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1PhoenixTerran
oct. 3, 2008, 12:24pm

I came across this article today about a study done in the UK. Found it rather interesting, so I thought I'd pass it on:

http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/news/653/blonde-wigs-safer-helmets-cyclists

2reading_fox
oct. 3, 2008, 6:43pm

Would be very interesting to know what the error bars were on those statistics,

3thorold
oct. 4, 2008, 3:31am

The original article is at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.aap.2006.08.010 (but you'll have to pay lots of money to Elseviers to see any more than the abstract, unless you have an institutional subscription to Science Direct).

The error bars shown for the helmet vs. no helmet and wig vs. no wig experiments are about +/-2cm - the differences are outside the range of the error bars except for the measurements in the helmet/no helmet expt. when riding more than 1m from the kerb.

4sonyagreen
oct. 31, 2008, 4:55pm

Obviously the answer is a blonde wig helmet!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXfaGnD8GZc

From Flight of the Conchords, the TV show. About 50 seconds in.

Another suggestion:
http://users.rcn.com/spikos/ourstuff.html

5GirlFromIpanema
juny 25, 2009, 3:38am

I'd be interested in the outcome of such a study in a country with a bicycle culture such as the Netherlands or Germany.

BTW: An old trick to get drivers to give you more space is to not keep too close to the kerb and to slightly weave your path... -make him think you are an insecure rider :-).

6andyl
juny 25, 2009, 5:29am

#5

I'm not sure what I would expect from the Netherlands. Although it has a big bike culture it has a vanishingly low helmet culture. Which might mean that a helmet would be seen as unusual and everything unusual is given a bit more space. Or it may mark you out even more as a predictable sporting cyclist and can be passed with less clearance.

7Nycticebus
juny 25, 2009, 1:48pm

that study was remarked on by jeff mapes in his book pedaling revolution That book is rather similar to pedal power (seems touchstone is wrong) by j. harry wray. I've enjoyed both books, find the notes on different bicycle cultures intriguing. We still need a bit more than anecdotes, though. And does anyone know if there's a book (in English preferably) on Japan and bicycles?

8thorold
juny 28, 2009, 4:38pm

>5 GirlFromIpanema:,6

My subjective and limited (because I only occasionally bother to wear one) helmet experience in the Netherlands is that a helmet encourages other cyclists to give you more space, but, as Andyl suggests, it doesn't seem to have any consistent effect on motorists. An exotic-looking bike (I often ride a recumbent tricycle) has much more effect. Haven't tried the blonde wig...

9sonyagreen
ag. 19, 2009, 1:04pm

I'm sad to say my non-wig suggestion (the velcro horns) aren't available anymore. I ended up making a replacement for a friend who lost one, if anyone wants the pattern.

10JimThomson
Editat: jul. 25, 2012, 6:31pm

For those who enjoy cycle-touring in other states in the U.S.A., let me recommend the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland and Delaware, which are largely level and very rural in character. However, avoid the months of July and August since the heat can be unpleasant. The best months for cycle-touring would be March (cool), April, May, September (warm), October and November. The temperatures depend on from which direction the wind is blowing. The prevailing south-west wind brings us the warm Breath of the South, and the north-west wind brings us the cool dry Breath of Manitoba, which also can bring gusty winds as well.
The resort city of Ocean City (ococean.com) has all the delights of any ocean front resort that one could wish and is active both in Spring and Autumn. The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (cbmm.org) is located in the town of St. Michaels on the Miles River in Talbot County. The watery arms of the Chesapeake in Maryland are referred to as rivers on both shores of the Bay.
The Bicycle Touring Map of Maryland is available at www.visitmaryland.org or www.marylandroads.com. Cycling information and tour routes in various counties can be found at www.tourdorchester.org, www.tourcaroline.com, www.delmarvalite.org, www.wicomicotourism.org, www.discoverqueenannes.com, www.tourtalbot.org, www.visitsomerset.com and www.kentcounty.com. A great many tour routes are also available at www.bikely.com. Just enter Maryland for the complete list. Specific questions can be answered by emailing 'bikes@sha.md.us'
Western Maryland offers mountain scenery as well as more relaxed cycling in the great Cumberland Valley near Hagarstown , Md. where Interstate highways I-70 and I-81 intersect. Only a few miles from Hagarstown (www.marylandmemories.com) is the best preserved Civil War battlefield in the U.S. It is the Antietam Battlefield at Sharpburg, Md. (www.antietambattlefield.org). The town of Sharpsburg is largely unchanged since 1863 and the area is not commercialized or spoiled. The Gettysburg battlefield is only about 25 miles away. There is also the Great Allegheny Trail cycling trail (www.atatrail.org), which is part of an off-road trail extending from Pittsburgh, PA to Washington, DC. The Maryland section is on the tow-path of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Park (www.nps.gov/choh).

11oregonobsessionz
set. 24, 2010, 3:34pm

>10 JimThomson:

That's a nice promo for your area. If you post that to a new travelogue thread, everyone could add info on their favorite cycle tours.

12JimThomson
jul. 25, 2012, 6:36pm

Here's a new one: 'HELL ON TWO WHEELS' (2011) about the Pacific to Chesapeake Bay time trial across America. The formal name is the 'RACE ACROSS AMERICA' and is an annual event. The only award is a Victor's Medal. I'll get back to you with a review later.