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Should I get a helmet?

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  1. muddy_fox

    muddy_fox Chimp

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    Hey peeps,

    Just wondering if I can pick your brains again.

    Basically I do low-level biking - don't do any jumping, off-road when following hounds across fields and on-road as a main mode of transport.

    Should I bother getting a helmet or leave it until I manage to attain a higher level of biking? If the answer is yes any idea of what brand or things to look out for?

    Cheers Claire
     

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  2. sanjuro

    sanjuro Tube Smuggler

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    The answer has to be yes. You could be riding down the road, hit a bump and smack your head against a curb. Or you go headfirst through a car window.

    The morbid scenarios are endless, and a helmet will save your life, or at least make the rest of your life less painful.

    Considering the 3 reasons not to get a helmet:

    1. Comfort
    2. Cost
    3. I look like a geek

    Most helmets weight no more than 11 ozs, and are well ventilated. I would recommend a $30 Bell or Giro (they each make 2-3 models in that price range.

    Looking like a geek is all relative. Other cyclists will notice you aren't wearing helmet. When I take my helmet off, I just smooth down my hair. And blood is never attractive.
     
  3. muddy_fox

    muddy_fox Chimp

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    Many thanks am off to do some research now.
     
  4. douglas

    douglas Chocolate Milk Doug

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    YES!



    I agree w/Bell or Giro
     
  5. bluebug32

    bluebug32 Asshat

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    it's probably better to get a helmet now, considering you're just starting out and more accidents happen when you're learning. Don't wait and ALWAYS wear it because if you don't and get hurt and come complaining to the monkeys, we will make fun of your stupid decision and not much sympathy will be had. I mean that in the nicest way and, I too, agree that a Giro or a Bell are great. Should be able to get a good deal (online for sure) because it's the end of the season.
     
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    Changleen Paranoid Member

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    Yes. Get a helmet. Spend as much as you can afford. Make sure it is Aunty and Smell rated. (ANSI and SNELL - I think you have the same ratings in the US - Anyone?)
     
  7. rooftest

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    Snell helmets are hard to find (Specialized I know has all theirs Snell certified) but represent a higher standard of protection. They also have the ANSI certification as well. Bell, Giro, etc. have only ANSI, but should do the job. (It's not called ANSI anymore - something else, but I'm assuming it's equivalent.)
     
  8. crazybikergirl

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    yeah, def good choice to go get a helmet. I took my bf on a ride with a few friends and he wasn't going to wear a helmet. I brought it anyway, and when one of my friends saw he was not wearing it, they started in on him. Can't ride to much if you crack your head open.
     
  9. Angus

    Angus Jack Ass Pen Goo Win

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    Ya' gotta wear the lid man! Some of the worst injuries I have seen have come when they are just taking it easy. I agree with my komrades on the bell/Giro helmets I prefer the better Giro's because of the RocLoc feature. and if you think wearing a Helmet makes you look like a dork, just imagine how you would look in a wheelchair....
     
  10. Tenchiro

    Tenchiro Attention K Mart Shoppers

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    The responsible answer is of course, yes.

    But it's your head so do whatever you think is right. Just don't expect much in the way of sympathy if you bust it open because you didn't have a lid on. :monkey:
     
  11. ridetoofast

    ridetoofast scarred, broken and drunk

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    i couldnt agree more with the above responses :thumb:

    i cant count the number of times a lid has saved my mellon.

    it doesnt take much above 10mph collision with the asphalt/concrete to do irrevocable damage and that speed is easily attainable...
     
  12. kaptain

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    yes!! really anything is WAY better than nothing.
     
  13. Duzitall

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    you only get 1 brain. please wear a helmet :thumb: and ask others to do the same
     
  14. Meat Foot

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    Or, as my friends mom did, just came to a stop and tipped over and hit here head (granted, it may not sound like that takes talent, but you never know what the circumstances are). She lost her life to head trauma (no helmet). I know you said the morbid possibilites are endless, I am just echoing that fact.

    I have seen the dents I put in helmets over the years, and always say, "wow that could have been my head".
     
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    Get a helmet, you never know when you will randomly crash.
     
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    Yes you should, even though your riding is low-key. And kudos to for taking our advise and doing your research!
     
  17. downhill66

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    of course unless u want to die!
     
  18. hooples3

    hooples3 Fuggetaboutit!

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    yes get a helmet.. if you fall and hit your head and have serious problems you wont have to wonder if the helmet would have saved you
     
  19. spincrazy

    spincrazy I love to climb

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    NO WAY! What fun is landing on your head if you are wearing a helmet?!?!
     
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    of corse when ever you ride a bike you wear a helmet because it is always that time when you think im going ot be fine that you fall, and you always fall when u don't expect it so yes get a helmet
     
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    You are riding a bike, so you are going to fall/crash sooner or later. Besides the point that you could get messed up, falling on your head w/o a helmet hurts.

    If you don't like the ones road bikers and cross country riders wear, get a skate style helmet like the bell faction. Most dirt jumpers, urban riders wear these helmets. Wearing a helmet doesn't make you look like a geek, it makes you look like like a biker.

    If people think you look like a geek w/ a helmet, f*c* them. Also, you shouldn't care what people think about something like a helmet or whatever- they are dumba**es.
     
  22. bigwheel

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    Deciding whether or not to wear a helmet depends a lot on what types of material your head is made from.

    :)
     
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    Omigod, yes, get a helmet. The fit is the most important thing. Buy one from a bike store and have the staff their help you "fit" it.
     
  24. bluebug32

    bluebug32 Asshat

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    how did the helmet shopping go? What did you end up getting?
     
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    I cut my head open down to the skull about 7" across. Last time I didn't wear a helmet on a bike.
     
  26. freerideATL

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    yeah my brother was just riding....
    (no speed riding, weaving in and out of traffic)
    just riding and some car turned left in front
    of him and wam! his head was on the ground..
    he had a helmet and is now okay to talk about
    that idiot that turned infornt of him.
     
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    Only took one ride for me without a helmet. Now there is an entire thursday that I will never be able to remember.
     
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    It's better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.
     
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    the only time I dont wear a helmet is when im cruising to work, thats about it, everywhere else you should have one
     
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    if you honestly are not sure about this, my answer would be NO. The world needs at least one more self induced broken skulled brain damaged person to try to convince the next person to not have to ask this question. Wear a helmet, I have no desire to support you in a vegetative state!!!
     
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    lol its so true too
     
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    No way, wait until you regret not buying one sooner. Then get on :think:
     
  34. zmtber

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    yes get a helmet, you have to remember to expect the unexpected


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    if you honestly are not sure about this, my answer would be NO. The world needs at least one more self induced broken skulled brain damaged person to try to convince the next person to not have to ask this question. Wear a helmet, I have no desire to support you in a vegetative state!!!
     
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    Get a helmet. Use it.
     
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    And to think all this time I thought they were just a fashion accessory?

    J/K

    Helmets have saved my noggin more times than I can count...........

    And they look kewl doing it!
     
  37. JRB

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    I got a Limar 907 this weekend for $75. yay
     
  38. Rip

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    I got a tire today so there!
     
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    Your head looks nothing like a wheel to me.
     
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    Helmets, helmets...blah. I own a full face helmet for hucks and jumps, but that's it. I feel very comfortable w/o a helmet in the city, backroads, grassy trails, etc. Certainly the responsible thing to do would be to get one and wear it constantly, but that's your choice. I will personally never wear a helmet unless doing some sort of stunt or bombing downhill hard.

    I honestly think that good shoes and a camelbak are more important for riding without stunts. Helmets don't make you faster, shoes and water backpacks can. Hell, I would definately get gloves over an XC helmet.

    I'm sure I'm going to catch hell for this but honestly no one around here wears a helmet for just riding around. Maybe I'm mistakenly thinking that my big bike will be able to handle anything but whatever, it's a calculated risk.

    Riding with your dogs in a field? Why wear a helmet, part of the fun of bikes is that you don't need any protection really, its just you in a T-shirt and shorts, no protective gear, out enjoying pedaling a bike.

    Thats just my take,
    Cam