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Old 05-25-07, 11:33 PM
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no helmet or no eyewear?

i was thinking about this the other day, because i've see countless posts of people saying how they would never ride without a helmet, but i sometimes ride without a helmet in the summer depending on the weather. on the other hand, i would never ride without some type of eyewear. i have gotten hit by bumble bees the size of golf balls, on my lenses, on more than one occasion. i'm not going to get into it, because i know i will somehow jinx myself, but i personally feel that i have a greater need for eyewear over a helmet...

if you could only use one, a helmet or eyewear, which would it be, and why?
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Originally Posted by FIVE ONE SIX
i was thinking about this the other day, because i've see countless posts of people saying how they would never ride without a helmet, but i sometimes ride without a helmet in the summer depending on the weather. on the other hand, i would never ride without some type of eyewear. i have gotten hit by bumble bees the size of golf balls, on my lenses, on more than one occasion. i'm not going to get into it, because i know i will somehow jinx myself, but i personally feel that i have a greater need for eyewear over a helmet...

if you could only use one, a helmet or eyewear, which would it be, and why?
Eyewear, since I live in the country. If I were in the city, helmet. I took eyewear and no helmet today actually.
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Old 05-25-07, 11:39 PM
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Haha I just went on my first ride today.

I wore a helmet and sunglasses but around 730 the sun was low enough I didn't need sunglasses so I took them off so I could see better and it was like the bugs were attacking my eyes.

I want to get some of those yellow tinted glasses like shooting glasses.

I need new eye glasses anyway I'm sick of contacts all the time.

I live in a more urban environment/beach towns, so lots of traffic and congestion. Helmet is a must.
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Old 05-25-07, 11:57 PM
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I've made it a rule now that if I plan to ride faster than 20km/h I will always wear a helmet. However, that's downtown Toronto riding. If I were riding on deserted rural roads...I'd probably choose eyewear, but I've never ridden on deserted rural roads so can't really make an educated decision.
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Nothing personal but it is a ludicrous choice. I would not consider riding anywhere without a helmet. Riding in the country is no guarantee against catastrophic equipment failure, critters, rednecks, etc. As far as the shades go the majority tend to prefer ones with rims for safety as well. Wear both, protect yourself, live to ride another day. Blessings
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Old 05-26-07, 01:06 AM
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Easy one for me. I wear glasses all the time. If it weren't for that I'd still pick the glasses. Knock on wood I've never needed the protection of a helmet but the glasses have stoped a few things.
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Good idea. If you're eyes are always protected, it will be easy to see your brains lying in the road.
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Originally Posted by Stevie Boy
I've made it a rule now that if I plan to ride faster than 20km/h I will always wear a helmet. However, that's downtown Toronto riding. If I were riding on deserted rural roads...I'd probably choose eyewear, but I've never ridden on deserted rural roads so can't really make an educated decision.
Speed doesn't matter. You can still be seriously injured or even die from low speed falls while on your bicycle. My wife worked with a federal judge a while back and the judge was riding a cruiser in Delaware without a helmet, took a fall, and subsequently died from the resulting head injury.
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speed does matter.

So saying going 1 mph, and going 30 mph makes no statistical difference and that the person is equally likely to result in similar injuries? I dont think so. Yes you can get hurt badly going at lower speeds, but saying speed doesnt matter is wrong.
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when i go on training rides i wear a helmet and eye wear. for my short commute up to campus, no helmet or glasses.
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Old 05-26-07, 03:12 AM
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My helmets are well vented. I see no problem with this extra hope for safety. I cracked my helmet once on a curb. Glad it was not my head. Maybe a slow urban ride doing errands, I might not wear a helmet. But, I doubt it. As to eyewear , I agree. Bugs smash into my face all the time. I'd hate to a bee to fly into my eyes. Let alone items such as grit.
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Old 05-26-07, 03:21 AM
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you gotta be kidding. a helmet of course. i take it that the original poster is either young or hasn't been biking long. the day will come when u crash and hit your head. if you survive, you'll be a helmet wearer from then on. gauranteed.
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If you choose the helmet you risk your eyes. Choose the glasses you risk your head. Both, is the only sensible answer.
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Originally Posted by Rocke
Nothing personal but it is a ludicrous choice. I would not consider riding anywhere without a helmet. Riding in the country is no guarantee against catastrophic equipment failure, critters, rednecks, etc. As far as the shades go the majority tend to prefer ones with rims for safety as well. Wear both, protect yourself, live to ride another day. Blessings
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Helmet. Always.

It doesn't matter how slow you are going. If a car comes out of nowhere and does not see you and hits you, you'll wish you had a helmet in the milliseconds before your head hits the ground/windshield/hood/telephone pole.

But that's the decision you have to make.
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good eye protection + a helmet is always on my head ...
it's a must for me .. I feel more secure .
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depends on the helmet, many of them are damn near worthless, but as rec rider fashion statements they are priceless

personally I wear glasses always, helmet when racing but not when working, and when I wear a helmet I wear one that actually provides decent protection and normally survives crashes
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eye protection.

i wear contacts, and they're a must.
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if there is very low light I won't wear glasses...other than that, I wear both all the time....head injuries suck.
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glasses - helmet can only provide value after something bad happens, eyewear can help prevent something bad from happening.
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Helmet is a must. Then eyewear for various reasons.
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glasses - helmet can only provide value after something bad happens, eyewear can help prevent something bad from happening.
exactly.
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brain bucket no matter what. it's like a seatbelt. i hop in a car i automatically put on my seatbelt, i hop on my bike i automatically put on my helmet. to me its a no-brainer. heheheh.
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I always wear glasses. I usually don't wear a helmet because I ride mostly Katy Trail in MO. It's a flat, easy trail. I figure since there's no cars the only danger is me and if I can't keep from crashing on that trail I don't belong on a bike neway . My glasses have stopped countless bugs; the last time a helmet did me any good I was like 3. If I did a lot of riding on paved roads w/ cars, I would definitely wear a helmet. I just don't wanna trust my life to drivers. Your choice, but if you ride anywhere near cars, I recommend a helmet.
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anyone ever have a bee fly inside your jersey. It can happen about the eyes.
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