|Forgot Helmet, Should I ride anyway?||Lowend|
Apr 28, 2003 7:22 AM
|It is a beautiful day and I left my helmet at home. Should I go for a ride without one?
I try to ride at lunch when the weather is nice. I don't get anytime when home, can't commute because I must bring son back and forth from Daycare.
Apr 28, 2003 7:26 AM
|If you aren't in heavy traffic- maybe-||rwbadley|
Apr 28, 2003 8:33 AM
|I don't want to suggest you risk injury, but if you will be riding in a low traffic area, I would give her a go. As a kid I never rode with a helmet, and survived. I will (generally) always wear one now, but have on occasion gone without, and enjoyed it.
Like Doug says, weigh the risk...
|odds vs. risk||DougSloan|
Apr 28, 2003 7:40 AM
|It's a cost/benefit/risk analysis.
The odds of needing it are very remote. On the road, I have had one accident in around 40,000 miles, maybe, and that's when I was not being careful.
The benefit is getting one ride in, right? Probably not a big deal.
The risk is that you are killed or rendered a vegetable if you do crash the wrong way. Pretty extreme.
Before I had a kid, I probably would have. Not now. He needs me too much.
|I have to agree with Doug on this one||PaulCL|
Apr 28, 2003 7:54 AM
|You are talking about a one hour ride. It isn't much to give up.
As a father of three, I wouldn't do it. But then again, I'm the same guy who puts on his seatbelts to drive a mile up the street.
|Only if your life isn't worth much. nm||RJF|
Apr 28, 2003 8:10 AM
|Easy Answer: NO! n.m.||CaliforniaDreaming|
Apr 28, 2003 8:15 AM
Apr 28, 2003 8:21 AM
|I hear learning the ABCs the second time around is harder...|
|Thank you!! I changed my mine...||Lowend|
Apr 28, 2003 8:53 AM
|I was going to ride anyway, I just wanted to here your comments. But then you brought my family into the picture. I have a wife and two kids that really need me. It has been over 10 years since a rode on the street or in the woods without a helmet. I'm not going to start now.
One more day without riding will not kill me. One crash without a helmet can.
|Take it easy ...||Humma Hah|
Apr 28, 2003 9:05 AM
|... I was in the same situation a few weekends ago. I rarely carry the bikes any place to ride, but instead ride from home. So after driving 20 miles and realizing I didn't have my helmet, I rode anyway, taking it easy.
Downside: serious cyclists, who always wear their helmets, won't talk to you.
You feel exposed, self-conscious, and guilty for the whole ride.
But you probably won't forget again!
Here at work, I keep a spare helmet.
|Keep an old helmet in the car.||pitt83|
Apr 28, 2003 9:29 AM
|I wouldn't, but the key here is that it is YOUR CHOICE...||miposy|
Apr 28, 2003 12:31 PM
|...at least it should be if you are a consenting adult in a free country.
BTW, if we were talking about an organized race/ride, vs. something you are doing on your own, I might have a different opinion. I also have a different opinion regarding minors.