landsurfer wrote: atoz wrote: landsurfer wrote:
I was told i was not a proper cyclist and that people like me make life hard for all other cyclists .... because i don't wear a helmet.
Wow. I entertain a vain hope that didn't come from an actual cyclist- but there again, it wouldn't surprise me if it did. The fact that most people who are cyclists on the planet don't seem to have helmets seems to have been missed by such comments.
I shall keep riding sans helmet on my ancient steel bikes and Carradice saddlebags- with mudguards, and of course wearing lycra- even when going to the shops, just to wind such people up..
I don't wear glasses when riding as well .... keep getting told I should ... expensive , multi colour lens, safety glasses to be honest .... any ideas why ???
For racers, especially on those routes where you can see the peloton coming by the attendant dust cloud or the lack of 200 pairs of mudguards means everyone but the leader gets sprayed with gunk, they're in the same bracket as track-mitts: not necessary
, but a good idea that makes life more comfortable. For Normal People, not typically so much although there are certainly rides when they're nice to have.
A few years back now, before Chris Boardman's provision of Applied Clue to the policy folk, British Cycling launched an "everyday cycling" initiative. Helmets were, of course, "essential", and so was "eyewear", with the reason given something along the lines of "a bee in the eye at 20 mph is bad news". I somehow manage to get by without them on most rides.
(Prescription) glasses are good if your vision needs correction, of course. I like sunglasses on sunny days because my eyes seem to do gloomy better than bright, and on very cold, dry days some glasses help stop my eyes watering. Summer they can be good on long rural rides to keep wee flies out.
You mention safety glasses to be honest
, and it turns out that for those jobs where (non prescription) glasses are handy, safety glasses are cheap and effective for the job. They're also available from the same sorts of people as make expensive sports eyewear for an order of magnitude less (e.g., Google for "Bolle safety"), but very similar looks.
Often seen riding a bike around Dundee...