fast but dim wrote:You aren't the one still on crutches, can't work, can't walk and will miss the rest of the summer on his bike. I'll be looking at a financial loss of around a grand, and a ruined holiday. To suggest I repeat it is not even close to being appropriate..
Well, the opening comment "I won't be riding again without a helmet. The only reasons not to are vanity / overheating / laziness, which in now way outweigh the pros" in the other thread was not even close to being appropriate to people who have suffered neck injury from cycle helmets. Yes, pinched nerves are so vain and lazy, aren't they?
I suggested a similar but more reasonable idea in that other thread, that there should be some full car-style crash test dummy studies of helmets, to give a better idea of what effect they have. [XAP]Bob just put it a bit more directly: we can't tell anything from individual crashes.
Meanwhile at the population level, increasing helmet use doesn't seem to correlate with improving public health. Not even TRL's recent report could support such a conclusion with any evidence.