pick up a bicycle today - what do you cyclists think of masks ?????
go legs go!
go legs go!
When I restarted cycling I didn't go in for those wimpish helemts either, after all I was a roughie toughie man, but after the second prat driver opened a car door in front of me I decided I was taking no more chances, just think the first bit of you that goes over the bars is your head, the rest of your body just follows, equally remeber that whilst commuting in town there is traffic, and even if you are not moving that fast sme of the other prats are, and your sedate speed can be substantially increased when added to theirs. I have never hit anything whilst on my bike, but that is down to my levels of observation and anticipation not theirs.golden_rivet said:interesting point Peter. Can't decide about that. In five years of cycling previously I never once fell off my bike. The only car door encounter I had I slid gracefully forwards over the handlebars and slumped onto the open door - even then I didn't actually fall off. I don't know that London traffic was much less then to be honest, I think public transport is a bit better now than then but anyway ... Another thing is that I'm a very pedestrian sort of cyclist, none of this wobbly back pedalling at the front of the queue at the traffic lights for me ... so major speed isn't an issue and a reduced likelihood of sailing through the air. What would you have to do to a cyclist to make them sail through the air ? Can't quite imagine the angles in that and were that to be the case would a helmet be likely to help? You probably think I'm daft - I just know I won't wear a helmet even if I get one because I'm going to look/feel silly enough anyway at first and I don't want to add to that ...
I'd like to see some info on that one 2badge as I beg to differ. I'm speaking as someone who used to do an awful lot of cross country mountainbiking racing so I think I know what I'm onabout. I've seen two horrendous crashes at speeds in excess of 25mph where the guys helmets in both instances were credited with saving their lives. In one instance, the guys helmet was split in two from the impact. He is convinced that it saved his life. And considering that he is the president of a national sports medicine association in Europe, I think he knows what he's on about.2badge_mango said:This is not due to any "pigheadedness" on my part, but to agreement with well founded arguments put forward by such bodies as the CTC, BMA, etc. that the case for helmets has not been proved. Helmets are in the main recommended for young children, (they tend to "fall off" occasionally and are not able to assess other road users' intentions, and to interact accordingly).
Here is a story that proves the BMA are in favour of helmets.systematic review of five case-control studies, published in the Cochrane Library, found that helmets reduced the risk by 63-88% for head, brain, and severe brain injury among cyclists of all ages
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