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For: If you fall on top of your head, it will protect it (also side impacts if wearing a full-face helmet while riding downhill mountain bike) No, this is not an overly simple reply. It's what it's designed for, it's what it does well and it's why you should wear one. Feel free to edit with documentation about head protection, but I think the number of ...
Against compulsory: where it is compulsory it discourages people from cycling -> they drive instead -> more cars+fewer cyclists make it more dangerous for cyclists. Personally I wear one, but this is the main argument against compulsory helmet.
Against: There has been some research that showed: Car drivers tend to think that a cyclist that is wearing a helmet is a safer cyclist. Car driver tend to give “safer cyclists” less space. So by wearing a helmet you may increase the risk from car drivers not giving you enough space!
For: Often your friends or family will think are you safer when you wear a helmet; wearing a helmet placates your dearest-and-nearest. Therefore: Wearing a helmet may benefit their health by reducing their stress. You may get nagged less if you wear a helmet It might make sense to wear a helmet if it's not a discussion one cares that passionately about ...
Against legal requirement: In many countries that have made it a legal requirement to wear a bicycle helmet, the number of people cycling has reduced. Given that the risk of death due to poor health as a result of lack of exercise is a lot greater than the risk of death due to cycling without a helmet; it never makes sense to require people to use a bicycle ...
Against: It may not really be necessary. If I'm riding very casually with no vehicles, a fall would be similar in effect to falling while jogging. Both at college where we had roads closed to cars as well as riding around the farm. Of course, this implies not riding at speeds where a failure (rider or mechanical) would cause a major problem.
Against: helmet hair (messes up your hair) Depends on hair style, what you use to style your hair, how much you sweat, etc...
For: Visibility. A brightly-colored helmet is more visible than a cyclist's head. (Admittedly, a cycling cap can do this job just as well as a helmet.)
Against while commuting: It is useless. Studies have observed that in accidents killing cyclists, the injuries were such that a helmet wouldn't have saved them. Anyway the risk of a head injury in a bike accident is about 15%, which is the same in car accident and in walk accident. Who would promote wearing helmets for car drivers or pedestrians? A ...
Against: the benefits are insufficient to justify the cost (for casual/commuting) (note: I'm completely ignoring the cost of the helmet itself, as that's a very minor factor compared to less-direct opportunity costs) Benefit / Opportunity cost The benefit of wearing a helmet is to partially mitigate against the risk of death or traumatic brain injury. ...
Against: A lot of people get the idea that cycling is very dangerous when they get the impression that you should always wear a helmet. In fact the health benefits from cycling outweigh the risks many times over. So by wearing a helmet and/or telling other people it is a good idea to wear a helmet you are increasing the number of people that will die (at a ...
For: A helmet is a great place to mount lights, a mirror, or a rear blinky.
Against: In a crash with a glancing blow, a helmet increases leverage of the impact forces around your neck. A twist-around-the-neck injury is very different from a straight-on-impact injury.
FOR helmets AGAINST focusing only on helmets It isn't so much that there is a negative aspect to WEARING helmets, obviously they can do little to hurt and a lot to help. The biggest problem is that the overall focus of bike safety instruction and legislation is on helmets. We seem to think that simply slapping a helmet on ourselves or our children is ...
For: Wearing a helmet provides a sliding layer if you crash and slide. Would much rather have my helmet slide against the pavement than my head! (not my head) http://www.flickr.com/photos/ian_crowther/2992217413/in/photostream/
For: it might be legally required. This depends very heavily on jurisdiction and may depend on age as well. (in my jurisdiction it's required for minors under age 18 but not for adults)
Let's create something of a (price) ordered list: It all depends on what kind of look you are hoping to achieve. I would suggest if the bike is a neutral color like yours, you try to find a detail color from, say, a decal, and replicate that in various places over the bike by hunting down the parts that match. This process is an endless rabbit hole, after ...
For Increased head protection in falls and collisions (like with that low hanging branch you don't see until too late.) Having crashed in the past, this one is enough for me. Sun protection for those of us who are 'folicularly challenged'. Can be stylish. May be legally required as @freihiet mentioned. May increase visibility as @neilfein mentioned - I add ...
For: When swooped by birds (such as magpies) in spring, it is harder for them to take away a bit of flesh.
For: A helmet is unlikely to help you if you hit your head very hard on an object. However it reduces the likelihood of you getting a minor head injury if you fall of your bike and hit your head, or ride into a tree branch at slow speed. Therefore wearing a helmet may save you having to spend a few hours in A&E while they check you out, you may also ...
Against: Time to put, take off This depends on your point of view. Against: Inconvenient to carry when off-bike. Against: Does nothing to stop brain detaching from skull membrane which is the most important damage to avoid (cuts are mere flesh wounds) Against: False sense of security/moral superiority If polystrene was that good then they would make ...
Against: It's much colder in winter to wear a helmet with an under-helmet cap than a warm winter hat. (Of course, it's much more dangerous to bike in winter, so this argument is a bit of a moot point...)
For: When mountainbiking, you can hit and push aside branches Against: When not cleaned properly, they get a terrible smell. Against: Ecological impact (Power consumption, CO2, chemicals) of helmet production.
For: The benefits of wearing a helmet are low; however the cost is also low. So why not wear one?
Against: Sunburn on your forehead in strange patterns, potentially painful if your helmet sloshes around a bit. (Sunburn on your entire head in lines if you're bald.) For: Less total sunburn on your head.
I've had a couple of frames stripped and powder coated, but I've not really done anything fancy with them. The cost was around $150 locally for a nice glossy red and a deep black. I assume that if you wanted fades or gradients that the cost could be significantly higher. I've never tried an out of state company, but there are several online like ...
Against: You'll live longer whether or not you wear a helmet (insisting that one needs to wear a helmet every time I step on a bike decreases overall life expectancy since it will result in less riding) Using myself as an example: Cycling is the bulk of the exercise I get, and I probably have a genetic predisposition to heart problems. The odds of a heart ...
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