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I used to live about 150 feet from 7-11 and hated that I had to wear a helmet to go there. 7-11 was on the corner of my block and unless I was racing, there was no way I would get over 15MPH. For the record, I would stop at 7-11 for something cold to drink as I was heading out on a ride. I would not consider riding on any major road without a helmet, but dang, this was a side street that was not used much.
 

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.approx. 600,000 miles without a helmet
.Witnessed an accident where two riders both died of head trauma (no helmets)
.approx. 140,000 miles since with a helmet.

I prefer riding with a helmet. (see avatar)
 

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Nothing like a good solid knock on the noggin to makes us change our thinking.

I was wearing a helmet when the 18 wheeler took me out, and I still ended up with 3 concussions ...

would I have fared as well w/o the helmet?
no way of knowing that.​
 

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I would venture to say...No


Nothing like a good solid knock on the noggin to makes us change our thinking.

I was wearing a helmet when the 18 wheeler took me out, and I still ended up with 3 concussions ...

would I have fared as well w/o the helmet?
no way of knowing that.
 

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The human brain is encased in the skull, "floating" in a thin layer of cerebrospinal fluid. This acts as a thin "shock absorber" to cushion and resist the impact of the brain against the skull in a deceleration injury.
The brain itself has the consistency akin to jello. A fresh brain laid out will "flatten." Its strength/resiliency relies on its immediate environment and the physics of floating in liquid, leading to its resistance to rapid changes in velocity (deceleration injuries).
The large mass of the human brain, relative to that of the thickness of skull and proximity to the surface of the head leaves it relatively weak compared to some other animals.


I have ridden without helmet for short distances, moving bike from one house to another around the block. But I do realize that even from the height of sitting on a stationary motorcycle a fall to ground uninterrupted with direct head impact is enough to kill. Bike speed is relative, it is the speed and impact of the head vs object when it comes to head injuries and the merits helmets, if we limit the discussion to that.
 

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Hey! nobody asked you to throw a bunch of scientific FACTS into the discussion! :nerd:

Theres thems that ride with a helmet on their head, not bungeed to the seat,
and thems thats the ambulance drivers call Donor-Cyclist

But Seriously: If you ride without a helmet- PLEASE ck Organ Donor on your license,
Let someone get some use of whatevers left after that quick jaunt to the mailbox--the one that ended in contact with a post.....
 

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Those with medical issues that wear a helmet:
Its smart to put a small sticker on the SIDE, not the back of helmet- assuming back will be laying on the ground.
Name Age and Problem such as MEDIC ALERT - DIABETIC 2 can literally save your life when you cant speak for yourself!!

One of those things you do like Earthquake/Flood preparation, hopefully never to be needed :)
 

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The human brain is encased in the skull, "floating" in a thin layer of cerebrospinal fluid. This acts as a thin "shock absorber" to cushion and resist the impact of the brain against the skull in a deceleration injury.
The brain itself has the consistency akin to jello. A fresh brain laid out will "flatten." Its strength/resiliency relies on its immediate environment and the physics of floating in liquid, leading to its resistance to rapid changes in velocity (deceleration injuries).
The large mass of the human brain, relative to that of the thickness of skull and proximity to the surface of the head leaves it relatively weak compared to some other animals.


I have ridden without helmet for short distances, moving bike from one house to another around the block. But I do realize that even from the height of sitting on a stationary motorcycle a fall to ground uninterrupted with direct head impact is enough to kill. Bike speed is relative, it is the speed and impact of the head vs object when it comes to head injuries and the merits helmets, if we limit the discussion to that.
You're making a BIG assumption regarding the mass of an average human brain. I'm betting 50% of the folks out there have a considerable larger mass of insulating fluid, than brain mass. One passed me the other day on a crotch rocket doing about 95 mph. I refer to them as 'future casket inhabitants'.
 

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69 posts and not a one of them is derogatory towards a rider that choose to wear a helmet...

Nothing new, just a different thread.
 

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69 posts and not a one of them is derogatory towards a rider that choose to wear a helmet...

Nothing new, just a different thread.
That is because we are all mature adults here on this forum.

The bad thugs don't last more than one post, because Dave or I will throw them out with the dishwater.

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That is because we are all mature adults here on this forum.

The bad thugs don't last more than one post, because Dave or I will throw them out with the dishwater.

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After you throw them out, they end up at triketalk.
 

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Dum-de-dum-de-dum..... "I'm so pretty, I'm so pretty, I'm so pretty and witty and gay,
and the pretty face I wore riding yesterday
is the pretty face I can wear riding today!"

 
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Nothing speaks like hard evidence.
 

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about 10 years ago, I had a doctor cut out a piece of gravel from my noggin on top, it irritated me when I combed my hair, always scratching it and opening up a sore...

that gravel was planted there back in 1971 before I thought helmets "were cool"...

my German Shepherd saw a rabbit and ran in front of me and hit the front wheel, I ended upside down on the gravel road..... went to a local doctor who gave me a 30 minute non-stop sermon about "those damn murder cycles"...

the scalp was pretty buggery and he missed a piece trying to clean it out all.
 

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about 10 years ago, I had a doctor cut out a piece of gravel from my noggin on top, it irritated me when I combed my hair, always scratching it and opening up a sore...

that gravel was planted there back in 1971 before I thought helmets "were cool"...

my German Shepherd saw a rabbit and ran in front of me and hit the front wheel, I ended upside down on the gravel road..... went to a local doctor who gave me a 30 minute non-stop sermon about "those damn murder cycles"...

the scalp was pretty buggery and he missed a piece trying to clean it out all.
So, some gravel worked its way into your brain?

That explains a lot! :ROFL: :ROFL: :ROFL:
 
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