|Is it my imagination...||seth1|
May 7, 2001 11:43 AM
|or are more and more pro-riders wearing helmets? Seems to me that even a few years ago barely anyone was wearing them, and now when ever I see pictures of races most of the field has them on.|
May 7, 2001 12:54 PM
|I've noticed it too. Maybe with the deaths and serious injuries to so many within the peloton (Otxoa brothers, Fabio Casartelli, etc.)they are starting to use their heads.|
May 7, 2001 1:02 PM
|Until near the end of the race at which point they all toss their helmets and sprint like hell looking for any advantage in terms of weight and windage. |
Just wait unitl after the TdF - seems that you see a significant number of local riders suddenly without helmets.
Gotta ask yourself if you feel lucky.
|Just goes to show...||PaulCL|
May 7, 2001 1:20 PM
|...what peer pressure does. I'm sure that its "uncool" within the pro peloton to wear a helmet. Our local teams require any rider wearing team colors to be in a helmet or they are in trouble or off the team.
I see too many riders on the streets without helmets - using the excuse that "we never needed them when I was a kid"...what a stupid excuse. As a father of three active children, I try to be a good example. We have a house rule: on your bike (scooter, rollerblades,etc.) without a helmet, you lose that toy for a week. That goes for Dad too!! One good side-effect of a recent bike wreck of mine (that put me into the ER) was that every parent on my street bought and required the usage of a helmet for their kids. Oops, sorry to rant...but I know a helmet has saved my life or at least my brain.
|Just goes to show...||Larry Meade|
May 7, 2001 1:50 PM
|It is also possible that you are seeing pictures from races in countries that require helmet use. There are several countries in Europe where the racers are required to wear helmets. I seem to remember the Tour going into Belgium(?) one year and the riders having to wear helmets while they were riding in that country.
May 7, 2001 4:13 PM
|use it...don't bruise it...|
May 7, 2001 2:04 PM
|It is illegal to ride( or race) in belguim without a helmet, which may explain some of the riders you have seen.|
|I hear they do that in "Belgium" too.||9WorCP|
May 7, 2001 5:57 PM
|I'm on a smart-assed spell checker kick. Look out!|| |