Bike Helmets Do Save Lives!

Bike Helmets Do Save Lives!

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This one’s from The Goat, via the Capital Times newspaper in Madison, Wis., where 26-year-old Ryan Lipscomb has performed the ultimate gear test of GETTING HIS HEAD RUN OVER BY A TRUCK!

So the story goes, according to the Capital Times, that Ryan Lipscomb, a grad student at UW Madison, was riding his bike at 3 p.m. a couple days ago, and he decided to scoot across a crosswalk, which showed a WALK sign. Rounding the bend, a large delivery truck apparently did not see the biker, and Lipscomb saw that he wasn’t being seen.

Lipscomb slammed on his brakes, crashed, flew over his handlebars, and landed right in the path of the oncoming multi-ton truck, which DID NOT STOP.

The truck then, according to the Captial Times, RAN OVER HIS HEAD!

“I didn’t see it coming, but I sure felt it roll over my head. It feels really strange to have a truck run over your head,” Lipscomb said.

But Lipscomb was wearing a helmet, from Giro to be precise, and that saved his noggin. Amazing. You can even see the tire tread marks on the crushed helmet he’s holding in the image above.

He was taken to University Hospital, but was released by about 6 p.m. “I’m OK except for a concussion,” he said.

Go here for the full story.

Stephen Regenold
Stephen Regenold is Founder of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of five, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.