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Rydon's from Rudy Project

Walking through AW Cycles about two months ago, I bump into this familiar looking girl. When she spoke, the South African accent gave it away and I knew immediately who it was. Gila Joffe. The last time the two of us met was on a trip to France in July 1992. We went there to race our bikes and to see the Tour de France. On our last day in France, Gila, myself and a few other of the guys spent over eight hours on the Champs-Élysées waiting for the riders to come in for the final stage of the Tour. If my mind serves me correctly, it was Olaf Ludwig that took the stage that day. That was over 18 years ago. And now the two of us meet up again, and in a different country. We spoke for a while and scheduled to meet up for coffee a few days later.

So when we meet up Gila and I had a good catch up on the old times and also told me of her new ventures here in the UK. The first being iRudyProject and the second ICE ID.

  • iRudyProject is a UK online store dealing with all Rudy Project sunglasses and helmets. Being online, Gila is able to offer some pretty cool prices that don’t break the bank at all.
  • ICE ID is also an online store that rivals that off Road ID. It is a wearable In Case of Emergency Identification product. Currently there are 5 different forms, Wrist ICE, Shoe ICE, Ankle ICE, MEDI ICE (medical alert bracelet) and a DOG TAG. The ICE ID range allows everyone no matter what their choice of outdoor activity to find a comfortable, stylish way to carry their ID at all times.

After our meeting Gila gave me a pair of Rudy Project Rydon’s with ImpactX photochromatic clear lens to wear when I go out riding. I’ve tried them out a few times and will be posting another blog piece on here of my experience with it. Make sure to look out for it.

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A recent high court case in the UK where a cyclist and motorcyclist collided (Smith v Finch 2009), the judge ruled that the cyclist could have been found partly liable if wearing a helmet would have prevented or reduced his or her injuries. What this means is that cyclists who don’t wear helmets can be found guilty of contributory negligence if they are injured in a road accident in the UK. Ouch!

In an interview with BikeRadar, Richard Brooks from a UK law firm explained the ruling in that if you are injured and a cycle helmet could have reduced your injuries, you may not be able to recover full compensation.

He also added, “Cyclists who “expose themselves to a greater degree of injury” by not wearing a helmet can now be found to be negligent, even though it is not a legal requirement in the UK to wear head protection when cycling. However, for this to happen it would have to be proved – using medical and other evidence – that a helmet would have prevented all of their injuries or made them a good deal less severe.”

Interesting judgement this and one I’m sure will be opening up debates amongst cyclists. That said,I’ll be interested to hear your thoughts on this, so please leave a comment below.

Came across this video of a cool bicycle parking system being used in Japan. The cylindrical parking system, called the Eco Cycle, can store up to 144 bicycles underground. Quite a cool idea if you ask me.

I wonder what plans TfL will be thinking of considering the growing number of cyclists in London?

And this is what it looks like from within the parking cylinder underground. It’s all in Japanese, so no need to worry about what’s being said. But you’ll get the idea.

The company whose lorry that shed a wheel that killed schoolboy cycling star James Berry, was fined £4000 after admitting two offences of keeping a vehicle in a dangerous condition. The lorry was found to have 28 additional defects and was unfit to be on the road.

Earlier this year, two mechanics that carried out repairs to the vehicle two days before the incident were cleared of James Berry’s manslaughter.  It was also revealed that police discovered that the owners of the tipper truck, operated by Island Drainage and Groundwork Ltd, kept no specified maintenance records for the vehicle

The wheel came off the truck and rolled across the road striking James on the head as he was returning from a training ride with a group of riders including Mark Cavendish. James, who was 13, died from his injuries the following day.

Sadly, two and half years since the tragic killing James on December 29, 2005, the new Transport Act has still not been made law due to delays in enacting transport legislation in the Manx Government.

A sad state of affairs for legislation once again in the UK! And a measly £4000 fine – they are obviously not serious about this at all?

Just came across this one on the news wires. Makes for some interesting reading. Am sure this will open the wound on the age old ‘helmet or no helmet’ debate:

Reuters:

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – The number of bike-related deaths among children younger than 16 fell by more than half after a Canadian bike-helmet law went into effect, a new study shows.

The Ontario law, which came into force in October 1995, mandated that bicyclists younger than 18 wear a helmet.

Researchers found that in the seven years after the law went into effect, the number of bike-related deaths among children dropped by 52 percent. Between 1991 and 1995, there was an average of 13 such deaths per year; between 1996 and 2002, that number dropped to six.

In contrast, the researchers report in the journal Pediatrics, there was no reduction in deaths among bicyclists age 16 and up — including adults, who were not subject to the helmet law.

“These findings support promotion of helmet use, enforcement of the existing law, and extension of the law to adult bicyclists,” write the researchers, led by Dr. Patricia C. Parkin of the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

It is well-known that bike helmets can cut the risk of dying in a cycling accident, but the extent to which helmet laws reduce death rates has been less clear.

The current findings, according to Parkin’s team, suggest that Ontario’s law made a “significant contribution” to the lower child death rates seen in the years since its introduction.

I wonder if I should send this onto the girl at Giro following the email she sent to me when I was looking for helmet safety stats?

A bit suprised with Giro!

Posted: August 26, 2008 in cycling, Safety
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Following my posting on the 11-year old school girl who’s head was run over by a car and survived to tell the tale, I decided to look for more safety stats into the use of helmets. So where to go to first, the helmet manufacturers of course. Yes I know their stats could be biased, but it would be a starting point nonetheless.

So, as I really like Giro helmets, I decided to approach them first. I searched around their website to see if they had any links to to safety stats. I didn’t find any. As a result, I decided to email the company and ask them for any public helmet safety stats.

A month after I sent my email, I received a reply from the company’s European team. Now I won’t mention the name of the person who responded, but this is what they had to say to my request:


Hi Craig,

Unfortunately I do not have any information available on this subject at this time. Sorry that I cannot help you. I know the debate of to wear or not to wear a helmet is a big one! But with the e-mails I receive from people who have had a near death expediencies as a result of crashes on their bikes I would recommend that everyone wear a helmet.

Sorry I cannot provide more information.

Thank you for taking the time to e-mail us here at Giro.

Kind regards,”

Mmmm –  interesting response to say the least…? Am still not sure how to respond to this. At the very least the company could have pointed me in the direction of where I could find some stats. Was and still am willing to do the searching for it.

But as helpful as they want to be, the sentence: “… with the e-mails I receive from people who have had a near death expediencies as a result of crashes on their bikes I would recommend that everyone wear a helmet” just doesn’t seem to convince me.

I think it’s time to ask my friend Google for some more help in my searches on this topic.


So, took a good look at my helmet to assess the damage done to it following my crash.  Quite amazed to find where the cracks have appeared. At the very least, I’m pleased that it has done exactly what it was meant to do – protect my noggin in a crash.

Here are some pics of my helmet with the crash impact points and cracks in the frame.

My Pneumo

My Pneumo

Impact point

Impact point

First crack

First crack

Second crack

Second crack

Inner view of first crack at rear of helmet

Inner view of first crack at rear of helmet

Inner view of second crack at rear of helmet

Inner view of second crack at rear of helmet

Holding clip for roll cage ripped and unusable

Holding clip for roll cage ripped and unusable

Well, it’s served me well. Now to get it all packaged up and ready to send back to Giro. No need to throw it away. Am sure they can in some way benefit from receiving it.