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A new trend in cycling?(17 posts)

A new trend in cycling?mike mcmahon
May 6, 2001 3:26 PM
In the past few months, I've seen a surprisingly large number of cyclists happily riding along wearing their helmets BACKWARDS. As I recall, new helmets typically come with fairly detailed written instruction on how to fit and adjust them. Are these people failing to read the manufacturer's materials, or is this a new cycling fashions trend that has passed me by along with many others?
re: A new trend in cycling?Akirasho
May 6, 2001 6:28 PM
... course, I'm sure you've seen barends on MTB's mounted in a way that just begs for a ruptured spleen... (read that... assembled at Wal Mart), or folks with "road" bikes who for lack of a better description, have rotated their road bars around so they can get on the "ups"...

I'll have to say, I rarely see a helmet mounted backwards... 'cept for some of the older designs that look more like bowls... Still, in this day and age... you can't put anything past anyone (remember parents who were afraid of the "Slow Children" caution signs reflecting badly on their own children??? Who's really slow here).

And, not to be outdone... even the pros do things for reasons unbeknownst to me...

Be the bike.
re: A new trend in cycling?Dinosaur
May 6, 2001 6:53 PM
How can this be? Well, I just stepped from by computer and put on my helmets backwards, I thought it would be impossible, but it can be done. I've yet to see it, but if defeats the whole purpose of helmet design. I presume these are not "serious cyclist"?. Are you sure it wasn't an illusion? I have those once and a while...
No illusionsmike mcmahon
May 6, 2001 7:56 PM
However, the majority of the cyclists I've seen with backwards helmets could be categorized as recreational/weekend riders at best. In fact, one of them appeared to be a bus boy or waiter on the way to work (the tell-tale black polyster pants and white polyster dress-shirt). However, if Armstrong decides to wear a backwards Giro in the TdF this year, I'm sure backwards helmets will be all the rage.
Oh, and another thing,mike mcmahon
May 6, 2001 8:42 PM
people who wear their helmets so that no part of the helmet covers their foreheads. My guess is that these people are more concerned about tanning their foreheads than protecting their foreheads from major trauma. The especially annoying part of this is that this trend seems to be most common among young children. My wife subscribes to just about every parent/kid/baby magazine published in English. If these magazines contain pictures of kids on bikes, 9 times out of 10 they're riding with their helmets tipped back to the point that their hairlines are visible. Which reminds me of a creative invention: A young girl (I believe no older than 13 invented helmet that contains lights that light up when a helmet is properly adjusted.
Oh, and another thing,Dinosaur
May 6, 2001 9:34 PM
I'm a survivor of a bad crash that occured Feb 2000. I was wearing an old style Specialized that did not split on impact. I sustained a concussion and was rendered unconscious for a short period. I have no doubt that the helmet saved my life, or at the very least, serious brain damage. I notice in the summer when the TDF is ongoing I start to see a few cyclist riding without helmets, they are usually younger riders. Perhaps they are influenced by a couple of pro's who ride helmetless during the tour. It makes my cringe. Maybe these guys you see don't really know how to wear a helmet. Make no illusion about it, wearing a helmet is of extreme importance, and it should be worn correctly. Sorry for the grandstanding, but this is an important issue, no illusions about it.
I also found that all manufactered helmets meet the same safety standards. The expensive helmets are lighter and have more vents and probably the name brand has something to do with it.
I hope at least one person reads this post and decides to wear a helmet ALL THE TIME. Don't think it can't happen to you. Whenever I ever see a post about helmets I pipe in, I'm sure there are more survivors out there....
The last time I didn't wear a helmetmike mcmahon
May 6, 2001 10:12 PM
In about '84, a friend and I were commuting to work by bike; neither of us was wearing a helmet. On the way to work, we passed a high school. While approaching the school, we notice a lot of ambulance and police activity with a transit bus parked near by. Directly in front of the high school was a young girl (app. 14) who had been hit by the bus while riding her bike to school. Paramedics were treating her frantically, and she has blood coming from her ear and nose. Her eyes were open but she did not appear to be conscious. I don't know whether she survived. My friend and I didn't discuss the accident for the rest of the commute. However, the next morning, we both showed up for the commute wearing helmets. I've worn a helmet on every ride I've taken since that day. This is not intended to be a blanket statement that everyone should wear a helmet; it's just my personal experience.
The FIRST time i DID wear a helmet...dustin73
May 4, 2001 10:36 AM
i ended up flipping over my handle bars...slid a few feet, then my bike landed on my head. ironic, huh?
re: A new trend in cycling?Mel Erickson
May 7, 2001 8:29 AM
Does what you've seen look like a helmet worn by a pro with an integrated visor with the visor pointing backwards? If so, I believe this is being worn correctly. I think some of the pros were wearing this weird design. Don't know if its for aerodynamics or what (maybe to keep the rain off their neck :)
Thanks for playing, but wrong answer ;-)mike mcmahon
May 7, 2001 8:36 AM
My guess is that you're thinking of the Rudy helmet that sort of looks like it was designed by Lego. The helmets I've been seeing are the typicial Bell/Giro helmets with the pointy rear section facing forward. It also puts the straps in an unusual configuration on the riders' faces. I appreciate the fact that you all are trying to give these people the benefit of the doubt, but I'm certain these helmets were worn backwards.
Thanks for playing, but wrong answer ;-)Mel Erickson
May 7, 2001 2:23 PM
Then I haven't got a clue and maybe they don't either!
maybe there's a correlation...ET
May 7, 2001 10:42 AM
between detailed written instruction and wearing their helmet backwards. A sticker or imprint on the helmet saying "front" or "back" is a simple fix. You'd think the companies would realize that.
maybe there's a correlation...mike mcmahon
May 7, 2001 11:47 AM
And maybe the big bike companies should equip their bikes with arrows on the top tube that point in the proper direction of travel. ;-) The use of terms like "front" and "back" may be problematic in non-English speaking countries.
in that case...ET
May 7, 2001 12:04 PM
they won't necessarily understand the written instruction either, as their language may differ from those given. There are many helmets, often entry-level ones, that really look symmetric, and for which it can be difficult to tell (i.e., other than by knowing which side each of the chin clasps belong based on other helmets). OK, arrows, then, pointing forward. I don't know about you, but ever since they replaced the simple "open" and "close" in elevators with things like <||> and >||<, I just can't figure those things out fast enough, at least until I've had my morning coffee.
maybe there's a correlation...Mel Erickson
May 7, 2001 2:26 PM
My 2 year old specialized has just such a sticker.
re: A new trend in cycling?xxx
May 7, 2001 7:24 PM
Let them be! Darwin was a smart man and we should all let nature runs it's course.
it's time to thin the herd folks!Made in Taiwan
May 7, 2001 10:01 PM
i believe a comedian said that (it's time to thin the herd folks!). the ones who wear the helmet backwards will sustain head injuries and be eliminated from the human race (their genes too) and the ones who wear the helmet backwards and didn't get hurt, they have the lucky gene, so they don't need to be eliminated.... ain't nature grand?