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im pro helmet.. despite nearly having my head ripped off when mine grabbed a branch
I am of the opinion that wearing of helmets costs money. As a result of wearing a helmet I have had to replace them a few times when they got damaged between my head and the road. I would not have had to REPLACE anything if I did not live to tell the tale. I think I'll just go on replacing them though because it's cheaper than the funeral.
I think I'll just go on replacing them though because it's cheaper than the funeral.
or the cost of long term disability care - and that's impact on your family and friends, not just $.
I've hit a car at around 33kph - took out the rear window with my jaw, ended up unconscious on the road. My helmet didn't save me from the facial impact, but it did stop me from getting any more injuries when I hit the road.
So, new helmet, no problems. Better than not needing one ever again ;-)
I bought my first helmet before MHL. My first 2 bicycle-vehicle incidents damaged me but not my helmet, face or head. Still kept wearing a helmet and eventually saved me from death or worse outcome of permanent severe brain injury.
Some insist that there should not be MHL -- that they should be entitled to make the choice because it is them that might be injured. Others then insist that the taxpayer pays for their brain injury. Gordon, thinking of your funeral comment . . . I believe that when cycling in Australia with current bicycle 'facilities', cyclists should wear helmets. Think of the trauma for paramedics, etc, who deal with the aftermath. Think of the potential grief of you family and friends. A presumption that they would be devastated by your death or permanent severe brain injury.
Its all those bloody motorists, they are all begining to ride bikes and bringing over their bad habits.
Its making us look bad.
I'm wondering if some cycling proficiency training is required here
You, Sir, are a moron.
The safest countries prevent accidents.
Doddsy, agree. The road trauma rate in The Netherlands is half that of SA's poor record. However, until Australian governments truly get serious about cycling safety (actions rather than words), I will keep wearing a helmet and hi-vis vest (which some drivers still cannot see).
I'm not sure there's any country in the world that discourages helmet use, so i don't know why you tell me you wear your helmet as justification.
I wear mine also, that doesn't change the fact that mandatory helmet laws didn't improve road safety.
MHL's don't prevent accidents, they prevent people from cycling.
Doddsy, not sure what you are thinking. I wear my helmet because Australia does not do enough for cycling safety. Believe at times that my helmet has reduced my injury severity. Would prefer that govt acted to make bicycle-vehicle incidents uncommon.