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I have never worn a bike helmet. When I was a kid, I rode my stingray bike everywhere without a helmet. We used to jump over ramps, and go flying down steep hills, and doing all kinds of crazy things with no problems. Later, I rode many miles on my road bikes with no problems. I usually wear a cycling cap, or a baseball cap. When I have ridden motorcycles (street and dirt bikes), I have always worn a helmet. But when I am riding a bicycle, I am usally not riding nearly as fast. But not wearing a helmet is my choice. In New York, kids have to wear helmets, but adults are not required to. I will probably buy a helmet though. I am interested in racing in a duathlon, and see that they require a helmet.
I look at many of these laws and regulations with amusement, and think sarcastically “how did we survive our childhoods without all of these new laws?”

I have been looking at bike racks, and finally decided to try the Bell Doubleback 2 bike trunk bike rack. At $29.97 it is among the least expensive I have found, yet seems to be built as well or better than some higher cost models. The reviews at Amazon were mostly very good. The one complaint I saw was about the velcro straps failing after a while. But these can probably be fixed. I bought mine at Walmart, but Amazon sells it at the same price. With Amazon, I would have had to pay shipping charges, but at Walmart, I had to pay sales tax. The sales tax was less than the shipping would have been, and I got the bike rack now. Also, if the bike rack sucks, then I can easily return it. I will be sure to save the box, and reciept until I get a chance to use the bike rack for a little while. I think it will be fun to take my bike places, and be able to do some riding. When my bike computer comes, and I get it installed, I want to take my bike down to the canal path, and take a nice long leisurely ride. Also, I may want to try a duathlon. I can drive to the the race, instead of having to ride to the race. I suppose I can remove the bikes front wheel, put the back seat down, and shove the bike in through the trunk. But this is kind of a pain. Hopefully mounting the bike rack wont be too time consuming. It looks like it will be pretty easy.

I would liek to get a bike rack for my car. It would be nice to be able to go on rides, that don’t always start from my house. I would like to take a leisurely ride along the canal without having to make the long steep climb back to my house at the end of the ride. It would also be usefull if we go camping, or if I want to go race in a duathlon. I drive a Honda Civic. And I only really need to carry a single bike, as I don’t think it will be likely I will get my wife on a bike anytime soon. If I ever do get my wife on a bike, she isn’t going to want to do the 400 foot climb up the hill to our house. I don’t have a hitch, so the hitch mounted racks are not in the picture for now. I guess I could always get a hitch mounted on my car. Not sure about roof mounted racks. It would probably be a pain to get the bike up and down, and I am not sure how they mount to the car. It seems like a trunk mounted bike rack would be the best choice. I stopped down at the sporting goods store, and they had a small selection. It seems the price makes large jumps as you go from racks for 2 bikes, to 3 bikes, and then again from 3 bikes to 4 bikes. That’s okay, cause I don’t need to haul three or four bikes. The had a couple trunk mounted racks for 2 bikes, both priced around $50. The one made by Allen looked like junk. The other made by Graber looked much better. They had a real fancy bike rack made by Saris, but it was much more expensive. I have seen another bike rack at Walmart for around $30 (at least on theri website it’s $30), made by Bell. Amazon also sells the Bell, and it for the most part has gotten pretty good reviews. I may head down to Walmart and see if they have the Bell in the store, and if the price is $30 in the store as it is on their website. I would also like to see it up close, and make sure it doesn’t look like junk.

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