Why do XC riders wear helmets?
I've religiously worn a helmet since starting riding off road seven years ago, but on big, slow multi-day tours, whats the difference between riding and walking /running?
Do others not wear helmets for straight forward riding?
Not a wind up!! I'm genuinely interested in your views.Posted 8 years ago
I understand lots of people have "I fell off and hit my head. Thank goodness I was wearing a helmet." Stories, but I'm asking why its seen as acceptable that fell runners wear no helmets despite covering similar terrain at similar speeds, but an XC rider is seen as somewhat reckless if not wearing a helmet?Posted 8 years agoGrimyMember
Because the art of an unplanned dismount from a bike typically ends in you going up and over with a raft of machinery following you, typically landing on if not close to your head. Landing on your head off a bike has a high probability because of the mechanics of the starting position, similar to that of toast always landing jam side down when droped from a worktop.
Id hazzard a guess that fell runers typically go straight down on there arse seeing as they dont have a large round pivot point infront of them called a wheel, trying to send them up and over.
So there a perfectly valid reason to wear a lid on a bike, regardless of speed or terain!Posted 8 years agoNick_ChristyMember
i dont wear one, for just flat xc riding…. or climbs either unless i no its got some funny bits in the decents. i also dont see the point in xc but when you ride xc and have also some technical then i would. also a lot of street riding ie stairs and jumping etc on trails then i do also….
but i see what your saying with just tootling along on a flat…Posted 8 years agospooky_b329Member
Maybe its a bit like Snowboarding…helmets are slowly becoming more common, they are bound to start appearing in other sports where there is a need. Fell running…I dunno. If runners get head injuries from falling, maybe you will start to see helmets…
BTW, its not Vitriol, everyone is just being sarcastic as they think (possibly correctly) that you are trolling 🙂Posted 8 years ago
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