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Should You Really Always Wear A Bike Helmet? | The GCN Show Ep. 291

Should You Really Always Wear A Bike Helmet? | The GCN Show Ep. 291

– From the Ride Across Indiana. – [All] Welcome to the GCN Show. – Hello and welcome to the GCN Show brought to you as ever by
our friends over at Wiggle. – This week we’re asking
if it’s always necessary to wear a bike helmet, ’cause there’s been some interesting research
published recently which could stir up a debate. – We’ve also got Emma riding a century on a Buffalo bike, no less. Jan Ullrich brawling over in Mallorca and some more grade A cycling inspiration. (energetic music) This week in the world of cycling we learned that we probably
shouldn’t be expecting too much in the way of cycling
performance from recent Tour de France winner, Geraint Thomas, at least for the next few weeks. I mean here’s a picture
of him enjoying himself. Fair enough, but then
here’s another picture of him enjoying himself and
then here’s another one. – Well I say fair enough. I mean, Dan, you’re still
celebrating 164th place in the Tour de France in
much the same way as Geraint and that was nine years ago. – Eight. – Oh only eight–
– Only the eight years, but you’re right, I’m
celebrating that most evenings of most weeks of most
months still to this day. We also learned that if
the Transcontinental Race is indeed the new Tour de France, than its winner, James Hayden, put in a performance
worthy of Eddy Merckx. – That’s right, the new cannibal perhaps as we film this he is
just shy of completing the 4,000 odd kilometer
self-supported race in just under nine days, which is pretty bonkers, isn’t it? Although he was sleeping
in hotels and not hedges, which kind of seems a bit lightweight– – Nah, cheat.
– Even if it’s allowed, yeah. Well, not cheat, but okay. He might have some competition
though, old Hayden, if this tweet from Thomas De
Gendt is anything to go by, look at that team bike, bike packing. – Breakaway, I reckon he’s
be good at that, wouldn’t he? Bike packing, Thomas De Gendt. – I reckon he’d be really
good at the start, mate, and he’d get a massive gap, and then they’d chase him
down just before the finish. – Yeah, what with all
the well-known sprinters at the Transcontinental. – Yeah, just history repeating itself. – Yeah he’d be gutted again, wouldn’t he? Also this week, the ever
interesting cycling science over on Twitter linked to some research which is sure to stir up
the ever controversial cycling helmet debate. – Should you always wear a
helmet when riding a bike? – Well, in some countries
you don’t have a choice because it is the law for cyclists to wear a helmet, such as in Australia. But what about in other countries where that law doesn’t exist,
what should you do then? Should you wear a helmet all the time, or should you wear it some of the time, or never wear a helmet? – Yeah, well I reckon if
yours is the latter viewpoint, you’ll probably end up
turning to the Netherlands for supporting evidence if
you’re asked to explain yourself, because there, just 0.5%
of cyclists wear helmets and yet statistically,
it’s incredibly safe. There are very few bad accidents. – But even in countries
where it’s not as necessarily a cycling utopia such as the Netherlands, there is still a debate to be had. And that is partly because a new study that has just been published has shown that cycling is only a little
bit more risky than walking, and in fact it’s less risky than walking if you’re doing exactly the same journey. – Yep, according the Journal
of Transport & Health, which quite a good read, that one. – It’s a really good read. – Yeah, in the UK, head
injury was the cause of death in 46% of cycling fatalities,
which is pretty high, but yet it’s also the cause of death in 42% of pedestrian fatalities. So theoretically then, should
we wear helmets when walking? – Well yes, because per kilometer travel, the risk is double on
foot as it is on a bike. – Food for thought. Have we got our sense of risk wrong? – [Daniel] Well perhaps,
but maybe helmet use should be viewed separately from risk. Research from the Accident and
Analysis Prevention Journal showed that among kids in the US, increased helmet use
was likely responsible for a decrease of 25%
in bike-related injuries seen in emergency departments
between 2006 and 2015. Irrespective of the level of risk, reducing serious injury should always be viewed as good thing, right? – [Simon] Yeah, absolutely. And actually the
Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Research Journal– – [Daniel] Wow. – [Simon] Yeah, definitely
one of our favorites, showed that one of the most
quoted bits of anti-helmet research that suggested
that people took more risks when they were wearing helmets, is actually flawed. Now, importantly, it’s not necessarily that the premise is wrong, just that particular paper
needed more research. – I think though that for the
majority of us here at GCN and also the majority of you watching GCN, we should probably put cyclists
into two distinct categories because there’s certainly one category that puts themselves at an increased risk, and that is the one that want
to go fast on their bikes or going to group where in close proximity or pin some numbers on
and actually do a race. So if we go back to our original
thoughts of the Netherlands in a 2008 government study there, they found that of all
cyclists admitted to hospital, 13% were wearing helmets. Now you’ll remember that
only half percent of cyclists in the Netherlands actually
wear a helmet in the first place so what on earth is going on there? I’ll tell you what I think,
it’s cycling as a sport, the people that we said
before want to go fast. I think we’ve got two
distinct groups of cyclists that are trying to have the same debate using the same statistics. We should separate it out. – That’s right, I think
that’s absolutely bang on. Now if you come back to
our original question then of should you always wear
a helmet when cycling, of course unless the law actually dictates then it’s down to personal choice. But we think that you probably
should always wear a helmet. I can see the reasons
why we shouldn’t have to wear a helmet at all times, ’cause we certainly want
to get in a position where we’re victim blamed, so i.e., they weren’t wearing a helmet therefore it’s somehow acceptable
for them to have been run over by a truck or a lorry. But otherwise, I just can’t see why you wouldn’t wear one. – No? Well let us know what you think. Is there a reason not to wear one? Are you somebody that wears
one all the time on your bike? Are you a bit like us and
think that there might be occasions where you
don’t need to wear one, but you might a well? Or do you adamantly refuse
to ever wear a helmet when you’re riding a bike? Get involved in the comments down below. – We better head back to the studio, mate, but be careful. It’s quite hot. – It is still hot, yeah, I burnt my lip though, yeah? – You gonna wear a helmet
though when we get back? – Mm-hmm. – Yeah okay. – Double the risk in walking. We walk briskly. – Oof, made it. – Better safe than
sorry is the expression. Now last week on the
show, you will have seen that Emma added to her world titles. – You leaving your helmet on? – Just for the time being, yeah. Added to her world titles by winning the World Folding Bike
Championships in London. This week we’re going
to see if she can ride the Prudential RideLondon
100 on a Buffalo bike. – No yeah mate, she
probably can, can’t she? – I expect so. – Or actually, how much
do those bikes weigh? – A Buffalo bike’s 24 kilograms. – Isn’t that pretty much
the same weight as Emma? – Yes, it’s probably not too far off. – I am at the start of RideLondon with a team from World Bicycle Relief, we’re gonna ride a hundred
miles to raise money for Buffalo bikes for
World Bicycle Relief. Wish us luck. (horn blaring) (upbeat music) Right, I have made it to Richmond Park, 21 miles in, that’s over a fifth and now I’m gotta pee so I’m gonna stop already and some more stuff. It is raining, means it might
be time to get a rain cap. So my problem here is, is
that I’ve managed to somehow drop the chain and jammed
it in the rear cog, so a little bit of fun with a spanner. It’s also not the most
beautiful place to stop. Right, I’m back. Had to stop videoing for awhile because I’m really cold and all I
could really do was shiver. And now things are looking up, so I mean Isha there is a massive tailwind and it seems to be quite a lot
downhill, which is fantastic. So I’ve suddenly picked up the speed. I overtook some people,
let me chat about that. And I’ve been chatting to
people about the Buffalo bike, about World Bicycle Relief,
about Prudential RideLondon, about the weather which
is fantastically British, I have to say. I’m glad that the British
weather turned on for today, wouldn’t want a sunny ride,
that would just be so boring. Anyway, back into London soon, and maybe I’ll make the
finish before the cutoff time. The oranges are all still intact, because although I did intend to
eat them, some of them, I think 48 would have been a lot of oranges to consume in one day. I’ve been wanting to eat some, but my hands are too
cold to peel an orange, so they are safe from my hunger. – It’s now time for Cycling Shorts. – Cycling Shorts now,
and we’re actually gonna return to the helmet theme now, because your next one could be 3D printed. have an
article up at the moment with this Canadian brand, Kupol who claim that not only can
they make 3D printed helmets, but they are actually an
improvement on standard EPS, which is the normal foam that
you get in standard helmets. – I wonder though whether
they’re slightly overselling it. If you look at their
little comparison charts, one that stands out for
me is that their new 3d printed helmet is lightweight,
flexible, and breathable, whereas your normal helmet
is hot, sweaty, and stinky. – They could be describing
me versus you there. (laughing) Well I’m not breathable. – Yeah, you’re not lightweight
either, not anymore. – No, I’m not anymore. But I am flexible. No I’m not now, no–
– Are you? No. – But you are hot, sweaty, and stinky. – Yeah.
– Right. Sorry mate. (laughing) Moving Zwift-ly on. (rimshot drumming) You see what I did there? – No, I’m just not gonna forgive you. – Okay.
– Not any time soon. – Alright, and so the
audience will love this, moving Zwift-ly on, in case you didn’t hear it the first time, last week Ollie and Si told you about the new course for the World Championships
based on the Austrian one that they’ll be using later on this year. Well in related news, this week they’ve announced the 2018 Zwift Academy. – They have indeed. Now if you’re already enrolled, then you can now take part
in your 10 training sessions, your four group rides, and your two races. But they also say that it’s not too late if you haven’t already signed up, in fact you’ve got until
August the 19th to do so. And also bear in mind that for
everyone who does take part, you get free access to today’s plan for the duration of your
time in the Academy, which means that you can basically analyze your own performance as well as seeing how you stack up to other people. – Well, it’s well worth doing it for that, but it’s also worth
doing it because if you are good enough to win, don’t forget, the winners of the male
and female categories get a place in Team Dimension
Data’s Continental squad or the Canyon-SRAM Women’s squad. Amazing.
– That’s a pretty mega prize there, yep. Well speaking of good prizes actually, the famous Newport Nocturne here in the UK have now given parity to the
men’s and women’s prize list, which is notable for the
fact that the first prize is the weight of the winner in beer. (choir singing) Which is great.
– Wow, I feel a comeback coming on. (laughing) – I bet you can. – Although is that parity? Because it likely is
that the women’s winner is not going to come away with as much beer as the men’s winner. I mean, imagine if we
sent Emma and she won, she’d only come back
with about four pints. – [Simon] Yeah, good point. Good job Opie is our
sprinter, isn’t it really? – That’s true. Yeah, people are always commenting about he’s the only presenter they’ve ever seen in GCN kit with muscles. – Exactly, yeah. – In fact, he weighs 10% more than me. That’s 10% more beer, potentially. – Yeah, seven liters of beer
that would keep you going for, what, half an hour or so? – Yes, let’s send him, let’s send him. I’ve actually been to a
few races where the winner has won their weight in
some sort of alcohol. For example, in the
Champagne region in France, the Champagne region– – The fact that you translated, mate–
– If you didn’t get my French accent. But when the prize was
given, all the riders that were looking at the prize giving were more interested in how
much you actually weighed than the prize itself. (laughing) Ooh, 74.5 kilograms, you think you’re a cyclist, mate?–
– You know you’re a cyclist when yeah that’s a very good point. Now thinking of someone
who would probably have won an awful lot of beer during
their career, Jan Ullrich. – [Dan] Yeah, only in the off-season. He did put on the pounds, didn’t he, and then get lean?
– He did, he did used to get lean, didn’t he? But anyway, Jan has unfortunately been getting into a bit of trouble. He broke into his next
door neighbor’s garden on the island of Mallorca and apparently interrupted a party they were having with some rather aggressive behavior, which is a bit sad, really. Police got called.
– If he’d gone along with his weights in some sort
of alcoholic beverage, they might’ve just allowed
him entry, wouldn’t they? – They might, they might’ve done. To be fair though, it’s
another saga isn’t it and a fairly sad tale for Jan, so hopefully he will be able
to get himself back on track. – Yep, yeah completely agree with you. Jan Ullrich it’s safe to
say has had a turbulent life since he finished cycling and it would be great–
– Well during cycling as well, isn’t it? – Yeah, yeah that’s true. – He had his ups and downs.
– That’s been a long time now, so like you said, let’s
hope he gets his life back on track sooner rather than later. Alright I think we should
finish Cycling Shorts with a couple of our
favorite dark confessions from last week’s show.
– Ah-ha, yes. (foreboding music) Another squirrel murderer
in our midst, I noticed. – We are going to start with Ian Lloyd. I have a very dark, that’s a good start, almost verging on the– – Macabre? – Yes, so it’s very blurred, so I put this screen grab in, I can hardly read it. Whilst climbing Sa
Colobra in 35 degree heat at the busiest time of
the day for traffic, 10 kilograms overweight in my mid-fifties and on the verge of total collapse, I took a sticky wheel arch. – Ooh.
– I’ve never heard, have you heard of a sticky wheel arch? I took a sticky wheel arch from a coach near the top of the climb. I got three Strava KOMs and kept them. – Oh my word, Ian, that. (blowing raspberry) Well fair enough, anyway. He also goes on to say,
Dan, and this is weird, that I’ve even started
– This is how blurred it is, look. He’s only two inches rom the screen. – I’ve even started watching
the John Travolta guy with the muscles to get fit quick. (laughing) – Is that Opie? – I think he’s referring to Chris Opie as the John Travolta guy
with the muscles, so. – Well I’d take that as a compliment. (groovy music) – We ride with those things. – We also have this one from Jay 7026. Dark secret, I got into
cycling in order to meet girls, but ended up liking the sport so much, I’ve actually canceled
dates to go for a ride. Sure that wasn’t you, didn’t
you have something like that? – Oh yeah, I’m guilty of that. Weird that you got into
cycling in order to meet girls. Maybe it’s just me that never
met girls through cycling. Oh man, this is a really
upsetting show, isn’t it? No one’s ever called us John Travolta, no one’s ever described
us as having muscles, and I’ve never met a girl through cycling. – And you’re hot, sweaty, and stinky. (laughing) – Oh man. – It’s time now for
our weekly inspiration, which you will remember is
the option for all of you to potentially win some quite
substantial Wiggle vouchers. So each week we pick our three favorites either from the Uploader, which Si will remind you about in a second, or from the hastag
#GCNINSPIRATION on Instagram. Third place will receive
50 pounds, second 75, and the winner each week,
100 pounds of Wiggle vouchers to spend on anything you want. – That’s right, for the most
inspirational cycling photo, and I’ll remind you about the Uploader, seeing as Dan’s just pointed to me. We have a snazzy new
thing called the Uploader, the link to which is in the
description below this video. Basically you click on that
and it takes you through to a special page where you
can send us stuff direct. It doesn’t have to be
your inspirational photo, it could be a Welcome to the GCN Show, it could be a Hack or Bodge, remember we decide–
– Or Extreme Corner. – Yeah, oh you can send us
Extreme Corner, that’d be good. Right then anyway, shall we crack on? (drum rolling) Without further adieu, in third place we have this picture sent in by David. (crowd cheering and clapping) He said, this is last weekend’s
Peel District B grade race. A successful race long breakaway, from Perth in Australia. That is a pretty cool photo, isn’t it? And I’m glad you said it was
successful, your breakaway, because otherwise I’d be terrified. I hated that feeling of being
chased down by a person, especially if you’re about to get caught. But if you evade the pack,
then fair play to you, that is indeed inspirational. – That picture reminds
me of the Thursday night Barnfield Heath handicap
near to where I grew up, otherwise known as the Thursday
Night World Championships. Very similar looking course, actually. I don’t think I ever successfully had a solo breakaway succeed, unfortunately. – I don’t think Sagan’s ever
won that either, has he? He’s got three world titles, but never the Thursday Night World’s– – No.
– Which is a shame. – He could not win a
B grade race like that quite like you David.
– Yeah, hey, but we were just thinking, obviously
this is another Australian entry last week, Ollie
and I were talking about how terrified we were
to ride in Australia. Someone’s actually got into it. This is from Terrence Simon. He said, “You folks should be more worried “swooping magpies or drop bears.” (koala growls) – Drop bears?
– Now we were talking about crocodiles and spiders and stuff, but yeah I’ve never even
heard of a drop bear, mate. (koala growls) Now I’m proper nervous.
– Sounds nasty. – Sounds horrible, yeah. – Right, you ready to announce
the second place prize winner from this week and it is–
– What a photo. (drum rolling) – Nemo, from Shenandoah
National Park in the USA. (crowd cheer and clapping) – [Simon] Shenandoah (clears throat). – [Daniel] Okay, this is
after one of the big climbs at that national park, not
gonna try and pronounce the name wrongly again. – [Simon] Shenandoah. – [Daniel] A group waiting
at the top for a few of us who were off the back and
I took this amazing photo. – That does sum up the beauty
of group rides, in my mind. That just looks like,
I mean they might all be having an argument for all we know, but that just looks like a
proper cool like top of a climb. Everyone’s pushed themselves
a little, have a little chat, wait for everyone to regroup, and then bump back down in the side. That is cool, isn’t it? – Yeah, really good photo. (drum rolling) But, it didn’t quite manage beat this one, which is the winner of 100
pounds of Wiggle Vouchers. (crowd cheering and clapping) – That’s right, this was sent
in by Aaron from South Korea. This is the Naejangsan National Park, and he said–
– Definitely not pronounced like that. – Yeah, probably not. When you and your mate give
up on the Strava segment because you just need to take a moment to show proper reverence to the world. You know what, I’d say fair enough. That is a view and a half. That looks beautiful.
– Yeah just forget about your Strava segment when
you’ve got a view like that, just take it in and take a photo and send it in and win a hundred quid. – Yeah, fair play. Anyway, there we go so
that’s a hundred pound Wiggle voucher for you. Let us know what you decide
to spend it on, in fact, because yeah, I’m always quite intrigued. – Yeah, and also make sure you
keep sending in your photos either with the Uploader or on
GCNINSPIRATION on Instagram, because they have been
some belters, haven’t they? It’s taken us a long time
actually to look through them all. – Oh yeah, but what an
enjoyable morning it’s been. There’s only one story
that we feel we could start Racing News with this week, and
that is that Aquabluesports, the Irish Pro Continental team, announced last week that they had acquired Sniper Cycling, who is
the company responsible for the Verandas Willems Creland team, home of cyclocross
superstar, Wout Van Aert. Only the problem was no
one from Sniper Cycling realized they’d been bought. (laughing) – This has to be one of the strangest, no the strangest cycling story I think from the entire year so far. – It’s a weird one. – To be fair, Sniper Cycling did say that there are some discussions
going on behind the scenes, but it was so weird, like
press releases went out, and on social media for Aquabluesport, they later then had to take them all down. – Yeah, but then rather
admitting the mistake, they just kind of tried to
brush it under the carpet, which was a bit late by then. Anyway, apparently there’ll be more news in the next couple of
days that will explain the whole situation, so
we await with interest. Anyway, should we talk transfers? Actual proper ones now that
August the 1st has happened and everything’s official, well apart from team acquisitions. – Not press releases that
could later be rescinded because the news actually
hadn’t been confirmed yet. (laughing) – Yeah, exactly. Right, go on then, who’s up first? – Well first up we have got a couple of recruits from Team Dimension Data, and they’ve got one of my favorite riders, Michael Valgren from Team Astana. – [Simon] Ah yeah, your mate Michael. – [Daniel] Yes, and they’ve
also been busy actually, ’cause they’ve signed Danny
Lavis from his current squad. Then we’ve got Andre Greipel. – [Simon] This is a weird
one, this one, isn’t it? – Right, he’s Lotto-Soudal of course, apparently going to the Pro Continental French squad Fortuneo-Samsic. Now, it would only be unfair
that he might be hoping this is fake news, because– (laughing) Sorry, but they’re not really noted for their sprint leadout trains, are they? Although his key sprint
leadout rider, Marcel Sieberg, is also leaving
Lotto-Soudal, so it’s likely that he’ll be going wherever Andre goes. Then we’ve also got Ivan Sosa, the Colombian climbing super
talent, latest young rider, he’s going from Androni over
Trek Segafredo next year. And finally we have Pierre Rolland, who’s kind of going home
really to Direct Energie, apparently from EF Education First. – Yeah, now this is gonna
be interesting, isn’t it, to see whether or not Rolland goes back to training like it’s
1975, because that was what his current team manager,
Jonathan Vaughters, rather cruelly said that
Rolland had been doing, and that actually Vaughters
himself will be able to unlock hitherto untold talent depths with his amazing training methods. – It’d actually be interesting to know how many wins he had in the
three seasons he’s been there. – Well, interesting you ask that, Dan, because yeah, he’s won two races in the last three seasons
for the Argyle squad. – And do you also know how many
he won the three previously? – Yep, he won four. (laughing) So clearly he will want to go back to training like it’s 1975. Either that or presumably
Vaughters was actually training him like it was 1950. – Well yeah, he didn’t say what decade his coaching methods came from, maybe it’s a step forward in time for him to go back to Direct Energie. – Well that’s it, or
maybe Jonathan Vaughters maybe needs to have a long hard look at his coaching methods. I don’t know. I wouldn’t want to say. – What he could do though, when he goes back to Direct Energie
is take his spleen out. (laughing) – Yes, so this is a bit weird alright, so we’ll put it in context. Last week we mentioned that Geraint Thomas as an under 23 had been involved in this pretty horrific accident, and
one of the results of which was he had to have his spleen removed. Ollie and I were then like, well it can’t have made
that much difference, but several of you got
involved in the comments, doctors perhaps or pathologists even. Apparently, 150 to 200
gram weight saving, just by having your spleen out.
– Which is, it is significant, isn’t it? It’s a shame actually you
can’t have your ankles removed, that would save quite a
few kilos, wouldn’t it? – The only oversized appendage
you’ve got is you head, most of your body weight’s in there and it probably wouldn’t impact your personality if you lost it. – We shall start Hack, forward slash, what that, backhand slash?
– Backhand slash. – Hack forward slash Bodge of the Week, with an update actually from one of the hacks forward slash
bodges from last week. – Yeah, so this is Alan Parkinson. Last week Ollie and I
were quite rude, frankly, about his terrible bodged helmet peak. Oh my god. Anyway, he wrote in to say, you were right about my bodge helmet peak. It never made it very far
and I got a proper hack, wait for it, at the sign on to the Transcontinental Race on Sunday. At present, it’s day six. I’m in Austria and about 12 hours in front of the control closing,
which I’m very happy about. Not only is he 12 hours in front, he’s also had time to watch the GCN Show, so fair play, Alan, that’s mega. – That is definite hat, isn’t it? (rimshot drumming) – Hey! – Jasper Mungo Menzies
provides the first hack forward slash bodge for
this week’s GCN show. Superglued some grip on my
grips as I hate wearing gloves especially in the heat,
doesn’t work too badly. Not a problem I’ve ever
had, I have to say. – No, it’s not a pretty hack, but if it’s your personal
problem and you’ve solved it without spending any cash. – [Daniel] Imagine it
didn’t work, he’s like I’m stuck now with a load
of superglue over my grips. Bodge, I’m gonna say. – Oh my word. Sorry about that.
– Spare me the bodge. – Right, next one we’ve got
this which, you ready for it? (bike honking) – [Daniel] Whoa, man that’s
quite loud, isn’t it? – [Simon] It is quite loud. Anyway that was Simon8642, my friend asked me to pimp his bike. I’m not sure you’ve pimped it there, but– – [Daniel] You’ve added a big white box and put a Mavic sticker on
it and made it make a sound. – [Simon] Yeah, but you
know, if you need a horn, there you go that’s one, isn’t it? So bodge we said? – [Daniel] Yeah, it’s no
Mavic Mektronic that, is it? I’d say bodge. Alright bodge _paul_a_evans_ on Instagram, transport hacks when you’re flying with a bike and a skateboard. That will make ease of
transportation better, won’t it, around the airport? An old teammate of mine,
David Clarke, did that before bike bags had wheels on the bottom, he put a skateboard in, not
that he needed to transport it, just made transportation
of the bike bag easier. – [Simon] But there’s only
set of wheels on that. Surely you need a skateboard
at either end of your bike box, then you can sit on it and go
around airports effortlessly. – [Daniel] Like a Trunki. – [Simon] Yeah but you
got an adult Trunki. Yeah I think that’d be great. No, I think that’s a
pretty good hack, isn’t it? – Yeah I’m gonna say hack. Moving on–
– This one. – We have pandatank. – It doesn’t start off very well, does it? Let’s face it. – [Daniel] This is a bit
of metal, so let’s move on to the next photo, taking shape, and then we get to this, you can start to see what it is now, can’t you? DIY integrated mount. Forgot to take a pic
of the mounting holes. – [Simon] Well yeah, it’s
’cause something’s worried me about this from pandatank. They’ve not bothered to file off the ends of those razor-sharp
screws which is pretty bad, it’s a bit of an omission,
and it leads me to worry that maybe the kind of
the way that actual mount is attached to the stem might be a similar level of bodge-ness. I mean, I’m worried that that
basically is just a drill going straight through that carbon stand. – Should we not even say hack or bodge, we just leave it until
we get an update again for next week?
– Pandatank, we need an update please before you can be truly judged to have graduated hack or bodge. – This next one’s got my
name on it, quite literally. – Oh yeah. – [Daniel] Lloyd, as you can see, apparently @ryrylloyd
these are for though. This is a custom paint,
well it’s not paint, is it? Stickers on a KASK helmet
and some Fizik shoes, but it does look quite spangling and– – [Simon] Who knew? – [Daniel] It looks
great with that name on. – Yeah, to be fair, I could see you with a flamboyant name sticker. You couldn’t ever put my name on a pair of shoes, it’s too long. – You could put it around your ankles. – That’s a good point. Put it on your helmet, enormous, isn’t it? – Moving on. – Anyway, yeah. – This is from Ion Gottlich. – Sorry, but should we say actually that that’s actually quite good to know that you can stick stickers
on shoes and customize ’em. – Yeah I don’t know how long they’d last. – That’s a good point. – Ion Gottlich, who many of
you all know over on Instagram, he produces some great animations over there.
– He does. – [Daniel] This my buddy
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and amazing presenter, but an awesome person in real life, too. Unfortunately–
– Yeah that’s fair. – It’s hard to disagree. – No I know. – She’s quite a nice person in real life, very nice actually. – Chris looks like John
Travolta and he’s got muscles. Emma’s just incredible on all fronts. – Katharine’s a natural
in front of camera. – All these guys’ PhD– – Do you think this will give us any nice
comments beneath the show? – No.
– No. It won’t. Right, anyway, coming up
on the channel this week. On Wednesday, we are going to show you how to use clip-less
pedals, that of course aimed at beginners in terms of cyclists. – And Matt as well, if
he’s watching still. – Yes, very true. Also, we talked about
earlier whether you need to wear helmets all the time on the bike. The video that’s also
coming out on Wednesday is whether or not you should be using lights during daylight hours. – The case for daytime running lights. – Interesting subject, that one. Thursday we are going to let you know the six best doping excuses of all time. There have been some crackers over quite recent years in fact. – Oh yeah. – Friday, as ever, it’s Ask GCN Anything. – Yeah, on Saturday it’s
Oat Cuisine, volume five. Emma is showing up one
of her latest recipes using oats as the basic ingredient which is gonna be pretty cool. This one is, ooh, chocolate
coconut vegan porridge. Then on Sunday we’ve got a
very interesting one actually. Ollie and James had a look at flat bar versus drop handlebar road bikes, okay. So comparing the difference
between those two. And also, we’ve got a cheeky
little race at the Maratona between Emma and Chris, so that’s going back a few weeks but that’s a good one. Then Monday is the GCN Racing News Show and Tuesday it’s GCN Show 292. – It is indeed.
– Creeping up on Sylvain Chavanel’s record. – Yeah, it’ll be 300 before we know it. I wonder who won that Maratona out of the incredibly lovely Emma Pooley or the great muscular
John Travolta, Chris Opie. – I don’t care, Dan, frankly. It’s time now for Extreme, what’s that mate? – That’s a backhanded X, just
like your backhanded slash. – I like what you’re doing there, just adding a little bit of something. Anyway, Extreme Corner
this week comes from the French National Downhill
Mountain Bike Championships. This video clip is courtesy
of the guys at MTB Beds, the mountain bike holiday company and frankly it’s pretty extreme. – Let’s check it out. – Come on then. Ooh. – If you ever want entertainment, choose a downhill mountain bike race so it’s been raining
and get a muddy corner. Look at this. – Ooh! Ooh. Oh well held, oh nice work. Ooh, and another one. – Yeah fair play, but then it gets good. – Ooh, ooh crikey. – Yeah, slow motion crash
on the mud just there. – Oh man that looks painful. Whoa, there you, oh look that lady from before is standing up. That’s alright, she’s not badly hurt. Ooh ouch that actually
looked pretty bad, didn’t it? – I remember exactly this
sort of thing as a youngster, when downhill mountain bike racing first started–
– Hang on, it’s not finished yet. Ooh, ooh look at that one. – How do we get– – Ooh, sketchy. – Don’t think he even crashed there. When downhill mountain bike races first started it was often muddy and wet and the courses
were often on grass and you used to get some
spectacular crashes. In fact, they had it on
camcorder back in the day. Quite a few crashes that could have been on Extreme Corner.
– Why don’t you bring that camcorder in? – In fact, I did a downhill
mountain bike race once, right, and you used to get two runs. There was a tiny little
wooden ramp to start with, I didn’t even manage to go down it, I fell off the side of it. I didn’t fall off, but I went off the side and then there was one
corner after about 50 meters, left hand turn, on grass,
completely dry, stayed out. Two mistakes in the first 30 seconds of my only ever downhill race. – To be fair, I only ever
did one downhill race as well and I was so pissed off
with how I’d ridden, that I never even bothered
to check the results, ’cause I basically
unclipped for one corner to get my foot out to look cool, and I never got it
clipped back in (laughing) for the rest of the run. I was riding down, (tapping on table) stabbing at my bloody pedal. Anyway, there we go. That’s terrible.
– Oh yes, those were the days, weren’t they?
– 25 years ago. – And so we ended up being
cross country riders, didn’t we? – And then road riders, ’cause yeah, that was much easier. – Yeah, I told you wasn’t any
good at going up it either. – No. – Anyway, should we end the show? – Yeah, probably best
bring it to a close there. Right, do make sure you give
this video a big thumbs up and also check out the
video that we talked about earlier of Emma checking out Les Cadets, which is like the future stars
of the Tour de France video. So you make sure you
have a look at that one. – The Cadets.

100 comments on “Should You Really Always Wear A Bike Helmet? | The GCN Show Ep. 291

  1. I have to agree that I see little reason to NOT wear a helmet however I do agree there are plenty of places I would ride happily without one… for example, on a dedicated cycle lane.

  2. At the end, it is all about taking risks. I am wearing a helmet when risk is high like riding fast, mountain biking or biking in a big city. When riding slowly on small country roads, I enjoy not wearing a helmet. Of course, there is always a remaining risk buy hey, are we wearing helmets when walking in a city?

  3. Hard to argue this anymore- at least not for me. Crashed hard into a guard rail three weeks ago- ribs functioned well as airbags, although five were broken- still broken and still causing a lot of grief, but my helmet, well, it be toast. Big dent in the top of it and the front was shattered. I imagine if it was my head soaking up the guard rail I wouldn't be writing this sentence.

  4. Do we have stats for how many racing cyclists suffered head injuries during the 100 years or so before helmet manufacturers saw a gullible market?

  5. wearing a helmet might put people of cycling so instead of a mushy brain you get mushy legs and a heart attack i do wear helmets though

  6. I wear one mountain biking and road biking. My urban commuting just messing around through the streets no. I'm usually dressed and have my hair all nice, and stay careful. Sometimes dangerous passes on the streets jumping lights but I feel like I stay safe

  7. Having been hit by a car where I landed on my side, including my head,; the helmet is cracked, scraped on the side badly and the back Styrofoam had pavement imprinted on it, yes, I would and do ALWAYS wear a helmet.

  8. The DOT in the US uses a 6' drop as the standard for motorcycle helmet certification because that's an impact of 4 MPH, which is the minimum it takes to crack your skull. Yep- that's all: 4 MPH. A bicycle helmet is average $20-$30 with the more expensive models being mostly a difference in aerodynamics as opposed to safety. Cheap insurance for your head if you ask me.

  9. they mentioned I think it was 46% of cyclist fatalities and 42% of pedestrian fatalities are head injuries. If cyclists didn't wear helmets would the 46% stat be higher (ie more head injured cyclists would not survive)?

  10. On my race bike in group events I always wear a helmet, on the Brompton commuting to work I never do. I've been over the bars once in a crash without a helmet, had blood pouring down my face and was rushed to hospital for a CT scan, if I'd been wearing a helmet then I'd probably now be boring all of you with a story of how it saved my life. Fact is helmets are inconvenient, car drivers don't wear them, pedestrians don't wear them and forcing cyclists to do so makes it seem like some extreme sport. Which it isn't. Or rather it shouldn't be if car drivers are not wankers, which in the advanced countries of Northern Europe they mostly aren't but in the UK they mostly are. So why is this? Who knows, but top gear has a lot to answer for.

  11. My nephew (12yrs old) came off his bike a few weeks ago. He was rushed to hospital due to his head injury’s. He had a bleed to the brain and we were told if he was not wearing his helmet the conversation would have been very different.

    I am a keen fair weather roadie and always wear a helmet. The message is clear I have come off my bike a few times due to other road users and although my head has never hit the ground I don’t ever want it to.

    Wear a helmet. The stigmata of it being uncool is very different to that of when I was younger and wearing a huge helmet with bell on the front….

  12. you just fuckin riding on the road why do you need helmet ? look at these people . its all in the mind

  13. According to dutch studies.

    More people are saved in the netherlands because of healthy cycling opposed to riding a car. it weights up to the chances of having a head injury. if people would always have to wear a helmet while riding less people would ride bikes. Less people on bikes means more polution, less fitness etc etc etc etc this alll adds up.

  14. my helmet plan is that if it takes less than 30 min i dont wear a helmet any more or of its particulary dangerous always have a helmet

  15. I think is has more to do with distance traveled in trip. I.E. I don’t wear a helmet for my .5 mile commute but I always wear a helmet when going on fitness/fun rides that are almost always 10+ mi.

  16. all this talk of helmets makes you feel paranoid about not wearing one… surely you will hit your head against something that particular day!. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't, depends largely on the weather and if I will be going mostly uphill. Getting a bit older these days but still have my head intact. If you race downhill you are probably outside the useful capability of the helmets anyway and living in cloud cuckoo land if you think it will save you.

  17. Cycling Helmets invite unnecessary attention here in India. I wore it for one year. Found it more risky to wear helmet. Many mischievous Motor bikes tried to off road me just for fun or a laugh.
    Try imagining yourself living in a town of 5 lakh people and you being a only cyclist in whole town and that too the one who wears a helmet.
    All that said if you don't have any such problem start wearing a helmet.

  18. I've lost a friend to car collision who wasn't wearing a helmet. I also have another friend who survived a car collision but hasn't had a headache free day since. Though I can't be sure a helmet in both situations would have changed things completely I'm sure a barrier between head and impact area would help more than straight skull. I never ride without one.

  19. I wear a helmet on all my road rides, trail rides and little jaunts around the block. It is the law in Ontario, Canada and a good example to our kids. Anything can happen at anytime because there are too many idiots on the roads and too many trees in the forest. For those of you who don't wear a helmet, I hope you have a good insurance policy. BTW, I also use front and rear lights anytime I ride my road bike as it gives the cars a chance to time the traffic when they pass me and leave a lot of space. If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem!

  20. I think this is a little like the skiing helmet debate. All I can tell you is that I started wearing a ski helmet after a near miss and now I can't imagine skiing without one. Similarly, I never wore a cycling helmet but then had the opportunity to cycle to work regularly and thought the increased miles and hence risk would warrant it. Now, after about 3 years of commuting I don't feel "dressed" without one on. Im not saying they make me any safer but it's more about a cultural thing. What I mean is my now 22 year old daughter has always been told by me to wear a helmet since she was little and now she cycles to work in cardiff every day and wears the appropriates gear. I think what Im driving at in this is if you war a helmet you are more likely to wear hi-viz and have good lights etc. I think its a mind set issue – to be as safe as is reasonable is a good thing. great show btw.

  21. Not only do I always wear helmet for safety and as a role model (Hi, SAF1981). I also encourage other people to wear it.
    On a couple of occasions they would visit me with their broken helmets and gratitude for saving their lives/health.
    Always wear a helmet.
    Never cross the road under red light.
    Simple rules, no exemptions.

  22. To each his/her own. I hate them actually, noisy and the straps, ugh…. But when riding with a group ride I can see the reasoning for wearing one — don't want your handlebar in my brain pan. I mainly wear the old fashioned cap to keep the sweat out of my eyes….

  23. when racing or pushing for speed- yes, 100% should wear a helmet. when commuting or leasure – be aware and present and helmet should be optional.

  24. Why wouldn’t you wear a helmet. It’s about risk assessment. No one plans on an accident but if you hit your head, you better placed if you protect your noggon. And, if you think you’ve got a 5 quid head, buy a 5 quid helmet.

  25. My friends mother hit a patch of gravel and fell off of her bike going less that 10 miles per hour (16kph) and she split her helmet open. She was shaken up, but was examined by a doctor and found to be fine. That was enough to convince both my friend and I to always wear a hemet. I also know that your survivability of having to jump from a moving vehicle (like in an abduction situation) is greatly decreased when your speed rises above 35 miles per hour (56.3kph).  
    I have topped out at almost 41 miles per hour (66kph) on my road bike. So even when I am armored with spandex and with a chunk of foam on my head, I still feel vulnerable for some reason. 😀

  26. Stinky Helmet Syndrome can be avoided by the use of a baby powder containing zinc oxide e.g. Curash. Zinc prevents bacterial growth. Same powder can also be used in your shoes, and in your shorts, for the same reason. And for all your bikepackers it can greatly extend the time between washing your bike shorts, shirts, and socks.

  27. Road racing or riding in traffic is not the same risk as an easy cruise on a dirt road in the country. Individuals should deal with risk as they see fit.

  28. I don't wear a helmet anymore. I discovered over my decades of riding that when a motorist sees that you're wearing a helmet they are more likely to get closer to you. If your not wearing a helmet and you swerve a little bit they give you a wide birth, sometimes it pays to look like a drunk amateur. It seems motorists in the US have an adversarial relationship to cyclists and the more professional you look the angrier they are at you. I've been hit twice by cars and a helmet made no difference in terms of injury. Its a personal choice and we are free to make it.

  29. The split second reaction time just before crash is very important in avoiding the crash. If that split second reaction time is gained by not wearing the helmet then it should not be thrust upon the bicycle riders.

  30. I went over my handle bars in 2014 and landed on my head, on concrete. If I hadn't been wearing a helmet I likely wouldn't be making this comment today.

  31. Has anyone clipped in never had an incident, or close call, when stopped at an intersection? Pretty much zero speed, no control, head hits pavement. Interesting topic, though. Also, I know there has been work on helmet use for whitewater kayakers, where it was actually shown that the helmets worn at the time were actually more dangerous on than left off, and it was because the design of the helmet did not actually do what the expected intent was. Changes where made, and now helmets are more effective for the application. I suspect that there might very well be a similar thing going on in cycling. Ah, science.

  32. Hitting a post with your bare head is very different if you actually wearing a helmet.

    Be a good role model as a cyclist and promote safety, wear a helmet and follow traffic rules.

    I don't give a damn if people tells I'm look dumb with my helmet, as long as I don't ended up like a fool laying in bed on a hospital dealing with a head trauma or recovering from a large skin peeled off of my head from sliding to the gravel head first.

    I don't mind getting in an accident, as long as my relatives can still recognize my head as me, instead of a close coffin because I didn't wear a damn helmet to lessen the devastating impact ramming through my head from a collision.

  33. In the Netherlands, drivers are also WAY MORE careful around cyclists than anywhere else. The reason for this is that whenever there's an accident between a cyclist and a car or truck, the driver ALWAYS gets the blame. Cyclists are much more vulnerable, and thus it is the responsibility of the drivers of cars and trucks to stay away from them and drive carefully.

    And no, that doesn't make cyclists cycle dangerously.. nobody likes to get hit by a car.. it hurts.

  34. I agree, helmets are for people who want to go fast, that said I agree with Lance Armstrong when he commented about Pros wearing helmets going up the climbs. They shouldn't have to wear helmets because they are going slow enough. And it would draw more interest in watching from a viewers point because then we could see the expressions of the riders better. Helmets are overrated when talking about how safe they make us.

  35. I'll use a helmet on my mountain bike, but not on my recumbent. You always fall on your side with a recumbent. Plus, I wear headphones to listen to music on the recumbent, seeing as I put in more time on recumbent rides.

  36. I sweat profusely while riding, and any kind of helmet or hat causes more of it to run down my face, than down my neck. I've too often found myself taking a hand off the bars to clear my eyes.

    So while I agree that in the event of an accident I'm at an elevated risk of head injury, headgear creates a situation where I feel I'm more likely to crash in the first place.

  37. There is one scenario where I think it is better not to where a helmet: When I do not have immediate access to a warm beanie or warm helmet in sub zero temperatures. I prefer to risk 0.1% chance of a head injury over 100% chance of frostbite.

  38. I cycle in a UK city and always wear a "lid". I feel safer with it on but don't cycle too fast anyway. I rarely have problems with motorists and try to use off-road or low traffic routes as much as possible.
    Cycling on the continent is totally different as the culture is much more pro cycling.
    As for having to carry your helmet around at your destination, you can lock it to your bike with a bike chain. 🙂

  39. I live in NewZealand I am 76 years old I have cycled every day since a very small boy I cycle to work , after work, for keeping fit my days off I do long trips 100 to 200 kms , I have just rebuilt my avanti which I brought in 1999 after clocking up 300 thousand kms , Yes I have always worn a helmet , I have had to replace some with stone damage from large stones flicked up from passing cars on the open road so yes you should always wear one , a helmet that is not a stone or rock , have a lovely day , from Murray Mcavey

  40. I always wear a helmet not, ever since my dad lost half his ear riding to work and got a concussion because he got run off the road by a driver.
    He didn't have a helmet on either, might have helped with his ear, but definitely with the concussion.

  41. i dont really have a choice if i wear a helmet or not because before i go out, she always checks if i have one on!!! i guess i should say thanks mom, but i am 18 🤣🤣

  42. Well me personally only wear my helmet whilst riding at night or on Long distance rides. However in the day on a short ride I dont bother because the comments I get of my friends and work colleagues identify worth it😅.

  43. You and your damn helmets! This is not medieval warfare, it is cycling! When one falls from a bike, one never falls on the head, but on the hands, shoulders etc. And even if it were to fall on the head, the most likely is to fall on your forehead, the least protected area, even wearing a helmet. And if one falls like a stupid straight on his forehead the chances are he will brake his neck, helmet or no helmet!

  44. You should wear a helmet if you're in competitive mode (as proper pro or as a hobbie) with aggressive position + speed or doing trails, else wearing a helmet is as idiotic as walking with a helmet.

  45. It's been shown that drivers tend to get a lot closer to cyclists who are wearing a helmet. Consequently, wearing a helmet directly increases the danger of injury caused by drivers. Majority of cycling-related deaths are really car-related deaths, and in many of those cases helmet wouldn't have helped.

  46. Had two crashes that I remember vividly, one where I had to slam on the brakes causing me to fly over, and the other I ran into curb and flew over handlebars. Both times would have been much worse if I didn’t have a helmet.

  47. I'm from Australia so yes it is the law, but I would wear one anyway. Before they were law I had a low speed crash where I went over the handlebars and my head took most of the impact resulting in concussion. Have always worn one since…and these days they are much more comfortable and light. One of the most important bits of cycling kit IMO.

  48. Cycling has to be the sport with the greatest gear potential. (My internal helmet debate is the desire to wear a helmet and a greater desire to wear my New York Mets hat.)

  49. The way I determine whether I’m going to wear a helmet on my ride. Is there going to be a high-speed descent? Is there likely to be a lot of traffic car or pedestrian. Am I familiar with the route? Any one of these conditions increases the risk of a crash and I will put on a helmet

  50. I refused to wear a helmet for a number of years. I had been in a number of accidents, either bad pavement, car impact, door flung open in my way, dogs being walked in the bike lane, and at least for me, the statistics about head injury seemed to be holding up. None of my accidents impacted my head, but rather the juicy meaty bits, such as my neck, the side of my torso, or indeed road rash and the like.

    But then I have some margin of skill built up, and generally have good reflexes under stress. One time bailing over a 20 ft drop off at 40 mph (due to sand on the road during a turn), falling, bailing, rolling and landing on my feet (no helmet, no other injuries).

    I wear a helmet now because I have a wife and she wants me to wear a helmet, so now, all helmets, all the time.

  51. As adults, my wife and I ALWAYS wore helmets and insisted our two children did also (early on it took some effort to get my wife to do that). We didn't use our bikes for transportation just recreational and group rides.
    Statistics can be misleading.

  52. Helmets have an effect on the post collision outcome, day running lights, hi viz and not wearing black lessen the likelihood of having a collision in the first place.

  53. I vote wear a helmet – you just never know what will pop in your way and cause you to go head first into something. Three weeks ago a deer jumped in front of me while I was going 30+ mph downhill. 100%, the helmet was a good idea as my head hit the pavement first – not even a concussion.

  54. Love you guys. As a firefighter EMT, I alway wear my helmet. I’ve seen them save lives.
    Mine actually saved me from a severe head injury in a collision with an Escalade. Only had a bruised hip, cracked the helmet though. Bought a new one on the way home from the hospital.
    Started watching you now that I’m getting back on the bike. (Didn’t quit due to the crash, but much more hesitant to ride on the road).

  55. I’ve crashed twice, both on July 4th (2018 and 2019). Both times the helmet prevented a ride in an ambulance. Just bruised and scratched, and a damaged ego. I’ve learned to always wear a helmet, never grab the rear break first, and don’t ride on the 4th of July anymore.

  56. People should always wear a helmet when taking a shower, the risk of slipping and cracking your head is reduced by 40%.

  57. I always wore a helmet until this past weekend. I was on a local rails to trails ride and after riding for 20 miles, a bee or hornet flew into a vent hole in my helmet and stung me. I no that was a freak accident but I probably wouldn't have been stung had I not been wearing it. At 1 am that night I was in the emergency room with a swelled up eye and the l left side of my face as well.

  58. I always wear one. I picked up wearing one while riding in the eighties and early nineties. It only took one descent to add eye protection to the list of needed items.

  59. I've never worn a helmet but don't mind if others do…unlike the helmet Nazi types…who are always on the lookout for the helmet-less to preach them a holier than thou sermon
    or curse like a lunatic at them… I just put it down to them not wanting to wear one either but do because they are spineless conformists
    who flip their bloody LIDS when they see individuals who have the temerity to possess… a Spine.

  60. I never used to wear a helmet but over the last year I decided that with how many people were telling me that I need a helmet. At some point they will be right lol

  61. Super late here, but Let’s see the statistics for accidents involving head injuries. I bet riders not wearing helmets have sustained far more severe injuries.

  62. Usually I don't wear a helmet when cycling short distances, usually 10km or so. Or when I don't feel like cycling on the road is necessary. Other than that I just wear my helmet most of the time.

  63. Road bike and specially with aero position helmet is a must, racing too.

    Everyday use, totally no. Same for car drivers using helmets on racing events.

  64. I notice a distinct difference in the amount of room I'm given by motorists when, on the rare occasion, I'm not wearing a helmet. I've been arguing with myself weather I'd prefer the extra room or the added protection…. Given that I have more space without the lid thus the risk factor is reduced, This obviously doesn't work when you get someone not paying attention. It's a conundrum

  65. Whenever I cycle I always wear a helmet. I feel naked without one. I have had two crashes with concussions (one I was rear-ended). I was told that my helmets have saved my life!

  66. my dad was knocked off his bike while going round a round about (it was the elderly driver's fault and they settled out of court for £750). My dad wasn't wearing a helmet and was knocked out, a passer by called the ambulance and helped carry his bike to the hospital; my dad was out cold for 3 hours and had his fractured skull stapled back together. We all wore helmets after that point, my dad nearly died, we are talking about the early 90's when it was almost unheard of to wear helmets. I recently had a heated debate with one of the 'flat Earther-esq' 'helmets are pointless' brigade, they are crazy bike shop rats.

  67. I came off my bike one and if it wasn't for an helmet I would have either been dead or mentally disabled. So to this day I do cycle.

  68. I don't wear a helmet… I live in a coastal resort community with mostly flat paved trails. I have been hit by card coming out of retail businesses 3x in the last 8yrs. 1 In was transported to the hospital with run injuries neck injury and confusions on my legs. I was going really slow in front of a gas station entrance on the bike path. Car pulled out not looking and t-boned me. I wasn't injured until he slammed it in reverse and I fell in the roadway.

    I ride as a commuter biker on a modified Specialized roll. Iveo outfitted my bike with safety features to be seen wear proper clothing but no helmet. Reason is comfort, in the summer it gets to be heat indexes of 100°+ and I find most helmets to feel heavy and limit my visibikity . Not wearing a helmets a bad habit I can't seem to break.

    I'm lucky in away as to not been killed.

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