Am I crazy for not wearing a helmet.

Discussion in 'Enduro / All Mountain' started by elliotcook1, Apr 18, 2017.

  1. elliotcook1

    elliotcook1 Squid

    First of all, I take a helmet with me if I know I'm going to ride aggressively in certain sections of the trail (and I obviously wear it for those sections) however when I'm riding my normal trails in a super "under control" fashion I just I find helmets super stifling, and restrictive.
    In my 15 years of cycling, I can count on two hands the amount of times I've had a stack while riding non-aggressively, and I don't recall ever landing head first.

    I'm not talking about playing chicken in traffic here, I'm talking about dirt track cycling.

    Am I crazy? Should helmets be worn religiously or is judicious application reasonable?

    How many of you ALWAYS wear one?
  2. Tonio87

    Tonio87 Squid

    well, it's recommended to wear a helmet if you're going to do single or double blacks when you're riding aggressively as you might crack your head open from a crash, AND if you're out street riding with a mtb, especially when you're in the city when there's cops around.

    But in my opinion, it's fine to not wear a helmet if you ride in a cruising pace, if you're comfortable with it but do it at your own risk.

    I don't wear a helmet if my trip's not that far or if I'm riding along the beach, but most of the time, wearing a helmet is encouraged :thumb:
  3. schred

    schred Likes Bikes and Dirt

    Which newspaper/MSM do you work for?
  4. andrew9

    andrew9 Likes Dirt

    Meh, in any other country this would be a silly question.
    I would say that if you don't feel the need, then you're probably not really mountain biking, but there's nothing inherently dangerous about quietly​ rolling through the countryside with no lid

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  5. pharmaboy

    pharmaboy Eats Squid


    Surely it's not that controversial a question
  6. JTmofo

    JTmofo XC Enthusiast

    This has all been argued on here before. Pros, cons, nanny state, tax payers money wasted on Medicare to fix people Yada Yada Yada.....

    All I'll say is.... go for it, knock yourself out... just do it at your own cost and not on any of the trails I ride. I hate my strava times being compromised by rescue crews out in the bush picking vegetables.

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  7. aanon

    aanon Likes Dirt

    If you carry your helmet in an appropriate back pack and you look ''Enduro'' I think it is fine not to wear it.
  8. outerlimits

    outerlimits Likes Dirt

    I think if you do not wear a skid lid then maybe you have fallen on your head one too many times already.
    I say let natural selection take it's course.
  9. rone

    rone Eats Squid

    Nothing wrong with it under the right circumstances. I often climb helmetless as it's less sweaty. Anything faster than jogging speed and it goes back on.
  10. TheAzza

    TheAzza Likes Dirt

    I always seem to bin it when I least expect it, so pretty much always wear my helmet. I would feel pretty stupid if I cracked my head open when my helmet was hanging from my bars or pack.
  11. hifiandmtb

    hifiandmtb King of his castle

    If you are really unlucky, you might not feel anything.
  12. golden path

    golden path Banned

    My worst stacks have been unexpected when I've been JRA.

    I wear a lid all the time.
  13. rowdyflat

    rowdyflat Likes Bikes and Dirt

    You wont last long riding.
    Social security can look after you.
  14. johnny

    johnny I'll tells ya! Staff Member

    This was me last week. Cruising home from work on my fav trail and pedal clipped a small log that I've ridden past so many times before. . Was not riding hard or even close to it and I've ridden these trails a couple of times a week for 6 years so I know them like the back of my hand. Still pedal clipped and offed hard enough to pop a rib and beat myself up pretty well. I hit my scone pretty hard and would have been out cold if I was lidless.

    Some times it's not the speed you are riding but the unexpectedness of the fall and what you land on. If there's rocks about they will crack your skull even if you fall from a stationary position.
  15. scblack

    scblack Wheel size expert

    Like johnny and golden path some of my worst offs have been when just plodding along.

    The reason I reckon is that you are not fully concentrating, feeling full of confidence being so slow, and completely unprepared when something goes wrong. Then you may not fully axe yourself, but can do some pretty damn good damage.

    Whenever I'm on a bike I always wear a helmet - especially now I have young kids its a good example to show to them, that ANY time bad crashes can and do happen, so best to be prepared for the worst.
  16. ctguru

    ctguru Likes Bikes and Dirt

    if you fall over and hit your head, you are potentially fucked!

    I've worked in medical imaging (CT scanner supervisor) for 20 years and it doesn't take much to cause a brain haemorrhage

    my 2 cents
  17. Dozer

    Dozer Heavy machinery. Staff Member

    A few things spring to mind with this post:
    -You have NEVER worn the correct helmet. A correctly sized helmet will always feel comfortable.
    -You wear a helmet "when riding aggressively" but not when you're going between aggressive sections yet you say you've had a a fair few crashes while riding "non aggressively". You don't see the irony in that? You're admitting you're crashing regardless of the riding style and you're questioning whether a helmet is a good idea.
    -When you say "dirt track cycling", it sounds like you aren't actually mountain biking but may be one of these fancy guys who rides a cyclocross bike?

    To quote a famous human who yelled this very thing on April 9th 2017 to a class A fuckwit who thought it'd be okay to test a jump line out before official practice at a downhill race and subsequently landed on his face:
    "Wear a fucking helmet!"
  18. dunndog

    dunndog Eats Squid

    In conclusion, the answer is yes.
  19. elliotcook1

    elliotcook1 Squid

    K thanks, between the patronising "you aren't mountain biking" replies and the frail old men who keep losing their balance, I'll go without the helmet. cheers for the advice guys

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  20. link1896

    link1896 Eats Squid

    Hope you have good TPD and life insurance, a partner willing to wipe your ass and no dependants


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