Would you ever go biking without a helmet?

United States
June 14, 2008 4:40pm CST
Everywhere you look, people who are riding bikes always have on a helmet. I know its because its safer and just in case you fall off and crack your mellon open you'll have some protection. When you see someone without one they look out of place don't they. So, do you wear a helmet when bicycling?
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• United States
14 Jun 08
We have a law in my state that says if you're under 14 then you must wear a helmet while riding a bike. I get so fed up with all these laws so when I turned 14 I never wore a helmet again. I don't wear one because of that and the fact that I don't ride my bike anymore.
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• United States
15 Jun 08
Since you've past the age of laws for helmets you should ride again, break the rules legally.
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@JohnRok1 (2051)
6 Nov 12
I believe there is a minority of injuries that can be exacerbated by wearing a helmet, injuries to the neck - but they are such a minority that it isn't sensible not to wear one if you can. Myself, I have a scalp condition that makes it extremely difficult to wear one, so I don't. Much of the time the choice for me would not be wear a helmet or not wear a helmet, so much as cycle without a helmet or leave the bike at home and do the journey slower. In the 1970s the only cyclist I knew of who wore a helmet was a cardiologist named Dr Malcolm Carruthers (Nowadays he's better known for work on testosterone and men's health). In those days only motorcycle helmets were available, and he was only wearing one IN ORDER TO KEEP OUT THE NOISE OF TRAFFIC OUT!!!
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• United States
30 Dec 12
I get what you are saying, they do keep your head safe and if you are riding on a motorcycle its almost standard wear.
@JohnRok1 (2051)
6 Nov 12
Sorry, typo, please scrub out one of the "OUT"s. Out, damned OUT!
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@JohnRok1 (2051)
31 Dec 12
In my country it is illegal to ride a moped or motorbike without a helmet, and I don't think a bicycle helmet will do.
@sacmom (14192)
• United States
30 Dec 12
It's the complete opposite where I live. It's out of place to see someone wear one. Okay, it's not so out of place as it used to be, but before it became law (at least for minors), it was rare to see anyone with a helmet on. Still, not too many teenagers or adults wear them, even nowadays (the only ones that do wear helmets are very young kids). And it's not just bicyclists either. I've seen skateboarders, rollerbladers, etc, not wear a helmet either...or any other protective gear for that matter. I don't ride a bike, haven't since I was a teenager. When I did I didn't wear a helmet. It just wasn't the thing to do back then. However, I would now. Accidents can and do happen and I for one would rather be safe than sorry.
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@sacmom (14192)
• United States
30 Dec 12
I like my brain too...
• United States
30 Dec 12
I'm not a fan of helmets but I like my brain so...
@williamjisir (22819)
• China
1 Nov 12
Few people in our place wear helmets while riding a bike, but I see some people wearing helmets when they are riding their motorbikes or electrical bikes. When I rode my bikes, I did not want to wear a helmet, but after I got my new electrical bike, I start to wear it in winter when it is very windy. I know that it is out of security that we wear helmets, but as I am always careful when riding, I don't like to wear a helmet. Thanks for the nice discussion.
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• United States
1 Nov 12
I don't like to wear a helmet either, it makes my head hot. Yea, it could save my life but when I fall I'm going to use my hands to stop me.
@guybrush (4658)
• Australia
30 Jun 08
In Australia it's law to wear a bike helmet, gitfiddleplayer. If the police stop you, it's an on-the-spot fine - I think it's about $60. My son was caught once, and he lied and told the policewoman he was on his way to buy a helmet because his had been stolen. I was cross with him, because I'd told him to put the helmet on before he left home and he'd ignored me. He was lucky the policewoman was nice, and just gave him a warning!
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• United States
30 Jun 08
I guess you could make him do community service.
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@guybrush (4658)
• Australia
30 Jun 08
I wouldn't mind if he'd do some HOME service - hahahahaa! This is where charity is supposed to begin, and we have a lot of little home maintenance jobs he could busy himself with.
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• United States
15 Jun 08
I am a mom of a 20 year old and a 2 year old. It seems to me that our society is way too cautious these days. They didn't even sell helmets when I was a kid. But now I see parentss making their children wear helmets on tricycles and while pulling them on wagons. It seems to me way over protective. If your doing stunts, racing, extreme sports then ya I'm all for it. But come on, a stroll through the park?
• United States
16 Jun 08
I'm with you, precaution is okay but to bubble wrap your kid to the point of taking away all their fun, who wants that. When I was a kid we didn't have helmets and we bounced our heads off the pavement a few times, safety should not equal fear.
• United States
16 Jun 08
Bubblewrap..... that is too funney, I might have to make a video about that for youtube.
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@sid556 (30960)
• United States
15 Jun 08
When I was young, I used to ride on the back of a bike without a helmet or a care in the world. I had 2 friends who withing 2months got into accidents that forever changed who they were. they were not wearing helmets. Now ...absolutely, I would not get on a bike without a helmet. Even the best drivers can get into accidents aand sometimes to no fault of their own. You just never know.
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• United States
16 Jun 08
I use to ride on the handlebars, I never had an accident though. Sometimes it takes an accident to wake us up. Sorry you had to have friends that got hurt, I understand your reasons for wearing a helmet.
@elmiko (6630)
• United States
29 Jun 08
When I use to ride bikes when I was a kid I never wore a helmet. I did wreck on my bike in the past but always put my hand or kness in the way to protect myself. If I started riding bikes again though I would definitly where a helmet.
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• United States
30 Jun 08
That's using your head, I mean, in a good way.
@ladym33 (10979)
• United States
24 Dec 09
I used to ride my bike back before wearing helmets was popular. So I did not wear one for many years. The only bike riding have done recently was hoping on my son's bike and riding down the street. I did not wear a helmet but I was only on the bike for a couple of minutes. If I were to go on an actual ride then I would wear a helmet. My son fell earlier this year and had he not been wearing a helmet he probably would have been seriously hurt.
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• United States
24 Dec 09
I never wore one when I was a kid and I turned out okay. Now parents have to think about what might happen instead of what will happen.
@spalladino (17891)
• United States
16 Jun 08
I don't ride a bicycle but, I'll go even worse, I ride on a motorcycle without a helmet. I know, it's dangerous, but I'm old.....
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• United States
16 Jun 08
53 isn't old, and Florida has some crazy drivers. Please put one on so I can keep reading your responses.
@ronnyb (6113)
• Jamaica
23 Dec 09
I havent ridden a bike in a long time and even when I did I was afraid to ride on the road so I often rode where there was no traffic because I was afraid when the vehicles would pass.I also remembered seen a man's skull crushed because he wasnt wearing an helmet and got hit off his motorcycle .With all of that said I guess by now you must have figured it out that I am not riding any bikes without an helmet
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@yanzalong (18877)
• Indonesia
5 Feb 12
Let's be back to our discussion on mountainbiking, bro. I would never go biking without a helmet. I have had that bad accident I never forget. I lost control I was thrown into a valley and had my helmet broken to 3 pieces. Thank God, I am still alive.
• United States
6 Feb 12
Glad it wasn't worse, stay safe.
• United States
23 Dec 09
I havn't worn a bicicle helmet since i took off my training wheels back in the day, but when it comes to motorcycles i try to get as much protective gear as i can - without being stupid of course.
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• United States
23 Dec 09
Yea, motorcycles are more dangerous than a bicycle.
• Bulgaria
21 Jul 10
I do not wear a helmet when cycling but I am when I bike never missed because it is much more dangerous than this fall with this wheel and you hit a motorcycle but my recommendation is to always wearing a helmet regardless of that you drive :)
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• United States
30 Dec 10
I know that some people who just bicycle for fun don't wear one but motorcyclists should always wear one.
• United States
14 Jun 08
Where I live, it's not required that adults wear helmets, but I do because I think it makes me look like I'm a serious biker. To be honest, though, I really don't think they're all that protective, but I think they're better than nothing. I've known of people who have gotten hit by cars and while every other bone in their body was broken, their skull was pretty much intact.
• United States
15 Jun 08
A serious biker huh? That's good. Gotta play the part even into Act 2.
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@Hatley (163781)
• Garden Grove, California
15 Jun 08
I do not biked but my son does and he always wears his helmet. once was enough he wopped his head good in a fall and was lucky he only had a concussion as it could have been a lot worse. now he never bikes without his helmet and he pays the best one he can afford. lol.
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• United States
15 Jun 08
Glad he's okay. Helmets do get expensive, you're right about that.
@GreenMoo (11834)
14 Jun 08
The hills round here sort of put me off biking. I don't think I'd make it out of the village before my legs gave out! However, if I ever were to develop enough muscles to take to my bike, I'd probably wear a helmet in town where it is busy with cars or if I were doing something risky like racing, and not bother if I were just pootling about on the dirt tracks.
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• United States
15 Jun 08
When I was a kid we did BMX and never wore a helmet, I skinned up my knees and shins far more than I did my head. Safety is about precaution not fear.
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@walijo2008 (4644)
• United States
15 Jun 08
I don't go bicycling, but I think you should wear a helmet when you do, especially kids, I think they are more prone to having accidents. Now, my husband and I used to ride a motorcycle, and I know I wore a helmet then. He wouldn't even let me on if I didn't have one on. He said it would kill him if I got hurt not wearing a helmet.
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• United States
15 Jun 08
Well you better mind your hubby.
• Canada
14 Jun 08
As a child I'm pretty sure my mom always made me wear a helmet when I rode my bike. As I got older I started rollerblading instead...I don't wear a helmet when I blade. If I owned a bike I probably wouldn't wear a helmet either. Silly I guess.
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• United States
15 Jun 08
Nah, its a personal choice.
@metschica25 (5399)
• United States
15 Jun 08
When I was a child I never wore on and hardly saw any kids with them . Now it is very common to see . I don't bike so much now . The last time I did was when I was on a beach and I did not have one on . If it were a Harley or bikes like that , you bet I would .
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• United States
15 Jun 08
I would on a motorcycle too, I don't want to be road pizza!