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Need a helmet? What about a trike?

Check out the helmet damage at the end of this accident. What if that had been his head? Human heads contacting antlers or hooves can come up short. Would this fellow have fared any better on a recumbent tricycle like we ride? And I wonder if his high speed was a factor. If he were simply exploring the outback rather than racing through it, would the animal have reacted similarly? Or would he have actually noticed the animal approaching? Based on my former experience as a backcountry motorcycle racer, I realize that racers become fully engrossed with going very fast, and tend to develop tunnel vision, focused exclusively on the trail. Anyway, these days I prefer exploration of the hinterlands rather than speeding through them. Check this out:


2 responses

  1. I’ve crushed 2 helmets and do swear by them for bicycling but on a recumbent I spend little time at speeds that would push me “over the handlebars”. I quit wearing one except for charity functions that require them. Being T-boned in traffic could crush my head but pedestrians share that risk also.

    March 28, 2017 at 7:58 am

  2. armadillozack

    I promised my self I would not get drawn into a debate over wearing helmets, or not wearing helmets,.. But I will say this either a bike, trike, or in my case quad, if your number is up, and fate, or destiny wants to decide your out come in life, there is nothing can be done about it.. You are only a passenger in the big ride we call life.. And that is all there is to it…! I have seen men go down wearing a helmet, and still die, or become a cucumber, as I have seen men go down without and come up with a slight case of road rash… Now that does not mean riding without a helmet to be OK, or not.. It just means that life is funny, and just when you think you have done the right thing, something totally different can come to be, and there are no assurances no matter which path in life you follow…!
    Armadillo Zack

    March 29, 2017 at 12:52 pm