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  • #61
    My kids wear, I don’t. I prob would if I were commuting.

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    • #62
      Originally posted by fatlittlepig View Post
      My kids wear, I don’t. I prob would if I were commuting.
      I was the same way until I read the trauma scan on a guy who works in my department. He had a horrible looking head ct with multiple bleeds. If I can lower my chance of that happening to myself by wearing a helmet then sign me up.

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      • #63
        Originally posted by fatlittlepig View Post
        People wear helmets?
        Mountain biking for 20 years now. Have had 3 concussions from falls(none in the last 14 years since kids and being more careful). Generally, the falls happen when you don't expect it.

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        • #64
          Originally posted by goldenchimpy View Post

          I was the same way until I read the trauma scan on a guy who works in my department. He had a horrible looking head ct with multiple bleeds. If I can lower my chance of that happening to myself by wearing a helmet then sign me up.
          Was that road biking or mountain biking?

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          • #65
            Originally posted by fatlittlepig View Post
            My kids wear, I don’t. I prob would if I were commuting.
            I would encourage every adult to wear a helmet when biking. If you don't, you are playing Russian Roulette with motorists.
            Most drivers do not like sharing the road with bicycle riders.
            By wearing one, you would also set a good example for your kids.
            Ok, off my soapbox now.

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            • #66
              Originally posted by burritos View Post

              Was that road biking or mountain biking?
              Road bike on a quiet neighborhood street near his house. It sounded like a blind curve was involved and someone driving way too fast.

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              • #67
                Originally posted by burritos View Post

                Generally, the falls happen when you don't expect it.
                I would hope so. If I expected a fall I would avoid it.

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                • #68
                  Originally posted by burritos View Post

                  Mountain biking for 20 years now. Have had 3 concussions from falls(none in the last 14 years since kids and being more careful). Generally, the falls happen when you don't expect it.

                  When I first started cycling, I recall an experienced cyclists decided to ride her bike to a local store. For some reason, she decided to ride without her helmet "since I'm only going around the block". She ended up being involved in a slow speed crash and hit her head very hard on the sidewalk. She suffered very bad brain trauma and was in rehab for a year. Not sure what is going on with her now.

                  Its the slow speed crashes that are usually more dangerous. At a higher speed, you may get a broken clavicle but its usually a lot of road rash....but I'm talking racing here, mostly

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                  • #69
                    Does anyone here use a full carbon fiber road bike for commuting? Is that overkill?

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                    • #70
                      Originally posted by burritos View Post
                      Does anyone here use a full carbon fiber road bike for commuting? Is that overkill?


                      When I do commute to work by bike, I use my full carbon gravel bike. The wheels are 700x38 tubeless. Not as fast of a ride but I feel more secure if I have to cut thru grass/dirt.

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                      • #71
                        Originally posted by burritos View Post
                        Does anyone here use a full carbon fiber road bike for commuting? Is that overkill?
                        I have a carbon road bike, but it is definitely not my commuter bike.

                        I love the road bike for my long, fast weekend rides in the country, but it is definitely not a good bike in the city. The riding position is too low on the road bike - in the city I prefer to be more upright to see traffic and pedestrians. I use flat pedals in the city to be able to put my foot down quickly at stop signs and for obstacles vs having tight cleats on the road bike. A good carbon road bike does not carry panniers, nut my commuter bike can haul a load. I have a bell to warn pedestrians on my commuter bike, but I wouldn't be caught dead riding a road bike with a bell.

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                        • #72
                          Originally posted by burritos View Post
                          Does anyone here use a full carbon fiber road bike for commuting? Is that overkill?
                          It is definitely not overkill to have a full carbon road bike.

                          As has been previously stated on this forum, the correct number of bikes to own is n+1 where n is the number of bikes currently owned. Road bikes are things of beauty and speed, and should not be wasted on a commute to work. Have a different bike for your daily ride to the clinic.

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                          • #73
                            Originally posted by Neuro-doc View Post

                            It is definitely not overkill to have a full carbon road bike.

                            As has been previously stated on this forum, the correct number of bikes to own is n+1 where n is the number of bikes currently owned. Road bikes are things of beauty and speed, and should not be wasted on a commute to work. Have a different bike for your daily ride to the clinic.
                            I have one alum road bike. Been commuting on it for over a month now and I love it. I've put more miles on the bike this month than I did the previous 15 years. Thought I would be scared of cars, I discovered I'm not. Ever since the trails have been closed, road biking has replaced my mountain biking. It's actually more enjoyable, though it could just be a newness thing. So you're saying get a full carbon but don't use it for commuting? Spend the coin, but just use it for weekend trips. As of right now, commuting for me is fun. So far I look forward to it though I could see it getting old.

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