Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Road Cycling
Reload this Page >

What happened to make you finally wear a helmet?

Notices
Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

What happened to make you finally wear a helmet?

Old 01-08-13, 03:45 PM
  #76  
Hbrown
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 143
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
MY GOD! How do we walk away from the spectaculer crashes , But not the ordinary ones?! Oh wait! All crashes are spectaculer, and all have the potential to take us out of here!!!!
Hbrown is offline  
Old 01-08-13, 03:52 PM
  #77  
Hbrown
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 143
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Wow!! My second accident was probably 2 months before my epipheney. I was riding with a new road guy coming down Belmont ave. But first, the road guy showed up at my house and got his self together for our ride, we mounted our bikes and prepared to take off, I asked him where was his helmet? He told me that he forgot it when he packed his car to come to my house, I then dismounted went in the house and got my new unused helmet and handed it to him, and then told him to do as I say and not as I do. I didn't have a helmet on, but I was making him wear one. We then went for our ride. Now as we were coming down Belmont ave near the end of our ride, and were about to cross Cityline ave The light changed from red to green, Cool, i increased my pedal, so did he, I was behind him by abut 20ft, letting him stay to the front, when a silver car came into the intersection to make a right turn, I watched the lady driver through the windshield she saw us and was just sitting there to let us cross the intersection in front of her. (Something that we learn over time) watch the driver! And the wheels. You can always see what they are about to do. The newbie did not Know this so he (did not hold his line) veered right in fornt of me and I T boned him! We were fully intertwined as we slid accross the most busiest street in Philadelphia!! Him on top and me underneath. All I coud here was a muffled scraping sound and a blue flash as the back of my head hit the road! And sliding forever! right into the center of the intersection! Then stopping! We jumped up, got our bikes and got back to the sidewalk were we assesed our bikes Re positioned bars, found water bottles, and talked trash about surviving the crash! The scraping sound that I heard was my speedplay pedal sliding on the road, It was worn down to half its size! My head hurt! Kept it to myself! Did not want to discourage him in any way from riding, although cursing up a storm in my mind. Re mounted our bikes and started to ride home, I made it to Ridge ave before my derailure hanger snapped off. I then had to walk up Midvale ave which is about a 15deg hill. Thats when I realized that my ankle had a chunk out of it and my shoe was wet with blood, it wasn't bending as it should have. Long story short, the newbie rode to the house, got his car and came back to get me. I thought more of my ankle than my head ! Why did I have to wait 2 more months before wearing a helmet? Now I have 3, all in different colors, I'll explain that later.

Last edited by Hbrown; 01-08-13 at 04:34 PM.
Hbrown is offline  
Old 01-08-13, 03:53 PM
  #78  
AdelaaR
Senior Member
 
AdelaaR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Vlaamse Ardennen, Belgium
Posts: 3,898
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 3 Times in 3 Posts
Originally Posted by Pug View Post
Marianne Vos rides with one, too.
There must be something to them ...
AdelaaR is offline  
Old 01-08-13, 03:57 PM
  #79  
Ultraslide
Senior Member
 
Ultraslide's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Evansville, IN
Posts: 782

Bikes: 73 Raleigh Supercourse, 99 Specialized Stumpjumer, 08 LeMond Tourmalet

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
... when the guy in front of me on the trail took a spectacular dive over a squaw bank and wiped out. He was okay, but I realized we were approaching speeds worthy of safety gear.
Ultraslide is offline  
Old 01-08-13, 04:13 PM
  #80  
apoZ
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 31

Bikes: Trek 7.5 FX ; Trek 1.5 Ultegra : Trek 8500 XTR

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I'm a neurosurgeon. Then you know why.
apoZ is offline  
Old 01-08-13, 07:17 PM
  #81  
Pug
High Modulus
 
Pug's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Madison, NJ
Posts: 663

Bikes: Cervelo R3, Ridley X-Night

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by AdelaaR View Post
There must be something to them ...
Indeed. Helmets make you fast.
Pug is offline  
Old 01-08-13, 07:19 PM
  #82  
caloso
Senior Member
 
caloso's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Sacramento, California, USA
Posts: 38,644

Bikes: Ridley Excalibur, Gazelle Champion Mondial, On-One Pompino, Specialized Rock Hopper

Mentioned: 61 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2085 Post(s)
Liked 551 Times in 306 Posts
They became lighter and better ventilated. Also, there was a crash in the TdF a few years ago where some guys went over a barrier and one of them had big rocks stuck in the vents of his helmet. Wish I could find a photo.

Last edited by caloso; 01-08-13 at 07:23 PM.
caloso is offline  
Old 01-08-13, 07:35 PM
  #83  
krobinson103
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Incheon, South Korea
Posts: 2,836

Bikes: Nothing amazing... cheap old 21 speed mtb

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Back 28 years or so when I first started college they changed the law (in New Zealand) to make everyone wear a helmet. They also had this women doing lecture tours on how her son was riding without a helmet, crashed, and ended up being about smart as your average cucumber for it. You only get one brain and its worth protecting.
krobinson103 is offline  
Old 01-08-13, 08:39 PM
  #84  
surgeonstone
Senior Member
 
surgeonstone's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: South Bend IN
Posts: 11,213

Bikes: 1976 FRESCHI, 2004 Crumpton.

Mentioned: 31 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 918 Post(s)
Liked 6 Times in 5 Posts
Originally Posted by coasting View Post
Curiously, I fell this year. I landed on my chin and had concussion. I was wearing a helmet.
I crashed this year after being attacked by a pit bull with helmet. Got a concussion and deep lacerations. Guess the results would have been much worse otherwise.
surgeonstone is offline  
Old 01-08-13, 09:03 PM
  #85  
Rowan
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 16,750
Mentioned: 124 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1436 Post(s)
Liked 27 Times in 18 Posts
Originally Posted by surgeonstone View Post
I crashed this year after being attacked by a pit bull with helmet. Got a concussion and deep lacerations. Guess the results would have been much worse otherwise.
The pitbull was wearing a helmet?

He must have seen you coming

And which day in the past week was it?
Rowan is offline  
Old 01-08-13, 09:21 PM
  #86  
gitarzan
Lost Again
 
gitarzan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Columbus, Oh!
Posts: 1,041

Bikes: Soma Saga, 1991 Sirrus, Specialized Secteur Elite, Miele Umbria Elite.

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by LowCel View Post
I have a wife that I care about and a life that I want to continue living.
This.
gitarzan is offline  
Old 01-08-13, 09:21 PM
  #87  
surgeonstone
Senior Member
 
surgeonstone's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: South Bend IN
Posts: 11,213

Bikes: 1976 FRESCHI, 2004 Crumpton.

Mentioned: 31 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 918 Post(s)
Liked 6 Times in 5 Posts
Originally Posted by Rowan View Post
The pitbull was wearing a helmet?

He must have seen you coming

And which day in the past week was it?
Touche. I need a remedial writing course.
surgeonstone is offline  
Old 01-08-13, 09:52 PM
  #88  
GP 
Senior Member
 
GP's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 7,628
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 28 Post(s)
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Back in the mid 80s, one of my riding buddies got a new Giro with the cloth cover and gave me his old Bell.
GP is offline  
Old 01-08-13, 11:13 PM
  #89  
canyoneagle 
Senior Member
 
canyoneagle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Chapel Hill, NC (temporary)
Posts: 4,511

Bikes: Jamis Dragon 29er. Frame waiting for roads: 1990 Zullo EL-OS

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 117 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
My neighborhood BMX antics as a child pretty much necessitated a helmet. That carried over to when I began riding an adult bike. I started with a Bell Biker, which I wore for at least 12-13 years. I still remember exactly how it felt to weave the strap through the double D-rings. Man, am I glad that the straps have changed since then.
__________________
Main bike: retro-mod build - 1990 Zullo EL-OS frame with 2018 Chorus
canyoneagle is offline  
Old 01-08-13, 11:15 PM
  #90  
canyoneagle 
Senior Member
 
canyoneagle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Chapel Hill, NC (temporary)
Posts: 4,511

Bikes: Jamis Dragon 29er. Frame waiting for roads: 1990 Zullo EL-OS

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 117 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by GP View Post
Back in the mid 80s, one of my riding buddies got a new Giro with the cloth cover ...
I remember there being a plethora of neck injuries resulting from the fabric gripping the pavement. That was about the time that the "coke bottle plastic" covers started hitting the market as the lycra models were pulled off the shelves.
__________________
Main bike: retro-mod build - 1990 Zullo EL-OS frame with 2018 Chorus
canyoneagle is offline  
Old 01-09-13, 10:02 AM
  #91  
tagaproject6
Senior Member
 
tagaproject6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 8,464

Bikes: Wilier Izoard XP (Record);Cinelli Xperience (Force);Specialized Allez (Rival);Bianchi Via Nirone 7 (Centaur); Colnago AC-R Disc;Colnago V1r Limited Edition;De Rosa King 3 Limited(Force 22);DeRosa Merak(Red):Pinarello Dogma 65.1 Hydro(Di2)

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 521 Post(s)
Liked 200 Times in 104 Posts
I don't care for its benefits and the arguments for and against. I just looked cool in one.
tagaproject6 is offline  
Old 01-09-13, 01:14 PM
  #92  
Terex
Senior Member
 
Terex's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: 7600' Northern New Mexico
Posts: 3,615

Bikes: Specialized 6Fattie, Parlee Z5, Scott Addict

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 22 Post(s)
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
When the Bell Biker became available in the late 70's (picture the frat guy in Breaking Away. Bought ProTec helmets for my kids when they were old enough to ride in early 80's. Same deal with ski helmets. Purchased for me and kids when first generally available.
Terex is offline  
Old 01-09-13, 01:17 PM
  #93  
Terex
Senior Member
 
Terex's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: 7600' Northern New Mexico
Posts: 3,615

Bikes: Specialized 6Fattie, Parlee Z5, Scott Addict

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 22 Post(s)
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Originally Posted by canyoneagle View Post
I remember there being a plethora of neck injuries resulting from the fabric gripping the pavement. That was about the time that the "coke bottle plastic" covers started hitting the market as the lycra models were pulled off the shelves.
Same concern with camera mounts on helmets. The mount can be a snag point in a crash.
Terex is offline  
Old 01-09-13, 01:24 PM
  #94  
geezerwheels
Senior Member
 
geezerwheels's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Silver Spring, Maryland
Posts: 187

Bikes: Alloy Synapse (custom build), 1978 Motobecane Grand Touring; +/-1984 de Rosa Eddie Merckx Super Prestige (custom build), Fuji Saratoga

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 27 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
got in the habit when I was riding motorcycles. the habit's been reinforced by being deliberately sideswiped, wipeouts on wet leaves, and two other clavicle snapping, self induced accidents, where the helmet saved me from pain or damage due to the whiplash effect.
geezerwheels is offline  
Old 01-10-13, 02:56 AM
  #95  
a1penguin
Senior Member
 
a1penguin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Silicon Valley, CA
Posts: 3,169
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 129 Post(s)
Liked 4 Times in 3 Posts
I am old enough that I never wore a helmet as a kid. I don't remember when I got my first Bell helmet. It was one of the half walnut ones with the orange sections. I don't remember if this was in the 70s or 80s. I've never ridden without a helmet since that time. I also wear a cycling helmet when I roller blade. I remember when cars had no seat belts. I feel naked with the seat belt too. How about car seats for babies? It's great that there are so many more safety devices that didn't exist 40 years ago!
a1penguin is offline  
Old 01-10-13, 08:23 AM
  #96  
Myosmith
Lover of Old Chrome Moly
 
Myosmith's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: NW Minnesota
Posts: 2,946
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 141 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 19 Times in 14 Posts
I'm a paramedic and I see plenty of head injuries that could have been mitigated with a proper helmet. No, a helmet won't prevent 100% of head injuries, but they prevent or reduce the severity of injury in a large enough percentage of head impact to make them well worth wearing.
Myosmith is offline  
Old 01-10-13, 08:42 AM
  #97  
merlinextraligh
pan y agua
 
merlinextraligh's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Jacksonville
Posts: 30,414

Bikes: Wilier Zero 7; Merlin Extralight; Co-Motion Robusta; Schwinn Paramount; Motobecane Phantom Cross; Cervelo P2; Motebecane Ti Fly 29er; Calfee Dragonfly Tandem

Mentioned: 14 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 928 Post(s)
Liked 29 Times in 23 Posts
Originally Posted by canyoneagle View Post
I remember there being anecdotal reports of neck injuries resulting from the fabric gripping the pavement. That was about the time that the "coke bottle plastic" covers started hitting the market as the lycra models were pulled off the shelves.


FTFY.

I don't know that anyone ever established that there were more neck injuries with the fabric covered helmets. But there was enough noise about it to drive them off the market.

The thin plastic shell is a better design anyway, so it didn't ultimately matter.
__________________
You could fall off a cliff and die.
You could get lost and die.
You could hit a tree and die.
OR YOU COULD STAY HOME AND FALL OFF THE COUCH AND DIE.
merlinextraligh is offline  
Old 01-10-13, 08:59 AM
  #98  
Nachoman
well hello there
 
Nachoman's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Point Loma, CA
Posts: 15,052

Bikes: Bill Holland (Road-Ti), Fuji Roubaix Pro (back-up), Bike Friday (folder), Co-Motion (tandem) & Trek 750 (hybrid)

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 381 Post(s)
Liked 67 Times in 47 Posts
Originally Posted by geezerwheels View Post
got in the habit when I was riding motorcycles. the habit's been reinforced by being deliberately sideswiped, wipeouts on wet leaves, and two other clavicle snapping, self induced accidents, where the helmet saved me from pain or damage due to the whiplash effect.
Yikes. So someone intentionally ran you down?
__________________
.
.

Two wheels good. Four wheels bad.
Nachoman is offline  
Old 01-10-13, 09:19 AM
  #99  
buffalowings
Senior Member
 
buffalowings's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 708
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I'll wear a helmet when something serious happens (life changing moment/accident), so no helmet yet.
buffalowings is offline  
Old 01-10-13, 09:23 AM
  #100  
RT
The Weird Beard
 
RT's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: COS
Posts: 8,554
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by buffalowings View Post
I'll wear a helmet when something serious happens (life changing moment/accident), so no helmet yet.
I can't tell if you are kidding. This kind of logic eludes me.
RT is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.