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to think Wiggins should be wearing a helmet?

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alphabite Wed 01-Aug-12 16:06:09

Set a good example to the kids Wiggins and put your helmet on!

Well done though, great race!

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CakeMeIAmYours Wed 01-Aug-12 16:10:22

Jury's out on whether they actually make cycling any safer or not.

So, YABU.

CakeMeIAmYours Wed 01-Aug-12 16:11:24

Ps. Have recorded the race, so will leave the thread for now for fear of spoilers!

alphabite Wed 01-Aug-12 16:14:01

A helmet saved the life of a family friend. The doctors said he would, without a doubt, be brain dead if he hadn't had one on (he got hit by a car). He was in a coma for about 36 hours.

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ItsAllGoingToBeFine Wed 01-Aug-12 16:16:31

As a whole helmet compulsion is a bad thing for the population (although helmets may help slightly in some specific cases)

CakeMeIAmYours Wed 01-Aug-12 16:17:59

The point is that wearing a helmet makes you much less likely to be involved in an accident in the first place.

(knew I wouldn't be able to stay away!)

DontEatTheVolesKids Wed 01-Aug-12 16:18:12

yabu, makes small difference whilst slowly patrolling the crowd given what he does for a living (ordinary cycle helmets not any protection on 60mph descents).

CakeMeIAmYours Wed 01-Aug-12 16:18:49

Much more likely

alphabite Wed 01-Aug-12 16:19:08

He wasn't doing a 60mph descent though DontEat. He had finished by this point but was cycling to see the crowds. Slower pace.

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maybenow Wed 01-Aug-12 16:19:51

YABtotallyU - he wore it all the way round, that's a good enough example to set.
He's not going to be hit by a car on a wee pootle to say thanks to the crowd and go to the podium.

fluffiphlox Wed 01-Aug-12 16:20:34

Oh for goodness sake, are you serious? He's scanning the crowd for his family not coming down from the Ventoux.

doublevodkaandcoke Wed 01-Aug-12 16:21:03

YABU - he was going so slowly that if he did fall off it would be like a tiny wobble and it is highly unlikely that he would hit his head.

However, whats this about the jury being out about cycle helmets not being safe? MIL got hit by a car whilst on her bike and was told that her injuries would have been far far worse had she not been wearing a helmet.

Meglet Wed 01-Aug-12 16:21:41

Do you mean when he was pedalling slowly after the race? In which case yabu. I bet he was desperate to get it off and cool down.

alphabite Wed 01-Aug-12 16:21:48

ItsAllGoingToBeFine I don't see how it's bad for the population. While I agree wrapping kids in cotton wool is uncessary and damaging, I don't think wearing a helmet when riding on a road is damaging (completely the opposite). Would you say the same about a helmet for a motorcyclist or a horse rider. In facts let's forget any safety gear.

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alphabite Wed 01-Aug-12 16:22:35

Going slow doesn't mean you can't fall off.

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Paiviaso Wed 01-Aug-12 16:24:12

While meandering down closed streets?

Oh just shut up and enjoy GBs gold.

Wah wah wah...

fluffiphlox Wed 01-Aug-12 16:24:29

alphabite did you see the post race? That's what we're talking about here.

Petsinmyolympicpudenda Wed 01-Aug-12 16:24:43

WONT SOMEBODY THINK OF THE CHILDREN!!

NarkedRaspberry Wed 01-Aug-12 16:25:31

They do a lot of good if you do fall/crash but they also mean drivers treat cyclists with less care (as they view them as less vunerable) and allow them less room.

alphabite Wed 01-Aug-12 16:25:47

Paiviaso, I am enjoying GB's gold. Now will you shut up too.

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threesocksmorganwinsgold Wed 01-Aug-12 16:26:02

yanbu

Paiviaso Wed 01-Aug-12 16:26:19

Glad we've both agreed to shut up. Everyone can ignore this idiotic thread now smile

alphabite Wed 01-Aug-12 16:28:57

miaow.

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WigGold Wed 01-Aug-12 16:33:27

I was about to say 'duh, what was that shiny red object he had strapped to his bonce then?' but I see you're on about after the race while he's pootling along, in which case YABU and a bit ridiculous to bring it up really.

NarkedRaspberry Wed 01-Aug-12 16:34:27

grin Shiny red helmet

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