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Date Posted: 02:06:27 02/10/03 Mon
Author: Kevin Smith
Subject: Everything You Need to Know About Bike Helmets

As someone whose head has been saved twice now by a cycle helmet, I recommend the following website of the Bicycle Helmet Safety Organisation http://www.bhsi.org/index.htm

Useful users guide to helmets, consumers reports on the latest helmets etc , and links to a myriad of sites such as 'how not to get hit by cars' http://bicyclesafe.com/ and 'cycling accident database' http://www.biking.org/accidents/- a site where you can list your accident to a growing database describing accident outcomes and causes. Sobering stuff but hopefully one learns to be a safer rider by reading this cautionary material. According to their stats, a careful experienced rider can expect to crash once every 7000 km. By my reckoning that means I'm now OK for about another 8 months!

PS If you ever get a chance to cycle a Masters Games Tour jump at it - superb organisation, demanding but interesting and fun rides, boosts the fitness level a notch or two. And you don't have to be an A grade rider (though it helps). I am a second year race cyclist of average ability but had a really great time. The local vets 2 day tour was essential preparation and is another must do on your cycle calendar.

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