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how about we leave it at that? You think I'm inconsistent, I think you're a fool. That's fine with me.
So Frank you ride your bicycle wearing a motorbike helmet? Or are you just ranting for the sake of ranting? Hard hats on building sites are meant to protect your head from projectiles - pretty much the converse of bicycle helmets where your brain is the projectile that is being protected - anyway that's the theory. I agree not wearing a bicycle helmet in Australia is foolish - but only because they offer very good protection from petty infringement notices.
@Frank - The Aust Standards require that a bicycle helmet be able to withstand a fall from 2 metres - which is pretty much what evolution has done to the strength of the skull. I would think that a helmet should be better than that.
>how about we leave it at that? You think I'm inconsistent, I think you're a fool. That's fine with me.
Oh my, name calling is it? What an excellent way to make a point - it's like being at kindergarten. You started with uncivil comments and you end with them, why or why
do I ever engage such mental giants in any sort of discourse? You support helmet wearing - only fools wouldn't wear one. But you let your little girls ride bicycles without helmets in breach of the criminal code. Bit rich to be calling anyone else a fool - look in the mirror sunshine.
Frank you were lauding the benefits of motorcycle helmets - with plenty of exclamation marks (which is the hallmark of a rant) - I was questioning how this was at all relevant unless of course you wear a motorcycle helmet whilst cycling. So remind me - how does a couple of kilograms of full face, reinforced, fibreglass and lexan bear any relation to a couple of hundred grams of EPS that sits on top of your head? Apart from the fact they are both worn on the head and are both called helmets they are entirely different things. I'm sure calling people a goose is a Teutonic form of endearment - but really keep it civil.
Tim, anyone who thinks road cyclists shouldn't wear a helmet has quite obviously never hit the road with his head, looked at the buggered helmet afterwards and not thanked god, thanked the helmet. I'm not talking about the law, I'm talking about the wisdom of telling people at a cycling enthusiasts' forum that they shouldn't put a disposable barrier between their brain and the bitumen.
Well put Andrew.
Andrew, I thought this site was for anyone who rides a bicycle in Adelaide, not just sports cyclists. As mentioned above I think it is unwise for anyone in Adelaide not to wear a helmet when cycling as they are in breach of the criminal code and subject to fines. I do not think it is foolish to ride a bicycle without a helmet in jurisdictions without helmet laws. Sports cyclists by default wear helmets - nothing I could say would affect this and I'm not advocating that they stop wearing helmets - that is not my position so why say it? I am saying that calling people foolish with defective genes for not wearing a helmet whilst riding a bicycle is petty and untrue. Due to the health benefits, it is actually safer to ride a bicycle than not to ride a bicycle, with or without a helmet - anyway that seems to be the consensus amongst experts who have studied it. The thing is helmet laws completely ignore this.