100 lb. Club - Do you wear a bike helmet?




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Sandi
12-15-2005, 02:58 PM
Ok, as a follow up to Burgie's thread about the Mountain bikes. Thanks everyone for the great answers, I am also planning a bike purchase in the spring.

Anyway, I'd like to know if you wear a bike helmet when you ride? At my size, if I crash, it could be pretty bad, so I think I'd have to wear a helmet. Wondering what you do???


Burgie
12-15-2005, 03:03 PM
I haven't in the past, but I plan on buying one with my new bike.

DishyFishy
12-15-2005, 03:05 PM
Congrats on your decision to get a bike! You won't regret it.

I never used to wear a helmet until I came here and hubby made me! It felt really strange at first, but now it's second nature to pop it on before I go out riding. They come in all shapes and sizes, and I tried loads of different ones at the local bike store until I found one that felt comfortable. I'd definitely advise you to get one. :yes: Safety first and all that jazz.


PhysDom
12-15-2005, 03:33 PM
**ESPECIALLY** if you're going to be riding near any sort of motor vehicle traffic...
I've been hit twice by a car when a driver simply wasn't paying attention (like, they stop at a stop sign of before pulling out of a driveway, but it's only out of habit, and then they hit me when I'm in the --middle- of the intersection!)

Maybe if you're just cruising a little in the park you could skip it... but really why bother?

Honestly, wear one. (All the cool kids are doing it.)

PhysDom
12-15-2005, 03:34 PM
Also: If you really are Mommy to a Jacob, you'd probably want him to see you wearing one so that he does, too, right? Behaviors of the parents pass on to the children.

rabidstoat
12-15-2005, 03:36 PM
I don't.

But I ride a stationary bike in my living room. :D

Tani
12-15-2005, 05:03 PM
Always Always Always :D

sabriena
12-15-2005, 05:10 PM
I don't... but if you're biking in a busy area definately wear one!! :D People just don't drive the way you're supposed to.

barbygirl43
12-15-2005, 05:20 PM
Yep I wear a helmet because although I live out in the country, we do have a somewhat busy (well busy for a country road since it's paved) road with no shoulder. If I ride down the road beside the house it is graveled and I would hate to hit my head on one of those boulders (okay maybe I'm exaggerating on their size a bit) :D

YP1
12-15-2005, 06:24 PM
I would do if I rode my bike ever. That's one of my things for next summer, to get it fixed and start riding it again - maybe even to and from work. I once fell off my bike (a pedestrian walked straight out in front of me on a cycle path) and even that was scary enough, let alone if it had been a car hitting me.

Heather
12-15-2005, 06:31 PM
I *always* wear a helmet. And boy am I glad I do. A number of years ago I was in a bike accident -- with a tree! I was zooming down a hill on a sidewalk, trying to get out to the street at a big driveway, but a car was parked in such a way that I would hit the car if I tried to go to the street, so I swerved, and hit the tree instead.

I fell on the ground and was knocked unconscious. My body and the bike were both beat up, but my head was fine!

Just a note. I was told that if you DO have an accident in a helmet, you should probably get a new helmet -- there can be damage to it that you don't see that prevents it from doing its job! That info might not be fully accurate, but it is safe!

NowOrNever!
12-15-2005, 10:19 PM
I do. I used to work as a US Cycling race official and also with the Olympic & National teams. I've seen some pretty horrendous accidents, taken WAY more people to the hospital than I should, and have definitely seen people that LIVED (with their brains unscrambled) because they had a helmet on.

Despite all that, I think my sister put it best many years ago when she said "Basically, I wear a helmet because I don't want Mom to have to take care of a vegetable."

And Wyllen's right--replace a helmet after a crash even with no visible damage (some manufacturers like Giro used to replace helmets for free if you mailed them back). AND wear your helmet correctly!! I can't count the number of people (and more than half of all kids with helmets) I see with a helmet pushed back on their head. When you fall, that will NOT protect you so if you wear one, might as well wear it right (buckled up tight, helmet squarely on your noggin--have it fitted and adjusted at a bike shop where they know what they're doing (hint: stores like walmart would be useless in this area! ;) )

Charles78
12-15-2005, 10:24 PM
I do - can't be cracking the old noggin open if I take a spill. :)

slimmingsi
12-15-2005, 10:25 PM
i don't not at the moment anyway gets to hot under the helmet and causes major headaches

NowOrNever!
12-15-2005, 10:33 PM
Hey slimmingsi--I wonder...how old is that hot helmet you've got? Helmets have changed a lot in the last couple years--MUCH lighter materials and a whole lot more ventilation. I remember my older helmets and you are SO right--they were brain broilers!

mabear
12-15-2005, 10:42 PM
i don't ride often. its been over 6 years. i voted that i don't but should but don't. my kids do but not if they don't go off the driveway. if/when i start riding again i'll get a helmet. we don't bother with riding now as i've heard its dangerous to a baby under a year to but maybe this summer?

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jiffypop
12-15-2005, 11:45 PM
yes i do. and it took several tries to get it to fit properly. be sure to get one that fits your own head and is comfortable.

DishyFishy
12-15-2005, 11:45 PM
i don't not at the moment anyway [...]When I lived in the UK it was a rare sight to see any cyclist wear a helmet, yet over here almost all of them do. Seems back-to-front considering the car drivers over there (of which I was one) are complete nutters compared with Edmontonians! :p

mousie
12-16-2005, 02:22 AM
Live through a brain injury, or know someone who has. You'll never ever leave yourself unprotected again.

Goddess Jessica
12-16-2005, 03:34 PM
I have a cute picture of Mousie and Me with bike helmets on. :)

I have to say that helmets are not optional in my opinion. The guys at my bike shop just got through visiting a girl who is comatose because she simply fell off her bike and cracked her head on the curb.

Burgie
12-16-2005, 04:40 PM
Hey slimmingsi--I wonder...how old is that hot helmet you've got? Helmets have changed a lot in the last couple years--MUCH lighter materials and a whole lot more ventilation. I remember my older helmets and you are SO right--they were brain broilers!

I agree NON!!

The helmet I just bought is so lightweight. I cannot imagine it limiting the ventilation anymore than a baseball cap.

Burgie
12-16-2005, 04:43 PM
Looks like our bike smiley isn't safe....

:bike:

NowOrNever!
12-16-2005, 11:08 PM
The bike smiley is probably just hangin' out in the living room anxious to hit the trail tomorrow :)

mousie
12-16-2005, 11:16 PM
I have a cute picture of Mousie and Me with bike helmets on. :)

I have to say that helmets are not optional in my opinion. The guys at my bike shop just got through visiting a girl who is comatose because she simply fell off her bike and cracked her head on the curb.
Well, we're just adorable. :)