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Do YOU Wear a Helmet While Riding a Bike/Skateboard/Other?


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Nope, never have, and don't plan on it. To me, they all look rather stupid. Plus, I'm more prone to leg injuries (I don't wear pads either)



Only time I've truely injured myself is when I fell off of a high rail snowboarding, and almost broke my leg. No need for helmet there. :<img src=:' />

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Which is why I'm not bothered to wear an helmet. Spend 75 dollars on a helmet? That is un-reusable once crashed? No thanks.


75 dollars on a helmet that you would be unlikely to crush more than twice in your life > thousands in ER bills.
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Which is why I'm not bothered to wear an helmet. Spend 75 dollars on a helmet? That is un-reusable once crashed? No thanks.


75 dollars on a helmet that you would be unlikely to crush more than twice in your life > thousands in ER bills.


Chances of me needing ER > Changes of me not needing ER and saving those 75 dollars for more useful things. I'll take my chances.
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I only use my bike for transportation, so no reason to waste money on a helmet.

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Fo sho I do, I've been at the sites of at least 3 mtb crashes, where no helmet would have meant death for peeps. I find that most people who don't wear helmets while biking are posers or asshats, with the exception of some bmxers. ;-)



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When I skateboarded I generally didn't, nor do I when I bike at all.

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I haven't been on a device that recommended a helmet in over 5 years :? .
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Rather high actually, considering most of the time you'll probably be falling on to concrete and your brain is actually pretty vulnerable? Out of deaths from falls on bicycles, head injuries lead by a lot when you take out the risk of being run over by other vehicles.




Hah I fail. I thought spine damage was the leading cause..

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No, I don't wear a helmet while riding a bicycle, dirtbike, quad, etc.. I think the only time I've worn a helmet is when one was mandatory at sporting events. Surprisingly I haven't been hit in the head. :thumbsup:


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To me, they all look rather stupid.


To me, that is a very bad reason. In fact, even though I stopped wearing them before I stopped riding a bike, I never even thought about what they looked like. The reason I stopped wearing one is because in 15 years I had fallen twice, both times my head came nowhere near the ground. And about a year after I stopped wearing a helmet, biking became too painful to bother with, so I stopped that too.

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I used to, but now I can't be bothered. I only bike for short distance transport, so I feel that any reasonably likely injuries aren't going to happen to my head. Besides, it's a natural instinct to make sure the head is the last thing that impacts with a hard surface if I fall off, but I suggest wearing one if you're doing something a bit more hazardous like mountain biking.

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Which is why I'm not bothered to wear an helmet. Spend 75 dollars on a helmet? That is un-reusable once crashed? No thanks.




How many crashes is your head good for which would mean a helmet needing replacement?



That logic is seriously flawed, if you think it's highly unlikely you'll ever fall and cause your head some serious damage, then doesn't it operate on the same scale with a helmet? I.e if you're not going to wreck your head, what makes you think you'll wreck a helmet?

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To me, that is a very bad reason. In fact, even though I stopped wearing them before I stopped riding a bike, I never even thought about what they looked like. The reason I stopped wearing one is because in 15 years I had fallen twice, both times my head came nowhere near the ground. And about a year after I stopped wearing a helmet, biking became too painful to bother with, so I stopped that too.




Of course it's a bad reason, but it's a very common one. It's just like how people don't wear seat belts. People seem to think style outweighs the small but deadly risk of getting into an accident.

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A doctor in Australia used a household drill to bore into a boy's skull and drain it of blood clots as his local hospital lacked the required tools.



Dr Rob Carson performed the procedure on Nicholas Rossi, 13, after the boy fell off his bike and hit his head.



The doctor had never attempted the surgery before, and had to be talked through the operation by a Melbourne neurosurgeon.



The boy's father said the doctor's improvisation had saved his son's life.



But Dr Carson told reporters: "It's not a personal achievement, it is just a part of the job."




Wonder if the boy was wearing a helmet...
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Here in Holland, it's not usual at all to wear a helmet while biking/skating. It's one of the most used forms of transport and it's fairly safe as long as you watch out (i.e. don't just bike around not watching out for cars etc.), and helmets do look pretty silly.



I can understand people wear helmets if they're not used to biking. Last time when I was on holiday in Germany there were a lot of people who looked like they'd never used a bike before, in that case wearing a helmet would probably be a good idea.
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I wear a helmet if I'm biking far distances or on like the main road, but not just to the dairy for something. And i don't wear a helmet when i skate.
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Which is why I'm not bothered to wear an helmet. Spend 75 dollars on a helmet? That is un-reusable once crashed? No thanks.




How many crashes is your head good for which would mean a helmet needing replacement?



That logic is seriously flawed, if you think it's highly unlikely you'll ever fall and cause your head some serious damage, then doesn't it operate on the same scale with a helmet? I.e if you're not going to wreck your head, what makes you think you'll wreck a helmet?


I was just going to the extreme. If the pro-helmet folks are saying luck can strike against you at any moment, I'll turn the table and say luck can aid me at any moment.
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I can't honestly say that I do many activities involving a helmet, but if I did I would likely wear a helmet. I get the feeling that the one time I don't wear my helmet I will run into something and kill myself.

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I have always worn a helmet (and I bike to school). Everyone I know who bikes to school like me uses a helmet at least some of the time. It's probably out of habit; the last time I remember falling off my bike was 4 years ago...




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