserve to look like that.
  • 03-30-2007
    .WestCoastHucker.
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    Quote:

    Originally Posted by RobsterCraw
    Obviously he wasn't wearing a Dickies hat...

    saving lives, one idiot at a time....
  • 03-30-2007
    Jake_HT
    its not going to stop me from not wearing a helmet on the street.... but I always have FF on for jumpish stuff/ DH....
  • 03-30-2007
    006_007
  • 03-30-2007
    .WestCoastHucker.
    i bet if you suck on that straw, it tastes like a milkshake...
  • 03-30-2007
    006_007
    Nah, more like on of em protein shakes......

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by .WestCoastHucker.
    i bet if you suck on that straw, it tastes like a milkshake...

  • 03-30-2007
    rep_1969
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by j_a_k[email protected]
    its not going to stop me from not wearing a helmet on the street.... but I always have FF on for jumpish stuff/ DH....


    I always wear a helmet now days, especially on the street!
  • 03-30-2007
    shredder111
    Bleh, I always wear my helmet. Not good to risk, really not worth the pain, money, or worries. Good luck healing, WEAR YOUR HELMET!
  • 03-30-2007
    RobsterCraw
    Helmet when I ride mountains, park, jumps, or just risky street stuff. I'll do pretty simple tricks like manuals when just riding to get places with no lid. I commute on my bike, and like to session a bit while I do, but I keep the riding relatively tame because sweaty and nappy don't quite cut it from 9-5, so a helmet is more of a pain then the extra security is worth.
  • 03-30-2007
    velocipus
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by RobsterCraw
    Helmet when I ride mountains, park, jumps, or just risky street stuff. I'll do pretty simple tricks like manuals when just riding to get places with no lid. I commute on my bike, and like to session a bit while I do, but I keep the riding relatively tame because sweaty and nappy don't quite cut it from 9-5, so a helmet is more of a pain then the extra security is worth.

    until you get clobbered by a car.
  • 03-30-2007
    RobsterCraw
    Thats possible, but still unlikely enough for me to feel better enjoying the comfort of an unladen cranium. Helmets do have a trade off, and the costs and benefits vary based on the situation. When riding to and from wherever, I fall so infrequently that its hard to justify the helmet, especially since any falls I have had on any commute ever (except for one incedent when I was like 8) have not involved the dome. I don't defend those who do dumb things while not wearing a lid, but I take a calculated risk, and the odds are in my favor. Just like walking outside in the morning is a calculated risk. Someone wearing a lampshade for a hat might just stab you, but probably not.

    Helmet on principle when I ride trails, skatepark, DJ, or doing tricks in the street. When riding around town, I know what I'm doing, and these drivers in Switzerland are used to cyclist and motorino (scooter) riders.
  • 03-30-2007
    BikeMk
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by RobsterCraw
    I'll do pretty simple tricks like manuals when just riding to get places with no lid.

    I've a good friend who was JRA doing a manual. Or so he has been told. Apparently he looped out landed on his head. Total freak accident. He spent a couple of days in the hospital and then a few weeks a little bit spacey. Doctors weren't sure how much damage the swelling was going to do. He eventually recovered OK, but darn, that's a bad way to learn a lesson. Wondering if your brain is ever going to be the same is freaky stuff.

    You can also look at it from an economist's perspective. The brain is pretty much the most valuable thing you've got. The price of insurance (the sum total of your perceived inconvenience caused by the helmet) is not only relatively small, but because it's largely a perceived cost, it's also something that you have control over.
  • 03-30-2007
    The Tod Says What?!
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by .WestCoastHucker.
    saving lives, one idiot at a time....

    That duesche cares more about his arms and legs then his head. WHATA ***!
  • 03-30-2007
    boone
    Jesus.............
    This thread makes me wanna hurl :(
    Every month I pay nearly half of my salary for bills from school past, present and future.
    I figured it out one time how much I have paid for school and I concluded I should be wearing a helmet even when I walk around let alone a bike...
  • 03-30-2007
    cbharping
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by [email protected]
    its not going to stop me from not wearing a helmet on the street.... but I always have FF on for jumpish stuff/ DH....

    Yikes! I'd never be out on the road without a helmet - riding on a bike with cars scares me more than any off-road trail I can think of.
  • 03-30-2007
    ratmfreak99
    Same for me I figure 0.1% cost of education will cover it. Ouch.
    I look like a large pillow coming down the mountain
  • 03-30-2007
    velocipus
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by RobsterCraw
    Thats possible, but still unlikely enough for me to feel better enjoying the comfort of an unladen cranium. Helmets do have a trade off, and the costs and benefits vary based on the situation. When riding to and from wherever, I fall so infrequently that its hard to justify the helmet, especially since any falls I have had on any commute ever (except for one incedent when I was like 8) have not involved the dome. I don't defend those who do dumb things while not wearing a lid, but I take a calculated risk, and the odds are in my favor. Just like walking outside in the morning is a calculated risk. Someone wearing a lampshade for a hat might just stab you, but probably not.

    Helmet on principle when I ride trails, skatepark, DJ, or doing tricks in the street. When riding around town, I know what I'm doing, and these drivers in Switzerland are used to cyclist and motorino (scooter) riders.

    Oh you're in Europe... nevermind. I made the mistake of trying to tell a European to wear a helmet once before. Man did I get an earful!
  • 03-30-2007
    Freerydejunky
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by .WestCoastHucker.
    i bet if you suck on that straw, it tastes like a milkshake...

    I was thinking more along the lines of it being a spoon and you would open the flap and get some pudding.
  • 03-30-2007
    xKREDx
    Ouch!
  • 03-30-2007
    mjsca07
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by RobsterCraw
    I know what I'm doing.


    I bet those two dudes in the pics above said the same thing.
  • 03-30-2007
    08nwsula
    dude.... I hope for a quick recovery. I wear my helmet every time I get the chance. I don't always buckler it, but due to recent events, I think I will.
  • 03-30-2007
    thebigred67
    It makes me feel bad about going to the corner without.
  • 03-31-2007
    RobsterCraw
    You, guys assume that I am ignoring the risk involved. Its pretty simple. You just think of the severity of what can happen, which is pretty bad. Then factor in the probability of it happening, which is very low. Then I weigh that against the fact that every time I commute every day in the late spring to early fall periods, there is a 100% chance of sweating like a pig (which would be no problem to me if I were not going to school/work). Next year I'll probably have a nice arrangement where it'll be all downhill in the morning and uphill at the end of the day (opposite of how it is now). Then I'll have no reason not to wear a helmet, so I probably will. Thats how it works when you live in the Alps, nothing is flat.
    Believe me, the basis of my thinking is pure economic cost benefit analysis. I don't defent not wearing a helmet, but I want to emphasis that you can assess the risks involved. If I am ever riding at over 60% or simply don't have a reason not to, I always do.

    I'm also not European. I from Cali, I am just living here now.

    also, if you are wearing a helmet, be sure to buckle it. If you don't then its just a false sense of security.

    Don't get me wrong, I used to be the helmet nazi, and in many ways, I still am. But there are more than just the benefits of the helmet to consider. I got into the same argument with some superiors back in my military days about wearing body armor in the dog days of summer. If there is a 0.000001% chance that I'll get shot, and a 40% chance that I'll get heat exhaustion because I'm wearing body armour in 120 degree desert conditions, whats the greater risk. In the bike helmet case its not so bad but if I show up to work looking like crap, the boss ain't exactly pleased.
  • 03-31-2007
    mtbgiovanny
    jesus christ, heal soon man!
  • 03-31-2007
    DRTRIDR
    Oh Man! Thanks- I will never forget my helmet agin. I am not joking either!
  • 03-31-2007
    Madmaxx
    what's the best?
    so what is the best full helmet out there? I just screwed up my face last week, and need some full coverage.
  • 03-31-2007
    splatman
    Holy crap! That flippin nasty! I think it's stupid to not to wear a helmet, in ANY situation. Protect your noggin, they don't make replacements!
  • 03-31-2007
    Lt.Saad
    Even when i ride trails i have my fullface on. Yes ppl look at me funny but i couldnt give a rats ass what anyone thinks. I have crashed enough times to know that i'd rather have a full then not.
  • 03-31-2007
    Whafe
    was out on the roadie here in Spain, that means if I make it home in one piece it is a fluke. The drivers here have zero respect for cyclists. And it amazes me more how many of these staunch Spanish guys dont wear helmets, I ccan tfathom why someone wouldnt here of all places...

    You can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make it drink...

    A very good written account from this young dude. Hope he heals well.

    I never skimo on buying good quality helmets, when I did my coma on my moto x bike, am so glad I was wearing a Shoe helmet, saved my life for sure.... Will say no more...
  • 03-31-2007
    splatman
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by RobsterCraw
    You, guys assume that I am ignoring the risk involved. Its pretty simple. You just think of the severity of what can happen, which is pretty bad. Then factor in the probability of it happening, which is very low. Then I weigh that against the fact that every time I commute every day in the late spring to early fall periods, there is a 100% chance of sweating like a pig (which would be no problem to me if I were not going to school/work). Next year I'll probably have a nice arrangement where it'll be all downhill in the morning and uphill at the end of the day (opposite of how it is now). Then I'll have no reason not to wear a helmet, so I probably will. Thats how it works when you live in the Alps, nothing is flat.
    Believe me, the basis of my thinking is pure economic cost benefit analysis. I don't defent not wearing a helmet, but I want to emphasis that you can assess the risks involved. If I am ever riding at over 60% or simply don't have a reason not to, I always do.

    I'm also not European. I from Cali, I am just living here now.

    also, if you are wearing a helmet, be sure to buckle it. If you don't then its just a false sense of security.

    Don't get me wrong, I used to be the helmet nazi, and in many ways, I still am. But there are more than just the benefits of the helmet to consider. I got into the same argument with some superiors back in my military days about wearing body armor in the dog days of summer. If there is a 0.000001% chance that I'll get shot, and a 40% chance that I'll get heat exhaustion because I'm wearing body armour in 120 degree desert conditions, whats the greater risk. In the bike helmet case its not so bad but if I show up to work looking like crap, the boss ain't exactly pleased.


    I would rather be safe than sorry, considering that even though there is a minute chance of getting seriously injured, I always seem to beat the odds and crash....
  • 03-31-2007
    RobsterCraw
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Madmaxx
    so what is the best full helmet out there? I just screwed up my face last week, and need some full coverage.

    Always go try some on. I would recommend getting something MTB specific so that it isn't too hard. I have a 661 Carbon Bravo. Good stuff, I wanted to go for the Troy Lee, but every size they had did not fit. Most companies make at least one quality FF model, in fact most FF models are good. The fit is what varies and I cannot say it enough, go try them out.
  • 03-31-2007
    fer83
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by velocipus
    Oh you're in Europe... nevermind. I made the mistake of trying to tell a European to wear a helmet once before. Man did I get an earful!

    yeah! our european heads are the most tough hollow estructure in the well-known universe. I actually work demolishing small buildings with my face. nice work ever.:madman:
  • 03-31-2007
    .WestCoastHucker.
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by The Tod Says What?!
    That duesche cares more about his arms and legs then his head. WHATA ***!

    i know, what a dumb fukc...
  • 03-31-2007
    ryan_daugherty
    man i like helmets, i would be pretty much paranoid w/o mine.. riding on the dirt or even commuting. (Utah drivers are probably the most inconsiderate and distracted/dangerous drivers in the world, hands down)

    I'm excited b/c i just ordered a new Fox Flux today to replace my busted trail lid.
  • 04-01-2007
    Madmaxx
    I was looking at the flux today, great looking lid! Anybody know how often you are supposed to switch out your XC helmet? I've had mine for 3 years and 20+ recks

    anybody ever use a Bell Bellistic? only $80, but i'm wondering if it's like a McD's Cheeseburger where it's something that you'd feel better about if it cost more money?
  • 04-01-2007
    ryan_daugherty
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Madmaxx
    I was looking at the flux today, great looking lid! Anybody know how often you are supposed to switch out your XC helmet? I've had mine for 3 years and 20+ recks

    anybody ever use a Bell Bellistic? only $80, but i'm wondering if it's like a McD's Cheeseburger where it's something that you'd feel better about if it cost more money?

    the bellistic is a quality helmet .. usually the more money you spend the more features/lighter weight the helmet. I wear the 661 pro bravo (non-carbon) its super comfy, light weight, and super cheap on ebay.

    my buddy wears a 661 full comp and loves it... its on the lower end of the price scale too.
    especially on ebay!!

    i end up replacing my xc/trail helmets when they break, I don't know if that is the correct time to do it, but thats when i do it.