Ye old helmet debate

Just in case

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20/06/2014 at 09:59

au contraire, monsieur. I sport one bar-end mirror and find it very useful. Yes, on bad surfaces they vibrate, but I know what's behind and to the right of me at all times. It supplements my 'life-savers' and means I can pull around small hazards at the side of the road confident that I'm not getting in anyone's way. I commute 15 miles each way and I'd happily cycle it without a helmet, but I'd feel exposed without my mirror.


20/06/2014 at 10:02
Snap! wrote (see)

Have you watched how cyclists swerve when they turn their heads to look behind? You wouldn't ride a motorbike without mirrors. What's the difference?

No I don't swerve looking behind and as I race in a bunch it'd be dangerous if people did.   I rode scooters and motorbikes for about 20 years and mostly without mirrors - modern sports bikes might all have them but it wasn't the case in the past.   

20/06/2014 at 10:08

And you sound like a proficient rider, but that's not the case with everyone. I'd say that about the same proportion of people are crap at cycling as are crap at driving. I don't think that the fact that motorbikes didn't have mirrors twenty years ago is at all relevant anyway. They do now. I wouldn't ride a motorbike or drive a car on the road without them. It would be an utterly mad thing to do. 

cougie    pirate
20/06/2014 at 10:10
All cars have mirrors. Doesn't mean that they use them though.
20/06/2014 at 10:16

Good point.

Anyway - just saying.



20/06/2014 at 16:29

Everyone should just stick a pony tail out the back of their helmet and wear a pink top.  I always get given a wider berth if I am wearing my bright pink gilet.   I do also get beeped at however - but that happens whether I am running or cycling so must conclude I look good ().  


The 'pink' effect doesn't work on everyone - there is a very notable exception which as a woman it really pains me to mention.  Women in big jeeps don't appear to have much spacial awareness.

cougie    pirate
20/06/2014 at 18:09
Now is that a woman thing ? Often in the supermarket you find women blocking the aisle with trolleys - seemingly unaware of others.

Maybe men are as bad but don't shop as much ? I don't know.
20/06/2014 at 18:21
Is it a coincidence that shopping trolleys also have no mirrors?
seren nos    pirate
20/06/2014 at 18:34

cars have mirrors but that doesn't seem to make any difference to how they overtake a cyclist and cut them up........

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