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Old 20th July 2008, 08:16   #181
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How can we make these guys realize the importance of helmet?
This may sound odd, but I have noticed a lot many riders wearing helmets, which limit their hearing and sight, to cut lanes without knowing someone is speeding right behind them. I am not blaming helmets here, but we have been used to ride without them for a long while - glance to the left and cut, or glance to the right and just go - that after helmets made it compulsory, most of the wearers and riders dont bother to look at their rear-view mirrors, least *have* rear view mirrors in their rides.

So which one is more important - Helmet? Or rear-view mirrors? Or Rear-view mirrors with Helmet?

I am sure a lot of us 4-wheelers would have sweared at the riders who cut right on us without knowing we were there...

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Old 22nd July 2008, 02:24   #182
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This may sound odd, but I have noticed a lot many riders wearing helmets, which limit their hearing and sight, to cut lanes without knowing someone is speeding right behind them. I am not blaming helmets here, but we have been used to ride without them for a long while - glance to the left and cut, or glance to the right and just go - that after helmets made it compulsory, most of the wearers and riders dont bother to look at their rear-view mirrors, least *have* rear view mirrors in their rides.

So which one is more important - Helmet? Or rear-view mirrors? Or Rear-view mirrors with Helmet?

I am sure a lot of us 4-wheelers would have sweared @#$%$%# at the riders who cut right on us without knowing we were there...

A helmet never restricts sounds from entering the shell.
It helps reduce the noise from wind and the clatter from autos.

All systems need to be in place for a safe ride.
Helmet, Rear View Mirrors and working brakes.
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A helmet never restricts sounds from entering the shell.
It helps reduce the noise from wind and the clatter from autos....
Fairly contradictory statement there bblost!!

"It reduces noise but never restricts sound."

Either way i will disagree - its definitely harder to hear sounds, and more importantly - use our stereo hearing to correctly place the source of the sound. If you are putting a metal shell with foam inside it over your head, naturally there is going to be a change in the ability to hear things as well.

Its the same as when you wear a raincoat with a hood - peripheral sound as well as vision reduces.

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Old 23rd July 2008, 01:01   #185
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How to stick a helmet on a biker!
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All systems need to be in place for a safe ride.
Helmet, Rear View Mirrors and working brakes.
The first requirement is working brains!

I don't care... the guy might be a doctor, a lawyer, a PhD, the moment he gets on a bike in Chennai its... Two Wheels No Brain.

Right, that's me set to be escorted, screaming, from the site
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Rehaan.
I speak from personal experiance of riding a Motorcyle and wearing a helmet for more than a decade.

Helmets enable me to hear sounds much better as they cut out the noise.
I get very little of the rattle from exhausts but can hear horns much clearer.

But this is going way OT.
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How to stick a helmet on a biker!The first requirement is working brains!

I don't care... the guy might be a doctor, a lawyer, a PhD, the moment he gets on a bike in Chennai its... Two Wheels No Brain.

Right, that's me set to be escorted, screaming, from the site
I agree. Hairstyle is very important in Chennai. So is being a man.
Sorry if this sounds offensive but you will often find a bike's mirrors positioned this way: one for the rider to see his face clearly without any head movement and the other to keep track of the area just behind the petrol tank
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How to stick a helmet on a biker!The first requirement is working brains!

I don't care... the guy might be a doctor, a lawyer, a PhD, the moment he gets on a bike in Chennai its... Two Wheels No Brain.

Right, that's me set to be escorted, screaming, from the site
Absolutely spot on, mate...No other words could express Chennaites riding bikes on the city roads. Riding like mad maniacs and most of them are supposed to be educated, qualified, men.. I am seeing them all along everyday here in the middle of the city.

I would reiterate "Two Wheels No Brains".
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Helmets enable me to hear sounds much better as they cut out the noise.
I get very little of the rattle from exhausts but can hear horns much clearer.
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Okay, i see what you are trying to say better now. Improves the "signal to noise" ratio so to speak (removes wind noise etc).
However, i still do think it restricts hearing -- whether to a point where it is a cause for concern or not i cannot really comment on.

Thats that from me as we are very OT now.
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I have never understood why a two wheeler needs to cut in the first place. There is nothing more annoying than having a vehicle turn sharply while you are inching your way in a traffic jam, and worse when you are moving up a subway or flyover. We a couple of steep ones in chennai.

I drive a 4 wheeler and ride a bike as well.
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Me neither, when it would have been just as easy to take clear road behind rather than cut close across in front.

You'll find this on UK motorways: someone speeds past on the right and cuts across to an exit. Usually cars, though; Brit bike riders are much more aware of how lethal their bikes can be.

Hey... Glad the Two Wheels No Brains went down well
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Absolutely spot on, mate...No other words could express Chennaites riding bikes on the city roads. Riding like mad maniacs and most of them are supposed to be educated, qualified, men.. I am seeing them all along everyday here in the middle of the city.

I would reiterate "Two Wheels No Brains".
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.. the guy might be a doctor, a lawyer, a PhD, the moment he gets on a bike in Chennai its... Two Wheels No Brain.
You should see the way they set off from each signal. Locusts is the word that comes to mind. Reckless, careless, mindless haste.
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I do see it: I drive in Chennai too
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You should see the way they set off from each signal. Locusts is the word that comes to mind. Reckless, careless, mindless haste.
And thinking that just putting their bikes' handle bars ahead of a bigger vehicle is good enough for the other vehicle to move. Yesterday witnessed a guy in bike just moving ahead of a car and cutting across the car. Car did not have an option but to hit him. He fell down and car guy went on. Traffic was dense. No one came to his rescue. This happened near eveready near Kathipara in chennai. I was watching from other side and by the time i crossed and came to help him, he was back on his bike and continued his old ways.
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