Ruadh495 wrote:I wonder how much the Dutch style of bicycle influences their low head injury rate? They tend to chose very upright riding positions and so are perhaps better able to protect their heads in a fall than those who are leaning forward to begin with.
There might be a slight bike effect (more from steel and wider tyres still being more common than here), but I suspect it could be simply better bike-handling ability in a population that cycles more.
Ruadh495 wrote:They also tend to ride a little slower than we do.
Do they? Says what? According to Strava's 2016 figures, Dutch cyclists were faster than those in the UK (Dutch average speeds of 26.92 km/h for men and 21.36 km/h for women, compared to 25.61 km/h and 19.84 km/h in the UK). It's not a great dataset, but it seems like few exist.
Ruadh495 wrote:I normally ride a "Dutch" bike and when I ride an ordinary bicycle (either what we used to call a "racer" or a mountain bike) I do get a distinct impression of leading with my head and tend to feel that a helmet might be a good idea.
I normally ride a Dutch bike, but I don't particularly feel that I lead my road bike with my head so maybe it's your setups? (And a road bike / racer is not an ordinary bike - an ordinary is the early name for what most now call a penny farthing!)
Ruadh495 wrote:The infrastructure in Holland does a good job of protecting cyclists from motors, which should result in a higher proportion of their cycling accidents being either single vehicle or involving only cycles. These are the type of accident cycle helmets are designed for, so one would expect helmets to be effective in Holland.
And yet they're not, which I feel should be ringing flaming huge alarm bells among sincere helmet promoters, like the absence of dummy crash helmet tests did for me.