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UCI - helmets mandatory(15 posts)

UCI - helmets mandatorycollinsc
Apr 4, 2003 9:32 AM
http://www.velonews.com/news/fea/3699.0.html
it's about time nmJS Haiku Shop
Apr 4, 2003 10:17 AM
That decision is overdue.eddie m
Apr 4, 2003 10:21 AM
I know that most riders think of helmet use as an individual decision, but in this case UCI was right. Many athletes think of safety equipment as something that comppromises perfermance. By not requiring helmets or other safety equipment, athletes must make a choice to risk their health or lives to compete on an equal basis with those who choose not to wear helmets.
It is about time...noveread
Apr 4, 2003 10:22 AM
It is tough to try and figure out what to say to my 2-1/2 year-old son when we are watching a cycling video of the Euros without helmets. Everytime he says:

"Why they not wearing helmets daddy? That's very naughty."

The boy is right. It's about time they made them mandatory.

Noveread
finally! (nm)velocity
Apr 4, 2003 10:30 AM
Good. But you are not Cipo's hairdresser! nmSpunout
Apr 4, 2003 10:32 AM
Is this the end of the cycling cap?Spoiler
Apr 4, 2003 10:51 AM
Perhaps they may be used in training, but as an advertising tool, they will become extinct. Kind of sad in a way. I remember seeing pics of Roger Dervlamink(sp) with his side burns growing like roots from beneath the brim. I remember how Sean Kelly and Neil Stephens would have the cap perched on the head, looked goofy as hell, but still you could not see how in the hell it didn't fall off.
I like the idea of wearing a helmet, but I'm not sure I like it as a rule. Most riders wore it when is was reasonable, Museuw on the cobbles, Chippo in the sprint, and Lance on the descents.

I'm sure the domestiques will be secretly cheering as this will eliminate the extra voyages through the peleton to the cars to get the team leader his helmet, and back up to the front to deliver his Highness his crown.

It's kind of disappointing to think of the sport changing it's image to more like a football game, everybody undistinguishable from each other except for general size.
I'll miss being able to immediately spot Pantani's bald head(and his ears), Brochard's mullett, Chippos runway laquer, Armstrong's widow's peak, and the curls of Heras.
Is this the end of the cycling cap?eddie m
Apr 4, 2003 11:01 AM
Cycling caps will be more important than ever, as the podium climbers will now need something to cover their helmet hair.
The problem with the pros not wearing helmets is contained...Bonked
Apr 4, 2003 11:03 AM
completely within this thread. If the pro who decides to not wear a helmet only impacted (no pun intended) themselves, it would be fine to argue personal choice in the matter of whether or not helmet use should be mandatory in the peloton. The problem, however, is that the rider's choice effects not only themselves, but also everyone watching. Children who see pros not wearing helmets, even if it is only for the "not dangerous" portions of the race, assume that it is OK to ride without a helmet and get into the habit of not wearing one.

Also, I love the comment that the pros generally wear helmets when the race is dangerous. Certainly there are parts of each course that are obviously dangerous, but what parts of a race when you are flying along inches from hundreds of other riders at 35 mpg aren't dangerous? Accidents are just that, accidents, and you don't know when they are going to happen until they do.
Is pro racing primarily a children's spectator sport?Spoiler
Apr 4, 2003 3:06 PM
"Children who see pros not wearing helmets, even if it is only for the "not dangerous" portions of the race, assume that it is OK to ride without a helmet and get into the habit of not wearing one."

And since we all know parents are powerless to influence their children's behavior, we'll create laws and rules to influence the pro rider's behavior? Are we forcing safety rules on pro riders as compensation for laws and rules we don't have balls, or parental skills to enforce on our kids?
And there's absolutely nothing a parent can do to alter their kids behavior, so they'll alter the pro rider's behavior right?

The pros are riding to act as rolling advertisements, not to play role model for your kid. I'm tired of parents demanding that the rest of the world change to suit their children. Pro racing is an adult sport. It has survived for over a hundred years, without helmets and with slightly above zero mortality rate while not to dressing riders up like hockey goalies.
First off I want to sayPhatMatt
Apr 5, 2003 11:45 AM
I throughly believe in helmets. But damn I can not imagine wearing my hockey pants on the bike let alone Goal tender leg pads.

Matt
Riders' Names on back of Jersey?....serbski
Apr 4, 2003 2:38 PM
...seem to recall seeing pix of Pantani(?) with his name on his back football-style. Why not.
I wear one under my helmet to absorb sweat, rain, sun (nm)Dale Brigham
Apr 4, 2003 2:40 PM
scotchguarded capDougSloan
Apr 4, 2003 3:59 PM
I have one cap that is soaked with scotchguard; it's great to wear under the helmet for rainy days.

Doug
Hmmm? I did get used to hockey players ...Live Steam
Apr 5, 2003 4:13 PM
covering up their locks. It took a while though but now and again when some player looses his helmet during the play, though it does looks strange, it brings back memories of simpler times. The prevailing thought is that hockey got rougher as a result of the helmet rule. Players have less regard for control of their sticks and carry them higher.

As for cyclists wearing them, well I have to say I am a little sad. I understand the safety issues and I am sure each and everyone in the Peleton does too. Many of the racers that do not have superstar status will get lost in anonymity.

I wear my helmet religiously. However I did, as many here also did happen to make it though childhood, crashing through the woods and jumping everything in site on my Schwinn Stingray, and survived. I am not sure that children watching racing on TV is a valid enough reason for the ruling. These men, racing their bikes at breakneck speeds down mountian roads are not meant to be held as examples for children to emulate. Adults are involved in many activities that children should not be involved in or try to emulate.