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Missing terry T.
24 November 2012, 05:35
wearing a helmet in the eyes of some may make you look stupid,but looking a bit funny in a helmet is a small sacrifice,on saving you from possible serious injury or worse.when you purchase a new bike it should be sold with safety gear ,eg lights and helmet.the law should be changed so as you have to when riding a bike you have to wear your helmet. so fellow cyclists be bright be seen and be safe.

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Missing Richard B.
31 May 2012, 08:46
All the "helmet saved my life" stories, and the tv programmes designed to make cycling seem incredibly dangerous really do work to make people think that a helmet is a necessity. Shame about the facts. Nowhere with a helmet law or massive rise in helmet wearing because pf propaganda campaigns can show any reduction in risk to cyclists. The largest ever research project into helmets showed a small but significant increase in risk to cyclists with helmet wearing. And besides, on any measure, cycling isn't dangerous. The risk is about the same, per mile travelled, as walking. Regular cyclists, those most exposed to the risk, live on average two years longer, and are fitter, healthier and slimmer than the general population, so it's more dangerous not to ride a bike than to ride one. In the middle of an obesity epidemic, with millions of people having their lives significantly shortened by not exercising, helmet propaganda which deliberately makes cycling look much more dangerous than it is, thus deterring people from cycling, is about as responsible as tobacco advertising. If all the "helmet saved my life" stories were true, there would be a huge effect at a population level, but no such effect is detectable, so either the people telling the stories are wrong, or just as many people are killed by their helmets as are saved. The reason I don't wear a helmet isn't vanity, it's because I spent some time finding out the facts, rather than swallowing the helmet advertising masquerading as reporting that is so prevalent in our media, largely fronted by the BBC which has been running a helmet promotion campaign for over twenty years. The only two effects of helmet propaganda is to deter people from getting healthy exercise and to make obscene profits for the manufacturers, there is no safety benefit. Check out cyclehelmets.org for a few facts rather than the delusions of the helmet propagandists.

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Thumb Dean K.
25 May 2012, 06:27
Thanks for your comment Andy. Vanity seems to be the biggest reason why people are put off of wearing helmets, but I am sure that you have probably realised already that once you have worn it a coouple of times - it doesn't actually look silly at all - I am convinced that it is just the initial shock of the new image that effects us all. Something I also discovered in doing a little research is that there is a "bullying culture" at schools for the alledged sissyness of wearing helmets. I feel that as both responsible cyclists and adults it is our duty to take the lead and make the wearing of helmets a very normal thing to do. Personally, I think the time will come when people will feel stupid for not wearing one! Well done for your excellent choice! :)

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Thumb Andy W.
21 May 2012, 14:26
I didn't wear a helmet until a few days ago on the grounds that I looked like a idiot, but on watching a tv program the other night when 2 cyclists were admitted to hospital one with serious brain injury because they didn't have helmets on, I went out the next day and bought one would rather look like a idiot now than end up in hospital.

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Thumb Dean K.
21 May 2012, 10:52
For Uk riders there is currently no legal requirement to wear a helmet when cycling. For any sensible rider, it is a standard piece of equipment that we wear without thought. I recently took part in the Wiggle New Forest Spring MTB Challenge and a route that I have cycled, too many times to recall, for both for pleasure and training purposes. On the day of the event it had been raining and while descending Castle Hill Lane, as the track returned to tarmac, I hit a submerged pothole. The pothole contained some large stones which was just enough to kick the front wheel. I lost control at approximately 30mph and as a result my bike and myself rolled in mid air. First to hit the ground was my head and right shoulder and then I landed with my hips and lower back on top of the cross bar. Result: three weeks on crutches and five weeks off work. When I looked at my helmet, I was genuinely shocked by the damage.The hard shell had incredibly deep holes caused by stones on the track and the right hand rear of the helmet was split open and crushed completely. I am absolutely convinced, without being a drama queen, that had I not been wearing a helmet I could very easily be dead instead of nursing my injuries and a bruised ego. I fully intend to air my views on this matter on youtube to the vanity driven cyclists that still refuse to wear a dome on the grounds that they think they look stupid. My thanks to everyone who stopped to help me and the UK Cycling Events crew for a speedy recovery. Already entered for the Falling Leaves Event!!

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