Crashes oregon fatality last month

Discussion in 'Travelling, Commuting & Safety' started by sactownie, Nov 30, 2013.

  1. sactownie

    sactownie Member


  2. thomasready

    thomasready New Member

    That's I've had my bike for about 3 month but not ridden it yet because I do not have a helmet sad story thanks for sharing this hope it helps others.
     
  3. grinningremlin

    grinningremlin Active Member

    He got nailed by a car (his fault) doesn't sound like a bike helmet would've done him much good.A drag either way.
     
  4. sactownie

    sactownie Member

  5. grinningremlin

    grinningremlin Active Member

    85yrs, and still riding a 2-wheeled MAB,... that was a good/fun life.
     
  6. sactownie

    sactownie Member

    yea that last link wasn't an accident, I think it was just his time to go, at least he went doing something he probably loved!
     
  7. sactownie

    sactownie Member

    Never know, looks like it was a residential street (20-30mph) and the impact tacoed his front wheel, most body parts can be broken and still live but not your brain.
    I live in a large gated community myself and I rarely wear my helmet if I am not going out of the gates but lately it seems 4 out of 10 cars in here are not even taking there foots off the throttle at stop signs here let alone stopping.
    They know theres no law enforcement in here but I actually do stop at the signs on my bicycle, If I didn't I would have died 8 times now in the last month. I will be complaining to management about these idiots, some kid is going to get killed if they keep running stop signs!
     
  8. bigoilbob

    bigoilbob Member

    @sactowie The inattention does not end at the gate. Even if the Eugene fatality would have occurred helmeted or not, I hope we R not supposing that helmets are any less than absolutely necessary. Even if U spent decades without helmet wearing, smartphones have qualitatively changed the game. When I'm human powered biking, I think the physical activity heightens my awareness. I see many, many more driver's eyes reading and fingers texting, with occasional glances outside. Not sayin' other MB riders R dull - IM sure UC this 2. Cops say they can tell smartphone users just from their driving, and I think most of U agree. It only takes one Spacey Stacey typing in one OMG at the wrong time...........
     
  9. grinningremlin

    grinningremlin Active Member

    I will say, unless it's a motorcycle helmet, you are kidding yourself.A bike helmet is shown over and over to do little when it comes to collisions with cars, they are for a tip-over falls under 15mph, which can easily happen anytime on or off a bike, depending on your balance.There's been an overt safety campaign since the 70's slowly brainwashing people.I won't ride helmeted until I start to lose balance, thankfully I live in a state that hasn't gone full wacko with the bubble-wrapping of humans.
    Here's a good way to tell if you NEED a helmet; stand on one leg, point the toe of the suspended foot forward, you should be able to hold this for 30 seconds easy.Now switch to the other leg.If that's no problem, try to balance something (broom, pool cue, crutch) on the flat of the suspended foot, my guess is you won't be able to hold it for 10 seconds.
    1) If you can do the pointed toe balance for 30 second each foot, you can take or leave a helmet.
    2) If you can hold the balanced object on your suspended foot for 10 seconds or more each side, you don't NEED a helmet.
    3) If you can't do either it's trike time.
    To each their own, if they make someone feel safe good on ya, but if it's not a DOT motorcycle helmet it may as well be a bike cap.Safe biking always trumps full ABS padding.
     
  10. sactownie

    sactownie Member

    Hey, I failed to mention that i do wear a skid lid brand motorcycle helmet 99% of the time. Granted its a 1/2 helmet but much better protection then a flimsy little bicycle helmet.
    Only times I don't wear it is when I am tune and testing in my gated community and I should get out of that habit even though theres hardly any traffic in here, as mentioned above they don't bother to acknowledge the stop signs here.
    Anyway I didnt mean to contradict myself, like I said Ill get into the habit of tune and test with the helmet.
     
  11. bigoilbob

    bigoilbob Member

    @sactownie HUGE BS call on the "over and over". How do I say this politely. "Not base in fact, sactownie". Your interesting gymnastics exercise notwithstanding.

    That being said, no doubt helmets have been oversold by the NHTSA. 85% reduction in head injuries? Get real. But even given that, I will take the UNDISPUTABLE 15-45% reduction in head/neck injuries, from the most authoritative of the "study of studies", as convincing enough. Even given the findings that they make drivers act more aggressively towards us. Even though (with human powered biking) they reduce the attractiveness of a much needed form of exercise for our obese country. And even though those beautiful Copenhageners don't wear them. Sac, whatever urban myth self tests U administer 2 yourself, you're a fool not 2 wear a bike helmet. Hopefully a well insured fool I don't have to indirectly comp with my premiums.
     
  12. keatonx

    keatonx Member

    A big reason to wear a helmet is improving public opinion.
    Sure, we know that a regular bicycle helmet will do much to save us in most cases, but the public and (more importantly) the pooolice, do.

    I wear a full face motocross helmet, (which makes sense when you see the sketchiness of my lawn mower bike lol), yet I'm constantly getting lectured on how what I'm doing is "illegal". I'm getting tired of it. Especially since I have a convenient peice of paper in my pocket that says MBs can legally ride on the road :evilgrin:
     
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  13. grinningremlin

    grinningremlin Active Member

    I think you've got Sactownie and I mixed up, you should be calling "grinningremlin" names , I'm the one who doesn't wear a helmet.My guess is you don't have very good balance.Do you think biking is not athletic??Do you think a gymnast would need a helmet??
    Shouldn't name-call those you don't know, neck injuries are shown to go up with bike helmets, not down.Smash a bike helmet with a sledge hammer and see if an igloo-cooler on your head is going to make much difference.If you don't have good balance, and or know how to fall, you need one.
    You're concerned about your insurance prems, tough toenails, that's life.Do everything you can to live longer if it makes you feel better, and I'll live my life the way "I" see fit,... good enough?
     
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  14. grinningremlin

    grinningremlin Active Member

    Bigoilbob, not based in fact??Here's a good quote from the first link below: "just as gloves prevent minor wounds to the hands, cycle helmets are likely to prevent similar wounds to the head, but these are not serious injuries or in any way life-threatening. In the largest case-control study, 73% of head injuries did not involve concussion or other brain injury (Thompson, Rivara and Thompson, 1996)
    Here's some links, you're never too old to read/learn.I can find more if you need the "over and over" to be done "over and over".
    http://cyclehelmets.org/1052.html
    http://cyclehelmets.org/1019.html
    http://cyclehelmets.org/1255.html
    http://cyclehelmets.org/1013.html
    http://www.bikersrights.com/helmets.html
    http://road.cc/content/news/34527-c...ury-risk-much-its-thought-claims-new-analysis
     
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  15. sactownie

    sactownie Member

    I do wear a helmet! My poor ass spent $50 for a motorcycle helmet Yes I could have used that money for the under frame tank I want or any other upgrades but no i used it on helmet. And dont worry about your insurance premiums! My wife happens to work for kaiser hospitals, I can go to the ER and all it cost me is $5 ! don't worry I am not on welfare!
     
  16. sactownie

    sactownie Member

    there was a thread on here last year that the guy posted a picture of his head after a "test n tune" accident, his head looked like spagetti. i cant find the thread, if anyone can find it post it.
     
  17. grinningremlin

    grinningremlin Active Member

    I think bigoilbob has us confused.The idea that everyone should do something to avoid the "possibility" of what happened to another is craziness to me, seems similar to the campaign against sweets/cigarettes/narcotics, control everybody because a few can't control themselves .
    The dude with the "spaghetti head", what were the circumstances, was he an out of shape person, was he inebriated, were conditions bad for riding, not the most skilled rider/bad balance?Too many possible negative variables just to blanket, "well that's a good enough story, lid me".To each their own, I'm not wearing one.
    One of my fav comments from the last link in my post two above:
    "To provide a contrast to the very first post which came from a Kiwi, let's look at the NZ bicycle helmet law:
    It is an overwhelmingly political success, and even has widespread support among the bicycling community.
    However it is also a health, safety and financial disaster which has not reduced the injury or death rates by one iota.
    Other countries choose not to pass these laws based on the results in NZ and Oz.
    So why do so many Kiwi's still support the law? Well it's called the placebo effect - hand out sugar pills and a significant number of people will feel they are of benefit. It works great for bicycling:
    1. first take a relatively safe activity which is an overall health benefit and make it into a dangerous one - its called creating the market
    2. now promote a "solution" to the "problem" you've just created - you've a product to sell after all
    3. persuade some idiots to make your "solution" law - laws are hard to rescind (politicians, even more so than most of us, don't like admitting mistakes) and give you a liability out - "we just supply the legal requirement, don't blame us when fails"
    4. wait for the accidents, people will believe they've been saved by the placebo on their heads. You'll also probably get more accidents, as people feel "protected" or when motorists assume bicyclists are, which helps keep the belief in the danger. You'll also get a lot of parents refusing to let their kids bike anymore, its "too dangerous due to the traffic" - even though your "solution" doesn't actually work in traffic at all..."
     
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  18. bigoilbob

    bigoilbob Member

    Guys. All the references R by anti helmet advocacy groups. And they show what they want to show. Here is the most authoritative study I've found.
    http://www.smf.org/docs/articles/report.html

    It is not as editorial, but is much more compelling.

    Some common sense observations;

    1. Our activity takes us to speeds up to 20 m/h faster than most bicyclists ride. Any benefit from head protection would be increased exponentially.
    2. I agree that IF helmet use uncontrollably compels us to ride more aggressively, and/or vehicles to drive more aggressively around us, then that is a detriment to helmet use. But I think we can at least control ourselves.
    3. If you indulge in an irresponsible activity, such as helmetless motorbicycle riding, you are more likely to indulge in others. Such as riding recklessly, and being under/non insured.

    sactownie, I am thankful you wear a helmet, that you are not on welfare, and that you have an inside track to proper health insurance. Coincidentally, me too. and MY veteran
    ER nurse wife would have me sleeping in the Casita if she caught me riding my (slow) MB without a helmet. IM just sayin' that the GROUP that includes you and I are helping fund the health costs (plastic surgery, service monkeys, etc.) of THE GROUP that rides MB's helmetless. Now, I'm not Ron Paul, and will dutifully help fund those social costs. I just wish I didn't have to.....

    My guess is that no bubbles will be penetrated, no minds changed. This is probably something on which we will just have to disagree.
     
  19. grinningremlin

    grinningremlin Active Member

    WRONG!The "cyclehelmets" site, is showing reports, from both anti and pro groups reports, no bias!
    You didn't say WHAT head protection, a bike helmet or a motorcycle helmet?A bike helmet is rated at 12-15mph bump to the ground, not 25-30mph into a car.
    Sounds like you're more worried about the old lady than getting hurt.I'll agree to disagree but will say this, there is "NO", "ZERO DIFFERENCE" between the mentality of pro-helmet/helmet-law people, and the rational behind Obamacare, "ZERO DIFFERENCE".Making or chiding people into buying something they don't want OR need, based on the clumsiest lowest common denominators.If that's your idea of a way to do things/ common sense, well,... life loves irony.
     
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  20. bigoilbob

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