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have you or would you ...helmet police related(19 posts)

have you or would you ...helmet police relatedmarcoxxx
Oct 1, 2003 1:05 PM
i see an older middle aged dude on an older tt aerobar bike out on the road with no helmet or jersy, only gym shorts, clip-ons and aviator sunglasses. i have several used but still good helmets that i want to offer to him. he seems the weird or eccentric professor type too, but not destitute i am sure. this is the reason for my question, he can probably afford a helmet of some kind so why would i bother?..have you?

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the libertarian in me says to leave it alone...mdehner
Oct 1, 2003 1:24 PM
though I am fanatical about helmet use for myself and my kids.

If you are compelled to act, though, you might present it as a favor to you so it doesn't come off as paternalistic ("I have a few used helmets I am trying to unload, wanna take one of my hands for $5?").

Just a thought.
mind your own businessmohair_chair
Oct 1, 2003 1:39 PM
don't judge people. let it be.
Let it go...Gregory Taylor
Oct 1, 2003 1:43 PM
At this point, it would be hard to conceive of any adult not knowing that it is safer to wear a helmet on a bike. Let him be an idiot.

As for kids, I always ask them "Where's that helmet?" in my best Dad voice (I have a kid, so I get practice at this). I actually had one kid apologize and take the helmet that was draped over his bars and strap it on his head. Score one for dad.
My 11 y/o is well-conditioned...mdehner
Oct 1, 2003 1:58 PM
when we ride together, if she sees a rider sans helmet she usually will say (to me) "another organ donor!" Makes me chuckle.
My *1* y/o is well-conditioned...DougSloan
Oct 1, 2003 2:48 PM
My 15 month old goes and gets his helmet before we get on the bike (him in a child seat) or his tricycle now. Got the kind of tricycle with "highway pegs" and a push handle to get started. He sees dad wear a helmet, so of course he wants to as well.

Doug
So are mine.KG 361
Oct 1, 2003 4:37 PM
My 9 and 11 yr old girls gasp (esp the 9 y/o-she's a bit DRAMATIC) when they see someone without a helmet. Same goes for seatbelts. Hopefully, when they become adults, so many of them will have been conditioned to wear them that most needless injuries/deaths can be avoided.
I have given old helmets to kids ...Humma Hah
Oct 1, 2003 2:16 PM
... and have had words with adults who were riding with the kid and neither one was wearing a helmet (kids must, by law, wear helmets here, and most places).

I don't say anything to adults who make their kids wear a helmet but don't wear one themselves, but I do make a mental note that they are setting a very poor example.

Older adults who ride by themselves and don't wear helmets I leave alone. They are personally responsible for their valuation of their own skull.
Don't waste your time...LOST CAUSE! nmUncle Tim
Oct 1, 2003 4:31 PM
re: have you or would you ...helmet police relatedSnowbird
Oct 2, 2003 4:16 AM
Don't waste your time on the guy with the gym shorts and aviator glasses. He will probably be ejected when he rolls his SUV. Something about the risk taker personality.
re: It is his life, let him behudsonite
Oct 2, 2003 4:31 AM
I have been riding road bikes since the early 70's. We never wore helmets, because there were no helmets. Even as kids we never wore helmets. We lived and went on to be normal adults. I lost one friend to an accident, but she would probably not have been helped by a helmet anyways.

I wear a helmet every time I ride. Not because I like it, because I have a young family. If it was not for the family, I would not wear the helmet. I always enjoyed the wind in my hair. It was one of the pleasures of life.

Are helmets a good idea: yes.
Will helmets help you in a major crash: maybe.

Leave the older guy alone. He knows what he is doing and probably has been doing it for a long time. If he crashes, he has to take the consequences. A helmet may help, or it may not. Most bicycle helmets will not protect the head when going fast, they are too fragile. A 160#+ adult going at 25MPH is not going to be protected by a cycling helmet if the head hits something straight on.

Children need helmets. They fall over all of the time and hit their head. Helmets work really great for this. As adults, we need to wear helmets to show our kids what to do.

I wear a helmet now because of my kids, my friends and my wife. But in a major crash, my gloves are going to help me a lot more than that lightweight helmet.
i'm glad you helmet upmarcoxxx
Oct 2, 2003 4:43 AM
for whatever reason. i do not sell short the idea of a "light helmet" saving my head. there is a big difference between no helmet and some protection obiviously.

i will put an extra helmet in the car for when this dude appears again. i like to confront things by nature.
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i'm glad you helmet uputxjohne
Oct 2, 2003 6:07 AM
Knock him off his bike and see if that teaches him a lesson.
it would be easymarcoxxx
Oct 2, 2003 6:17 AM
he rides the worse roads for biking at the worse possible times. he will probably be hit due to this and our local nascar want-to-be aggressive types and clueless other drivers..

my spare helmets are just collecting dust, it was an idea anyway...
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Good ideaCrankist
Oct 2, 2003 7:42 AM
And when you see someone driving without a seatbelt, why just cut his guts out. Or, if you happen upon the brain-damaged just be sarcastic as hell - works for me.
Yep, when my sister was 10Kristin
Oct 2, 2003 6:09 AM
She was riding home at dusk (she was late) and tried to cross the highway (we lived on a busy highway), when she hit the front fender of station wagon traveling at 50 MPH. She flipped over the hood of the car, 10 feet into the air and came down on her head on the highway. 22 stitches were needed to close the 6 inch long gash on her noggin. Thankfully it was a clean cut so her scar is minimal. I don't care what anyone says. If she'd had a helmet on, she probably wouldn't have torn her scalp open like that.

Oh, I also think you should leave the old guy alone. Its his choice. If he rides a lot, then certainly he knows that someone manufactures these things called "helmets." He obviously doesn't want to wear one. Its his choice. Why do you "need" to confront him on this?
good point about sister andmarcoxxx
Oct 2, 2003 6:37 AM
i just have several helmets collecting dust that "need" a user and this dude looks like he could use one....especially with him hanging out over aero bars and cutting in and out of traffic like he stole the bike...

next time he gets in my way i will throw helmet at him ;)
m
re: have you or would you ...helmet police relatedmackgoo
Oct 2, 2003 7:23 AM
Get a damn life.
Let natural selection improve the species!OffTheBack
Oct 2, 2003 7:58 AM
Anyone not smart enough to wear a helmet should be out of the gene pool.