I’ve been very restrained lately. There hasn’t been anyone on here blaming all the worlds woes on black city kids, gays, or disputing the options of pedal foot retention, so I haven’t let the adamantium claws down.
This seems like a good place to announce that I have through quite conscious deliberation stopped wearing a helmet on short jaunts around town on my little 20″ Raleigh folder. I have assessed that riding around bolt upright at speeds less than 10 mph is not risky enough to warrant the helmet, and additionally I need to stop being part of the subliminal message that cycling is a dangerous and extreme proposition.
I will continue to wear a helmet on my long commute in from the ‘burbs, and on recreational rides on road or mountain bike, different circumstances.
@edmunds I need to stop being part of the subliminal message that cycling is a dangerous and extreme proposition.
In honor of that, I’m going to stop wearing a helmet on my commute for a while.
My experience is that helmets provide a certain amount of protection from harrassment and tend encourage comaraderie with other helmented cyclists, but you’re right: I’ve been giving a message I know to be wrong.
Marko once posted a paper that he asked me to review about helmets. That is still on my backlog of things to do0. (Iknow what I think of the authors of that paper, but stating that opinion would be different from a reasoned critique.)