horizon wrote:This has been an amazing thread. It has tackled helmets full-on. Whether or not helmets are useful, at least this thread recognises that there is a huge amount of social and personal psychology involved with them, whatever one's final decision.
I only posted because I needed my faith in the wider cycling community restored. I wouldn't normally take such things personally but I seemed to have little option when I was the only one speaking out.
beardy wrote:I do see helmets in a similar way to neckties. It is a part of conformity to wear one even though they have no real use.
Scarily that fad has been going on for over 300 years.
I do my best to avoid wearing one of those too.
TonyR wrote:meic wrote:Time to google transactional analysis.
Also "motivated reasoning" and "cognitive dissonance". People will fight hard to not have the things they believe to be true invalidated and evidence just tends to harden their opposition and make their rationalisations more and more irrational.
It seems that was exactly what I was up against, I had to reign in my usual blend of light sarcasm and fun-pokery to try to prevent the row escalating, although ANYTHING I said seemed to fan the flames. Up until then every interaction I'd had with the club had been fairly pleasant, I'd seen the odd flare up but nothing on this scale.