Surely the burden of proof lies with those who advocate a measure as having a positive impact on safety - be it a helmet, a suit of armour, lucky charm or whatever, not one who happens to be passing and highlights the fatal flaw? The emperor has to prove he is wearing clothes if he appears naked!What evidence is that?
Personally, like most, I make my own judgement, when allowed, so on my motor bike I wear a helmet, and on my push bike I wear a helmet. Just 3 days ago a brush with some wet leaves propelled me towards the pavement and my helmeted head gave it a good whack. I ended up with some bruising and a headache but little else. Is anyone going to argue that the helmet didn't save me from worse? I think not. So I would like to know where is all this evidence that says helmets don't protect you? I don't care whether anyone else wears one or not, but a sweeping statement about evidence should be referenced, or maybe not made.
I was actually making a joke rather than a serious point!What matters most is choosing not to ride into walls in the first place, and I've preferred that course through my 63 cycling years. Primary safety is the wise persons choice, secondary safety is of most use to the careless.
Afterwards try one of these, then you will be lobbying for them to be fitted to all bikes.I shall settle this once and for all.
Tomorrow, I will don my helmet and ride at 12mph into the wall of my local Tesco store. I will note my injuries.
Then, I will remove my helmet and ride into the same wall at the same speed.
I will note my injuries again.
If St George's Hospital, Tooting, have a wifi connection I will post my results on arrival.
When I first read Flecc putting this point I was sceptical. However, although he may overstate it slightly, I broadly agree with him now. I believe that many 'unavoidable' accidents can be avoided with defensive riding, although it does require constant concentration.I was actually making a joke rather than a serious point!
In real life an accident is not something we choose so I'm not sure 'choosing comes in to it.
How about one of these:Air bags! Fantastic! I've been in touch with my MP already.
The problem is that you don't have to avoid 'many' unavoidable accidents to escape injury, you have to avoid all of them. It only takes one!. I believe that many 'unavoidable' accidents can be avoided with defensive riding, although it does require constant concentration.
It's not about eliminating risk, that is impossible, it is about reducing it effectively, and at a cost which is acceptable. For me, I believe that riding style is an effective way to reduce that risk.The problem is that you don't have to avoid 'many' unavoidable accidents to escape injury, you have to avoid all of them. It only takes one!
I was also joking, upon your joke. . Sorry it wasn't apparent.I was actually making a joke rather than a serious point!
In real life an accident is not something we choose
I've had a couple of accidents like that where I've been waiting in a queue or at the lights and someone has run into the back of me. It's happened to me in the car and on the motorbike so it's not that they can't see me, some people just don't pay attention. One time I was in a queue with cars behind me and a motorbike crashed in the next lane, it slid on it's side neatly into the gap I was waiting in and took out my back wheel.On my motorcycle I was stationary in an outside lane at lights when a car coming along the inside lane decided he would change lanes without bothering to look. I was occupying the space he turned into. The first I knew was seeing a car in my mirror proceeding perfectly normally along the inside lane. Adjacent to me, he swerved right. I do not see how I could have avoided this no matter what my riding style.
I was just unlucky but in my view this was an unavoidable accident for my part.
I fully agree and I've driven and ridden in competition in the past which is an excellent way to hone skills. I've also privately trained young drivers on odd occasions and always take them up to advanced skills like anti-ambush skid "J" turns at speed, plus rear slide control on turns (On private or restricted land of course). That way I know they are much safer for the future through instinctively reacting correctly in an emergency.I do feel that driver training should include lessons in loss of control and awareness, along the lines of Finland where it is mandatory to have lessons on a skidpan. Only by making mistakes I think do people truly understand the nature of the ever present danger that is only a heartbeat away.
Not that it wasn't apparent - mea culpa.I was also joking, upon your joke. . Sorry it wasn't apparent.
You might deduce that I am a slow driver, but nothing could be further from the truth, I'm no stranger to 70 mph averages driving cross country on mixed roads, two hours for the 139 miles to my brother's place in Dorset for example.
As an aside, I also think that modern cars are just too damn comfortable, more like rolling sitting rooms than simply tools for getting from A to B, it's my oppinion that this leads to further complacency.
All round airbags.... splendid idea, how about this.....?Air bags! Fantastic! I've been in touch with my MP already.
With air bags front, back and sides, a new full face helmet, knee and elbow padding and sturdy leather boots my cycling will be much safer than it is now.
Quite sure, done two hours and even a couple of minutes below on that run a number of times. It doesn't need anything like 140 though, just maintaining around 95 to 100 consistently where possible and trying to stay well over 60/70 at other times. Speeds used to be higher on my motorbike though, cruising at 115/120 for long periods.Are you sure you mean a 70mph average?
It either entails your vehicle attaining 70mph in seconds of leaving your home and then never slowing down during the entire journey or you travel at highly illegal speeds I'd hazard a guess that for a 70mph average over such a journey, you'd need to be hitting 140mph at times!