Did my cable tied cycling helmet work?


Well did my cable tied helmet work? Having been attacked the previous week I'm not afraid to admit that I was a wee bit hesitant!

So ignoring the fact that I look like a bit of a numpty, will dressing like an echidna really work?

The time is 9am Sunday Morning, I don my dodgy disguise and set off hoping that the neighbours don't see me! "Lycra is bad enough but now Jonny looks a complete.."

Luckily I escape onto the M7 cycle path without anyone batting an eye. Now call me paranoid but I do seem to be getting an awful lot of odd looks from fellow cyclists. I don't care in 20kms I'll face my fears! 20kms comes and it's getting hotter..

I spot him sitting high on a cable and he completely ignores me!! Now this is probably not at all scientific as it is nearing 27 degrees and my guess is that even the evil M7 magpie isn't daft enough to be out in the sun let alone wasting energy chasing a lycra clad mamil!

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BarossaByBike - September 9th, 2018

According to the safety experts, cable ties can compromise your head/neck safety if you have a crash. Helmets are designed to slide, but the cable ties can stop this, adding to risk of neck/spine injuries. Might be better to just avoid known spots in springtime, thanks to this site!
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MagpieAlert Editor - October 5th, 2016

Les, that's why this year I'm stopping and turning around at the bubbler instead of Elizabeth Drive.. I'm a great believer in statistics, if I push my luck too often I might get more than a helmet peck.
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Les Bear - October 4th, 2016

The M7 Maggie know how to get under cable ties and hit you on the shoulder as my wife would attest. He will also swoop at the sides of your head. The trick is to dangle some longer cable ties downwards over the back and sides. If Maggie hits your helmet- usually no harm done. It's the soft bits underneath that need protecting. And wear wrap around glasses - UNDER the helmet straps.
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Trevor Scott - September 1st, 2016

I was attacked two days ago. So returned the same cycle route three days later with black cable ties on my helmet. (That was the only colour I had) the same magpie came out of the tree, squawking and heading behind me. To my suprise he did not swoop low, came down about 4 metres from me, a couple of high swoops, then gave up and returned to the nest. So for me cable ties did not stop the magpie from swooping, but kept this bird at a safe distance from me.

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