Helmets - why the fuss?

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1/7/2016 8:17 PM

Why do people get so bent over helmets, especially when someone wears a helmet riding street? Does that mean Alex Donnachie (is that right?) and Dennis Enarson aren't real "street" riders? Does it make them instant pussies? Some people are so against them. Some just dont prefer them.

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1/7/2016 8:20 PM

Helmets look retarded. I wear one riding street but i still don't like them.

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1/7/2016 8:26 PM

I agree, I always wear a helmet. Rather look retarded than be retarded even though I barely ever hit my head when bailing.

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1/7/2016 8:42 PM

For the shit Donnachie does, and how short of a CS he rides, used to the bike or not, it would make sense to wear one for him really, imagine how many times he's could have snapped backwards on his bike when filming certain clips, I know I would.

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1/7/2016 9:19 PM

donnachie is a beast like i said on the other page but hes a park kid honestly, you can tell he was raised in a park. a lot of riders you can tell were raised in parks because guys that grew up on street have a certain style also just because he rides street doesnt make him street.

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1/7/2016 9:28 PM

I tend to notice allot of riders who shit talk helmets are the ones who don't have the balls to go big enough to have ever seriously injured themselves or put themselves in dangerous positions on a regular basis , all the serious destroyers I've rode with who don't ride helmets tend to look at me and say it's smart I'm wearing a helmet and they self admit they should probably start wearing helmets , but their usually in habit of not wearing one and never change over , whatever that's their call

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1/7/2016 10:03 PM
Edited Date/Time: 1/7/2016 10:04 PM

If I am just normal riding like heading to a spot, I don't wear a helmet. However when attempting a big trick I pull the helmet out of my backpack.


I wish my favorite rider of all time, Sean Burns, wore a helmet. I just know he won't, and that saddens me. I think BMX may kill Sean Burns someday though I don't think he would be surprised himself if it ever happens :{ I can imagine his corpse with his brains splattered on the concrete while sticking his middle finger up with one or both hands.

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1/7/2016 10:06 PM

JonnyGanja wrote:

donnachie is a beast like i said on the other page but hes a park kid honestly, you can tell he was raised in a park. a lot of riders you can tell were raised in parks because guys that grew up on street have a certain style also just because he rides street doesnt make him street.

He rides street better than many 'only street' riders. He is a street rider.

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1/7/2016 10:43 PM

It all depends on you definition of street. Doing park tricks on street is doing park tricks on street. But having no brakes and 4 pegs doesn't automatically make someone street either. I fit into the "I don't like helmets" group. I guess it's just how I grew up riding. I don't have a problem with it, I just think it looks pretty goofy. Probably because I've got a small head so helmets look massive on me, and I've never found them comfortable. I knocked myself out twice riding trails when I was younger, so I bought a helmet and felt less confident wearing it. Same with pads, I feel too restricted, so I don't wear them.
I've always been a bit of a pussy, if I felt sketchy trying something, a helmet wouldn't make me feel any less sketchy about it. But if I knew I could do something, I'd do it.

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1/7/2016 11:08 PM
Edited Date/Time: 1/7/2016 11:16 PM

eskimojay wrote:

I tend to notice allot of riders who shit talk helmets are the ones who don't have the balls to go big enough to have ever seriously injured themselves or put themselves in dangerous positions on a regular basis , all the serious destroyers I've rode with who don't ride helmets tend to look at me and say it's smart I'm wearing a helmet and they self admit they should probably start wearing helmets , but their usually in habit of not wearing one and never change over , whatever that's their call

Agreed. I don't wear one either(can't afford one atm..) and ride alot of park, but I do know that's exactly why I never go big and coincidentally never get any better. It's a better idea to wear one, possibly the best one anyone will ever make. Like 420 said, rather look retarded than be retarded, or worse for that matter. I know most of you kiddies are on your parent's healthcare plans so you don't care, but a helmet costs alot less than hospital bills once you're an adult. Another thing to consider is, everyone should be wearing a certified helmet too! Just watched an interesting video about Bell testing certified vs non certified helmets, and they said that the non certs won't protect you from death from anything over something like 3 meters, where as a cert one is alot higher. I don't think I've seen anyone at a park in So Cal yet riding a certified helmet except for the other day when Larry Edgar was at Harada, and he explained to us that he's gone thru several of them from falling from huge heights straight to his head, and was extremely lucky he had them or he'd probably be dead. Kinda puts it into perspective watching a pro ride and having them tell you that.

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1/8/2016 1:54 AM

JonnyGanja wrote:

donnachie is a beast like i said on the other page but hes a park kid honestly, you can tell he was raised in a park. a lot of riders you can tell were raised in parks because guys that grew up on street have a certain style also just because he rides street doesnt make him street.

Roqfan wrote:

He rides street better than many 'only street' riders. He is a street rider.

"Park" riders are generally better than "street only" riders because riding a park makes you learn things much much faster, even if you do "street" tricks in there.

Like me personnaly, I don't have a park in my city so basically 99% of my sessions are street (poor street). I ride since a few years and flat is my main spot, so now I do high hops, good 360's and a lot of tech shit with my coaster, but... I want to learn 540's, I got flat or 5 stairs, which one would you choose ? Go die on stairs or do it flat with hundreds of 450 without landing an actual 5 ?
Whatever this is the kind of tricks than a park make so much easier to learn... I just need a bank and a few days to learn 540's

But the proof of what I just said is how many street riders does flair, Stevie Churchill, Matt Ray, Broc Raiford, Ed Zunda and so many others, but the flair is exactly the kind of thing you cannot learn on street, but you still can take them to street #KrissKyle.


About the original topic which was about the helmet... just wear them, and for the guys who said "I wear it only when I go big" it´s the day you don't wear it than shit happens. I kinda was one of them, I always put it while riding a bowl because it´s scary and I don't ride bowl often at all but for street.. I was the kind pf guy to wear it only to go big.
Nearly two month ago I was going for a quick session, do some flat tech shit, gap the 5 stairs in 180, do it again them BOOM ! Steerer tube broken while landing fakie, head to the ground, K.O.
I really wasn't expecting this one, especially with a 4 months old fork (mutiny wands v3).

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1/8/2016 2:38 AM

I used to wear a helmet and shit on riders that didn't and now I barely ride a helmet and don't give a fuck anymore

Honestly fuck it , if I die I die , my fault so fuck it

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1/8/2016 4:30 AM

The anti-helmet kids will be wishing they wore a helmet when all they can do is mumble gibberish and get fed pudding through a straw.

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1/8/2016 6:38 AM

BikeLove626 wrote:

The anti-helmet kids will be wishing they wore a helmet when all they can do is mumble gibberish and get fed pudding through a straw.

Exactly. Also the #fuckit #yolo twats think they are waaaaaaaaay to cool to need one. Maybe its a rebellion thing but I don't risk. I've hit my head and seen my buddies hit their heads enough that we all always wear one haha.

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1/8/2016 10:05 AM

Everyone knows wearing a helmet negatively impacts your skill and abilities riding street.

But seriously, people who have that strongly of an opinion about something as simple as someone wearing a lid do not have their priorities in order. For some people image is everything. I find the people who are the most strongly anti-helmet opinionated are either A) Young and don't know the real repercussions of a high impact blow to the head. or cool So consumed with what they look like (and how cool or edgy they look) that they would rather be a drooling mess, negatively affecting not only their lives but their family and friends lives as well.

True story, when i was 13 or so some friends and I were jumping a stair. It wasn't a big stair and we would regularly do it with no problem. But one day my friend hit the stair like any other time, but this time while landing his fork steer tube snapped and he took a direct impact from the concrete to the head. We all thought he had died. Blood everywhere and not conscious. Unfortunately time does not heal all wounds. My friend now is considered mentally handicapped. His parents have to take care of him, feed him, bath him, etc. Now he is a grown man whose vocabulary is limited to grunts, twitches, and 'tings'. Not only is he not able to enjoy the basic things in life anymore, but his family has to live an incredibly depressing existence day in and day out.

I didn't wear a helmet before that incident, i was young, more interested in image than practicality. You can bet after witnessing such a traumatic event that my priorities were straightened out. No one ever expects something so bad to happen to them. I know i always thought, i am good at what i do that won't happen to me. But freak accidents occur and when that happens i would much rather have some insurance on my head, and have 'cool' street riders look at me funny, than end up handicapped.

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1/8/2016 10:09 AM

Francky wrote:

"Park" riders are generally better than "street only" riders because riding a park makes you learn things much much faster, even if you do "street" tricks in there.

Like me personnaly, I don't have a park in my city so basically 99% of my sessions are street (poor street). I ride since a few years and flat is my main spot, so now I do high hops, good 360's and a lot of tech shit with my coaster, but... I want to learn 540's, I got flat or 5 stairs, which one would you choose ? Go die on stairs or do it flat with hundreds of 450 without landing an actual 5 ?
Whatever this is the kind of tricks than a park make so much easier to learn... I just need a bank and a few days to learn 540's

But the proof of what I just said is how many street riders does flair, Stevie Churchill, Matt Ray, Broc Raiford, Ed Zunda and so many others, but the flair is exactly the kind of thing you cannot learn on street, but you still can take them to street #KrissKyle.


About the original topic which was about the helmet... just wear them, and for the guys who said "I wear it only when I go big" it´s the day you don't wear it than shit happens. I kinda was one of them, I always put it while riding a bowl because it´s scary and I don't ride bowl often at all but for street.. I was the kind pf guy to wear it only to go big.
Nearly two month ago I was going for a quick session, do some flat tech shit, gap the 5 stairs in 180, do it again them BOOM ! Steerer tube broken while landing fakie, head to the ground, K.O.
I really wasn't expecting this one, especially with a 4 months old fork (mutiny wands v3).

I'm glad you understood what I was saying. street riders know lol

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1/8/2016 11:45 AM

The people who don't wear helmets are the same people who don't wear seatbelts. We all know them. They're REALLY cool and their dicks are HUGE.

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1/8/2016 12:02 PM

I grew up without ever wearing one and hating them, and have changed my mindset on them really fast after watching a friend get pretty seriously hurt without.

Helmets are a good thing, even if you look goofy. Honestly I think everyone is stupid for not wearing one, at least when you do more than a little flatland stuff. Concrete and metal can easily crush bone or rattle your brain and make you a vegetable.

BUT it is your health and your medical bills. The biggest thing that pisses me off is that if you do something and knock yourself out, you are leaving your life in the hands of those around you, and essentially stating "I don't care about myself, let alone you enough to prevent something bad from happening that YOU will become responsible to save/protect me until medical professionals arrive". A friend of mine had a seizure in a parking lot from a 180 on flat ground (slipped the pedal and railed his melon) so it is something I do feel strongly about and I think even on a foot tall ledge you should rock one. I had to call 911 and get an ambulance, and make sure he didn't kick the bucket right there, and I had to call his mom to let her know what was going on. It would have been a minor concussion at most if he had a helmet on, according to the doctor.

At the very least don't be a giant A-hole and make your friends do that. Also if you have a pin code/fingerprint lock your phone, get your parents contact info to your close riding buddies IN CASE something happens.

Plus, a helmet is like 40 bucks and I would bet that 90% of parents would GLADLY buy their kid a helmet if they knew what their kids were up to, so cost is irrelevant for most of you.

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