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9/1/09 10:30 A

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Thanks for the input. I so rarely ride those multi use trails.

When it comes to kids and helmets, I am non-negotiable, too. And I can't imagine riding my horse without a helmet anymore either. I've seen and heard too much...

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8/30/09 11:52 P

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Helmets are always necessary, even on the bike trails where there is no other traffic. Last week, I was on the trail and came around a blind curve to find the oncoming rider on my side of the trail with his dog none-the-less. Well it took an emergency stop to avoid a head on. Unfortunately, I have just invested in clipless pedals and am not skilled enough yet to be able to unclip while e-stopping. I ended up needing to grab the wall when I stopped and before I could unclip, I taco'd the real wheel.

End result, no one injured and I replaced a rim. But it could have been much different even on this trail.

Happy and safe riding!

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8/30/09 12:15 P

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It's probably been brought up in other forums, BUT wearing your helmet correctly is equally important.

Start looking around and you'll see people with really loose straps, helmets hanging halfway off the back of their heads, and even backwards (I wish I were kidding).


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8/28/09 1:06 P

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My boys had bikes for several years before I bought mine this summer. We bought the bikes, grandpa bought the helmets, a similar deal to what we had when I rode horses. Safety is never negotiable. Our boys, and even Adelaide who is 14 months, all wear their helmets every time they are on a bike. One time I saw our middle child without his helmet on and he was immediately sent inside with no more riding for the day. Sounds harsh? Maybe, but I'd rather that than in the hospital for stitches or worse.

I like think it is because of our insistence upon this rule that I now see many more kids in our neighborhood wearing helmets.

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8/27/09 1:08 P

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DRC

I'm the same as Wongerchi .... the only time I'm without a helmet is when I'm testing the bike after i clean and lube to make sure everything is shifting all right or when i add on new accessories and that is only to the end of my block and back.

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8/27/09 12:37 P

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Our local triathlons have a rule about helmets. If your bike moves off the rack and you're not wearing a helmet, instant DQ.

I'm the same. If my bike moves, I'm wearing a helmet. The only time I'll break this rule is if I'm testing out a mechanical fix - then I'll ride very slowly, up to the end of our cul-de-sac and back.

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8/26/09 5:22 P

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Congratulations on the new biking partner. My wife and I are starting to ride a little together on some old bikes we have (she's not committed to buying a nice one yet).

So, you hear a lot about the people who didn't wear helmets. Here's another angle. I was riding in a line of bikers. Was distracted for less than a second, my bad! Problem is, the distraction also distracted the leader, I was second in line. He slowed down, and I just touched him with my front tire. My head hit the pavement hard enough that the leader heard it. He thought I was going to have a serious head injury. I heard and felt it, and thought the same. As it turns out, I broke the helmet, but my head didn't even have a bruise. Who knows how tough my head is, maybe I would have been OK without the helmet. I'll guarantee with how rough the road was, I'd at least need some stitches. I'm convinced it would have been a LOT worse than that. My neck still hurts from the crash. It was a LOUD and HARD hit on pavement. I'm glad nobody knows. Also, wish they made helmets for my collar bones. I'd wear them as well :) FYI, replacing a broken helmet doesn't hurt!

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8/24/09 8:04 A

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I can't imagine not wearing a helmet on the road. You can't predict cars, LOL! But what do you guys think about on a protected use trail? (Not paved, not mountain biking, just walking, running, biking.) Just looking for opinions here...

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8/23/09 11:08 P

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My DH is wearing his helmet - at least when we are ridiing together. as for recklessness in not wearing a helmet, in our state there are no helmet laws for bikes or motorcycles, but I do feel it is reckless. I have a cousin with a metal plate in his head from not wearing a helmet on his Harley. He's lucky to be funtional at all. I believe he was ran off the road by a car. the distance you are riding is irrelevant and you could be riding simply on a slow easy ride around the block when a dog runs out, or a car pulls in front of you or opens their door, or some dumbell swerves their car and runs you off the road. I encourage everyone to be safe - with my grand kids I offer no other oprion, if you are riding in my presence you wear a helmet. My Dh being an adult is a little tougher, I want us to enjpoy riding to gether and I am glad he is making a good choice - even if it is just to humor me. ( It may even be an influence from one of his male firends who bikes - who knows?)

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8/23/09 10:55 P

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I agree that cyclists should wear helmets.

I guess the place where I disagree is I believe that cycling is not so dangerous an activity without helmets that someone is being reckless by not wearing one.

A motorcyclist going 70 MPH down the expressway without a helmet is totally nuts but a cyclist riding around the block without a helmet isn't. Yes there is a slight danger of the cyclist having a mishap and sustaining a head injury but someone walking through their home could loose their balance as well and nobody is suggesting that we should wear helmets when in our homes.

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8/23/09 10:21 P

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I simply won't ride with anyone who's not willing to wear a helmet.

Shame on that mother who's not setting a good example for her children. Shame on that mother who could be injured seriously enough to leave her children without her due to an accident.



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8/23/09 9:59 P

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You could either tell him that you will not ride with him unless he is wearing a helmet. Of course, that may be what he wants?

I try to impress upon my kids the same thing on helmet riding ..... but then they come back with a quip well mom does not wear one. Well I come back and say she is an adult and when you become an adult you can do the same. I always come back and say when do you see dad not wearing a helmet? Then they come back and say well dad we are not riding as fast as you. Then I say speed has no bearing on crashing and splitting your head open.

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What a wonderful treat for both of you. I can't convince my husband to ride but both my sisters, my three sons, DIL, and grandchildren are now riding. It's so much better when you have someone to share your time with.

My youngest sister and I are planning to enlarge our cycling experience with an overnighter/tenting experience probably on the C&O Canal this October. I would think that would be a wonderful experience for a couple. If it sounds good to you, perhaps you can introduce it to him once he's broken in.

Happy trails!

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8/18/09 1:36 P

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LOL, well, even if he just wears it humor you, that's getting it done!

Congrats on your new riding partner *grin*

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8/17/09 9:02 P

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That is CRAZY!

The sales person at REI spewed out a list of stats on death rates in cycling accidents related to not using helmets. That was worse than I imagined. I offered to get a friend of mine who is an ER Dr to tell him about some of the crushing head injuries she has treated from non helmet wearing patients, long term disabilities etc. He did buy the helmet - Hopefully he will wear it when he is riding with out me. When I am there I am sur ehe will humor me.

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Congrats on getting your hubby to ride. I don't want to scare him, but check this out. Helmets are our friends:

www.treehugger.com/files/2009/07/cyc
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YAH! I got mine a little over a year ago and have been loving it. I have been trying to get him to ride with me and I'm so excited. We did our first ride together this weekend. FUN! the last 3 miles were - damp - we got caught in a pouring rain. Oh well. I told him I'd rather get wet on my bike than sit home worried that it might rain and waste an after noon. we were both soaked to the skin - but that didn't stop us from going to REI ( and I'm laughing thinking about the thread about wearing bike shorts in public - I was wearing regular clothes since we were only going for a short ride - 10 miles or less) soaked to the skin, but not in spandex, lol. then we went out for dinner, well, only somewhat damp at that point. the sales person at REI was more influential than I was at convincing him that a helmet is an essential item. Thank You to him. I told my DH I like the amount of brains he has and he can't afford to lose them in a crack to the head on the pavement.

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