Old Skool

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Old Skool

Postby foxyrider » 15 May 2018, 6:11pm

Is it my imagination or are more riders going lid less this year? In the recent past i've been the lone polystyrene free rider on the local roads but just today about half of the road riders I saw were au naturel or just wearing a casquette.

So is this a national thing or a local Eroica fuelled thing?

Just curious if others have noticed this.
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Re: Old Skool

Postby Mike Sales » 15 May 2018, 6:15pm

foxyrider wrote:Is it my imagination or are more riders going lid less this year? In the recent past i've been the lone polystyrene free rider on the local roads but just today about half of the road riders I saw were au naturel or just wearing a casquette.

So is this a national thing or a local Eroica fuelled thing?

Just curious if others have noticed this.


Not really, but a couple on hybrids, lidless, passed me on the Water Rail Way the other day.
Me, in casquette, said, "Where's your foam hats. You will die." They laughed.

A helmet is pretty much part of the uniform otherwise.

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Re: Old Skool

Postby foxyrider » 15 May 2018, 6:26pm

Mike Sales wrote:
foxyrider wrote:Is it my imagination or are more riders going lid less this year? In the recent past i've been the lone polystyrene free rider on the local roads but just today about half of the road riders I saw were au naturel or just wearing a casquette.

So is this a national thing or a local Eroica fuelled thing?

Just curious if others have noticed this.


Not really, but a couple on hybrids, lidless, passed me on the Water Rail Way the other day.
I said, "Where's your foam hats. You will die." They laughed.

A helmet is pretty much part of the uniform otherwise.

No idea why anyone would need a lid to ride on there! Death, as they say is a fact of life!

Which reminds me - I saw a Rasta riding earlier, all the gear and his polystyrene precariously balanced atop his dreadlocks - absolute waste of time strapping it on. But that's a different thing altogether.
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Re: Old Skool

Postby Mike Sales » 15 May 2018, 6:30pm

foxyrider wrote:No idea why anyone would need a lid to ride on there! Death, as they say is a fact of life!


I saw recently a cyclist riding on the pavement in helmet and hiviz with a flashing white beacon, in broad daylight. Can't be too careful.

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Re: Old Skool

Postby Mike Sales » 15 May 2018, 6:32pm

foxyrider wrote:
Which reminds me - I saw a Rasta riding earlier, all the gear and his polystyrene precariously balanced atop his dreadlocks - absolute waste of time strapping it on. But that's a different thing altogether.


I hope the helmet was red, green and yellow.

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Re: Old Skool

Postby foxyrider » 16 May 2018, 8:55am

Mike Sales wrote:
foxyrider wrote:
Which reminds me - I saw a Rasta riding earlier, all the gear and his polystyrene precariously balanced atop his dreadlocks - absolute waste of time strapping it on. But that's a different thing altogether.


I hope the helmet was red, green and yellow.


Sadly not - boring white
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Re: Old Skool

Postby mercalia » 16 May 2018, 1:18pm

i only use a lid as it also has a peak to keep the sun out of my eyes

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Re: Old Skool

Postby xjs » 16 May 2018, 2:26pm

Yeah, I've noticed it amongst commuters in London. Most people on the hire bikes are not helmeted, and there do seem to be more of the "usual" commuters sans casque. At a traffic light yesterday evening, four or five out of twenty or so riders had no helmet on.

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Re: Old Skool

Postby eileithyia » 16 May 2018, 2:34pm

xjs wrote:Yeah, I've noticed it amongst commuters in London. Most people on the hire bikes are not helmeted, and there do seem to be more of the "usual" commuters sans casque. At a traffic light yesterday evening, four or five out of twenty or so riders had no helmet on.



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Re: Old Skool

Postby eileithyia » 16 May 2018, 2:34pm

mercalia wrote:i only use a lid as it also has a peak to keep the sun out of my eyes


Cotton cap?
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Re: Old Skool

Postby [XAP]Bob » 16 May 2018, 2:50pm

eileithyia wrote:
mercalia wrote:i only use a lid as it also has a peak to keep the sun out of my eyes


Cotton cap?


Not nearly bulky enough to show off your cycling piety throughout the day...
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Re: Old Skool

Postby mercalia » 16 May 2018, 5:14pm

eileithyia wrote:
mercalia wrote:i only use a lid as it also has a peak to keep the sun out of my eyes


Cotton cap?


do they have straps so it dont blow off? thats the other aspect

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Re: Old Skool

Postby bigjim » 16 May 2018, 5:34pm

I'd love a cotton cap that doesn't blow off. I have to settle for a £3 Snood which is there to keep the sweat off my eyes and the sun off my neck. Or to keep me warm on the freezing days. Sunglasses are there to keep the sun out of my eyes.
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Re: Old Skool

Postby Mike Sales » 16 May 2018, 5:44pm

mercalia wrote:
eileithyia wrote:
mercalia wrote:i only use a lid as it also has a peak to keep the sun out of my eyes


Cotton cap?


do they have straps so it dont blow off? thats the other aspect


I have never had my cotton cap blow off. Might be a question of the relative sizes of head and cap?

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Re: Old Skool

Postby bigjim » 16 May 2018, 6:17pm

Mike Sales wrote:
mercalia wrote:
eileithyia wrote:
Cotton cap?


do they have straps so it dont blow off? thats the other aspect


I have never had my cotton cap blow off. Might be a question of the relative sizes of head and cap?

I've had to chase mine down the road a few times after a fast descent. If you have them that tight that they won't move then I find them really uncomfortable. It's the lift off the peak that causes it.
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