Cycling Holidays and Bike Helmets

October 13, 2014 by
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2 Comments on Cycling Holidays and Bike Helmets

  1. Bob Whitlie on Mon, 13th Oct 2014 6:16 pm
  2. Disagree.

    It may well be that peer reviewed studies don’t show any benefit in wearing cycling helmets.Yet speaking on the basis of two personal experiences, as with seat belts, my wife and I (and family) always wear a cycling helmet.

    My wife came off her bike north west of Carcassonne. No one was to blame, but she spent 14 days in Intensive Care (soin intensive) a further 14 days in hospital and was then air ambulanced home where she spent a further month in hospital rehab.

    She wouldn’t be cycling today had she not worn a cycling helmet.

    Whilst the Lot may or may not get cold in the winter, whilst cycling to work I hit unseen black ice. I came off my bike and ended up under a car. I was slightly concussed but suffered little damage. The cycling helmet took the blow- otherwise it would have bone against metal.

    As for wearing a helmet in a hot summer, well when cycling in Provence one August the temperature was C30+. Wearing a cycling helmet wasn’t an issue.

    It’s of interest too that the T de F boys wear un casque.

    Bonne route et bonne chance.

  3. LotCycling on Wed, 15th Oct 2014 9:46 am
  4. Thanks for your comments.

    Do you wear a helmet when walking on a pavement whilst in a town?
    Because your head is more at risk then. than when cycling on the road next to the pavement.

    Read all the info there is no evidence. How can you prove that your helmets saved you?
    I’ve had accidents whilst racing and wearing a helmet and I’ve had a damaged helmet. But I probably wouldn’t have damaged my head if I wasn’t wearing one. They make your head larger and increase the chance of rotational brain injury.

    Read these

    Brain surgeon: There’s no point wearing bicycle helmets – CNET

    Brain surgeon: There’s no point wearing bicycle helmets …
    A British brain surgeon says cycle helmets are too flimsy and can actually create more danger by creating the illusion of greater safety.

    Do helmets save lives?
    As an Accident and Emergency doctor, I see lots of people who have fallen off their bicycles, although the most seriously injured tend to get knocked off b…
    View on

    Do helmets save lives?

    Dr. George Snively, a founder, has said “it is impossible to build a [cycle] helmet that will offer significant impact protection”.
    A live brain is said to have the consistency of blancmange. Putting blancmange in a polystyrene box will not allow you safely to throw it against concrete without the contents being just as badly shaken as had the “protection” not been present.
    “Bike helmet saved my life” makes a headline. But such claims often follow off-the-cuff comments by doctors like me. Few of us who attend people with cycle injuries are likely to be experts on the mechanics of impact injury. Hundreds of people fall from bikes every day while not wearing helmets, and avoid serious injury. These cases go unreported.
    Campaigners for helmet laws approach the issue of cycle safety from the wrong direction, because two thirds of the most serious bike accidents are caused by car-drivers. This is certainly our experience in A&E departments, and something the BMA report also acknowledged. It calls for legislation aimed at drivers rather than cyclists; in particular, increased use of 20 mph speed limits in urban areas (although even at 20mph, and even if wearing a helmet, a direct impact to the head is likely to be fatal.)
    Pedestrians and car occupants are in fact more likely to suffer head injuries from road accidents than cyclists. In the US, 34% of fatal head injuries happen to people in cars. Some 7% are pedestrians, and only 1% cycle riders. Yet no-one seriously suggests that helmets are worn by anyone other than cyclists and motorcyclists.

    After all of that I believe in freedom of choice, so wear one if you want.

    Keep biking…


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