Do you wear a helmet?

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Do you wear a helmet?

Yes
36
31%
No
55
47%
Sometimes
27
23%
 
Total votes: 118

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Re: Do you wear a helmet?

Postby honesty » 20 Feb 2015, 3:45pm

When on the child seat we made our daughter wear hers, but in the trailer we don't. I have other considerations than crashing though for this. She has cochlear implants, I rather have a short argument about wearing the helmet than having to cycle back to pick up a smashed processor worth 4.5k... I guess the same effect could have been obtained with any retaining head gear (wooly hat for example) but again the wife likes her to wear one.

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Re: Do you wear a helmet?

Postby Phil Fouracre » 20 Feb 2015, 4:40pm

Oh no! Not another bloody helmet discussion :)
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Re: Do you wear a helmet?

Postby Mick F » 20 Feb 2015, 4:44pm

My helmet isn't bloody, it's quite clean, though often a little sweaty.
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Re: Do you wear a helmet?

Postby pwa » 20 Feb 2015, 4:56pm

Been wearing a helmet since 1987. Only exception is when I'm on the street outside my house testing gear changes etc after adjustments. I don't stress over others not wearing them, but I think it gives me a better chance in some sorts of accident. When I started wearing one I was in a small minority, but (round here, at least) I'm now part of the majority.

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Re: Do you wear a helmet?

Postby [XAP]Bob » 20 Feb 2015, 5:01pm

pwa wrote:Been wearing a helmet since 1987. Only exception is when I'm on the street outside my house testing gear changes etc after adjustments. I don't stress over others not wearing them, but I think it gives me a better chance in some sorts of accident. When I started wearing one I was in a small minority, but (round here, at least) I'm now part of the majority.

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Re: Do you wear a helmet?

Postby Vantage » 20 Feb 2015, 5:11pm

Sometimes I do, sometimes I dont. It's my girls choice as to whether they wear theirs or not. I won't force anyone either way other than what makes them happiest.
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Re: Do you wear a helmet?

Postby drossall » 20 Feb 2015, 8:38pm

For some reason I can't vote ("The submitted form is invalid") - I never can in these polls.

I'd vote never. I do have a helmet, for riding with Scouts mostly (it's the rules). However, it took ten years for the LBS to find one to fit and it's my only way of riding where they are compulsory, so it's far too valuable to wear normally - especially given how much difference it's likely to make :lol:

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Do you wear a helmet?

Postby Heltor Chasca » 20 Feb 2015, 9:22pm

drossall wrote:For some reason I can't vote ("The submitted form is invalid") - I never can in these polls.

I'd vote never. I do have a helmet, for riding with Scouts mostly (it's the rules). However, it took ten years for the LBS to find one to fit and it's my only way of riding where they are compulsory, so it's far too valuable to wear normally - especially given how much difference it's likely to make :lol:


Yes sorry drossall. I've found on this forum you have to be a certain age to do anything. Perhaps even vote!

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Re: Do you wear a helmet?

Postby Paulatic » 20 Feb 2015, 10:44pm

Well I'll be damned , there really is a poll? I never see them in Taptalk and seen them mentioned before. So I went to web view, saw the poll but I must be too old to vote as I can't see any way to vote.
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Re: Do you wear a helmet?

Postby bikes4two » 20 Feb 2015, 11:04pm

Paulatic wrote:Well I'll be damned , there really is a poll? I never see them in Taptalk and seen them mentioned before. So I went to web view, saw the poll but I must be too old to vote as I can't see any way to vote.


Maybe you have to be logged in to vote? (Switching to web view afeter using Tapatalk fo some while, the chances are you WERE NOT logged in, in the web view) - just a thought?
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Re: Do you wear a helmet?

Postby Paulatic » 20 Feb 2015, 11:10pm

Bikes4two,
Thanks for that you were spot on.
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Re: Do you wear a helmet?

Postby Tonyf33 » 21 Feb 2015, 9:01pm

pwa wrote:Been wearing a helmet since 1987. Only exception is when I'm on the street outside my house testing gear changes etc after adjustments. I don't stress over others not wearing them, but I think it gives me a better chance in some sorts of accident. When I started wearing one I was in a small minority, but (round here, at least) I'm now part of the majority.

I think this is very pertinent, if helmets were that efficient at what people believe they are wearing them for why do the figures show (as they do in the compulsory wearing countries) that they have in essence ZERO effect on injuries/head injuries despite the huge swathes of helmet wearers :?:

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Re: Do you wear a helmet?

Postby al_yrpal » 21 Feb 2015, 11:17pm

I once sat in the pub garden for about 3 hours and counted, dozens and dozens cycled past and I never saw one without a helmet. IME almost everyone wears a helmet. The exceptions are the people who jump on a bike to cycle half a mile to the shops. When I do that often I dont wear one. Every time I do a real ride I do.

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Re: Do you wear a helmet?

Postby Vantage » 22 Feb 2015, 9:39am

Tonyf33 wrote:I think this is very pertinent, if helmets were that efficient at what people believe they are wearing them for why do the figures show (as they do in the compulsory wearing countries) that they have in essence ZERO effect on injuries/head injuries despite the huge swathes of helmet wearers :?:


Not really wanting to get into yet another "they do work / they don't work" dabate, but I believe the statistics showing their effectiveness largely come from reported head injuries. Not everyone reports those injuries though. I've written off two helmets in my time and neither incidents resulted in a trip to A&E. The damage done to the helmets wasn't done to my bare head.
Saying a helmet offers no protection is like saying shoes offer no protection. But I wonder how many people would turn up to their doc with cuts and blisters if not for the minimal cushioning from shoes.
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Re: Do you wear a helmet?

Postby squeaker » 22 Feb 2015, 10:52am

al_yrpal wrote:Every time I do a real ride I do.
"real": what's unreal about riding to the shops? :roll:
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